George W. Bush: A Symptom of
By Charles Sullivan
Clearing House" -- - Sometimes you look around and wonder
how things could have gone so wrong so quickly. America
has become the antithesis of everything she purports to
be. We are the greatest purveyors of violence the world
has ever known; the largest weapons dealers on earth;
and death and misery are our principal exports.
Everything is for sale here, even men’s tormented
souls—at least, those who still possess them.
Our imperial leader, an impish little man with clear
sociopathic symptoms, is incapable of empathy for the
struggles of the common people, as those born into
wealth and privilege often are. The man with his finger
on the nuclear detonator is mentally ill, incapable of
remorse—a fact that should terrify every world citizen.
I do not say this out of malice or to demean the
president; it is simply a statement of fact based upon
quantifiable evidence that any student of psychology
would easily recognize.
The fact that such a misfit could ascend to the
presidency is testimony to the effectiveness of the
capital system. Under capitalism, political power is not
derived from the people, as would be the case in a
democracy; nor does it not flow from the bottom up—it
matriculates from the top down. It is really quite
simple: The men and women who are in office were put
there by people with immense wealth to represent the
interests of the wealthy, to make money for them. And
that is exactly what they are doing.
In many ways, George W. Bush is the perfect man for the
job, if one understands what his real work entails as an
emissary of the ruling class. He possesses all of the
qualifications the vocation requires: callousness and
indifference to the needs of others, the absence of
conscience, truncated mental capacity; the inability to
reason and to analyze; the incapacity to admit wrong
doing; a penchant for cruelty that includes the
enjoyment of inflicting pain and torture on others, as
well as a powerful sense of nobility and entitlement
that stems from being born into wealth and privilege. He
is also a pathological liar.
From the president’s sickly perspective, the admission
of failure is equivalent to a declaration of weakness
and indecision, which explains his inability to change
course, even if it means the destruction of America.
Thus he has no guilt about sending thousands more men
and women to kill and die in Iraq. You see, the
president’s mind is defective. It does not work like the
minds of normal human beings.
Corporate America placed George W. Bush in the White
House to wage endless war; to bankrupt the federal
treasury to the extent that few social programs will
survive, and virtually all of our tax dollars will go
into supporting the military industrial complex. The
people who put him in office intend to end public
ownership of the commons, as well as all government
programs that do not directly benefit the wealthy.
Let me clarify what this entails. If Bush and his
handlers prevail in the class struggle, all social
programs of value to the middle class and the poor,
including Social Security, will be privatized and run
for profit. The National Parks, National Forests, and
all public lands will be privatized, and divvied up to
private vendors such as the Disney Corporation. The
public school system, like the public airwaves, will
become for profit entities to serve corporate interests.
Educating our children will be of secondary importance
to the profitability of the corporations managing the
schools. Every public service will be transferred to the
private sector in order provide more wealth to corporate
America at public expense.
We see the foundations of privatization being laid in
Iraq by the war profiteers. Billions of dollars in
stolen wealth are being hauled out of Iraq by the very
same corporations that lobbied for war. War is money and
in America money is power to control the political
process. It is a vicious cycle that will not end until
the people recognize it for what it is and rise up
Certainly no man of conscience or integrity could so
easily betray the people of America he is sworn to
serve. That is why George W. Bush is the right man for
the job and he is abetted by a compliant Congress acting
under the influence of corporate lobbyists. But the
president and his accomplices in Congress are only
symptoms of a more pervasive disease that deeply
afflicts our political system—capitalism. Class war is
being waged simultaneously on many fronts and the dough
keeps rolling in.
Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President,
Justin Frank, Harper Collins, 2004
Charles Sullivan is a photographer, free-lance writer
and social justice activist residing in the Ridge and
Valley Province of West Virginia. He welcomes your