posted on Jul, 1 2004 @ 12:48 AM
as funny as this may sound... prior to the development of nuclear (and bio) weapons, I think that a president's private life should have been their
own (in fact, most 19th century presidents were weaker than the Speakers of the House in terms of political power, so their lives still were their
own)... but in an era where one man controls powers that ancient people would have called godlike... I think it's fair and not necessarily sleazy to
look into the overall psychological aspects of the person. And, with that in mind, when is a person more like themselves than when dealing with thier
To be fair... if there were some lurking documentation on Bush's psysche, I would want to see it, too.
So far as Cheney and energy goes.... Well, if you really sit back and think about it, disclosing our country's energy strategy would be no different
than revealing our grand geopolitical strategy for the next 50 years. After all, energy is a resource, and one that people fight over because it
boils down to quality of life issues. With that in mind, I don't think the Sierra club has a right to know what private energy recommendations are,
just as they don't have a right to know every war tactic a general advises the president to use. If that sound like a contradiction to what i wrote
above, keep in mind that the idea of 'survival' is paramount in my thinking.
Ultimately, though, I wish we could have an honest energy discussion in this country... one where the public was expected to make honest, and
non-emotional, decisions regarding energy. That is to say... It's dumb to hang onto gas burning cars simply for machismo reasons, but it's also
foolish to balk at a war because one of its fallouts will be that more oil (energy) will be on the market and available for purchase.