"It is my experience that evil seems to run in families."�M. Scott Peck
May 18, 2001�Not by accident, the swastika and other Nazi trappings, including Adolph's moustache, started showing up on websites prior to and during the selection of George W. Bush as the new
White House resident. They adorned Bush, Cheney, Ashcroft, the Supreme Court Five, and many of the proposed cabinet members. These mineshaft canary warnings were often couched in humor, but evil is no
laughing matter, nor is fascism. Otherwise the joke is going to be on the planet and the creation thereon. Perhaps the properly aligned wealthy will be left smiling. Perhaps.
In his book, The Conspirators: Secrets of an Iran-Contra Insider (National Liberty Press), former CIA operative, Lt. Cmdr. Al Martin (US Navy, Ret.) says this about George Bush,
Sr. in the context of the virulent Iran-Contra fraud:
There was always a fear of the idea of putting all of Iran-Contra together under one roof, and spelling it out for the American
people. The fear was�what would the people's reaction be?
Would it actually prove to be politically and economically destabilizing to the nation for the people to know the truth because of
the way the people may react . . . , and the consequential loss of confidence that would come from the people knowing the truth?
Frankly, I've always agreed with that
idea, that it's better for the people themselves not to know the whole truth. I've always thought that. And it is that very notion that has allowed the fraud to happen. It allowed it to go forward.
It allowed it to expand.
It's what George [H.] Bush had said to me
privately once when I was at a dinner with him in Miami in late 1985. Jeb was there . . . The whole cast of characters.
But George Bush, Sr. always said that his
concept of government, what he believed in, and how he always operated, was on the Big Lie principle. (p. 274)
Poppy, Poppy's shadow, Poppy's cronies, Iran-Contra, Bush, Jr., and Jeb . . . this is the "family" that now occupies the White House . . . the coca leaf doesn't fall far from the shrub . "The
"Big Lie principle," the words elicit not only memories of Joseph Goebbels but the widely read book by psychiatrist, M. Scott Peck, MD, People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil (Simon
and Schuster, 1983).
As the Bush cabal boldly goes where no administration has gone before, people are wisely asking, "Who are these guys (and gals)?" What kind of family do we have running this show?
Unlike Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, pursued by a relentless posse, we know the Bush cast of characters by name. But who they are is tied to the more important question, what are they
about? Are they simply compassionate conservatives who show up for meetings on time, shoes polished, with their cell phones switched off, or are they something else?
Dr. Peck stresses at the outset, and throughout his book, the importance of acknowledging and facing the evil done in one's own life. Everyone misses the mark�sins, if you will. Good and evil
people are alike in that regard. This caution is given, not to prevent us from judging one another but "to judge others only with great care, and that such carefulness begins with self-judgment." (p. 10)
As Peck's book unfolds, so does his definition of evil: "Evil, then, for the moment, is that force, residing either inside or outside of human beings, that seeks to kill life or liveliness. And
goodness is its opposite. Goodness is that which promotes life and liveliness" (p.43).
When then Governor Bush made fun of convicted murderer Karla Faye Tucker, we had a glimpse of evil momentarily exposed. As many people know, in August, 1999, Bush was interviewed by Tucker
Carlson for the September issue of Talk Magazine. Bush explained to the reporter he had watched a Larry King interview with Ms. Tucker prior to her execution. King "asked her real tough questions,
like," said Bush, "'What would you say to Governor Bush?'" Carlson asked Bush how she answered.
"'Please,' Bush whimpers, his lips pursed in mock desperation, 'don't kill me.'"
Margaret Carlson, in "Death Be Not Proud," Time Magazine, February 21, 2000, summarizes the Governor's dismissal of the convicted Texas murderer's humanity. "Like Bush himself, she had found Christ in midlife. He could have issued a 30-day reprieve and signaled to the parole board that Tucker should be granted clemency. He didn't. Although he said he was anguished by the decision. . . ." Bush's heartless mocking was not the response of either an anguished or a compassionate man. In fact, of the 152 executions he presided over as governor, Bush is reported to have spent no more than 15 minutes reviewing clemency recommendations. A breezy, cavalier approach to "life and liveliness."
Doug Potter writes in the Austin Chronicle ("Hit and Run: Surveying The Texas Wreckage of George W. Bush," March 16, 2001):
According to some reports from the
Capitol, Bush's private attitude toward executions was more accurately expressed by the Tucker comment than by his public sanctimony.
John Niland of the Texas Defender Service
said, 'If there's one thing that struck me�as somebody originally from Texas and then returning from out of state�it was the apparent glee with which the executions were carried out . . . on several
days holding two executions, as if one had lost the impact. Sometimes it just seemed that rather than [the state] seeing the executions as carrying out an unfortunate aspect of the law, it was as
though they enjoyed it.'
Bush defenders will jump up and say, "Yes, but Bush opposes abortion." He also supports pollution and the exploitation of resources in a way opposed to all forms of liveliness. More people,
animals, insects, and plants will die due to Bush's anti-environmental stance than would aborted fetuses. Besides, anti-abortion either kills grown women outright or kills any hope they, and frequently
their children, may have for a better or decent or meaningful life. Then, of course, there are the wars yet declared waiting in the wings. Towards all of the various manifestations of the Life Force,
save his "family" and wealthy supporters, George W. Bush is simply not a pro life kind of guy.
Let's continue with Peck, and his definition of evil. (I'm touching on only a few of Dr. Peck's points. It is well worth reading People of the Lie in its entirety.) When confronted by
those who are evil, we tend to be confused; what, we wonder, is going on? One day Bush breaks his C02 pledge; a few days later he vows to reduce greenhouse gases! Being confused "is quite appropriate.
Lies confuse. The evil are 'the people of the lie,' deceiving others as they also build layer upon layer of self deception." (p.66)
Recently, the website, Bush Watch, had a "Bush Lies" update, March 27, 2001. Keeping track of the daily changes in
what Bush really means could be a full time job. Clinton's, "I never had sex with that woman!" was easy to follow by comparison. The skimmed over, massaged Bush lies are an altogether different matter.
So, I was pleased to see that "Politex" of Bush Watch had cited 11 Bush lies going back to February 1, 2001.
Here are some of Politex's comments introducing the lies:
Bush lies so often and in so many
different ways that I've never had the patience to keep a list of them. . . . Now, of course, we all know that Gore lies, Lott lies, Cheney lies, etc. But the difference between those liars and Bush
is the Resident tells us that he is telling the truth when he is lying. Hence, he will tell us what he is going to do, like get his proposed tax cut from the surplus, then try to get his proposed tax
cut from military and Medicare funds, instead. Or, once he has actually begun a program, tell us lies about how or why the program has begun. Or tell a closed-door Dem meeting something and then
swear up and down the next day that he didn't say it. Or saying, 'Yes, ma'am and meaning 'No, ma'am.' Or having a spinner say the opposite the next day. Or, or . . . you get the idea.
More and more people are starting to get the idea. Every time Bush goes someplace safe to whine and wheedle about his need for the tax cut for his wealthy supporters, the one that would provide
most people about $13.00 a month for the next 10 years, we know he's lying. More to the point, he knows he's lying. Both words and the truth die on the lips of George W. Bush, and his heart is the graveyard of compassion. But Bush's wealthy supporters love their man who was raised on the Big Lie principle. Gloria Borger, in the April 9 issue of US News & World Report, quotes
Bush strategist Karl Rove's gushing about the extreme right's enthusiasm for Bush, "'And they love Bush because he's doing things out of principle.'" Yes, the Big Lie principle.