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About the Author -- Scott D. O'Reilly is an independent writer with degrees in philosophy and psychology. His work has been published in The Humanist, Philosophy Now, Intervention Magazine, Think, and The Philosopher's Magazine. He is a contributor to the book The Great Thinkers A-Z (Continuum, 2004). You can find his regular political humor and analysis at his blog: neuroscott.blogspot.com
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 23, 2008 The Case for Gore Obama
Hillary Clinton has risen from the dead more times that Count Dracula. She's sending shudders down the Democratic establishment, however, since the more primaries she wins the less popular she becomes. Hillary can't win the nomination, but she's succeeding in bringing down Obama. How can the Democrats avoid political suicide in a year the should and must win. Turning to Gore/Obama may offer Dems the best shot in 2008.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, April 21, 2008 Sean Hannity's America: The Politics of Hate
Sean Hannity has taken journalism to a level even Joseph Goebbels would have to admire. In Hannity's hands, insinuation and guilt by association are art forms. Indeed, his ability to make the worse argument appear better is virtually unmatched by any rhetorician I know of. He may be the finest sophist America has. But can Hannity and his ilk use their demagogic skills once more destroy yet another Democratic candidate?
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 20, 2008 Barack Obama vs. the Axis of Idiots
Obama faces a steep challenge. George Bush has demonstrated that even a bad argument aimed at the lowest common denominator has a good chance of succeeding if it is repeated often enough. This is what makes Obama's candidacy really different; it's based on the premise that a leader can persuade the electorate by engaging them on a higher intellectual and emotionial level. That's the audacity of hope we so desperately need.
SHARE Monday, February 4, 2008 The Bush Tragedy
George W. Bush is a Churchill wannabe with the soul of Inspector Clouseau. That, in a nutshell, is the disheartening conclusion I draw from Jacob Weisberg's illuminating character study of our forty-third president, The Bush Tragedy
SHARE Wednesday, January 30, 2008 Bush's State of Disunion
Bush's State of the Union was a surreal exercise in self-delusion. Virtually everyone Republicans and Democrats recognize the Bush administration has been a catastrophic failure, but lawmakers on both sides of the aisles treated our hapless and incompetent president to rapturous applause. What gives?
(42 comments) SHARE Monday, December 31, 2007 Is it Rational to Hate George Bush?
I dislike virtually everything about Bush's presidency. I'd use the word detest, but then I might be accused by apologists like Fred Barnes of harboring an irrational hatred of Bush. But is it really irrational to hate an arrogant and incompetent buffoon who has precipitated America's precipitous national decline? In other words, is Bush hatred an entirely rational response the disaster that is the Bush administration?
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 11, 2007 Poetic Justice and the Bush Administration
The spectacular failure of the Bush administration is a profound illustration that justice is more than just the letter of the law, it is its spirit. Bush and his enablers have played the law like an accordion, sometimes insisting on the most expansive reading of the law possible, at other times insisting on the most literal and restrictive reading. But Bush cannot escape the verdict of history, where poetic justice prevail.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 6, 2007 Stem Cell Research, the Soul, and the Bush Administration's sophistry
Stem cell research is filled with promise and fraught with peril. The breakthrough that involves turning skin cells into pluripotent stem cells (cells that could potentially grow into any organ or body tissue) seemingly overcomes a supposed moral issue, but the dilemma here was always more political than ethical.
SHARE Thursday, December 6, 2007 Bush Authorizes Secret Program to Torture Language
President Bush has signed a super-secret executive order that authorizes him, in his role as commander-in-chief, to torture the any member of the Axis-of-Information (language, reason, or truth) without court approval.
SHARE Monday, November 12, 2007 Bush, God, and the Collapse of the Religous Right
Bush, God, and the Collapse of the Religious Right by Scott D. O'Reilly
Herman Melville once wrote that a sharing a bed with a sober cannibal was preferable to bedding down with a drunken Christian. After seven years of the Bush administration, the intoxication Evangelicals felt at having one of their own in the White House is giving way to a pretty nasty hangover
SHARE Wednesday, October 17, 2007 Bush and Austin Powers: How Bush Lost His Mojo and Became Dr. Evil
George Bush is fond of doing imitations of Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers films. Unfortunately, Bush probably resembles the cartoonish megalomaniacal arch-fiend more than he realizes. After all, neither "leader" has much real mojo, their dreams of world conquest are always going awry, and each has a short, bald, baby-faced alter-ego (Mini-Me and Cheney) hunkered down in a secure location.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, October 12, 2007 Bush Wins Nobel Prize for War
George Bush is the recipient of this year's Nobel Prize for War. The announcement made by the great-great-great grandson of the Prussian military strategist Carl Phillip Gottfried von Clausewitz, was greeted by jubilation in the White House Bunker. Previous recipients have included Genghis Khan, Attila the Hun, Benedict Arnold, General George Armstrong Custer, Napoleon, Mussolini, and the character known as Dr. Strangelove
SHARE Saturday, October 6, 2007 Onward Christian Soldiers: Blackwater Blues
Firms like Blackwater represent an ominous development for self-government and the separation of church and state. The existence of private armies controlled by a single individual (or loyal to a religious ideology) is a throwback to the feudal era.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, September 28, 2007 Is George Bush a Sociopath?
Bush's behavior arguably fits the Anti-Social Personality Disorder profile in the DSM-IV. He has consistently flouted legal norms, lied repeatedly, acted impulsively, rejected responsibility, and shown no remorse. Does this mean our president is a sociopath?
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, September 28, 2007 It's the Oil, Stupid.
The United States' strength and strategic position will continue to weaken the longer it remains in Iraq. The Bush administration believed toppling Saddam would be relatively easy and that doing so would enhance America's ability to shape the Middle East. Instead, Iraq has become a black hole that is devouring America's military, resources, prestige, and moral authority.
SHARE Saturday, September 22, 2007 Bush: Dead Certain or Dead Wrong?
Bush's self-certainty particularly at this late stage in his presidency, when most historians, political observers, and Americans believe his tenure has been an unmitigated disaster is perhaps the most striking aspect of his presidency. How can President Bush remain dead certain when all the evidence suggests he is dead wrong?
SHARE Wednesday, September 5, 2007 Bush and the Art of War
In Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" the successful commander is the one who can defeat his enemy before the first battle even begins. Unfortunately, George W. Bush seems determined to ignore the insights of Sun Tzu.