Bush and Faith
I just finished reading an interesting piece in the New York Times Magazine by Ron Suskind entitled Without A Doubt
. In it the author relates some interesting anecdotal evidence regarding President Bush's faith and the role it plays in his presidency. It definitely reinforces my apprehension of another 4 years of Bush. I found one section of the article especially revealing of Bush's philosophic premises:
In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn't like about Bush's former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House's displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn't fully comprehend -- but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.
The aide said that guys like me were ''in what we call the reality-based community,'' which he defined as people who ''believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.'' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ''That's not the way the world really works anymore,'' he continued. ''We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.''
In light of all the recent discussion of Bush vs. Kerry among Objectivists, I realized that a great deal of my apprehension in regard to religion from Bush stems from the fact that for the last three years Bush has been pre-occupied by the "War on Terror". But since he has no similar plan to launch similar preemptive "attacks" against Iran or North Korea, I think domestic issues will play a much larger role in the next four years. This is specifically where Bush's religiosity will affect us most dramatically. That coupled with the possible Supreme Court appointments (I've heard mostly two possible, but the above article mentions four
- that would be abominable) and a Republican majority in the House and Senate is a recipe for disaster!
POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 1:45 AM