Meditations (Politics): Prepare for Bush
Prepare for Bush
America lost its soul with the first Gulf War under George the First, and thereupon took over the mantle of “evil empire” from the Soviet Union. Now, because a sufficient minority of Americans hasn’t acknowledged the death of this nation’s soul, George the Second will be re-elected.
Even those who strongly oppose the militaristic rule by these puppets of darkness insist that the Bush Administration is an aberration, and the American people are still intact. (That illusion is the cornerstone of the ‘Soros critique,’ after the multi-billionaire currency speculator who is funding millions into anti-Bush campaigns.)
Because enough Americans refuse to wake up, and acknowledge the death of this nation’s soul, Bush will be re-elected. Those who refuse to see America, and the world, for what they are, give people false hope. This is not to be ‘pessimistic,’ but to be prepared.
Take a moment to contrast George W. Bush and Abraham Lincoln (after you stop laughing). One reason Lincoln was so revered and respected was that he detested war. The Civil War weighed very heavily on his conscience. Lincoln famously said that for every drop of blood drawn during the scourge of slavery, an equal measure of blood had to be shed to cleanse the United States of that evil.
Despite the laughable contrast, the reason George Bush inspires such disgust and loathing in so many people, at home and abroad, is that he embraces war, while lying about his invasion of Iraq being “a last resort.” He does not feel even a pang of conscience from the death and suffering he has caused (except sentimentally of course, for “our troops”).
I’m making a case from the tentatively held and sorely tested position that there is an intelligence in the universe which, however eternally inscrutable and frequently remote it is, is concerned about the fate of humankind. I believe that cosmic intelligence abhors war; the only “just war” is one that has been forced upon a people. (Using necessary force to end genocide is not war). By this measure, those who wage “wars of choice” are the instruments of evil.
Even some people on the center-right in the U.S. are asking why Bush and his cadre of extremists aren’t way behind in this race. But my question is the reverse: Why, if Kerry’s loss is inevitable, is he so close?
Again from a spiritual perspective, perhaps it’s because if Kerry were significantly behind in the polls, then inwardly alive people, both inside and outside America, would not have their hopes for a better world crushed by Bush’s re-election. That is, if people saw that Bush’s re-election was inevitable, they would not despair when it occurred. They'd be prepared.
Collective darkness needs the appearance of a real chance to oust Bush, since its aim is to increase the ranks of the inwardly dead by destroying people’s genuine hope for humanity, thereby coming closer to its goal of wiping out the human spirit.
Therefore we can minimize despair and deadness by realizing that we’re in for four more years of Bush-Cheney. We cannot allow a situation where only the strongest hearts will survive when Bush wins, because so many have their hopes for America and the world trampled. (If I’m wrong, and Bush loses, no one will be happier.)
So what does it mean for a nation to lose its soul? When a threshold of selfishness and indifference to humanity in a people is crossed, the people of that nation are no longer intact as a people. When too many citizens of a country allow their hearts to turn to stone, the death of that nation’s soul becomes inevitable. George Senior provided the straw that broke the American spirit; George Junior is providing a bale in an unwitting effort to break the human spirit.
What would Lincoln say about the war in Iraq? Put his words in Bush’s mouth, and see how far we’ve sunk: “We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that the government of the people, by the people, and for the people, not perish from the earth.”
What does it take for a new birth of freedom when the people inwardly die? God only knows, but clearly there can be no rebirth until death is acknowledged.
- Martin LeFevre is a contemplative, and non-academic religious and political philosopher. He has been publishing in North America, Latin America, Africa, and Europe (and now New Zealand) for 20 years. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The author welcomes comments.