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Bankrupt Soul

By E. L. Doctorow

I fault this president (George W. Bush) for not knowing what death is. He does not suffer the death of our twenty-one year olds who wanted to be what they could be.

On the eve of D-day in 1944 General Eisenhower prayed to God for the lives of the young soldiers he knew were going to die. He knew what death was. Even in a justifiable war, a war not of choice but of necessity, a war of survival, the cost was almost more than Eisenhower could bear.

But this president does not know what death is. He hasn't the mind for it. You see him joking with the press, peering under the table for the WMDs he can't seem to find, you see him at rallies strutting up to the stage in shirt sleeves to the roar of the carefully screened crowd, smiling and waving, triumphal, a he-man. He does not mourn. He doesn't understand why he should mourn. He is satisfied during the course of a speech written for him to look solemn for a moment and speak of the brave young Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

But you study him, you look into his eyes and know he dissembles an emotion which he does not feel in the depths of his being because he has no capacity for it. He does not feel a personal responsibility for the thousand dead young men and women who wanted to be what they could be.

They come to his desk not as youngsters with mothers and fathers or wives and children who will suffer to the end of their days a terribly torn fabric of familial relationships and the inconsolable remembrance of aborted life.... They come to his desk as a political liability which is why the press is not permitted to photograph the arrival of their coffins from Iraq.

How then can he mourn? To mourn is to express regret and he regrets nothing. He does not regret that his reason for going to war was, as he knew, unsubstantiated by the facts. He does not regret that his bungled plan for the war's aftermath has made of his mission-accomplished a disaster. He does not regret that rather than controlling terrorism his war in Iraq has licensed it.

So he never mourns for the dead and crippled youngsters who have fought this war of his choice. He wanted to go to war and he did. He had not the mind to perceive the costs of war, or to listen to those who knew those costs. He did not understand that you do not go to war when it is one of the options, but when it is the only option; you go not because you want to but because you have to.

This president knew it would be difficult for Americans not to cheer the overthrow of a foreign dictator. He knew that much. This president and his supporters would seem to have a mind for only one thing --- to take power, to remain in power, and to use that power for the sake of themselves and their friends. A war will do that as well as anything. You become a wartime leader. The country gets behind you. Dissent becomes inappropriate. And so he does not drop to his knees, he is not contrite, he does not sit in the church with the grieving parents and wives and children.

He is the President who does not feel. He does not feel for the families of the dead; he does not feel for the thirty five million of us who live in poverty; he does not feel for the forty percent who cannot afford health insurance; he does not feel for the miners whose lungs are turning black or for the working people he has deprived of the chance to work overtime at time-and-a-half to pay their bills --- it is amazing for how many people in this country this President does not feel.

But he will dissemble feeling. He will say in all sincerity he is relieving the wealthiest one percent of the population of their tax burden for the sake of the rest of us, and that he is polluting the air we breathe for the sake of our economy, and that he is decreasing the safety regulations for coal mines to save the coal miners' jobs, and that he is depriving workers of their time-and-a- half benefits for overtime because this is actually a way to honor them by raising them into the professional class.

And this litany of lies he will versify with reverences for God and the flag and democracy, when just what he and his party are doing to our democracy is choking the life out of it.

But there is one more terribly sad thing about all of this. I remember the millions of people here and around the world who marched against the war. It was extraordinary, that spontaneously aroused oversoul of alarm and protest that transcended national borders. Why did it happen? After all, this was not the only war anyone had ever seen coming. There are little wars all over the world most of the time.

But the cry of protest was the appalled understanding of millions of people that America was ceding its role as the last best hope of mankind. It was their perception that the classic archetype of democracy was morphing into a rogue nation. The greatest democratic republic in history was turning its back on the future, using its extraordinary power and standing not to advance the ideal of a concordance of civilizations but to endorse the kind of tribal combat that originated with the Neanderthals, a people, now extinct, who could imagine ensuring their survival by no other means than pre-emptive war.

