Originally posted by Moe_in_Texas
[B]I know that most here don't like the Bush Administration. That's more than obvious. I am curious.
Do you you think he is a decent guy who listens to the wrong people?
Do you think he is well intentioned and has the interests of the American people in mind, even you you disagree with his methods?
Do you think he is a bad guy? Do you think he is an evil man with a selfish agenda out to serve only himself and his friends?
Just some random thoughts...
His ultra-privileged life and surroundings makes it tough to relate where he's coming from. For most people, he might as well be from Mars. All we have to go on, re. "is he a decent man?" are the decisions he has made in public life. A 'yes' or a 'no' will depends upon one's ethical, ideological (and spiritual) sensibilities.
My gut feeling is that he has never really been his own person and he doesn't really know himself. I think he has always been very easily led, and with constant awareness of the safety net of his family's vast wealth, he has never had to deal with the grittier stuff that most people deal with,...he has never had to go through the tough stressful stuff thats characteristic of life in a modern industrial society. I recently heard someone call this "financial terrorism"...ie the constant terror that so many people deal with on a day to day basis: "one paycheck ahead of being on the streets"...
GWB didnt deal very appropriately with his personal issues,.. (as many of us don't), as evidenced by years of drug and alcohol abuse. Should he have been brough up in regular surroundings, and interfaced with regular people, would George W. Bush be very different to the person he is now? That is unknowable of course, but worth a thought. From the public record, he tends to relate to people of power, wealth and privilege; thats his 'hood.
Re. your 3 options, IMHO:
(1) he definitely listens to the wrong balance
(2) re. his intentions: he is well intentioned towards those in his neighborhood and class, but he believes that his perceived good intentions towards the privileged will automatically filter through to the American people as a whole. I disagree vehemently with that extremely naive
(3) if there is any 'badness' within GWB, then I believe it is more due what he has assimilated, rather than what is inherent. I believe that he is the wrong man for his current job, and because he isn't the "sharpest blade in the packet" and is also easily led, this makes him the perfect candidate for those who an charge of the reins of power.
Edit: Re. the E word:
I believe that some of the decisions coming out of the White House are pretty evil...but are those decisions coming from the man himself, or from the influential bodies and organizations close to the administration that have power and sway on the administration itself? Does that make him complicit as accessory.. or does he have little choice in the matter... just the guy at the end of the line who provides the autograph?