Saturday, November 29, 2008

Sold Soul

We are all familiar with the notion of "selling out" and some of us have had the opportunity to learn what we really do in situations that present the opportunity. I speak with some experience when I say that the opportunity, regardless of one's choice, comes with a price. It also hurts to say no and watch the the proceeds drift in another direction. Perhaps a romantic, perhaps naive, I retain the conviction that it is better to choose "poverty" over "prostitution." The quotation marks are important. I am not talking about starving in the street, and sex has nothing to do with this.

George W. Bush has turned to his immediate family (Fox News is not soft enough?) for interviews, and they issued a press release of a November 12 exchange he and Laura Bush had with his sister, Doro Bush Koch. It begins:

Q: How do you want to be remembered, and what are you most proud of?

BUSH: I would like to be a person remembered as a person who, first and foremost, did not sell his soul in order to accommodate the political process. I came to Washington with a set of values, and I'm leaving with the same set of values.

Think about that. Such words sound pathetic to those whose lives are truly about growth, the ongoing stretch of the envelope of what one can see, grasp, discern, and articulate, i.e. one's reality and one's ability to interact with that reality. From this perspective, a closed mind is already dead. One who has nothing to learn has no reason to draw another breath.

Defensive posturing noted, I think even George W. Bush learned a few things while in the White House, but this is not something he will admit. Despite the events of September 11, the invasion of a country on the basis of deception and incompetence, the deaths of hundreds of Americans due to grotesque ineffectiveness in response to a hurricane, the obscene politicization of the justice department and the indictment and conviction of dozens of his staff, W is proud to tell us his values have not changed. He's right. They haven't.

How interesting that he considers it necessary to make such a statement. I don't recall Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Jackson, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Kennedy, or even Clinton having the desire to be known as one who did not sell his soul for the political process. Me thinks thou dost protest...

Alas, the rub strokes deeper, for the notion of selling his soul rests upon a questionable premise. You can't sell what you've already lost.


Anonymous Mariana said...

So sad. So sad.

11/30/2008 4:47 PM  
Blogger The Navigator said...


Indeed, but my sympathies are shallow for the monster that wrath such devastation on so many for the benefit of so few.

I hope Bush gets to see, as time unfolds, the atrocities he unleashed. I'm afraid x4mr is right that the clueless idiot will die thinking he's just swell, a fine Christian man who listens to no one, no way, no how, that does not already agree with him.

11/30/2008 8:45 PM  
Anonymous Mariana said...

It's not about sympathy; It's about me, I have been overwhelmed with sadness. I've read this post three times for the last couple of days, every time I wanted to say something but the words wouldn't come out. Paralyzed by sadness.

12/01/2008 4:04 PM  
Blogger Sirocco said...

I can't fathom the lack of intellectual honesty it takes to govern our country for 8 years and not have one of the positions/ideas/values (whatever you want to call them) challenged sufficiently that you have changed your views on the matter by the time your terms are completed.

12/02/2008 7:50 AM  

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