George W. Bush: A Psychogram

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by TigerO, Oct 17, 2003.

  1. TigerO

    TigerO

    What makes Bush, a personal coward who escaped from fighting in Vietnam, tick, a guy simultaneously evil and stupid enough to divert limited resources away from following Al Qaeda, who attacked us on 9/11, to launching an incredibly counter productive war of aggression against Iraq, that unlike the lies Bush would have had you believe did not attack us on 9/11, did not have links to AL Qaeda, and most certainly did not pose the huge and imminent threat Bush was constantly yelling about?

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    "So George, how do you feel about your mom and dad?

    Psychologist Oliver James analyses the behaviour of the American president

    Tuesday September 2, 2003

    The Guardian

    As the alcoholic George Bush approached his 40th birthday in 1986, he had achieved nothing he could call his own. He was all too aware that none of his educational and professional accomplishments would have occured without his father. He felt so low that he did not care if he lived or died. Taking a friend out for a flight in a Cessna aeroplane, it only became apparent he had not flown one before when they nearly crashed on take-off. Narrowly avoiding stalling a few times, they crash-landed and the friend breathed a sigh of relief - only for Bush to rev up the engine and take off again.

    Not long afterwards, staring at his vomit-spattered face in the mirror, this dangerously self-destructive man fell to his knees and implored God to help him and became a teetotalling, fundamentalist Christian. David Frum, his speechwriter, described the change: "Sigmund Freud imported the Latin pronoun id to describe the impulsive, carnal, unruly elements of the human personality. [In his youth] Bush's id seems to have been every bit as powerful and destructive as Clinton's id. But sometime in Bush's middle years, his id was captured, shackled and manacled, and locked away."

    One of the jailers was his father. His grandfather, uncles and many cousins attended both his secondary school, Andover, and his university, Yale, but the longest shadow was cast by his father's exceptional careers there.

    On the wall of his school house at Andover, there was a large black-and-white photograph of his father in full sporting regalia. He had been one of the most successful student athletes in the school's 100-year history and was similarly remembered at Yale, where his grandfather was a trustee. His younger brother, Jeb, summed the problem up when he said, "A lot of people who have fathers like this feel a sense that they have failed." Such a titanic figure created mixed feelings. On the one hand, Bush worshipped and aspired to emulate him. Peter Neumann, an Andover roommate, recalls that, "He idolised his father, he was going to be just like his dad." At Yale, a friend remembered a "deep respect" for his father and when he later set up in the oil business, another friend said, "He was focused to prove himself to his dad."

    On the other hand, deep down, Bush had a profound loathing for this perfect model of American citizenship whose very success made the son feel a failure. Rebelliousness was an unconscious attack on him and a desperate attempt to carve out something of his own. Far from paternal emulation, Bush described his goal at school as "to instil a sense of frivolity". Contemporaries at Yale say he was like the John Belushi character in the film Animal House, a drink-fuelled funseeker.

    He was aggressively anti-intellectual and hostile to east-coast preppy types like his father, sometimes cruelly so. On one occasion he walked up to a matronly woman at a smart cocktail party and asked, "So, what's sex like after 50, anyway?"

    A direct and loutish challenge to his father's posh sensibility came aged 25, after he had drunkenly crashed a car. "I hear you're looking for me," he sneered at his father, "do you want to go mano a mano, right here?"

    As he grew older, the fury towards his father was increasingly directed against himself in depressive drinking. But it was not all his father's fault. There was also his insensitive and domineering mother.

    Countless studies show that boys with such mothers are at much higher risk of becoming wild, alcoholic or antisocial.....

    The outcome of this childhood was what psychologists call an authoritarian personality. Authoritarianism was identified shortly after the second world war as part of research to discover the causes of fascism. As the name suggests, authoritarians impose the strictest possible discipline on themselves and others - the sort of regime found in today's White House, where prayers precede daily business, appointments are scheduled in five-minute blocks, women's skirts must be below the knee and Bush rises at 5.45am, invariably fitting in a 21-minute, three-mile jog before lunch.

    Authoritarian personalities are organised around rabid hostility to "legitimate" targets, often ones nominated by their parents' prejudices. Intensely moralistic, they direct it towards despised social groups. As people, they avoid introspection or loving displays, preferring toughness and cynicism. They regard others with suspicion, attributing ulterior motives to the most innocent behaviour. They are liable to be superstitious. All these traits have been described in Bush many times, by friends or colleagues.

    His moralism is all-encompassing and as passionate as can be. He plans to replace state welfare provision with faith-based charitable organisations that would impose Christian family values.

    The commonest targets of authoritarians have been Jews, blacks and homosexuals. Bush is anti-abortion and his fundamentalist interpretation of the Bible would mean that gay practices are evil. But perhaps the group he reserves his strongest contempt for are those who have adopted the values of the 60s. He says he loathes "people who felt guilty about their lot in life because others were suffering".

    He has always rejected any kind of introspection. Everyone who knows him well says how hard he is to get to know, that he lives behind what one friend calls a "facile, personable" facade. Frum comments that, "He is relentlessly disciplined and very slow to trust. Even when his mouth seems to be smiling at you, you can feel his eyes watching you."

