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Presidential Mutation Through Unnatural Selection

By Dom Stasi
November, 23, 2003

The current President of the United States does not believe in the Darwinian concept of evolution.   This is not unusual. At least it is not unusual in this country.   Neither is it terribly troubling in and of itself.   What is unusual, is that today America finds herself with a president who not only rejects the theory of  evolution, but whom all evidence would suggest, has also neglected to participate as vigorously as he should have in its practice.   More simply stated, wealth and birth might have elevated George W. Bush to high political office without either virtue or talents, but lineage alone does not excuse him from the biological prerequisite and political responsibility of having evolved.  Stated more simply still, George W. Bush is verifiably dumber than his traceable human ancestors, and history confirms that he’s dumber than every single one of his presidential predecessors.  In fact, quoting a description of George W. Bush offered to reporters (back when there were reporters) by Richard Perle one of Bush’s most trusted advisors - and the man who invented the reasons for war with Iraq - Perle said, “He (Bush) doesn’t know very much.”  Indeed.

That the world’s most powerful and dangerous man should reach his fifty-eighth year not knowing very much, is flabbergasting.  But it’s also true. “He doesn’t know very much.”

I don’t like this bit of reality any more than you do.  But the scientific pretext of evolutionary theory is elevated above hypothesis by postulation from empirical evidence.  Thus, we who comprise today’s remnant of the American republic are left to consider empirics which conclude that in a mere 200 years, the impossible linear successor to the genius of Thomas Jefferson, is none other than a drug and substance abusing military deserter and business failure whose family fortunes derive in part from Hitler and Bin Laden,1,2 and whose intellect is roughly akin to that of Australopithecus.  Simply stated, our president has the smarts of a pre-adolescent human child and the mores of a mosaic virus.  This character with his finger on the button that can destroy the world is a demonstrable bonehead.  Think what he might do if he ever learns to pronounce nuclear.

Preeminent Harvard psychologist, Lawrence Kohlberg sums up human moral development in five categories. The least of these is not surprisingly Stage Zero.  Kohlberg writes, "Stage Zero: Egocentric judgment. The child makes judgments of good on the basis of what he likes and wants or what helps him, and bad on the basis of what he does not like or what hurts him. He has no concept of rules or of obligations to obey or conform to independent of his wish."

Perhaps this stage of arrested development is best evident in our grown-up president’s own words, “I see things in black and white.  I’m not about nuancing.”  Or, in his summation of the ideological motivations of the entire human race, all 6.8 billion of us,“You’re either with us, or you’re with the terrorists.”  And my personal favorite, when speaking to Bob Woodward of Watergate fame, the president of the United States said, "I am the commander, see. I do not need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being the president. Maybe somebody needs to explain to me why they need to say something, but I don't feel like I owe anybody an explanation."

Responding to this last statement, psychotherapist Dr. Carol Norris observes, “What a profoundly childlike thing to say (not to be confused with childish). It sounds to me like a kid trying desperately, yet transparently, to convince people he is fit for a role he secretly is unsure he can fulfill and discuss.”  She goes on to add, “It's called: Stage Zero.3

In a representative democracy, that says at least as much about a president’s constituency, as it does about the “leader.”   In aggregate, that’s what’s really troubling… really, really, really troubling.  If there are none so blind as those who will not see, then the blind truly are leading the blind in the disgrace that is 21st Century America.

Easily persuaded by his delusions of god (God wants me to run for President. I can't explain it, but I sense my country is going to need me. Something is going to happen... I know it won't be easy on me or my family, but God wants me to do it.” – George W. Bush) and those of his advisors (“…he doesn’t know very much.” - Richard Perle ), Bush has been little more than a credulous, exploitable mouthpiece for the Reagan era ideologues and crooks with which he’s surrounded himself.  The president of the United States is little more than an organic ventriloquist’s dummy with some sort of inexplicable populist appeal.  His stupidity and the tragedy of September Eleventh have been used to plunge this country into war and insolvency for reasons neither the president nor his advisors can or will demonstrate. He's been prepped and coached and used to mutate a great American tragedy into an instrument of even greater tragedy: September Eleventh/Operation Iraqi Freedom (or its original name, Operation Iraqi Liberation: O.I.L. for short). He stood upon the crushed remains of the dead at Ground Zero, and used his words to seal the fate of more innocents than Osama (Remember Osama?) had ever dreamed.  He stood upon that hallowed ground and deliberately misled this country into believing he is a great deal more than the abject incompetent that has characterized every single one of his prior endeavors.  From his Washington easy chair, he’s taken countless lives, while the “news” tells us only of Michael Jackson, Kobe Bryant, and a small time (just fourteen) serial killer they call the “Beltway Sniper.” There’s little time, one must suppose, for news about the stupid white man I call the “Beltway Butcher.”

