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What George W. Bush Should Have Done

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Bushfamily“Poor George. He can’t help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth.”  Ann Richards

My first visual memory of George W. Bush was when I watched the 1988 Republican National Convention. I was a huge baseball fan at the time (still am, just don’t follow MLB like I once did). My impression of him was he was out of his element. He didn’t belong in this environment.

Many things have been said about Bush, positive and negative. My basic impression of him was that he was never truly his own man.

He faced the dilemma that many children of the rich and famous have to deal with. Imagine being a George Patton. His own career in its own right was distinguished. But he was never going to be as well-known as the father. His youngest grandson took an entirely different path.

George was married to Laura Welch, a school teacher and librarian. It seems he was interested in being a Cowboy. He never was going to be a 4.0 student, but he was involved in one way or another with different pursuits. Back when he was a teenager, he should have told his dad, “I want to go my own way.” Maybe he could have been a curator. A teacher. Who knows.

Children who come into a world of high expectations face pressures that their parents and grandparents didn’t have to deal with. We are living in those times now. Parents, yes raise your children. But don’t be overbearing. Children should be allowed to go with their heart’s desire and not solely use salary and 401K as the basis for a career or life’s pursuits.

Written by chrisforliberty

January 10, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Posted in Politics, U.S. History

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  1. The personality disorders are a subject which interests me. At some point, I dated someone with borderline personality disorder. After studying BPD, I made contact with an old friend who had been married to someone with narcissistic personality. I became interested by the fact both disorders used very similar manipulation tactics, but were different in certain basic ways.

    This article strikes me as correct. George W. Bush has been labeled as a narcissist by other writers, because his administration’s need for secrecy and its smear campaigns against perceived enemies. Like you, I see those being the result of Dick Cheney, who seems like the classic malignant narcissist. George W, for all his faults, seemed like a nitwit. He had the personality flaws of a child of privilege who never had to consider another point of view. In other words, he was a bit of an arrogant jerk, but he probably was a decent guy if you were his friend. His straightforward outlook on life allowed the Dick Cheneys of his administration manipulate him into invading Iraq–though W probably had that deep-seated desire, anyway.

    I’ve read that the two men (Bush and Cheney) hardly spoke to one another in the latter stages of the administration. Cheney’s influence waned over time, which would be right for a malignant narcissist. At some point, W realized he’d been used and abused by a clever man, and their relationship cooled.

    The fact that George W’s daughters appear to have grown into decent human beings is a sign he’s not a narcissist. While philanthropy and even charity work is often done by narcissists to make the world think better of them (see: Sean Penn), at least one and probably both of his daughters appear to be well-meaning people who even seem to lean away from their father on politics sometimes. In other words, regular and fairly well-adjusted people. Narcissism and BPD often run through a family like a family curse, because the same manipulation and lack of empathy these people exhibit is what turns a child into one of these monsters. Not all are turned into NPD, but many are.

    I could be wrong. Experience shows you can never know what goes on behind closed doors. But Bush went away and seems to have let the past go.

    Also, Jeb Bush doesn’t seem like a narcissist. If he were, he likely would have been more aggressive and superficially impressive during the GOP debate recently…more like Donald Trump. Instead, he seemed out of place and uncomfortable. Narcissists project tremendous confidence and glibness. The Bush family seem like elitist snobs, but not malignant narcissists.

    Years later, Dick Cheney is still in the media trying to justify what he did. He refuses to admit a mistake, and says he’d do the same thing all over again. He repeats the same lies (about enhanced interrogation), even when the lies have been discredited. Cheney can’t seem to let the past lie, even when he got away with a tremendous corruption of the American system. In other words, he can’t learn from the past. That’s a sure sign of disordered, distorted thinking.

    Chris H

    August 24, 2015 at 5:15 pm

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