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At a very tender age, when tests proved that young Forrest was possessed of limited intelligence, his Mother philosophically summed it up thusly:

"Stupid is as stupid does."

As he traveled life's serpentine, sometimes happy, often harsh, road, Forrest never lost sight of that simple yet valuable maxim.

And his life, as well as the lives of those with whom he came into contact along the journey, were far better off for the kind, non-assuming nature imbued within the man.

Now, I know the "Forrest Gump" analogy has been used repeatedly to describe George W. Bush and his Comedy of Terrors desecration of the United States, the Constitution, and our very way of life. From pundits to essayists, op-ed pieces to cartoonists, one doesn't need six degrees to equate the 72 IQ hero of Winston Groom's 1985 novel with our Fearless Leader.

The similarities don't stop there: They hail from the South, although Forrest was actually born there; they like to run; they would be approximately the same age; both are fictional heroes.

The big problem is that Forrest Gump is far more of a humane, sensitive, compassionate creature than George W. Bush.

Would George have befriended the poor girl who lived in the shack outside the periphery of accepted society? Not a snowball's chance in hell.

Forrest got into university through his own achievement, then earned grades at least as good as, if not better than, those received by George.

Oh, don't forget - where George was a cheerleader, Forrest actually played football.

During the VietNam unpleasantness, George hid under his bed by day, partied by night, even went missing from flight training. Forrest got shot in the buttocks and still managed to save Lt. Dan.

Forrest took a decrepit shrimp boat plus nothing more than a promise to his fallen comrade, Bubba, and along with the legless Lt. Dan turned them into a multi-million dollar business.

George took any number of companies, well-financed with moneys inherited from Granddaddy Prescott as a profiteer of dealings with Hitler and the Nazi Reichsbank, supported by daddy George H.W. Bush, and throughout the 1970s-1980s ran them from solvency directly into the ground.

In five short years as governor he oversaw the utter ruination of the great state of Texas.

Now, in the same short amount of time as ersatz president of the United States, would-be King George XLIII has done more damage to this Nation and the Planet than even H.G. Wells could have imagined in his worst nightmare scenario.

Where Forrest Gump was a kind soul, George W. Bush exhibits absolutely no compassion whatsoever - except when it behooves his purpose for the cameras.

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An erstwhile Philosopher and sometime Educator, Jerry Tenuto is a veteran of seven years service in the U.S. Army. He holds a BS and MA in Broadcast Communications from Southern (more...)
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