The Course is Stayed. Orwellian Style. ©

Since George W. Bush was selected, the comparison has been clear.  George W. Bush channels author, George Orwell.  Laws that deny citizens their right to privacy are titled, “The Patriot Act.”  A unilateral attack on Iraq, an attempt to “change the regime” is declared, “spreading democracy.” 

Just as Bush senior coined the phrase, “collateral damage” to define the loss of innocent lives during the previous Persian Gulf War, Baby Bush does the same.  The two play with words.  They each plot to gain strength and resources in the oil rich Middle East, and call their endeavors “compassionate.”

While the litany of lexicons is ample and I might submit many for your consideration, I will focus only on the most recent, our change in tactics.  You may recall the strategy is the same.

Bush Won’t Change Iraq Strategy.
Associated Press.

President Bush conceded Friday that “right now it’s tough” for American forces in Iraq, but the White House said he would not change U.S. strategy in the face of pre-election polls that show voters are upset.

With Republicans anxious about the potential loss of Congress – and with conditions seemingly deteriorating in Iraq – Bush addressed the question of whether he would alter his policies.

“We are constantly adjusting our tactics so that we achieve the objective, and right now it’s tough, it’s tough,” Bush said in an Associated Press interview. . . .  Despite calls for change, Bush said, “Our goal has not changed. Our goal is a country that can defend, sustain and govern itself, a country that which will serve as an ally in this war.  Our tactics are adjusting.” 

Were it not so painful to experience, the Bush presidency would be my pleasure.  After all, it provides ample humor to [the demeaning term often used to identify Democrats] an intellectual.

I invite you to enjoy the rhetoric, reflect, and realize, the past is the present.  We live in 1984 on an Animal Farm.  In 2006 this is the World According to George.

I ask you to delve more deeply into the universe.  The Sandwichman at MaxSpeak offers a glorious assessment of the course, the discourse.  Please enjoy Stay the (Dis)Course.

Learning to love Big Brother George W. Bush channels George Orwell,Daniel Kurtzman. San Francisco Chronicle. Sunday, July 28, 2002
Bush Won’t Change Iraq Strategy. Associated Press. Military Advantage. October 21, 2006
Animal Farm. George Orwell
1984 George Orwell

Perseverance, The President, the Cabinet, and Me ©

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.
~ Albert Einstein

I have been working on a project, for what feels like forever.  I am attempting to expand my Hyper Text Markup Language [html] horizons.  I am working to broaden my comprehension of Cascading Style Sheets.  Though I have heard many say, learning to create a wed page is easy, as I broached the construction, I did as I do, I freaked.  When stretching beyond my own limits I often feel paralyzed.  Each time I begin a novel endeavor I quietly and subtly panic.  I live in fear though few would ever know this.

I suspect we all do.  When the common utterance is stated, “We are all our own worst critic,” we substantiate that humans are insecure.  They [we, I] question their achievements and their limitations.  They [we, I] ask are they [we, I] worthy, wonderful, or weak.

I feel feeble, frail, and fragile as I begin to challenge my ego strength or lack thereof.  I know not whether I fear failure or fear the light.  In exploring this venture, I chose not to start from scratch.  I knew that would be too threatening for me.  I began with a scripted shell.  Still, I shuttered to think, what of the learning curve.  Apprehension welled up in me.  I knew I would work through it; I consistently do.  I am known to persevere.  I am disciplined, diligent, and thorough, or so many tell me.  Thus, I am scripting in my sleep and staying up into the wee hours of the morning.

As I am coming closer to resolving much of what has been overwhelming to me, I thought of how persistence is a good trait.  Then my mind shifted to the topic of stubbornness; synonyms for which are obstinacy, inflexibility, and obduracy.  I thought of our current Administration and the comparisons overwhelmed me.  They have their mission and I have mine.  President George W. Bush, Vice President Richard Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld declare, “We must stay the course!”  Reluctantly, I reflect, might I be similar to such a shrewd and crude bunch?

I believe in some ways the essence of being human is fundamentally equivalent; however there are nuances that differ.  diligence is an admirable trait.  Nevertheless, when our determination causes our defeat, people often become defensive.  Defensiveness is the human means for hiding deep-seated trepidation.  The more protective we are of our philosophies and practices, the more we demonstrate our internal strife.  Witness “W.” and his whiney Cabinet cronies.

