Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Where there's a will there's a way, sometimes.

Dear George,

There is no doubt that your administration cut across the night sky like a dying meteorite whose stench still lingers in the air. What gave it its brilliance was the deftness with which it put ideology before reality.

If an ideology is heartfelt, then reality will conform to it, if one’s will and character are strong enough. When reality fails to conform to ideology, the fault lies not with the ideology but with a lack of will and character.

A strong will is the product of a strong character, one that possesses a pared down intellect whose laser-like sharpness sees only what it wants to see. It is an intellect that can afford to ignore history because it creates history. It is an intellect that transcends petty partisan differences. Conservatives and liberals, Republican and Democrats are equally seduced by it.

A strong will eschews nuance and subtleness because both are simply weakness by another name.

Because the will creates history, it can afford to ignore both consequences and blowback. A policy is not judged by its results, but by how well it hews to the ideological premises that gave it birth.

We are where we are today because your will was strong and pure, and the pinprick sharpness of your intellect was barely visible to the naked eye.

Your admirer,
Belacqua Jones

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