The president we get is the country we get. With each president the nation is conformed spiritually. He is the artificer of our malleable national soul. He proposes not only the laws but the kinds of lawlessness that govern our lives and invoke our responses. The people he appoints are cast in his image. The trouble they get into and get us into, is his characteristic trouble.

Finally the media amplify his character into our moral weather report. He becomes the face of our sky, the conditions that prevail: How can we sustain ourselves as the United States of America given the stupid and ineffective warmaking, the constitutionally insensitive lawgiving, and the monarchal economics of this president? He cannot mourn but is a figure of such moral vacancy as to make us mourn for ourselves.

-- E.L. Doctorow _____________________________________

(E)dgar (L)awrence Doctorow occupies a central position in the history of American literature. He is generally considered to be among the most talented, ambitious, and admired novelists of the second half of the twentieth century. Doctorow has received the National Book Award, two National Book Critics Circle Awards, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Edith Wharton Citation for Fiction, the William Dean Howell Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the residentially conferred National Humanities Medal.

Doctorow was born in New York City on January 6, 1931. After graduating with honors from Kenyon College in 1952, he did graduate work at Columbia University and served in the U.S. Army. Doctorow was senior editor for New American Library from 1959 to 1964 and then served as editor in chief at Dial Press until 1969. Since then, he has devoted his time to writing and teaching. He holds the Glucksman Chair in American Letters at New York University and over the years has taught at several institutions, including Yale University Drama School, Princeton University, Sarah Lawrence College, and the University of California, Irvine.


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The whole family has no Soul, The most corrupt bunch of Animals since Hitler. And the bad thing is they breed nothing but Hatred and lies. The most Godless, money grubbing War Freaks in history.

Buscho are corrupt, moronic thugs.

Animals though, have wisdom-- they take what they need and respect their niche.

I respect your anger, but instead of comparing Bush to animals (animals in the wild are intelligent, wise, and respectful, only hunting or foraging what they need.) how about comparing Bush to the ebola virus?

I've never heard of animal that wanted to wipe out life on earth. But this is exactly what Bushco is up to.

Bush -= ebola
Neocons = Black plague

What do you call someone who has no sense of right and wrong - is it a sociopath?

If you cannot differentiate between right and wrong, you cannot develop a conscience, you cannot feel compassion and you cannot empathise with the suffering of others.

So how many thousands will have to die or be maimed before he loses that despicable daddy's boy smirk. I suspect he will burn the world just to see the pretty colors it makes.

To compare Bush to Hitler is to do Hitler a disfavor.

Its usually psychopaths at the post office that make the papers.
Now the papers won't report on the psychopath that rules the oval office... and his satanic puppetmaster rove.

Neocons: American Psychos

Bush pours on the charm like Ted Bundy did during his trial, what is that brand of sociopath?> uncanny that anyone still follows him. But remember, Ted Bundy had offers of marriage!

You made me cry,for your words speak the truth and it's my country.
We have a president that has no heart,or compassion for human life.

What makes a man become so heartless,I do not know.
Many things,a cloak of wealth and power,maybe years of drug abuse,I do not know.
I think you said it so perfect,we have a president with no heart.
For surely any degree of compassion in a man's soul would not sell human life for money and power.

And the media that painted a picture of virtual,should be ashamed.
And the media that painted a picture of lies,should be ashamed.
The picture you painted is not the man.

He has no heart,for a man would not authorize war for profit.
And the many that pitched the war for the president,don't know war.

The sacrafices of so many this president does not know.
He can read words written from others and put on a face of caring,but he does not know.

