Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story
Tonight I got caught up in watching PBS since they were showing a documentary called "Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story".
I was already familiar with Atwater's history & his influence on the Pigboy Karl Rove's approach to George W. Bush's operations.
This is essential viewing to understand the recent history of negative campaigning & fear tactics that have gripped the political process, especially on the Republican side. His tragic demise adds an interesting dimension to his story. He had brain cancer & found himself looking into the black abyss of death. I've already personally tackled the meaning of life, but the idea of death is a topic I intend to post about soon. That is, if I don't die first.
After chasing the ungratifying illusions of fame, wealth, and especially power, Lee Atwater apparently came to realize the immeasurable human value of caring relationships. He deeply regretted tearing people & the country down, but there are still people out there who don't learn this lesson of causality easily.