Skip to comments.Bush at the Stone Table: The Sacrificial Presidency of George W. Bush
Posted on 01/18/2009 6:20:01 AM PST by vietvet67
Some time ago, writer Andrew Klavan wrote a compelling review of the movie "Batman," comparing the caped hero to George W. Bush. Both figures gave of themselves on behalf of good in a knock-down, drag-out battle against pure, unmitigated evil, and neither was appreciated -- quite the contrary, they were often viewed as the bad guys by an ungrateful public. Klavan's analogy was right on.
A great crowd of people were standing all round the Stone Table and though the moon was shining many of them carried torches which burned with evil-looking red flames and black smoke. But such people! Ogres with monstrous teeth, and wolves, and bull-headed men....
A howl and a gibber of dismay went up from the creatures when they first saw the great Lion pacing toward them.... Then [the Witch] recovered herself and gave a wild, fierce laugh. "The fool!" she cried. "The fool has come. Bind him fast.... Bind him I say!"
The Hags made a dart at him and shrieked with triumph when they found that he made no resistance at all....
And they surged round Aslan, jeering at him.... But he never moved. And this seemed to enrage all that rabble. Everyone was at him now....
At last [the Witch] drew near. She stood by Aslan's head. Her face was working and twitching with passion, but his head looked up at the sky, still quiet, neither angry nor afraid, but a little sad. Then, just before she gave the blow, she stooped down and said in a quivering voice, "And now, who has won? Fool...."
bookmarking an excellent article.
Thanks for posting it.
Bookmarked! I think that we will see more and more articles, such as this one.
Thank you for posting.
It’s snowing again in Mass. My coffee was black and HOT..breakfast pancakes afloat in syrup as I scrolled to the next post. NOW..the coffee is stone cold, and the pancakes are fit for the garbage after reading this post THREE times.
I’ll try for breakfast again, then make my own printout of this. Thank you.
I have a couple of news for you: (1) we do not have that many MPs, (2) loosing our own country for another 40 years to pelosies/reids/clintons/obamas is way-way-way more detrimental than 40 years of all out wars in the ME and other places.
It seems likely that metaphors and analogies about the Bush Presidency will abound in the coming months and years. I identified another real life sacrificial metaphor a couple years ago in: http://drilldown.blogtownhall.com/2007/05/04/between_evil_and_innocence_a_tale_of_two_dogs3.thtml
(That one earned me a good deal of hate mail)
Unfortunately, Bush may be remembered more for his handling of the “financial crisis” than the threat of terrorism. With respect to the financial crisis, I can’t help but find a movie metaphor in the scene from Rocky - where Rocky is knocked down late in the fight and Mick (not wanting to see Rocky injured any more seriously) is screaming from his corner “stay down Rock, stay down!.”
For those few who haven’t seen it - it’s just before Rocky struggles to his feet to land three thunderous body blows, breaking Apollo’s ribs and creating a chance for victory..
But in the real life “Bush Metaphor” - he really does stay down.
The words in this article have touched my heart and made me cry...we have watched the witches and ogres tear at this good man’s flesh for 7 years (right after 9/11 many of my liberal friends here in NYC were damned glad that algore was not at the helm). I’m just so upset that the liberal useful idiots are in control of the MSM and the universities...hopefully some good writers will step forward and pen some seriously unbiased history books for future generations to know the truth...I’m with Tony Blair on this one...9/11 woke us up and now we’ve rolled over and gone back to sleep. Let us also pray that Barack Obama is a good man who will also keep us safe. Benefit of the doubt. He should shut Reid and Pelosi up real fast if he wants a united country—they are dirtbags.
George W. Bush took up his cross, walked the walk, and then silently let his persecutors enthusiastically carry out his political crucifixion. He committed his whole heart to a great reward earnable only much later.
Thank God for Pres. George W. Bush. God bless him.
Wonderful article. Thank you for posting it. He has been a wonderful president and he will be in my prayers always.
I’d feel better about this if Bush hadn’t gone socialist on us. Defending the country from outside threats is pointless if you allow it to be destroyed from the inside.
Leaders lead where they need to go, not where the people want to go. Look at Moses and how he was always fighting his people even after God showed them time and time again to the point they never made it to the Promise Land.
Leaders are not popular while they are leading. President George W Bush was a Leader.
Pray for W, America and Our Troops
The Katrina Hurricane reflects President Bushs term completely. He was the janitor who was left to clean up messes yet gets the blame for those messes. How in the world was anybody supposed to stop a hurricane that caused more damage than 10 nuclear bombs. In addition to the force of the storm the levies that were supposed to keep the water out of below sea level New Orleans were never fortified. The money that was sent to fix the levies had been stolen by corrupt local politicians and the money ended up in their freezers. Then GW gets the complete blame for not fixing the disaster in 24 hrs. Katrina was done masterfully considering the size and scope, but was twisted into a Bush disaster. They should have renamed it to Hurricane Bush.
Just like Katrina, every problem that GW is hated for can be directly traced to Dem neglect and corruption yet Bush gets the blame and hatred. The attacks on 911 were directly caused by the gutting and destruction of our intelligence community by Gorelick and the clinton regime yet President Bush was falsely blamed. That same CIA was handcuffed by clinton and the ones who gave supposedly false information on WMD and Bush gets blamed. He finishes the job that clinton should have done in Iraq and is vilified for freeing 25 million people from a brutal madman.
He made an attempt at solving gaping problems like energy, SSI and immigration only to be pilloried at every turn. Never mind that these issues are emotional traps, he had the courage to take them on and was stoned for those attempts. None of them have simple solutions yet he began the dialogue only to find out that these problems will never be solved since who wants the attacks that go with them.
His final trap was the financial meltdown. By all appearances it looks like he was performing a miracle keeping this economy moving forward for his first 8 yrs. He couldnt keep that going once Lola Pelosi and Dirtbag Reid took over the District of Corruption. Their Party undermined the Banking industry and turned Fannie/Freddie into slush funds for Dem financing. That eventually toppelled those gummit corps just like the NO levies flooding the entire economy and Bush got the blame.
President Bush was always the Lifeguard who if he failed to revive the victim was tried for murder. He was the scapegoat for anything that went wrong as was the penchant of PravdABDNC. He risked everything over and over since he put his Country far above himself. Millions may hate him since he took on huge problems that didnt have catchphrase answers. These were deeply complicated issues that were interwoven in corruption and deceit as well as DNC sacred cows. These issues had multiple layers and no matter how obvious the answer was going to be unpopular. Add to that a hostile opposition media that was going to fan any flames and he became an unpopular President.
The good news for us is that he doesnt really care about popularity. He understands that popularity and leadership are polar opposites. He knows that to be popular you have to do nothing and spend all your time campaigning to make yourself look good. You may be popular but the problems are still there and likely getting much worse. Popular Presidents kick the cans down the street to the next President George W Bush. He understands that his 25% popularity represents real attempts at solving and in many cases actually solving those problems.
Katrina is the perfect symbol of Ws Presidency. It was a storm too big to solve by the gummit, yet he did all he could and took all the blame. Will he become more popular in the future? Who cares since President George W Bush doesnt. His legacy is written in the lives of 50 million Iraqis and Afghani as well as no attacks since 911. That is worth 25% approval ratings to him.
Pray for W and Our Troops