Five People George W. Bush Should Meet in Heaven

The inimitable Ambidextrous directs us to this blog by Robert Smith on the Huffington Post.

I always thought that book, the one about the 5 people, was going to be such a pile of pretentious overbearing William Bennett-esque hypocritical horseshit, I never opened it, though I tended a bookstore for many months and it was on the shelf across from my perch behind the cash register.

I still haven't, nor have I changed my mind -- but for those people who create an afterlife in hope of reward (and Monkey Boy is definitely one of them) this would seem to be some of the appropriate elements of one that also includes Justice:

Granted, some of these folks will be representative of an entire class, sort of like a heavenly version of a class action suit. As Bush meets these people, I’d like Laura to be there to explain how a “good man” is compatible with policies or actions related to these people.

#1. A representative of the 5 million people who have fallen into poverty during Bush’s first five years as president. As Bush meets this person, it should be explained to him that people who are just above poverty level live paycheck to paycheck. Even a small rise in their cost of living can sink them financially. So these pennies-on-the-dollar raises in sales tax or health insurance or gas that have a moderate effect on wealthier people create a financial disaster for people in this class.

#2. A floating corpse from New Orleans. Or maybe the elderly woman who died in her wheelchair.

#3. Karla Faye Tucker. Yes, she was a murderer and according to the laws of Texas, she was legally put to death. But I would like Bush to explain to her how a Christian could mock a fellow Christian just before executing her.

#4. John Kerry. A merciful God would stand these men opposite each other and judge their souls and their personal merit. Let them be judged without spin, without slime, without lies. I don’t know how that comparison would turn out, but I like the idea of an irrefutable judgment day between the two of them.

#5. Casey Sheehan. He would represent the soldiers killed and the soldiers maimed in the unjustified war in Iraq. He would also represent all the mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, wives, and children of those soldiers. And he would represent the thousands of Iraqis killed or wounded and their families. And Laura could stand there and explain how George is a good man.

--- I know that "JUSTICE" may be the last thing most politicians would like to encounter, but this set of possibilities almost makes we want to believe in such an afterlife, just so I could be there to see it. But then, I'm not so sure JUSTICE is exactly what I would want to encounter either.


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