    His deepest beliefs amount to superstition. "Life takes its own turns," he says, "writes its own story and along the way we start to realise that we are not the author." God's will, not his own, explains his life.

    Most fundamentalist Christians have authoritarian personalities. Two core beliefs separate fundamentalists from mere evangelists ("happy-clappy" Christians) or the mainstream Presbyterians among whom Bush first learned religion every Sunday with his parents: fundamentalists take the Bible absolutely literally as the word of God and believe that human history will come to an end in the near future, preceded by a terrible, apocaplytic battle on Earth between the forces of good and evil, which only the righteous shall survive. According to Frum when Bush talks of an "axis of evil" he is identifying his enemies as literally satanic, possessed by the devil. Whether he specifically sees the battle with Iraq and other "evil" nations as being part of the end-time, the apocalypse preceding the day of judgment, is not known. Nor is it known whether Tony Blair shares these particular religious ideas.

    However, it 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".

    Bush's deep hatred, as well as love, for both his parents explains how he became a reckless rebel with a death wish. He hated his father for putting his whole life in the shade and for emotionally blackmailing him. He hated his mother for physically and mentally badgering him to fulfil her wishes. But the hatred also explains his radical transformation into an authoritarian fundamentalist. By totally identifying with an extreme version of their strict, religion-fuelled beliefs, he jailed his rebellious self. From now on, his unconscious hatred for them was channelled into a fanatical moral crusade to rid the world of evil.

    As Frum put it: "Id-control is the basis of Bush's presidency but Bush is a man of fierce anger."

    That anger now rules the world."

    Full Article:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1033904,00.html



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  2. Definitely an interesting article, thanks for posting it!
     
  3. Maverick74

    Maverick74

    Interesting article? The Guardian is like the most liberal, most anti-Bush, anti-America, website out there. OK, It's in the top 5. But still, if your going to post that shit, at least post stuff that is at least a little more objective. I absolutely hate the Guardian. That is the most worthless excuse for a news service I've seen. Did I mention that I hate them? Seriously though, post articles that have a little more credibility. Thanks.
     
  4. So you're another hater...
     
  5. Maverick74

    Maverick74

    OK, fine. Let me put it this way. There is a not a single ounce of credible newsworthiness in the Guardian. It has absolutely no redeeming values. They are full of shame.
     
  6. they are full of shame!! full of shame!! yes! with their alcoholism and slutty women! we will bomb them in the name of allah!! how dare they speak such blasphemies, the dirty infidels!!!
     
  7. Yeah you're right. I think I'll stop reading it and switch instead to Fox-Satellite and all transmissions of White House Press Secretary meetings. The biggest and most intelligently invested budget deficit in US history, a pack of very bright people - Mr. President even studied at Yale! - and foreign relations that make Charlie Manson look like a philantropist. Of course, everything stemming from a set of globally acceptable ethical values.

    All goddamn liberals, not a bit of credit worthiness - and polemic bastards too!
     
  8. Maverick74

    Maverick74

    You know what, I would love to see the Guardian have a cable news network and report their stories in prime time and see what happens. Fox news is the highest rated network on cable? got it? Good. Second, Fox news is held accountable for everything they air and everything they say. If they report a story inaccurately or defame someone's character on the air they would be held responsible. So you don't have to worry about being brainwashed by Fox News, they have a set of standards they have to live up to. The Guardian on the other hand has no standards and they have to answer to no one. They can throw anything out there without any accountability what so ever. If you choose to read that as your credible news source, good for you. Just don't go splatting that all over the place and expect not to get called on it.
     
  9. O.K., so it's only big media that really knows the truth.

    As far as I can judge, the information used for this psychogram is correct, specifically about his alcoholic phasis in life.
    He admitted it himself. BTW, once an alcoholic, forever an alcoholic - simple fact.

    Wow, I bet you even believe that the coalition of the willing (USA, Great Brittain and the Fijis doesn't sound so good on the tellie) has won the war in Iraq and that it was (morally) justified. Or even that the G.I.'s have "captured their hearts and minds" (heard that same phrase 30 years before...)

    Bush is a psychopath. A complete maniac is in control (is he?) of the last remaining super-power and he's brilliantly ruining the US reputation from Novo Sibirsk to Auckland with a Minister of Offence who despised his General's opinions in order to play his personal war games ("lets just send in a few SEALs and they'll finish that job"). The good thing about the Bush-disaster will be the next democrat President following him - he'll have the strong basis of support required for change, not just change in the USA.

    Time will tell.
     
  10. Maverick74

    Maverick74

    So now you are going to attack the guy because he use to be an alcoholic 20 years ago? Are you kidding me? You know what they say about people that live in glass houses? Are there no alcoholics in your family? Do you have any idea the kind of discipline and strength it takes to overcome that disease? Obviously you don't or you would have more respect for the man. And yes, it's true, the disease does not go away, however, he has beaten his demons and hasn't had a drink in some 15 odd years or so.

    The next democratic President huh? And who might that be? Don't kid yourself. There are only two ways that Bush will not win his re-election bid. If our economy goes into a depression and or we lose 10k plus soldiers in the middle east.

    If you think one of those pathetic nine or ten democratic candidates has what it takes to lead this nation and to protect it, you must not be watching the democratic debates. Start paying attention.
     
    #10     Oct 17, 2003