Now, while blowing up two foreign lands, imposing untold suffering on random innocents, depleting the US Treasury of nearly a trillion dollars, and using the naiveté, grief, and terror of our own citizens as carte blanche to advance the agenda of the warmongering lunatics comprising his cabinet, he is refusing to reveal what is probably the most important part of a tax-funded report on the events and motivations leading up to the whole horrific affair. The President of the United States is refusing to release us a major part of the very report we the people have funded and for which we've been waiting through two of the most divisive and critical years in our nation's history. He is refusing to release to us, huge sections of the very report justifying or criticizing the greatest act of faith exhibited by any peoples toward any leader in our combined national history. He's taken us to war. He's bankrupted us. Our children are being murdered in foreign streets daily. He's encouraging the loss of personal freedoms. But no matter how heinous the outrage, we've gone along with the apparent stupidity out of some sort of patriotic sense of country. Some might call it fear.

Twenty-eight pages, blacked out, hidden, horded by these tyrants in the used and abused name of security as the deadline for compliance grows nearer. Why are we allowing it? How do we know such control of information is not compromising our security? Where in the hell is the outrage? This is the congressional report on the events leading up to the September Eleventh attack on our country! It belongs to every American. What in God's name has become of us?

Consider how this man’s simplistic stupidity led us to this travesty of power. Bush was told of a New Domino Theory. It went something like this: once a tyrant or two falls through overwhelming American military force, democracy would spread through the Mid East country-by-country like tumbling dominoes. He liked what he heard. With no substantive frame of reference, the stupid president believed it. Perhaps uncurious George W. Bush should have read about the old Domino Theory before invoking the new one. But he acted on his faith – a dismal substitute for knowledge - despite that there is no evidence in all of human history to support such lunacy. Thousands upon thousands died and are dying still.  Now he justifies the bloodshed with sophomoric claptrap. He's already sacrificed our troops to Afghanistan only to let it fall back into the chaos of a Taliban controlled heroin capitol of the world.  Now, with the place in a worse shambles than it was when he found it, but with a powerless American-installed puppet government in place, Dubya's cronies can step in and build the pipeline from the sea to the Urals that his own father tried and failed to do by creating the Taliban in the first place.   And finally, with a fresh and unconditional gift of $87 billion addional tax dollars from our congress, George W. Bush still has time to pull off this Iraq thing, and in doing so he might actually have his first success.4  George might actually complete the oil ring, thus showing his old petrochemical cronies, that - despite his decades spent as the oil executive who never found a drop, and never turned a profit - Dubya can ultimately be remembered as the oil industry's greatest benefactor since the inventor of gas gouging.

 The road to ruin has been paved.  We need only keep following it.  One year after 17% of voting age Americans swept this familied ne’er-do-well into office, a panicked and irrational electorate swept away our founders’ and our Constitution’s system of checks and balances by replacing the legislature with an equally frightened gaggle of primitives, thus leaving the criminal usurpers of the executive branch free to pillage our nation. They did exactly that.  Within two years the largest federal budget surplus in American history gave way to the largest government deficit in the history of all the governments of  the world. Nearly a trillion federal tax dollars have vanished since 1999.  Where are they?  Tell me. I challenge you to tell me the truth without incriminating this administration!4

Every week comes a new outrage.

Last week $87 billion was given to him and his campaign contributors ostensibly  to rebuild Iraq.  The congress was taken off the hook by lying that it was to support our troops.  Yet the first $8.5 million of it went for security and to quell peaceful demonstrations at the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) Summit in Miami.5

What did that have to do with Iraq? How does that support our troops? When did business meetings become breeding grounds for terrorists?  Oops… never mind that last question.