In my own desire to “succeed,” I do not stay singularly focused.  I do not seek affirmation from those that agree with me.  I search for the naysayer, those that freely offer constructive criticism.  I crave advice, and wisdom.  I look for those that technically know nothing of the world in which I live and those that more fully embrace the paradigm.  I want to hear from those that experience reality in a manner that varies from my own.  I realize that my own defensiveness will teach me nothing.

In my yearning to pursue, persevere, and persist, I acknowledge that I must ponder.  I must travel beyond what I know or believe.  Decisions cannot be set if I am to proceed, progress, and ultimately prevail.

Sadly, I think too often humans dig in their heels.  They wish to be on terra firma.  I am not alone in my fear.  Many believe that they dread the darkness; though that is the space, they are familiar with.  People typically know drama, trauma, and chaos.  They continually create it.  Most individuals find comfort in what they know.  Thus, they defend to the death their right to believe as they do.  They are confident in their commitment and conclusions.

I, on the other hand, accept that I comprehend nothing with certainty.  With each passing day, I am more aware that life is a series of lessons and I learn ever so slowly.  I am baffled by my fascination with light.  I have craved its warmth since I was a very young child.  Yet, I fear it.  Sunlight leaves me feeling settled.  However, it is the light within that blinds me!

“Our Greatest Fear”
Marianne Williamson from her book “A Return to Love”

It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us;
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other
People won’t feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine.
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.

Ponder and Persevere  . . .

Bush: Stay the course on terror war. Cable News Network News. Thursday, May 6, 2004
President Outlines Strategy for Victory in Iraq. Office of the Press Secretary. November 30, 2005
Interview of the Vice President by John King, CNN . Office of the Vice President. June 22, 2006
Cheney: Iraq pullout would ‘validate and encourage the terrorists. Cable News Network News. Thursday, June 22, 2006
Stay What Course?, By Gene Healy and Justin Logan. Cato Institute. November 4, 2005
Rice won’t rule out U.S. troops in Iraq in 10 years, By Mikhail Metzel. Associated Press. CNN News. October 26, 2005
Rumsfeld: Criticism ‘goes with territory’. By Frank Sesno. Cable News Network News. September 30, 2006
“Our Greatest Fear” Marianne Williamson from her book “A Return to Love”

Shrubs Grow. What of Bush’s? ©

The Bush Bullies live large. They have much, spend more, and take millions of loyalist down the path with them.  In order to be a Bush you must be well trained, educated at Andover, Yale, and Harvard.  One must know how to seize power while play-acting as though you have none if they want to be a Bush.

To be a Bush, a person must adopt a look of dopey diligence.  They must seem hard-working while doing nothing.  What an individual needs to do to be a Bush is appear less than bright or intellectual.  They must smear those that are truly sharp or smart.  To be a Bush, one must be sly and skimming; this takes brains however, it requires no depth or conscience.  Actually, those are an impediment.

A Bush will stay the course, even if he or she is off it.  Bush’s are not as shrubs; they do not grow, though their dollars do.  Bush’s need fertilizer; they have tilled the old soil for too long. Thus, I am providing nourishment to the ground on which they lie.

“Power and violence are opposites; where the one rules absolutely, the other is absent.
Violence appears where power is in jeopardy,
but left to its own course it ends in power’s disappearance.”

Hannah Arendt, Political Theorist [1906-1975]

“Violence cannot build a better society. Disruption and disorder nourish repression, not justice.
They strike at the freedom of every citizen.
The community cannot, it will not,
tolerate coercion and mob rule.”

Commission on Civil Disorder, 1968

“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”
Isaac Asimov, Science-Fiction Author  [1920-1992]

“Violence does even justice unjustly.”
Thomas Carlyle, English author [1795?”1881]

“Nothing good ever comes of violence.”
Martin Luther, German leader of the Protestant Reformation [1483-1546]

For Further Fun . . .
Up In The Air, Where is the Iraq War Headed Next?, By Seymour M. Hersh
Sky falls in on Bush the outcast, The Observer. Sunday March 19, 2006
Bush Watch
American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush, By Kevin Phillips
Don’t Impeach Bush, Commit Him By Ted Rall. Yahoo News. Wednesday, April 19, 2006