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Bush Regime Officials Show Contempt for ...Their Boss

Posted by libhom Monday, October 16, 2006

Too many OB/GYNs aren't able to practice their love with their patients.

- George W. Bush

David Kuo has stirred up a bit of controversy with his book, Tempting Faith: An Inside Story of Political Seduction. Kuo was the deputy director of the Bush regime's hate-based initiatives office, which was responsible for diverting government grants from inclusive non-profits to ones that discriminate on the basis of religion.

Kuo had too complaints, according to the Time magazine article. First, he was greedy, never being satisfied with the amount of money diverted to his office. In this, Bush was on his side, and Rove his nemesis.

Kuo's other complaint is getting more attention. Senior Bush regime officials routinely referred to the Christian Taliban and its followers derogatory names. The online report from 60 Minutes was quite entertaining.

Specifically, Kuo says people in the White House political affairs office referred to Pat Robertson as "insane," Jerry Falwell as "ridiculous," and that James Dobson "had to be controlled."

All of these criticisms are quite valid, but they are offending militant, Christian fundamentalists. This is creating quite a stir, but the media are missing out on the most interesting aspect of the story. George W. Bush is a Christian extremist, just like Falwell, Robertson, Dobson, and Kuo.

When White House political officials mock the Christian Right, they are expressing contempt for George W. Bush's religious beliefs. When Bush was Governor of Texas, the corporate media covered his religious fundamentalism in an unvarnished fashion. When Bush was selected by the GOP establishment for the party's presidential nomination, he was lionized by the corporate press for being part of both the big money and Christian Right wings of the party.

However, once the 2000 campaign was in swing, the media acted as if Bush and the Christian Taliban were separate from each other. This obligatory forgetfulness served the GOP's agenda, but it gave people the mistaken perception that Bush is faking his religious fervor.

Bush's inability to string together coherent sentences without a teleprompter is enough for anyone to look down on him. However, his own staff members apparently also think that people like Bush are religious wackos. If so, they are correct.

2 comments

  1. Anonymous Says:
  2. When the GOP leadership sees evangelicals, they see people who will believe anything: the earth was created in 7 days, Rapture, the inerrancy of the Bible as a historical record. So can you blame them for taking advantage?


    http://karavans.typepad.com/karavans/2006/10/david_kuo_the_f.html

     
  3. libhom Says:
  4. I think you can always blame people for taking advantage of others, regardless of how ridiculous their world view might be.

    I should also point out that the GOP leadership does push the fundamentalist agenda pretty hard, though nothing would be enough for the Christian Taliban to be satisfied. The GOP's corporate right-wing may have contempt for the Bible-addicts, but they do deliver quite a bit for them politically.

    Some examples:

    "Faith-based Initiatives"

    Blocking lgbt hate-crimes legislation.

    Blocking legislation to protect the queer community from employment and housing discrimination.

    Declaring a constant barrage of "Days of Prayer," even doing so after 911.

    Passing numerous bureaucratic obstacles to abortion, interfering with the right of women to choose on abortion.

    Passing vouchers programs.

    Slaughtering and torturing Muslims in Iraq, Gitmo, and Afghanistan.

     

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