Monday, October 17, 2005

Getting back to rendering to Caesar....

An as yet little discussed aspect of the current White House meltdown: the famous Bush demand for loyalty.

Bush's friends contend that it is the conservative elite, not the President, who miscalculated and that self-righteous right-wingers stand to lose their seats at the table of power for the next three years. "They're crazy to take him on this frontally," said a former West Wing official. "Not many people have done that with George Bush and lived to tell about it." If a Justice Miers eventually takes her seat on the court, vocal critics can only hope the Bush Administration handles the punishment of the treasonous as poorly as it is currently promoting one of its most loyal subjects.
LBJ once famously said: "I want real loyalty. I want someone who will kiss my ass in Macy's window, and say it smells like roses." Which you can get, so long as you have the power to get it. Part of "rendering to Caesar" is giving Caesar his due; and one renders to Caesar what one has to give up. If Caesar can no longer demand anything of you, what power does Caesar still have?

More and more it looks like Bush, like the unjust steward, is going to be welcomed into those "eternal homes" sooner than he expected.

And, lest we forget: the BBC is reporting that Pakistan needs more tents than are available in the world. "Winter-weight" tents, that is, shelters that will actually protect people from the winter that is coming in the Himalayas of Pakistan. Politics really has very, very little to do with what really matters in the world.

The world seems bent on teaching us that lesson, over and over and over again.

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