War for the right reasons is sad,but war for the wrong reasons is criminal!
There's a man in OHIO with no arms because of a war on a LIE
There's a man is MN who divorced,he said"war and marriage don't mix"
There's a Mom in Alabama who cries herself to sleep because her son is dead
There's a CHILD who will never have a dad because he is dead

These are the obvious,it's the less obvious that are not seen that affects every American,
The funding to the schools
It's the woman I met that is on government assistance,who is afraid that Bush will cut her funding.
It's the child that is hungry
It's the parent that can't get medical care for there child.
Bush's war on a LIE and policies have hurt every Americans life,except the top ?%.
There is alot people paying the price for BUSH War!
And for many years the AMerican people will pay this price.

In my life time I have never seen a US president so heartless and so evil.
He can speak the words other men have written,he can practice in front of a mirror facial expressions,he can even shed a tear,but the true man is in his policies.
Millions of people are being affected by his policies and he does not know or care.

But the biggest WRONG a leader can do is to start a WAR ON A LIE FOR PROFIT.
War is cruel,ugly,painful and to set it in motion on a LIE for profit speaks of a man with no SOUL.

Why are so many men letting this happen?

Is there no men with heart anymore!
Can you not hear the child crying!

Wow...what else is there to say. As someone recently described Bush, "He has the stubborn convictions of an unreflective mind." Someone please stand up and STOP BUSH'S BULLSHIT WAR.

Every person on capital hill should be forced to read Bankrupt Soul, not because they too will then finally understand George Bush, but because they will know we understand. The "I support the president" doesn't work anymore. A lawmaker with any integrity cannot, in good conscience, continue to backup this administration. There is no excuse anymore. With all the evidence that has piled up over the past several years it shouldn't have taken John Conyers renting a flag closet to start discussions. It is disgraceful for these lawmakers to return home on recess and face their constituents and still be behind this White House and this President. There is no excuse.

He cannot mourn but is a figure of such moral vacancy as to make us mourn for ourselves.

And many others with you for their own sad reasons.

Mr Doctorow, if only your eloquence could speak to all of America and for America to all the world, we might, perhaps, have some reason for hope. But, with such a cretinous UN representative as George Bush has chosen to speak on America's behalf, I fear that we can only mourn together.

Try googling "John Heartfield".
He was an artist who was banned by Hitler. Heartfield was absolutely opposed to the criminality of Hitler. (Remember, Hitler banned the artists and free speech first, consolidated his corporate power, and then went after the ethnic minorities.)
Link here (one of many):

See if you can fit Bush's or Cheney's face into any of these pictures.

Quite frankly, after Iraq, Abu Ghraib, the corporate takeover of America, and the erosion of civil rights... the US is starting to look like Germany in the early 1930s. Are the media and democrats going to just standby and watch?

Have a look at the Heartfield pictures and decide for yourself.

I wish that book went into another printing. 77 bucks is not in my range but it looks like a very interesting book.

There's definite similarities in those Heartfield images.

Cultural difference: Hitler never smiled (not popular in Germany). Bush always smiles (popular in America).

The corporatism, lying, manipulation of church, and claims of "peace" by Hitler strike a resounding chord with Bush/Cheney.

Which Bush ? Prescott Bush, Georgie's Gramp's SUPPORTED Hitler before WWII --Look up IG Farben and Prescott Bush-- and throughout WWII and brought his buddies back to America after that and gave them Amnesty and Jobs at the Most important positions all through our government. --Look up John J. McCloy.--
Why did Georgie keep so quiet when Daddy's friends came to call, and maybe ask for favors, becuase he wanted his own Iran Contra, becuase he wanted his own New World. Georgie shut the MEDIA down, so only afew know the TRUTH and DEPTH of these Historical Crime's. The Judges and Congress are as corrupt as those they support.
What will it take for us to Honor our Dead with the TRUTH ?
But Hopefully Georgie won't get away like Gramp's, and Dad, and Brothers, Friends, etc. etc.

We must all express our opinions and shed light on the snafu that this administration has created. What a disaster. I do not know what is more disheartening. . . George W. or all my fellow Americans that continue to blindly follow this fool. SPEAK OUT !!!!!!

