Suspension of Reason
By Teresa Simon-Noble
Any act of violence precludes the suspension of rational
thinking while opening the floodgates of emotion.
We have been innundated by a floodgate of emotions following
the act of violence perpetrated upon the New York Twin Towers
on 9/11. From the populace we have heard a constant chorus
of "burn the ragheads, send them home." From the networks
we have watched an unstopping stream across the television
screens of "America at War," or some similar formulation of
the same stream.
From the He-Man-In-Charge walking the corridors of power
at the White House, the choice of his framing the violence
against the twin towers as an Act of War rather than as an
Act of Violence, or even as a Criminal Act, has rung loudly
upon this land.
From the Bush Projectionists there has been a constant flowing
of unfounded, dark, and unproven advisories warning the public
of possible continued acts of violence against the United
States Mainland, and along with it there has been a suppression
of civil liberties, a buildup of the military budget for a
re-armament of the nation's military, a constant drumbeat
of war, a planting, feeding and a triangling of the anxiety
of the nation into a psychology of war, as if war were the
nation's only weapon, only answer.
Too bad that the Selected-He-Man-In-Charge, walking the Corridors
of Power at the White House, arms arched-out a little, hands
turned in, fingers pointed toward his body, really mindful
of a Chimp-In-Charge as he tramps down those halls, has no
way to deal with his own anxieties about his own presidency,
his own role, his own power, his own position in the White
House vis-a-vis the power of his father, and of his father's
Cabinet, other than by triangling it all into his insidious
mentality of war in which opposition to war becomes a sin
at best, a treasonous act at worst, and a, EITHER YOU ARE
WITH US, OR YOU ARE AGAINST US statement which labels those
opposing war as "terrorists" even in the sight of their very
friends who know better.
I am baffled when Pundits claim that this sick pattern emmanating
from George W. Bush and from his father's Cabinet proves to
us how much the He-Man-In-Charge has grown since those vicious
attacks on the Twin Towers. I am baffled to read about those
Pundits who place the Selected Son of Bush as one of the Great
Leaders this Nation ever had next to the two Roosevelts and
to John F. Kennedy. I am baffled to read that GWB has said
that he finally found his niche in the war against terror.
Anxious thinking triangled into bellicose stances are a George
W. Bush staple. In fact, doesn't "niche" mean "a situation
or activity specially suited to one's character or abilities"?
I am baffled that there are those who deny the possible underpinnings
that this war against terror, however it started, may have
been a war created to suit George W. Bush, to give him his
"niche," his high place among the nation's (p)residents.
I am baffled that no one calls Bush on the carpet; that there
is no modern age Socrates willing to deliver GWB from the
darkness of the cave influencing his view; I am baffled that
so many have stepped on to the merry-go-round of Bush's anxiety;
that no one is willing to help him stop this merry-go-round
on which he is constantly spinning and endlessly spinning
us into his pathological quest for war.
What a different world this would be for him, and for the
rest of us if anyone could help him stop the axis spinning
the emotions and emotionality that constantly pour out of
What a different world this would be! What a different kind
of an answer would he have for his Cabinet, for the rest of
us, and for the world if his mind could only see through the
corridors of reason.
Teresa Simon-Noble is a freelance writer. She has worked in
the mental health field for 18 years.