A View From The Handbasket

Wednesday, August 09, 2006
The Devil Made Me Do It
Posted by Tyrone at 3:13 AM
For those of you convinced that Bush's ascendancy to the throne was due to right wing/neocon nefariousness, think again. Kierkegaard via Norman Mailer channeling David Frum by way of Digby's Hullabaloo all lead us to a quite different conclusion:
David Frum, who was a speechwriter for Bush (he coined the phrase "axis of evil"), recounts in The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W. Bush what happened at a meeting in the Oval Office last September [2002]. The President, when talking to a group of reverends from the major denominations, told them,

You know, I had a drinking problem. Right now, I should be in a bar in Texas, not the Oval Office. There is only one reason that I am in the Oval Office and not in a bar: I found faith. I found God. I am here because of the power of prayer.

That is a dangerous remark. As Kierkegaard was the first to suggest, we can never know where our prayers are likely to go nor from whom the answers will come. When we think we are nearest to God, we could be assisting the Devil.
Dick Cheney. Karl Rove. Both His servants to be sure. But the seed, the inception of all our current misery? George Bush quit drinking and there's been hell to pay since then.

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