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The Odd Id and Fat Superego of George Bush

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Daily, the reality becomes more distorted.

Our president calls others "evildoers" because they kill civilians and, then, he retaliates, slaughtering another country's civilians-a country that had nothing to do with the original carnage.

How can we condone acts of atrocity and call ourselves good?

The National Intelligence Estimate has reported that the war in Iraq not only has increased terrorism but, actually, has spawned a new generation of terrorists. Meanwhile, George Bush and the Republicans are campaigning in the run up to the November elections, exploiting the electorate by using fear with the utterly outlandish lies that only they can protect us from those who wish to harm us on our own soil-this homeland that they have done so little to secure. Meanwhile, the hapless Democrats are slinking around like pimply-faced adolescents with low self esteem, afraid to show a smidgen of chutzpah lest they seem soft on terror, lest they open themselves to criticism, lest they show their huge deficits of confidence.

Karl Rove, the diabolical genius, is, well, a diabolical genius, providing twisted therapy to George. Let's call him Frank Lloyd Wrong, the "architect" of Bushian psychology. He strokes W's id, that pleasure principle, the part of the personality that says, "I want what I want and I want it now regardless of the consequences." When George demands something, nothing else matters. Cindy Sheehan asked for an audience with Bush. He, of course, refused to meet with her to answer her question about the noble cause for which her son and now more than 2,700 United States troops have died. Instead, the president said it was important for him to go on with his life. No thought of Casey Sheehan's life or Cindy Sheehan's grief. In other words, the second component of personality, the ego, that piece recognizing other people's needs, is undeveloped in George Bush.

Forget Bush's superego-he either doesn't have this essential or it's morbidly obese. The superego is the element of personality that dictates conscience-right and wrong. If it becomes too massive, a person is motivated by moral rigidity. Sound familiar?

That's an affirmative.

George W. Bush, the 'DECIDER' said, 'I've earned capital in this election and I'm going to spend it.' He certainly has. He's frivolously spent the lives of our troops and Iraqis in a war that has inspired terrorism all over the globe and hatred of Americans throughout the world while squandering any money that could have funded education, homeland security, health care, and relief from natural disasters.

Fear led Americans to trust this failed president. Perhaps, fear of his policies will lead us to demand peace and justice. Finally.
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Missy Beattie lives in New York City. She's written for National Public Radio and Nashville Life Magazine. An outspoken critic of the Bush Administration and the war in Iraq, she's a member of Gold Star Families for Peace. She completed a (more...)
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