Charles Manson, George Bush and His Followers

By Rick Lucke 

When George W. Bush launched his war

in Iraq he did so with a definite religious fervor.  Like all religious

wars, his Iraq invasion was based on lies and, therefore, required a

significant level of blind faith from his supporters.  In recent

days Scott McClellan’s new book, What Happened: Inside the Bush

House and Washington’s Culture of Deception, has received

significant attention for merely verifying what most, if not all, previously

knew; Bush’s public case for war was entirely based on dishonesty

and lies.  As one might expect, Bush’s supporters continue to

support him with the same religious fervor and blind faith as was required

of them in the run up to war.

Expanding the analogy of a religious

war, I direct readers to Vincent Bugliosi’s new book, The Prosecution

of George W. Bush for Murder,
which leads to another seemingly unavoidable

comparison: George Bush compared to Charles Manson.

Bugliosi is the ex-prosecutor who successfully

prosecuted Charles Manson and his followers for the murders they committed,

so the connection and the comparison become obvious.  Both Bush

and Manson did not directly commit the murders; instead, they incited

their followers to do so.  Neither has any apparent remorse for

their actions.

Of course, there are significant distinctions

between the two.  Manson misled a small group of deluded blind-faith

followers, while Bush misled an entire nation, though there were many

in that nation who knew Bush was lying.  Manson’s followers murdered

a single family and some of their friends, while Bush’s followers

have murdered thousands of Iraqi men, women, and children, as well as

causing the wounding and deaths of thousands of Americans.

If Charles Manson is worthy of the hatred

and disdain that so many feel towards him, is George W. Bush not more

worthy of the same?  The first two words of McClellan’s book

title seem appropriate as the question surrounding the entire Bush administration:

“What happened?”  What happened to America?  What happened

to the guiding moral and ethical high ground to which so many Americans

lay claim?  What happened to the social conscience that should

create a united outrage against this administration that has so blatantly

and fervently assailed that same moral and ethical high ground? 

What happened?

Bugliosi is absolutely correct in laying

out his case for the prosecution of George W. Bush for murder. 

I might add that there are many of Bush’s followers who are equally

worthy of the same prosecution.  Until America holds these criminals

responsible for their behavior, America will not be able to reclaim

any of that moral and ethical high ground, or its previous stature in

the world.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.