Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Deciding The Decider Is A Dunce

What does it do to our national psyche to have this man, this bumbling idiot, this “decider” of all things, as the President of our country?  Not only is he an intellectual lightweight, he appears, at times, to be mentally challenged.  I fear that the message we are sending to the rest of the world is, “Yup, this is the best and the brightest that we have to offer.”  Isn’t that what the Presidency should be?  And if it is, surely watching this man speak has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that, as a country, we are suffering from low self-esteem, and not just slightly low, but scraping the bottom of the barrel low.

So, what is the cure for national low self-esteem (although the more I study Bush Jr., the more I wonder if it’s actually national self-loathing)?  Should we look in the mirror and chant daily affirmations?  Or perhaps the answer is what psychologists and motivational speakers tell individuals, believe that you are worthy and you will become so.  There does seem to be an awful lot of that going on, but up to this point, I’ve been chalking it up to arrogance, self righteousness and ignorance, but maybe these faux patriots are on the right track, even if purely by accident.

If we pretend that we are the America that we were raised to take such pride in, we can actually become that again.  But the flag waving, yellow ribbon wearing, “America lovers” that we see every day are just imagining that we are the country we love, and are missing the critical step of behaving as if it were true.  To become what we believe in, we must back it up with action.

We can pretend to be patriotic and love our country, but in order to become authentic patriots, we have to behave as if we already are.  Support our troops with proper equipment and training, provide for their families while they are away, give them clear objectives and leadership that is competent enough to carry it out.  We can pretend to be educated, but to become truly educated we have to behave as if we are.  We must look at all sides of an issue before choosing a side, we have to read, listen, learn and think about things rather than simply dig up facts to support our already firmly entrenched views.  If we want our country to be great, we must behave as if it is, and that means using the tools of our democracy to make it so.

The only way to feel better about America is to act as if we are better.  We cannot allow one man, one radical vision, one delusional ideology to destroy who we are.  To use more psychological jargon, the first step is acceptance.  We must accept that this President does not represent us, that he is not the face of America that we want scowling at the rest of the world on our behalf.  That acceptance is settling across the land, and now those of us that have already accepted that truth must lead the way in our actions.  There has to be a price paid for embarrassing our country, for dragging down our morale and making us feel less than we are.  This man, this idiot, this sad excuse for a leader must be removed from the helm.

Rendering him impotent is not enough.  As long as we are forced to watch his stumbling speeches, his mangling of the language, his reverse Midas touch that turns everything to shit, his disastrous policies that bankrupt us financially and morally, we will continue to feel bad about ourselves.  We do not have the leadership we deserve, so let’s stop acting as if we do.


Anonymous geocrackr said...

Better be careful LG -- using words like "bumbling idiot," "mentally challenged," and "reverse Midas touch that turns everything to shit" just might push you over the edge into hysterical suicide-bomber territory in some peoples' books, in which case you'll be branded for giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Allie said...

I too was muttering all day yesterday about our "Decider" In Chief. Good grief. It's only a matter of time before he says something like 'We made the most rightest move remove-aling Saddam from power. History will judge my decisioness. And history will think it was rock salad.'

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As i've noted on other blogs...there really is no way to remove a regime ini our form of government. Can you imagine Chaney or Hastert as President? It's not much better even if they are more intelligent than G. "What me worry" Bush.

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Roberta Kelly said...

Illusions of adequacy, all of "them" and they are all over here.

2:26 PM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

GeoCrackr--That was me being reserved, I don't know if I can hold back more than that.

Allie--Nice one. It is just so embarrassing isn't it?

Anonymous--There is a way, it's called impeachment and we should do it on principle, regardless of who is next in line (I wrote a post in November titled "The Conga Line of Corruption" about just how dreadful the line of succession is in this administration, but still).

Roberta--Here, here!

6:31 PM  
Anonymous exelizabeth said...

I just got hired to work for the Democratic Coordinated Campaign in the state. I gave up the possibility of a fairly cushy UW job to do it, because I realized that I just can't sit by any more. I'm out of college now, I can do this full time, I have the skills, and we can't wait until 2008 (hopefully I'll be in grad school by then, anyway). I'm excited about the involvment of the local blogosphere, too, because we've got a pretty awesome one here in Washington. And I'm not just sucking up, it's just I really appreciate and enjoy the local blogs.

7:49 PM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

Exelizabeth--Good for you! I'm proud to be on the same side as people like you, who are willing to take the harder road because it's the right thing to do. Thanks, good luck, let me know how I can help, and you're right, we do have a very active blog community here, lot's of good people doing really great work.

8:08 PM  
Blogger GraemeAnfinson said...

I am eager to read the new rolling stone. they look into the possibility that bush is the worst president ever

11:37 PM  
Anonymous geocrackr said...

You can read the Rolling Stone piece here.

8:05 AM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

Graeme--As if there's any doubt, but still nice to have a historian give us a preview of what our grandkids will be learning in school.

GeoCrackr--Thanks, I think I'll read it now.

8:34 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

This explains what's up with THE DECIDER as well as or better than anything else I've seen:

9:31 AM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

Michael--That is the funniest thing that I've read today. That picture could not look more like Bushy and you're right, the description sounds spot on. Babs may have been a bad, bad girl during her pregnancy.

11:46 AM  
Blogger Self-loathing liberal said...

I don't know what you're whining about. This country is great and our president is annointed by God. He said so.


I remain... The Self-loathing Liberal

10:13 PM  

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