I've started a new section in my sidebar on the right. It's a collection of adjectives and short descriptions which complete the phrase "Bush and Company are..."
So far, here's what I've got:
Bush & Company are...
blameworthy crooked despicable devious dishonest disingenuous heinous hostile to science hypocritical ideologues immoral impudent incompetent lacking in conscience lacking in empathy liars mendacious not candid not trustworthy opportunistic out of control prevaricating rapacious reprehensible schemers shameless tricky uncaring unethical unprincipled unreliable unsympathetic virtueless wicked without scruples
This covers most of the basics, I think, but I'll keep adding to the list as I think of more. Anyone with any suggestions can post them in the comments here, or e-mail them to me.
I'm looking primarily for descriptions of the entire Bush Administration, its character and that of its policies, not specifically for descriptions of Bush himself. For instance, while I would accept "stupid" or "incurious" as defensible descriptions of Bush himself, they don't really apply to the administration as a whole, which has some brilliant, if unscrupulous and dishonest, people in it.
Addenda: Already, I've added despicable (Kaiju) and impudent (Ivan Raikov).
More:Buck-passers and blame-placers (Shirley); dishonorable, without integrity and clueless (Kathy); and dangerous and warmongers (Breeze).
And: I'm adding from Chuck arrogant (very good!, how did I miss it?) and destructive, and also indifferent (rather than his suggestion of "apathetic," the connotation of which seems slightly wrong to me) and wrong-headed, suggested by his "wrong"; from Roger (aka MyFriendRoger), I'm adding corrupt (yes!), craven, sleazy (absolutely), pernicious, venal, calculating, perverse, conspiratorial, culpable, insincere and debased, and I'm replacing my "without scruples" with his unscrupulous (I was trying to avoid "un-" words).
I'm holding off on some that have been suggested to me: bastards, butt-wipes, atrocious, monstrous, satanic, vile and the big one, evil. Also "pathetic", because they do not arouse any sympathy or pity in me.
Et cetera: S.M. Dixon suggests "sociopathic" which seems slightly problematic to me. The dictionary says a sociopath is "One who is affected with a personality disorder marked by aggressive, antisocial behavior," which looks somewhat appropriate but feels slightly off the mark to me, perhaps because it's generally applied to an individual and not a collection of people and policies. Certainly the policies of the Bush administration have, since 9/11 especially, been quite aggressive, and they have also been, more generally speaking, very aggressive in implementing their disastrous agenda -- so I think aggressive would be an appropriate add. On the other hand, "antisocial" is a difficult one. Certainly their policies have been diametrically opposed to what I and most enlightened people believe are best for society, but that's not exactly what "antisocial" means. Still, there must be an approprate word to describe their agenda. I'm going to add undemocratic, plutocratic, and oligarchic, but they don't quite get at it. What I think I'm looking for is an antonym for "civil" or "comity" which describes the Bushies' profound disrespect for the egalitarianism which underlies the fabric of our society -- or at least its intended fabric. (I'm also adding disrespectful, now that I think of it.)
"Treasonous" I shall hold off on.
Moreover: Breeze adds: conniving, con artists, deceitful, and secretive, which suggested to me propagandists.
And then came: Roger adds dogmatic, absolutist, rigid and inflexible, and argues for "sociopath":
As you perhaps know, "sociopath" and "sociopathic" are among my favorite terms. Of course, I long ago liberated it from its rather rigorous scientific definition (in part because the psychological profession has officially abandoned it anyhow. They like the term "anti-social."). I use it in a broader sense. I have argued, only very slightly tongue-in-cheek, that there are only three kinds of Republicans: dogmatists, sociopaths, and useful idiots.
If you want to get clinicial about it, well, Newt Gingrich is possibly a clinicial sociopath (I mean, how else can you think of a guy who tries to trick his wife into signing a divorce agreement just as she's coming out of anesthesia from cancer surgery?). And I am absolutely, utterly convinced that Shrub himself is a Narcissistic sociopath ... and I DO mean in the full clinical sense.
But more broadly, I am convinced -- although I cannot prove it -- that if you were to come up with some test which could assign people somewhere on a numerical "empath-sociopath" scale, in general Republicans would score quite a bit further toward the sociopathic end.
There's more in the comments.
Even more: I've added uncompromising, compassionless, relentless, selfish and insensitive. I thought about "lamentable" but it really describes more our response to them rather than their behavior and actions -- we lament over what they do, they certain don't lament it.
Is there a good word to express "uncivic-minded" or lacking in public spirit -- and is there a word that describes class warriors? (Maybe German has one.)
Upstate: Shirley comes up with oblivious.
The list to this moment (5pm on Tuesday the 13th):
Bush & Company are...
absolutist aggresive arrogant blame-placers blameworthy buckpassers calculating class warriors clueless compassionless con artists conniving conscienceless conspiratorial corrupt craven crooked culpable dangerous debased deceitful destructive devious dishonorable dishonest disingenuous disrespectful dogmatic heinous hostile to science hypocritical ideologues immoral incompetent indifferent inflexible insensitive insincere lacking in empathy lacking in public spirit liars mendacious not candid not trustworthy oblivious oligarchic opportunistic out of control pernicious perverse plutocratic prevaricating propagandists rapacious relentless reprehensible rigid schemers selfish secretive shameless sleazy tricky uncaring uncompromising undemocratic unethical unprincipled unreliable unscrupulous unsympathetic venal virtueless warmongers wicked without integrity wrong-headed
Winding down? I'm adding not "reality-based" and disconnected.
hostile to science
lacking in empathy
lacking in public spirit
out of control
Thanks to: Breeze, Chuck, Ivan Raikov, Kaiju, Kathy, Roger, Shirley, S.M. Dixon
i've got a little list...
Steven Abrams (Kansas BofE)
Howard Fieldstead Ahmanson
Roger Ailes (FNC)
Alan Bonsell (Dover BofE)
Bill Buckingham (Dover BofE)
George W. Bush
Bruce Chapman (DI)
The Coors Family
William A. Dembski
Leonard Downie (WaPo)
John Gibson (FNC)
Fred Hiatt (WaPo)
James F. Inhofe
Philip E. Johnson
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Stephen C. Meyer (DI)
Judith Miller (ex-NYT)
Sun Myung Moon
Elspeth Reeve (TNR)
Martin Peretz (TNR)
Richard Mellon Scaife
Susan Schmidt (WaPo)
John Solomon (WaPo)
Richard Thompson (TMLC)
Bob Woodward (WaPo)
All the fine sites I've
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Arthur C. Clarke
Daniel C. Dennett
Philip K. Dick
Stephen Jay Gould
"The Harder They Come"
Ursula K. LeGuin
The Marx Brothers
Michael C. Penta
Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
"The Red Shoes"
"Singin' in the Rain"
Talking Heads/David Byrne
Hunter S. Thompson
"2001: A Space Odyssey"
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