I speak out all of the time but when I think of it, it is a slient form of speaking out as it is with letters to Congress and the Senate, to local papers in comment sections on the net, all silent even though the written word is powerful.

My point is that I truly believe we need to be heard daily. Perhaps on a cable show with no cableheads around, just folks like us talking about issues. I believe in this so much that I am contacting people in T.V. I love reading the comments on this. It makes me realize I am not alone. Imagine if we were truly heard not just with the written word.

In terms of this article, it is powerful. Going along with it, ask yourselves what does the overuse of alchohol and drugs do to our brains? Cells die and never return. Know anybody who overused alcohol and drugs?

E.L., you have written so eloquently the lack of Bush's soul. I cannot listen to the man for fear, I too may fall under his spell. His twisted logic is frightening to me. Yet so many are willing to follow his lead.
The media reinforces his creed as if it makes sense...and give talking points for the followers to spew at the nonbelievers. Not only does Bush lack a soul but he has stolen the soul of our nation... and his political party and the media seem ready, willing and able to do anything to protect him.

Cindy Sheehan is our Joan of Arc, Joe Wilson the man for all seasons and Ray McGovern our Galileo. our hope.

But now comes the frightening part........the only way we are going to see change is to affect it ourselves. It will only come by effort and sacrifice by the people. By each and every one of us. By marching, calling, demanding accountability of our government.


Yes, it is in our hands. Bush's rhetoric about the patriotism of our young men and women and "do the right thing, support and enlist". Well, if he's so gung ho about our children with patriotism, why aren't his children up there helping "their Daddy" out? I don't see them enlisting. The Brits do. And what about Laura Bush? She's right along with those murderers, she's got one on her belt buckle, seems she killed someone in an auto accident some time ago. Yes, folks, we have been delt The Royal Scam. And you can thank those "Born Again" Christians for aiding and abetting. They all have blood on their hands. And those hypocrites all show up at church and thump their Bibles all the whilst sending in our children to do their bidding. THOSE COWARDS!!! DO SOMETHING!!

Let us not forget to add the Corporate Media shills to the "born again Christians" in the group of traitors not only to the United States Constitution, but to global humanity.

Let's these hypocrites know that we will not support them monetarily, nor spiritually. Let them know that they have "fallen" to the call of Satan and his gang, ie Bush and his Losers. Let them know that you will be going to another REAL Christian church, not these followers of Satan's agents - who these weak idiots have fallen for.

>>> for his comments at the July 27-31 Baptist World Centenary Congress in Birmingham, England:

'...Carter said the war in Iraq is a mistake. "I thought then, and I think now, that the invasion of Iraq was unnecessary and unjust. And I think the premises under which it was launched were false. Whether deliberately or not, I don't know." He said governments and individuals "should always be truthful" about their actions and motivations...'

Now let us send challenges to all other religious institutions to speak out AS IS THEIR DUTY for the sake of God's humankind.

I would love to forward this article to many in an e-mail but cannot figure out how to do it...can anyone out there help me solve how to do this...I guess I am too used to having a spot to click that says e-mail to a friend...Thanks

i googled and found a copy of this article at ... ...
and there's an "email to a friend" link below the article.

and paste it into your email-works the same way.

"Unfortunately, humans have a way if clinging to power even when changes are imposed and very rarely do those that are being ousted go quietly. In America you have the most powerful group in the world that are currently ruling and this cabal wields much influence, but even they cannot avoid the tide of change that is coming in."

Ag-agria 08.04.05

If you are in touch with what is happening at present, you will be aware that many people are waking up to what is needed to invoke the changes. We have always informed you that the first steps must come from you, and indeed that is exactly what has been happening. You have risen to the challenge exceptionally well, and the path you have laid out is beginning to have a life of its own. I refer to the deceit and lies that have been associated with a number of events that have recently taken place on Earth. Each one of you has been dared you to respond, or be lulled into a false sense of security.

