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— Karl Friedrich Hieronymus, Freiherr von M√ľnchhausen

The Psychology of George W. Bush

I have to thank Markus for this truly enlightening look at the psychology of George W. Bush. And as interesting as the article is, one of the most interesting things in there had nothing to do with psychology, but instead was a survery statistic about the religious Right: is certain that however much Bush may sometimes seem like a buffoon, he is also powered by massive, suppressed anger towards anyone who challenges the extreme, fanatical beliefs shared by him and a significant slice of his citizens - in surveys, half of them also agree with the statement "the Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word".
Half? I have been working under the assumption that somehow a small but vocal faction of the fundamentalist Christian movement was behind this disturbing trend of anti-intellectualism, but this reveals a much deeper trend. To agree with a statement that avers the literal truth of the Bible, you have to be swimming neck-deep in the sacramental Kool-Aid. God help us all.


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