Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Endless Love

Yesterday on NPR's "Fresh Air," Terry Gross interviewed a man close to your own heart, the vice president for governmental affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals, Richard Cizik.

This man's compassionate and sophisticated approach to policy discourse, to partisan politics, and to his own organization's mistakes truly made me stop and think, Bush.

I disagreed with most of Mr. Cizik' s positions on social issues, but his frankness and humility made me eager to listen, and to search for areas of common ground (like his belief that the NAE should prioritize poverty and environmental work).

When the interview concluded, I began to fantasize. How would things be different now if the "compassionate conservatism" you espoused during the campaign turned out to be more than just empty rhetoric? What if you had not abandoned our domestic poor to focus all of your energy on a strange, polarizing, crusadist foreign policy?

The hilarious images of "Bush and Blair Endless Love" helped feed the fantasy. I wonder, Bush, do you remember what it's like to be in love?

3 comments:

PeterAtLarge said...

Nice post, Cardozo. Hilarious video clip. Clever stuff. Thanks, PaL

GringoWithoutBorders said...

Let us just hope that this Environmental stuff does not become a religion whereby we invade and tell other people in the world when, where, how or if they can use their own land. Maybe kill them if they dont listen.

Mix in religion and one can justify any atrocity against the heathen natives of foreign lands.

PK said...

LOL on the video Cardozo;D! You know, that was the one who surprised me the most...Blair. I was never so disappointed when he hooked up with Bush. They had head lines across the pond that said "WHY?!" when Bush was voted in. When Blair went with Bush, I was hoping we would reciprocate with our own "WHY!?". Good post Cardozo...