12/28/2005: Was Good Advice EVER taken in this bAdmin?
I think NOT. But here is some more Good Advice from Robert Kuttner (Boston Globe):
What Bush could learn from Lincoln
"...Lincoln's priority, always, was to preserve the Union and to reduce the sectional and ideological bitterness. As Goodwin brilliantly shows, he did so by the force of his personality and the generosity of his spirit. Lincoln had an unerring sense of when public opinion was ready for partial, then full abolition of slavery, and he would not move until he felt he had the people behind him. He governed by listening and persuading.
By contrast, Bush's entire presidency is about eking out narrow victories, not about building national consensus. Even when he prevails, Bush wins by manipulation and stealth. His legacy is deepened division and bitterness.
Bush is said to live in a bubble. His tiny inner circle protects him from realities that might upset him or challenge his dimly informed certitudes. Lincoln, by contrast, had the confidence to reach out to critics and seek out widely divergent viewpoints..."
Good Advice sure to go unheeded by our Child-In-Chief.
And as far as thinking this bAdmin is ever going to ...reach out to critics and seek out widely divergent viewpoints... Ha Ha Ha Ha Haaaaa! Phu-leeease.
If there is any *seeking* to find *divergent viewpoints* by this Administration, it is to *reach out* and throttle them senseless, encase their feets in bricks of cement and toss them overboard to discuss these positions with that other famous Commander-In-Chief -- Davy Jones. [You can find Davy right next to his *locker.*]
Divergent Viewpoints are Nevah to see the Light of Day in this "We Make Our Own Reality" Based community in the White House. Bleh!
Karen on 12.28.05 @ 06:58 AM CST