Cheryl Seal
Bush's Messianic Complex out of Control
Sun Oct 9, 2005 12:17


Note the similarity in "spirit" between the following two quotes:

"I'm driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan. And I did, and then God would tell me, George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq ... . And I did.'

"I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator."
- ADOLPH HITLER ( Mein Kampf, pg. 46)

There has been international flap this week over revelations that Bush invaded Iraq and Afghanistan because God "told him to." But this is not a new story - those of us not blinded by the glare of Bush's PR machine, have long been concerned about Bush's misuse of religion. But it took two wars, two hurricanes, and an exposť by the BBC to wake the public up.

UPI reports: "Palestinian negotiator Nabil Shaath says in an upcoming BBC documentary Bush told him during a 2003 meeting with Palestinians he was "driven with a mission from God...."President Bush said to all of us: 'I'm driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan. And I did, and then God would tell me, George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq ... . And I did.'""

Now Shaath, obviously intimidated by the wide publicity his revelations received, is backpedaling like crazy. I bet's afraid "BushGod" may be pissed off enough that Shaath spilled the beans to change his mind about a Palestinian state.

So now Shaath claims that Bush's statements "weren't literal" and that Bush was just "illustrating his strong faith."

But many US church leaders have had concerns about what they describe as Bush's "messianic complex." In the run up to the IRaq war, Bush refused to meet with ANY church leaders who did not agree with his views:

Here's an excerpt from a piece in Ekklesia, a theological news site:

"Dan Weiss, the immediate past president of the US Baptist Churches, said: "There is a shift in American opinion and our president up until now will not see us.

"He listens to religious voices but not the voices of moderation. I guess if you have a messianic complex you don't like religious people saying you are wrong."

Unchecked by any media criticism for most of his presidency, and surrounded by spineless, pathetic yes-people, Bush's messianic complex has grown, as has a disastrously misplaced faith in his own "instincts." But why shouldn't Bush worship his "instincts" - when not one advisor, not one person of influence in the media ever criticized or questioned a single decision this idiot ever made? If everyone agrees with a delusional person each time they claim the moon is made of blue cheese, the moon as blue cheese will, to the delusional's mind, become reality.

A recent article in the Progressive discusses Bush's messianic complex:

"What we know about Bush is that he's a man who places an inordinate amount of trust in the seat of his pants. "I'm not a textbook player. I'm a gut player," he told Woodward, who added that Bush used similar phrases a dozen times in the course of the interview he had with the President.

"In medieval times, the measurement of a foot depended on the size of the king's own foot. It was called the regal foot, and now we have the regal gut. "

OF course, these are the same "gut instincts" that caused Bush to fail repeatedly in business due to failed hunches.

The Progressive goes on to quote Woodward: "It's pretty clear that Bush's role as politician, President, and commander in chief is driven by a secular faith in his instincts--his natural and spontaneous conclusions and judgments. His instincts are almost his second religion." [I.e., he places himself second only to God]

"His first religion also comes into play here. Certainly, the President is entitled to practice whatever religion he believes in, and George W. Bush is not the first President to bandy about the name of God or to claim the United States is under the wing of providence. But when his religious fundamentalist beliefs spill over into his job, and when he uses religious rhetoric in inflammatory ways, we ought to take heed."

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