This week Medicare is doomed to privatization.  Next week it will be Patriot Act II that we will inherit at the cost of more of our liberties and billions.   When does the repression and the stealing and the killing stop?  When do we take back America?  When do we return to her founders’ ideals?

How very far we’ve fallen as a peoples.  Thomas Jefferson was America’s architect and her builder.  He wrote the Declaration Of Independence.  No man since has been better fit to lead this country, no man - before of since - more deserving of the honor.  On January 1, 1801 Jefferson was inaugurated America’s 3rd President.  At his inauguration, he said these words, these amazing words, "The essential principles of our Government... form the bright constellation which has gone before us and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation. The wisdom of our sages and blood of our heroes have been devoted to their attainment. They should be the creed of our political faith, the text of civic instruction, the touchstone by which to try the services of those we trust; and should we wander from them in moments of error or of alarm, let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty and safety.”

Two-hundred years later, to the very day, the masterpiece our country’s architect had built us, fell before the twin wrecking balls that are today his party and his high office: the unelected Republican partisan, George W. Bush.

And while lineage, wealth, family, and observed behavior clearly qualify Junior as what Jefferson rightly called an artificial aristocrat without virtue or talents, his nearly every word and deed expose his dismally inadequate intellect as well and disqualify him as our president.  Nothing in his past qualifies him to be our president.  Nothing in his DNA qualifies him to be our president.  Nothing in his actions or policies qualifies him to be our president.  Nothing in the 2001 election results qualifies him to be our president.  So despite the admonitions that we “get over it” coming from the morally-superior hypocrites such as Rush (the name takes on a whole new meaning today, doesn’t it) Limbaugh and the other stupid charlatans whose babble dominates the American airwaves, this moderate, patriotic American - me - will never get over it.  Never!  Not while there’s breath in my lungs and blood in my veins.

This administration has used all the old dirty tricks of separating us, by giving us labels, and by preying on our fears and our ignorance of one another.  Divide and conquer.  They persuade us that we’re a nation of Left and Right and nothing in between. Baloney!  We’re almost all of us in between.  For example, we’ve all been labeled as either patriots or liberals, hawks or doves.  Just listen to talk radio.  It’s a mantra of hatred spewed without letup.  How novel.  How brilliant. How very original.  How patently absurd

"Sooner or later people will wake up. First we have to dump the trap of right and left, this is a Hegelian trap to divide and control. The battle is not between right and left; it is between us and them." --Anthony Sutton, 1999

For specific example, I live in Los Angeles and work in the entertainment industry.  So, according to a very common populist screed, those who would divide and conquer us have called me just another Hollywood Liberal. Many of you have already formed an image.  But I will not be dismissed so easily.  Look a little deeper. You’ll find that like most of us out here in the very American city that was once called America’s fantasy factory (the title now goes to Washington, DC)  I’m not a “liberal.” I’m not a radical, either.  I’m sure as hell not a conservative.  I’m just an American. I am a normal, honorably discharged patriotic American veteran, an engineer, the successful father of two sober, happy, productive professional young adults. I’m a loving son and husband who’s still married to his teen sweetheart after 38 years.  I’m a former Young Republican (back when I was young and there were Republicans) who has never taken an illegal drug or stolen so much as a penny of someone else’s money and who makes his living by helping to create America’s most profitable export: movies.  I’m an American, just like you.  And, just like you, I get pissed off when I’m pigeonholed and victimized by criminals.  I’m pissed off now. I’m really pissed off now!  And I’m gonna stay pissed off until the majority of other normal rational intelligent honest Americans wake up and get just as pissed off as I am.  When that happens - and happen it shall – we will run this unqualified, unelected, and unbearable jackass and his gang of screwballs and crooks out of our White House, out of our government, and out of our lives for once and for all!


The author is an engineer working in the television and motion picture industry in Hollywood.  He was the original chief engineer who helped design and build both HBO and MTV, remaining as an executive with both networks for much of his career.  Mr. Stasi also flew aerial reconnaissance during the Cold War and worked on Project Apollo. He is a frequently published science and technology writer.

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