Wednesday, August 20, 2003
The American Psychosis Writ Large by Copeland Morris
Not long ago an old friend of mine startled me. He said that this unsavory crew in the White House made him "nostalgic for Richard Nixon". I laughed in his face, with the thought that he was joking, since my friend Grayson and I are old lefties and Vietnam War protesters. But he said he was serious: "at least down at the bottom of himself, Nixon had some kind of conscience. At least Nixon could be shamed. He could not bear it if people thought of him as a bad man. But the outlaws now in power are a different breed. Men like Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, John Ashcroft, George W. Bush: men like these are completely shameless. They cannot be shamed".
Who are Bush&Co?--who are these men? They are fundamentalists, true believers, who never question their assumptions.