George W. Bush is doing farewell TV interviews with a view to his legacy. What makes him unique? Here's my personal note for the cosmic time capsule.
I write this as the proud father of a Marine son who served honorably in W's wars. I write this as an author who had one of my many pro-military op-eds (that was published in the Washington Post) glowingly read out loud on Meet The Press by first lady Laura Bush. I write this as a former life long Republican.
Who and what was George W Bush? I believe he was our nation's first sociopath president.
According to the textbook clinical definition a sociopath is person with a disregard for the rights of others. The sociopath is often a charming witty person who stage manages his life to impress others while hiding his true character. His amicable attributes are cultivated to cover his major trait: the violation of the rights of others. A sociopath also shows a lack of regret for his actions... Sound familiar?
It all started when George W. Bush presided over 152 executions while governor of Texas, more than any other modern era American governor. It ended with the needless deaths of hundreds of thousands, including over 4000 American war dead and over 30,000 wounded and counting, after W attacked Iraq, a country that had had nothing to do with the attack on America of 9/11.
What should have told all Americans that W was unfit to serve? W didn't pardon one man or woman on his crowded death row. Before running for the presidency he had already shown himself to be a crass, merciless bully, a man to whom killing came easily.
There's Something About Henry
Part I: Sympathy for the Devil
"By all accounts though, Lucas, frequently working with partner Ottis Toole - a self described arsonist and cannibal - savagely murdered literally scores of victims of all ages, races, and genders. All indications were then that this was pretty much of a no-brainer for America's premier hanging governor. But then a most remarkable thing happened. On June 18, just twelve days before Henry's scheduled demise, Governor Bush asked the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, whose members are appointed by Bush himself, to review Henry's case. Strangely enough, eight days later the Board uncharacteristically recommended that Henry's execution not take place.
The very next day, just three days short of Henry's scheduled exit from this world, Lucas became the first - and to date only - recipient of Governor Bush's compassionate conservatism. The official rationale for this act of mercy was, apparently, that the evidence on which Lucas was sentenced did not support his conviction. There was a possibility that Henry was in fact innocent of the crime for which he was convicted. Never mind that many of the 130 death row inmates who did not get special gubernatorial attention prior to their executions had credible claims of innocence that were met with by nothing but scorn and mockery."
Karla Faye Tucker: Texas' Controversial Murderess
Pick AxePetite, curly-haired, 23-year-old Karla Faye Tucker, when not glassy-eyed under the effects of the multitude of drugs she tended to swallow at one sitting, may have looked like some proud mother's honor student. The fresh-faced Texan, however, by the time June 13, 1983, rolled around, had lived a life hard enough to have erased any schoolgirl whispiness from the core of her eyes. Innocence hadn't slowly evaporated in Karla Faye's case; it had been devoured painfully, masticated by a world that chewed her up halfway before she learned to bite back.
She would later describe herself during that time in her life as being a mixed-up, peer-pressured, radical whose life had been a succession of last-minute decisions, all without fear of consequence, all bad, all rotten. If one were to watch her face as the sun went down that June, 1983, they would have seen the expression of someone who was, as she were to tell TV interviewer Larry King years later, "crazy, violent."
A party had been in force for three days in the small brick house in Houston, Texas; there Karla Faye lived with 37-year-old Daniel Garrett, described in his world as a "pill doctor," a provider of pills. Inspiration for the weekend bash was the birthday of Kari Ann, Karla's older sister, and as it steamed on it had developed into something more than the "high" everyone hoped. Inhibitions disappeared as well as clothing. Kari had wanted a sex orgy and her celebrants were eager to give her one. Garrett and the partiers en masse were like Karla Faye, whose existence had culminated in a no-life of drugs and booze. Both factors were predominant at the bash. Beer, whisky and tequila provided the means to wash down the "dessert tray" of placydills, dilaudids, valium, mandrex and more.
Behind the Song: Karla Faye(By Mary Gauthier and Crit Harmon)
A little girl lost her world full of pain.
He said it feels good so she gave him her vein.
The dope made her numb and numb felt like free.
Until she came down down down to a new misery
A junkie a whore living for the next high
She’d lie cheat and steal she forgot how to cry.
Wide awake for two weeks shooting heroin and speed,
When she killed in cold cold blood all she felt was her need
It’s an eye for an eye,
Now you’re gonna die
A tooth for a tooth,
It’s your moment of truth.
There’s no mercy here
Your stay is denied
You better pray pray pray
There’s Mercy in the sky.
Alone in her cell no dope in her veins
The killer had become the little girl lost again
She fell to her knees she prayed she would die
On the cold cement floor she finally cried