Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Presidential Personality Profiles - George Bush

“It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen.” - George MacDonald

The skills necessary to get elected to president tend to be the exact opposite skills necessary to be a good president. It goes deeper than that, the skills necessary to get elected president tend to be the opposite skills of what makes a decent human being. People stereotype politicians to build a political story. I don't buy these stereotypes. They're wrong. They do not capture who these people really are. They don't see themselves in terms of "strong" or "weak" or "job creators" or "job destroyers." No one identifiers with these buzzwords. So why do we assign them to them? It's dehumanizing. They become a caricature of themselves and that caricature is a prison. Individuals do have their strengths and their flaws because they are only human, yet these are often not what the public perception is because their supporters and detractors want to paint them with a certain brush. Just watch them - without the spin - and form your own opinion. You'll get a new sense of who someone is.

Let's take former President George Bush:

People liked George Bush because he was a man that they could see themselves having a beer with. Excuse the fact that the guy gave up drinking years ago. I can't say that I disagree with public opinion on this one. I would like to have a "beer" with this teetotaler. He is a man that tells a good, relatable story that gives you a warm fuzzy feeling inside. He isn't the man that keeps you safe, but the man that provides comfort after something goes terribly wrong. Trust me, plenty went terribly wrong when he was president.

He kept people he liked around long after they proved to be incapable of their jobs. He was loyal to them beyond a fault. The power-craven people that he called friends took advantage of his kindness and generosity. His judgement of others - specifically those who he surrounded himself by - was lacking. Some people thought he was dumb because he couldn't see what was in front of him. I believe otherwise. I believe he was a smart man who chose not to see because he did not want to. Never underestimate the power of self-deception. The lies we tell others are white compared to the lies we tell ourselves.

Even if you follow the lessons of Mizaru, Mikazaru, and Mazaru, does not mean that there is no evil around you. George Bush said on Veteran's Day 2011, "The evil ones have roused a mighty nation, a mighty land. And for however long it takes, I am determined that we will prevail. And prevail we must, because we fight for one thing, and that is the freedom of our people, and the freedom of people everywhere." He did not need to go a foreign country to search for the "evil ones", but to simply walk down the hallway...

That said I would love to be your neighbor Mr. Bush - more so than Mr. Rogers - but I just don't want you or your "friends" anywhere near the Oval Office again.

Yet, there is something to George Bush to be envious of. The man is so self-assured that he breathes confidence into others. He inspires people to "Keep Calm and Carry On" in times of trouble. He is so good at this that it took years for people to question him, mainly because it took years for him to question himself. That, in part, is the faith in God who is to not lead you astray. I wish I was I had this confidence, faith, and ability to inspire others, but I do not. Here is why: Though I do not buy the spin that Mr. Bush is a stupid man, Betrand Russell said it quite well, "The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."

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