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October 18, 2004

Proud member of the Reality-Based Community

If you missed the Ron Suskind article in the Sunday NYT Magazine (and were consequently able to sleep):

In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn't like about Bush's former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House's displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn't fully comprehend -- but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.

The aide said that guys like me were ''in what we call the reality-based community,'' which he defined as people who ''believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.'' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ''That's not the way the world really works anymore,'' he continued. ''We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.''

History's actors, indeed. The article should be required reading. Coming on the heels of a surprising trip to Oklahoma-- where even my grandparents admitted that W was giving them pause with his disconnect from reality-- we now see that the Administration thinks that the American Empire creates its own reality. Would that it were so... but if we do not defeat these people who believe their lies create a new truth, this Republic is toast. If Bush wins, we will all undoubtedly talk more about leaving the country... but the reality will be that our country will have left us.

Oh, after you read the article, buy one of these.

Posted by jay at October 18, 2004 11:36 AM | TrackBack
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Well, I was sleeping on Sunday morning but now I'm not sure I will sleep again unless John Kerry wins and we are "saved" from this demagogue. I knew he was devoted to prayer as a way of stalling for time and covering up his ignorance of the issues. I don't think I ever realized that he really believes that he talks to God and that God talks to him. Back in the days of reason, this would have been enough to fit him for a little white jacket and a reservation for a rubber room. I am terrified that 42% of this country's electorate thinks that this is reason to elect him to the most powerful office on the planet. As a lame duck president will he decide that God has told him that it's time for the Rapture? And, if he does, what can we do about it? Pray?

Posted by: terry on October 18, 2004 01:31 PM
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