Out, Damn’d Spot!

by JimLarkinsGhost on January 16, 2009

As he exits the blood-stained stage of his presidency, George W. Bush has plenty to feel guilty about.  Warrantless wiretapping, Guantanamo, Katrina, extraordinary rendition, Abu Ghraib, and the politicizing of the Justice Department are just some of the lowlights of this disastrous administration that will follow Bush for his remaining days.

But Bush’s taking the nation to war under false pretenses should always be remembered as one of the great crimes ever committed by an American.  And now, in his final press conference and  his farewell address, Bush appears part Willy Loman, part Lady Macbeth. 

He’s a sad figure, a unimpressive man who has fallen from low heights, and is now struggling with his downfall.  Bush’s pathetic attempt to defend his record conjures up images of Willy Loman.  Like Loman’s, Bush’s is that most sickening sort of tragedy – a tragedy without prior greatness.

But while I imgaine Dick Cheney sleeps soundly every night despite his villainy, Bush seems to show signs of the guilt he keeps buried deep inside.  The look on his face as he uttered these words seems to suggest a glimmer of recognition – some part of our misbegotten leader that knows the true nature of his administration’s dark deeds:

I have often spoken to you about good and evil, and this has made some uncomfortable. But good and evil are present in this world and between the two, there can be no compromise. Murdering the innocent to advance an ideology is wrong every time, everywhere.

The irony of those words is beyond my ability to describe.  I imagine Bush, like Lady Macbeth, sleepwalking through the White House, unable to wash away the profound and horrifying guilt. 

And in his waking hours, what words must keep running through his mind? 

Murdering the innocent to advance an ideology is wrong every time, everywhereMurdering the innocent to advance an ideology is wrong every time, everywhereMurdering the innocent to advance an ideology is wrong every time, everywhere

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