A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


Friday, August 26, 2005

This is disgusting!

This morning I decided to take a look at the "Huffington Post" and see what the looney left is up to. No surprise that I come across something very mean and wrong.

Pedaling as Fast as He Can by Justin Frank

George W. Bush remains an untreated alcoholic. The untreated alcoholic who has simply stopped drinking treats anxiety as an enemy. Bush’s current enemy, the primary cause of his anxiety, is Cindy Sheehan.

Nobody talks about it – the press is afraid of it — but we are all enabling a man whose grasp of reality is tenuous at best.

Anxiety is always challenging; but when an untreated alcoholic’s behavior is challenged, his anxiety increases dramatically - and with it, the need to numb its sting. Anxiety is then a threat to his abstinence. Instead of learning new means to manage feelings, he has to spend energy fighting his fears. In Bush’s case, he fiercely rides his mountain bike.

Managing his anxiety is one reason presidential briefings have been so simple. USA Today reports on August 25 that Bush’s foreign policy briefings were, until very recently, presented to him with “snappy headlines” and simplistic perspectives leaving “little room for doubt or nuance.” No wonder it was so simple to invade Iraq.

Bush himself said that he doesn't do nuance. The truth is, he can't. Evading anxiety over all these years – whether with alcohol, religion, or exercise – has compromised his ability to think. Instead, Bush relies on daily routines. His bicycling routine is rigidly adhered to; but thinking—and a mechanism to facilitate it—are nonexistent.
I am simply disgusted---so disgusted I really don't know what to say.

For Justin Frank to say such a thing about President Bush, who is a recovering alcoholic, is beyond the pale.

How dare he? How dare Justin Frank, without having any evidence or facts, say such things? I am simply stunned, but not surprised. The Left makes anything it wants up in order to attack someone's reputation.

Perhaps Justin Frank ought to concern himself with a real drunk, one who basically killed a woman on 19 July 1969---that would be Teddy Kennedy.