Dec 02 2005

The President We Deserve

Category: The Transcendental CowboyRandall Kelley @ 15:41

Sitting on the outside, the Transcendental Cowboy
feels he is cursed with the ability to see both sides
of an issue.

He considers this a curse because he feels envy (for
a moment) each time someone blurts out their firmly
held conviction on one subject or another, without
even the flimsiest sense that they could be utterly

And of course, from one point of view or another,
they always are.

But somehow they manage to go through their life
without ever bumping up against the big pile of their
own past mistakes (which should serve to temper their
certainty of their own infallibility).

Yet, again and again, they latch on to an idea and
espouse it as the truth without the least consideration
of anyone else’s thoughts or feelings, or even recorded
evidence, copies of memos, and other legal documents.

The Transcendental Cowboy puts it this way, “I’m
certain, therefore I’m right! What school of philosophy
was that, exactly?”

Then it occurs to him that W really is
the President we deserve.


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