I've been wondering how I would approach this round of Blogs Against Theocracy, and I've had a number of ideas. It suddenly occurred to me that the theme had actually dropped into my lap with the latest Bu$hCo™ outrage - the commutation of I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby's jail term for perjury and obstruction of justice. Because it shows an arrogance of such transcendant dimensions that one must wonder - does George W. Bush actually think he IS God?
Seriously, this self-aggrandized little pisher has been talking openly about his communication with his personal deity since the beginning of his administration. But what if it goes far beyond that? He certainly puts himself above all earthly authority. The Constitution is after all just a 'goddamned piece of paper' to him. It is from this document that he supposedly derives his authority as President, but if not, from whence? International laws, including the venerated Geneva Conventions are 'quaint.' And you can forget about any biblical concepts of justice or mercy, except of course where cronies are concerned.
Bush feels that he is in no way bound by any concept of human decency. Kidnap, torture, even mass murder are well within his purview, his perceived powers plenary. Pardon the pleonasm.
To Bush, the world is an endless game of no-limit Crawford Texas hold-em, where he wins every pot without ever having to show his cards. Whatever he's got beats whatever you've got - that's the only rule. Not thy will be done, but MY will be done, amen.
He accepts no advice from his father, who has experience of the presidency that his son could at least use as a reference point - because he listens to a 'higher father.' I'm beginning to think that he ascribes to a new theology where the trinity has been augmented to the Father, the Son, the Holy Ghost, and Georgie Boy.
This would of course be just a matter of another delusional ruler like King George III, whose megalomania helped precipitate the American Revolution being celebrated today, but for one sad fact. The federal police agencies, FBI, CIA and such, and the military are still taking orders from this maniac, regardless of the fact that many of those orders are illegal. Some, like the NSA warrantless wiretapping program and the holding of prisoners without habeas corpus, have been so ruled by the courts. As was Scooter Libby's sentence. To defy the law is tantamount to a declaration of divine right, even going beyond the definition of that concept used by the monarchs of medieval Europe.
This is a serious breach of the concept of separation of church and state. Not to mention the blasphemy of it all. To all appearances, the President worships himself.
Update/postscript: All hyperbole aside, whether Bush actually believes he IS God or not, the same danger applies when he starts confusing his own will with that of his imaginary friend in the clouds.
"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -- Susan B. Anthony
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