Saturday, April 14, 2007

Another Minion of Satan visits Portland on Friday the 13th


Yesterday, on that "scary day of the year" (with visions of a hockey-mask wearing slasher of naughty teenagers), Karl Rove spoke to a sell-out crowd of Republicans at the Embassy Suites Hotel in the Washington Park area of Portland (Tigard). The protests were minimal, according to news reports, they had prepared for hundreds but only about 25 people showed up. One lady carried a poster full of indictments to "serve" Rove and make a citizen's arrest! Of course, that didn't happen, but at least she got on the news and forced the local evening news to mention Rove's involvement in the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame, the firing of 8 Attorneys, and other list of scandals. I thought about going to add my presence to the protest, but as I thought about it, Rove probably loves that. In his case of swelling ego, ignoring him is probably best. He thrives on attention, probably because he didn't get so much as a child.

I hope you don't mind my calling him "another minion of Satan" (see an earlier post regarding Cheney, Satan's prime minion, who's still on to speak at BYU's commencement in two weeks). I've always been fascinated by faustian tales since childhood. Something about the idea that a person could sell his soul to Satan and think it was a fair and honorable thing to do. What's even more disturbing is why would anyone want to? Not that I believe that there is an actual Satan (I have my doubts), but the idea that a person would do what Jesus knew not to, and yet still claim to be a Christian is particularly baffling to me. Of course, a lot of people seem to think that Christianity equals morality and non-Christians are seen as immoral, no matter how Gandhian they might be in their interactions with other people. Even more baffling is why anyone tempting to make a deal with Satan would even think they'd come out ahead. There's eternity to deal with! No amount of wealth and power in the temporary life of a century long (or less) is worth the anguish of eternity and the bad karma that stems from all the actions one commits with the wealth and power.

Rove should have learned from his idol Lee Atwater, the mastermind behind Bush Sr.'s dirty tricks in the 1980s. Apparently, on his deathbed, Atwater admitted that what he did in the name of a political agenda was wrong and he acknowledged that he was wrong. Such an admission comes too late to make true amends, and what good is it if others haven't learned from it? The damage is done and deathbed conversions seem ego-based, a "get-right-with-God" attempt at forgiveness, as if God was blind to everything a person does in one's lifetime. You are the sum of all you do, and what good is a death-bed confession if you can't make amends to the people you've hurt? At least with David Brock, he confessed to his dirty tricks in the name of the Republican agenda (in the book "Blinded by the Right") while he's still alive and able to make amends and work to undo the damage he caused. But Rove, no such confession yet. I suspect that he is one who will have a deathbed confession or maybe go to his grave unrepentant. I don't see a reversal coming from him anytime soon.

Here is what Rove has wrought: He is considered the mastermind behind making George W. Bush "presidential." That is to say, many believe that Bush would not have even become governor, much less president without Rove's manipulations and dirty tricks. Some of what Rove has done included a whispering campaign against Texas Governor Ann Richards that she was a lesbian (gasp!). A whispering campaign in South Carolina against Senator John McCain that he was (1) homosexual; (2) that he had an illegitimate daughter with a black prostitute (the girl was a Bangladeshi orphan the couple adopted after paying for an operation to have her cleft lip fixed); and (3) that his 5 years as a POW in Vietnam made him "unstable" and brainwashed. Then in the 2000 elections, Republican operatives were sent to Miami to intimidate the vote counters and slow down the process while the Supreme Court deliberated on how to handle the controversial election results. And Republican operatives camped outside the Vice Presidential manor at the Naval Observatory, chanting a demand that Gore get out of Cheney's house...even though the transition did not happen until two months later (on the set date of January 20th). And, instead of seeing the presidency as a representative of all Americans, Rove set out to make divisive politics the way to electoral victory by marginalizing the 50% who did not vote for Bush. By losing the popular vote, Bush should have been more conciliatory towards the majority who voted for Gore and governed from the middle and even appointing Democrats to work in his administration. He did not do that. Instead, he immediately ran to the far right, surpassing Reagan and Nixon.

As pundits have said, the problem with a strategy of basing a presidency on your base constituents, you anger a lot of people and when the bottom falls out on your policies, all you have left is your base, which is about 30% or less...which not surprisingly is where Bush's poll numbers have remained steady since Katrina blew into town. Angering our allies overseas, questioning the patriotism of people who disagree with his policies, destroying the careers of anyone who speaks out against the incompetence of the administration, destroying the honorable military records of political opponents...these are all hallmarks of Rovian politics, the reincarnation of Machiavelli himself! And what has he gotten out of it? True, he might have "won" a midterm election and a reelection of the president in the short term, but in the long run, there's the treasury-draining, military morale-defeating, disaster of a war in Iraq. The death of thousands and hundreds of thousands, not to mention the injuries, the divorces, disruption of personal lives this war has wrought. Rove is at least partially responsible for the misery his policies has caused and it's naive to think that God is not going to hold people accountable for their sins. Whether Rove believes he has a personal savior to absolve his sins or doesn't, I feel sorry for the guy. An authentically spiritual person is one who can see how his/her actions have repercussions for the future, and how those outcomes can lead to good or bad results. Service in pursuit of a political agenda (Rove's stated ambition was to make the Democratic Party irrelevant into basic extinction while our country was ruled by one party--shades of the Soviet Union there!) is not spiritual. Buddha had it right with his Eightfold Noble Path in which "right livelihood" was one of the eight principles on how to conduct one's life.

Because karma is most likely the operating law of the universe, accountability and repercussions are built in. The continuous bad news emanating from this White House is proof that while Rovian politics might have succeeded in the short term, in the long term, it only quickens the demise of the agenda he sought to achieve. Because nothing has gone according to plan (has our troops ever received flowers and chocolate from the grateful citizens of Iraq? What they got was flowering bomb shrapnel and mud on their uniforms), it's safe to say that karmic justice works. We haven't fought a just war since World War II and it was the last time the U.S. emerged truly victorious. Ignoring spiritual principle is not something to brag about, and because of the level of nastiness Rove has wrought on our country and planet, I think it's safe to say that his karmic bill will be astronomical when his life comes to a bitter end.

I wonder what Rove sees when he looks in the mirror. The self-hatred is apparent. A person who truly loves wouldn't act the way he does. He, like Rush Limbaugh, seems to have based his life on avenging whatever injustice he suffered in adolescence. Rove, a non-Mormon, grew up in very Mormon Utah. Did he fit in? Probably not. Was he ever popular or well liked? He is one example of how an inner ugliness manifests itself on the outside. Like Rush, I don't think Rove is a happy person. Some Democrat must have done a number on him years ago for him to act that way. It's a shame that he conned Bush into going along with his Machiavelli schemes. Our world suffers greatly because of it. And the even bigger tragedy of it all is that McCain seems to have joined the Rove brand of politics of personal destruction, forgetting about all the things Rove did to him in 2000. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, eh? At least the increasing disaster in Iraq has discredited the Rove brand, as I don't see the American people falling for divisive political leaders any time soon. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding.

1 comment:

Seven Star Hand said...

Hey Sansego,

Good post. You're 100% correct that karma (truth and justice) are coming home to roost for these duplicitous scoundrels.

There's much more on the way...

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