Once the wheels are set in motion it is difficult for anyone to stop the momentum, and as with every other thought form it has its own energy. It is not just the prime movers against the actions of the dark that provide the energy, but everyone who expresses a similar belief. It grows and is attracted by others whose own understanding expands. Eventually the energy has to manifest in some shape or form until it is transmuted. It is the desire for change that empowers the energy. From our vantage point we can measure the level of energy and gauge its strength which is how we know the state of your collective consciousness.

What we find is that there is a breakaway from the traditional ingrained thinking, where without question you gave your backing to your Government. This is a world wide phenomenon which you will no doubt be aware of through your media news. We see it as the people stirring and moving towards taking back their own power and sovereignty. Unfortunately, humans have a way if clinging to power even when changes are imposed and very rarely do those that are being ousted go quietly. In America you have the most powerful group in the world that are currently ruling and this cabal wields much influence, but even they cannot avoid the tide of change that is coming in.

New ideas are not always gracefully accepted by people, and humans do love to be settled and do not like to be disturbed. However, in a modern world where even by your standards there is a good system of communication. News does get around and it is difficult not to be aware as to what is going on. There is also a growing feeling as a reaction to the higher energies that you are receiving, and this is opening you up to new perspectives and ideas. People are sensing that changes are happening, but by and large do not understand the true implications.

Let me confirm that whatever happens outwardly, you are all changing your path whether you realize it or not. Out of the seeming chaos a new Humanity will arise and be fully prepared by the end of this cycle. The ending hides a new beginning and clearly it is a difficult period for almost everyone except those who are already aware. Nothing is happening by chance, it is already scripted and deviations are never going to alter the outcome which is assured. We hold a measure of control that ensures the outcome, and within reason we can work with the forces for good although they may not always be aware of our input.

Our intervention in any earthly matters is only taken with approval of higher guiding forces, as we fully respect your right to determine your own future. There are options within the different realities that you are creating, but these are directed by the overall plan. The Creator has decreed that these are the end-times and the energies are channeled onto that path. We have always been active at such times in your past, but this present occasion is unique for you, as you have the opportunity to ascend with your physical bodies. In the remaining years before this comes to pass, you will be given every opportunity to raise your vibrations, and with it cleanse and prepare your body for ascension. You cannot take any imperfections with you, and once we arrive on Earth you will be given all the help you need to reach the required level of perfection.

Everything that is happening is about you and Mother Earth, and you are very much partners in this wonderful adventure. You have been together for millions of years and shall continue to be so as the new cycle begins. You were never meant to experience duality for ever, and as you understand the significance of it you will realize that you could never have found within it that peace you seek. The dark and Light are opposing energies always fighting for supremacy, and it has given you an experience that has brought about great spiritual growth. You will never lose it, but put it into use for the benefit of others who will gain much from your knowledge

If there was no rhyme or reason for life, we would not be here to assist you. You would have no future and continue to have an aimless and pointless existence. We are here because all is connected and has a divine purpose that follows the out and inbreath of the Creator. Many times you blame God for conditions upon Earth, but what you experience is in direct proportion to the energies that you have attracted to yourself. We call it a game because the Creator has called time, and your experiences are being brought to a conclusion. It is not your true reality and it is very much like you envisage a Holodeck. It is your play area and you go within and become so convinced it is real, that you cannot conceive of anything else outside of it.

Dear Ones, your real life is about to commence as you leave the old behind and glimpse the new. Soon it will be but a bad dream, and the beauty and wonders of the Golden Age will fully embrace you. I caution myself and remember that whilst each and every one of you can choose Ascension as your path, there are also some who are not yet finished with the present one. They will be given the opportunity to further that experience elsewhere.

We know what you have to look forward to and that is why we encourage you to keep you sights on your goal. See the “game

Thank you for coming out with this piece. This president is certainly some kind of a monster, and it helps to make that fact clear when someone of your weight and skill lays it out like you did here.

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