Wednesday 26 May 2004

The Madness Of King George

In this issue, we are not publishing our regular "Controlling the News" because we have received, from a reporter, a number of comments and observations on life in the Bush White House that we feel are of considerable importance.

It is well known, and published, that George Bush had a very serious "substance abuse" problem as a young man. He drank alcohol excessively and extensively. In fact, papers exist from military medical examiners who recommend that because of extensive, serious ongoing substance abuse on the part of Lt. Bush and his adamant refusal to permit any testing, that he not be permitted to fly US military jet aircraft.

In his last two years in office, Franklin Roosevelt exhibited increasing symptoms of advanced arteriosclerosis that severely impaired his mental functions: Roosevelt would stop in the middle of a speech, drool on his vest and stare blankly at the papers in his hand. Frantic aides had to poke at him and point to the script so he could go on.

Franklin Roosevelt was President during the Second World War when acuity of judgment and rational understanding were vital. By early 1944, Roosevelt, according to many of his biographers, was "often unaware of what he was saying, or what was said to him."

Earlier, Woodrow Wilson had a severe stroke while in the White House and was completely unable to carry out his duties as President. His wife filled in for him for months although she was completely incapable of doing so. With all of this in mind, we present: