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  •  'Who will rid me of this meddlesome priest?' (0+ / 0-)

    He needn't explicitly order a hit; Henry II didn't actually order the death of Thomas Becket, yet murder in the cathedral ensued.

    (insecure-)Ego-in-Chief Dubya is capable of sinking as low as abysses can go; every time I imagine a line even the spoiled fratboy would not breach e.g. distorting the message of Jesus into its EXACT opposite .... every time I am disappointed.

    Reason w/o fear! "Liberty for wolves is death to the lambs." -Sir Isaiah Berlin

    by Monique Radevu on Sun Apr 30, 2006 at 10:19:17 PM PDT

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    •  Tell me how it makes it easier (0+ / 0-)

      to get people to oppose Bush when we go around telling people that he (intentionally or recklessly) has his domestic political opponents killed?  I don't get the strategy.

      My apologies to students who took my U.S. Government class in the 90s: evidently the Constitution doesn't limit Presidential power after all. Who knew?

      by Major Danby on Sun Apr 30, 2006 at 10:59:26 PM PDT

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      •  sigh ... (0+ / 0-)

        You're setting up a straw mon (mon, get it? I'm Mon-ique) just in order to knock her down. I do not "go around telling ppl (Dubya) has his domestic political opponents killed"; I just have good reason to believe he considers himself above the law: "If the President does it, it's not illegal", especially since we now so conveniently have a 'permanent emergency'. Atty-General Gonzales et al are clearly enablers in this fraud. & sadly, there is perforce no end to the danger this spawns.

        I also believe his followers & circle include MANY who feel excused from normal constraints on behavior (Freud's super-ego) because they follow 'a higher law', much as admirers of historic charismatic leaders & ideologies can & do descend to the most brutal savagery because at some level, conscious/unconscious, their bond with the Great One/Great Cause relieves anxiety as to consequence, brings an ultimate permission, so the id has free play. Pol Pot yields the killing fields of Kampuchea, Nazism gives Kristalnacht.

        See "Freud & the Fundamentalist Urge" by Mark Edmundson in the NY Times magazine 4.30.06, pp. 15-18.

        See also articles & books detailing the perverse ("the noble lie excuses all") influence of Leo Strauss (1899-1973) & his neo-con acolytes (Richard Perle, Irving & William Kristol, Steven Lenzner, Douglas Feith, Stephen Cambone, Leon Kass, Gary 'PNAC' Schmitt, Alan Keyes, Abe Shulsky, Paul Wolfowitz, et cetera ad nauseum) upon this administration, e.g. "Ignoble Liars - Leo Strauss, George Bush & the philosophy of mass deception" by Earl Shorris, Harper's, June 2004, pp. 65-71

        The great liberal/Millian historian of ideas, the admirable Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997), was a contemporary & FIRM opponent of Strauss & his views. I'm proud to follow in Sir Isaiah's company.

        Reason w/o fear! "Liberty for wolves is death to the lambs." -Sir Isaiah Berlin

        by Monique Radevu on Mon May 01, 2006 at 01:03:40 AM PDT

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        •  Oh, I see the problem (0+ / 0-)

          I was addressing what you said, not what you meant to say.

          Very sorry if that puts me on the side of Abu G, Pol Pot, Strauss, Perle, the Kristols, etc.  Surely I shall have to rethink in that case.

          My apologies to students who took my U.S. Government class in the 90s: evidently the Constitution doesn't limit Presidential power after all. Who knew?

          by Major Danby on Mon May 01, 2006 at 07:25:59 AM PDT

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