He who is exalted
Indeed. Two equals. And "God" talks to George W. Bush. And of course to Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Oral Roberts, and Anal Robertsworth. It’s a weird thing we have here in the U.S.A. about our presidents, and our pretenders to the throne. In my lifetime they have mostly been sociopaths, the only exceptions being perhaps Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Carter. Maybe Ford, but he disqualifies on grounds of mental deficiency (A bit of inside info there.) Clinton is another special case, I think, in a realm I would call naïve and delusionary. I don’t think he realized the level of evil in Washington, D.C. He was a crappy president, but I don't think he is a sociopath.
Whatever the case, the office of president is no exalted state of being. If it were, then we wouldn’t have this story to read today. That the public radio critic felt free to even say that the President of the United States is on an equal plane with "God" shows that he wasn’t far from what people already believe. Comedians do lampoon the president, but it’s done in a spirit of jealousy and resentment, from below.
When John Kerry "lost" the "election," one reason that was ignored was that he seemed to just be "running for president." No great vision motivated his candidacy, no great ideas to move the nation forward. Just his own sense of importance and need for power and status. The illusion, or delusion, is that the President of the United States is the most powerful man on the planet, God on Earth. Kerry probably got more votes than Bush, but I don't think a majority of people were voting for him. They were voting against the worst president in the nation's history, a criminal sociopath by any objective standard.
At the root of this problem is that, contrary to popular belief, man is not made in the image and likeness of "God," but exactly the opposite. "God" is made in the image and likeness of man. On the material level where we tend to live, we cannot conceive of "God" beyond what we already know. And what we already know is material beingness. So "God" must be a person. A person must have a name and a gender, so "He" is named "God." If "God" is just another guy, but a very powerful one, then it is possible for a propped-up human to be considered "His" equal. Especially on TV, of course, but also in the general population. Witness a comment to one of my earlier postings: "...and you should be thankful that a good, Christian man is leading this country. With the way Americans are headed (gay-marriages, legal abortions...), a Christian in charge of the country is the only hope we have..."
Indeed. A good Christian man. I could refer to any number of refutations of this silliness, but this one will do. Then there are the more than 100,000 deaths in Iraq. All because of lies and greed. And maybe a little taste for mass murder. Hmm. Forget the maybe.
As I have said before, the unraveling of the Bush Crime family will take place on many fronts. Iraq, of course, is one of them. The Social Security scam is another. The free-fall of Tom DeLay still another. Then there are what is know as "wild card" phenomena: natural disasters, more scandals, the tanking of the economy, a disruption in the oil supply, a bad crop year, Bush finally going completely bonkers, the rest of the civilized world having had enough of the Bush gang, and, well, we’ll just have to wait and see.
In the meantime, in between time, maybe the next president of "West Wing" will be Rob Lowe. He’d be the perfect candidate. He has no equal.