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Larry Lessons on the World of the NeoCons

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Sen. Larry Craig's behavior was certainly revolting. Grouping strangers for sexual favors in the men's room, is, well, at best tacky. Thinking you can get away with it because you are a U. S. Senator makes you want to send all of them back to preschool. But thanks to Larry there are some things we can more clearly see, so let's take a moment to thank him.

That was long enough.

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Larry's actions spoke more truly than any of his campaign speeches or Congressional opinings ever did. That hand under the privacy barrier told us a lot about the world of which Larry has so long been a part. We know that world variously as Bush Co. of NeoConland.

When I first started trying to understand this clutch of greed infested freeloaders in the 90s I asked myself one question. What does the world look like to these people? If you know then their actions made perfect sense.

They sure didn't feel guilty about lying; they were caught often enough in flagrante delicto. That is especially true in this case. They do not feel guilty about lying to start the War In Iraq; they do not feel guilty about having intentionally ignored the threat to new Orleans to evade Federal costs and then enrich their friends. Probably they have never felt guilty about anything.

Craig, Bush Co. and their cronies remind me of children who think when they got away with it cold.

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Anyone who has raised children has seen this pattern. I had five and was also a brownie leader and cub scout den mother. But children generally act guilty. No guilt here, why was that? And why the arrogance?

Straussianism and the other circular self justifications explained that to me. Oh! I said to myself, they are operating under the happy illusion that they have a RIGHT to lie, cheat and steal because they are so special. Perhaps they found a decoder ring in their Cheerios.

This is the Connect the Dots Moment.

First, it must have struck you that many of these people have odd personal habits. You know what I mean. This shocking and appalling revelations about Bob Allen, David Vitter, Mark Foley, Glenn Murphy, Jr., Tommy Tester, Ted Haggard illustrate that appalling point. These, and others, including George W. himself are known to have habits that make a Scarlett A kindergarten stuff. Yet they were elected as Republicans to oversee the growing role government has taken unto its bosom; That stated role is to mind our morals along with our money.

That in itself makes you pause. Goldwater would never have recognized these people as Conservatives. They would have made his trigger finger itch, I suspect. They stole the term, “Conservative,” too. Minor larceny when all their other crimes are considered.

With those habits rectitude is not in the operating rules – so why are there so many of these people with strange personal habits in positions of responsibility, in and out of Congress, associated with Bush Co.?

Two separate points here.

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  1. A statistically significant percentage of those associated with Bush Co. have personal habits that, if discovered, would kept them from being elected.

  2. These people have been reliable supporters of Bush Co. policies that put a fast forward on canceling the Bill of Rights.

    Do these two observed phenomena, connected by those in power, connect logically? Yup.

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Melinda Pillsbury-Foster is the author of GREED: The NeoConning of America and A Tour of Old Yosemite. The former is a novel about the lives of the NeoCons with a strong autobiographical component. The latter is a non-fiction book about her father (more...)

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