He's somebody I gave a lot of thought to over a long period, and thought it was clear there was a lot of brokenness there.
So the brokenness of W himself was important for understanding all the brokenness his presidency inflicted on this nation. W's brokenness generated a wave of brokenness that left its damaging mark on everything the forces of politics touches, which is pretty much everything, directly or indirectly.
So if I'm right about how the family in which George W. Bush grew up fostered a good deal of brokenness, of wounding, that family picture contains something important about how the pattern of brokenness has spread from one level of the human system to another, from the personal to the global, in this case.
Nonetheless, the destructive spirit that's been on a rampage in America in our times is not ultimately about George Bush.
The way that it could jump from one vehicle to another is evidence that THERE IS AN IT. (See http://andyschmooklerforcongress.com/there-is-an-it/)
It uses the people at hand, but it exists at a level that transcends even the major players, like Bush and Cheney and Rove, and the Koch Brothers and Limbaugh and the rest.
It is important that we see this "It," because this is what we must defeat, and as the great pitcher Walter Johnson said, "You can't hit what you can't see."
Seeing and understanding this "It" is what my "Swinging for the Fences" project is about.
Andy Schmookler, an award-winning author, political commentator, radio talk-show host, and teacher, was the Democratic nominee for Congress from Virginia's 6th District. He is the author of various books including The Parable of the Tribes: The Problem of Power in Social Evolution and Sowings and Reapings: The Cycling of Good and Evil in the Human System.