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Bush Official, in Book, Tells of Pressure on ’04 Vote – NYTimes.com

August 29, 2009 By: Theoblogical Category: Theoblogical

As  if this surprises us.  Just something to file to trot out for the obligatory dismissal of Tom Ridge as part of the liberal conspiracy (even though he was a Bush administration apointee)

Tom Ridge, the first secretary of homeland security, asserts in a new book that he was pressured by top advisers to President George W. Bush to raise the national threat level just before the 2004 election in what he suspected was an effort to influence the vote.

Bush Official, in Book, Tells of Pressure on ’04 Vote – NYTimes.com

Relief

November 05, 2008 By: Theoblogical Category: Theoblogical


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Jesse Jackson's tears of joy

Not that our troubles are over,  but I breathe a big sigh of relief that the “permanent Republican majority” envisioned by Karl Rove is history and on the trash heap.   I am proud of who our president is for the first time since the early Clinton days (and much more hopeful than I was even then).  But that “hopefulness” is not without recognition that this is going to be tough,  and I won’t be surprised to see conservative bumper stickers that say “I told you so” within the first year of Obama’s first term.
But I am so glad that on Jan. 20th,  we will see what will truly be “The End of an Error” (as the Dem bumper stickers say).  What a disaster,  and what incompetence and corruption.  That so many allowed themselves to be convinced that anything that still has connections to anything in this administration will be of any good to them,  considering the extent of the corruption and deception to which we were subjected for the past 8 years,  I am just flabbergasted.  And today,  something that even tops that:  Ted Stevens is leading in his senate election race in Alaska (albeit by a small margin) AFTER BEING CONVICTED of multiple felonies.  How does that come even close to happening?  Incredible. Right now, though, I’m looking for a pic from last night of Jesse Jackson with tears on his face at the Obama victory speech. (update: obviously, I found it)

Suskind and The Enlightenment

August 10, 2008 By: Theoblogical Category: Theoblogical

I was a taken down a notch in my enthusiasm for Suskind’s book ,  when,  at Part 3,  about 113 pages in,  he has something that is like a celebration of the Age of Reason ,  and pits it against the “faith” approach.  He says that the two are compatible,  but it is clear that for him,  “reason” is the driver that gets us through to a healthy politic. 

I have seen this from Suskind before,  and sensed it in his reactions to Bush’s propensity to “go with his gut”.  But the problem is not Bush’s “trust” in his gut,  but how his “gut” has been formed.  The things which created the “gut”, those criteria for “sensing” what’s going on,  is not formed by a church that works within the story that God’s people have produced;  a story which equips that people to recognize that the Kingdom of God is a different world;  and that it is to exist as a contrasting polis. 

The “reason” solution is to go with a different story from the “crusade” story,  and with that I canidentify.  But it presumes that the “church” solution is the one offered by Constantine and The Holy Roman Empire, or by numerous other incarnations of a church in league with powers that lord it over others.  Suskind extols the virtues of the “founding principles”.

The drama,  at this moment, involves the most powerful nation on earth and its struggle to rediscover its original , transforming principles.  The battle over those oaths –to basic integrity in the public place, to accountability to the governed,  and to controlling power’s raging tactical urges — is visible in what unfolds at present and in a reprise of how America arrived at this impasse.

So for Suskind,  it is a matter of “renewal”.  But for Suskind,  it seems that the “original, transforming principles” calls upon a national ideal,  and it is true that just from this vantage point,  it is certainly possible to look at Bush as a national traitor.  But for me,  that falls way short of the extent to which the Bush administration has set in motion a great evil.  He has brought the country to the extremities of empire hoisting behavior.  And it has set the United States up as a force to be reckoned with for all of us who want to see and live in a world that is as God sees it,  and what God plans for it.

By and large,  the church has “played it cool” and avoided language of protest because it would cost members.  It also avoids too much contact with the world which is groaning under the weight of the pressures of the empire to have us all be participatory citizens.

Suskind’s Book Excellent

August 09, 2008 By: Theoblogical Category: Theoblogical

Ron Suskind New Book Before I turn in tonight,  I’ve been reading (about 100 page so far), Ron Suskind’s book The Way of the World,  and it is excellent.  It is much more than a story about the workings of the Bush White House and its efforts to get its way,  but it is also a story of the attempts of several families and persons to work for a healthy country.  This serves as an even deeper judgment upon the Bush administration,  who seem to be working in a direction opposite of these other people whose stories are woven throughout the narrative,  and whom we revisit every chapter or two. 

When they have nothing else to say

August 06, 2008 By: Theoblogical Category: Theoblogical

Then there’s character assassination.  That’s the only thing they can throw at it,  since they have NOTHING to answer with.  Ron Suskind with a new book ,  with still more on the liars known as the Bush administration, is the newest target of the character assasination that is used on whistleblowers who add towhat is seeming like an almost daily lineup of people who listened to all the plans and intentions to deceive us.

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