Monday, October 18, 2004

God said it, I believe it, that settles it

OK. I'm not making this up. The article in this week's NYT Magazine [“Without a Doubt,” New York Times Magazine, Oct. 17, 2004] made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.

Ron Suskind (an ex-Wall Street Journal reporter and no flaming lib) remembers a jolly talk he had in 2002 with one of GWB's senior aides. The aide scolded Suskind as belonging to a faction of people with a prejudice in favor of verifiable facts. His name for this faction?

"The reality based community."

I wanna start hitting myself on the head like Lewis Black.

The reality based freaking community.


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.''

Basically, Suskind thinks these cats are anti-rational. Bush operates from his gut, as opposed to, say, a voice in his head, but it amounts to the same thing. He seems to think he has a pipeline to God.

"We create our own reality."

Reality? We don't need no steenking reality. We create our own reality!

Have a nice day.

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