President Bush is said to be a "textbook case" of the kind of neurosis that links Hitler, Mussolini, Ronald Reagan, and Rush Limbaugh.
The study entitled Political Conservatism as Motivated Social Cognition, says that these conservatives uniformly "preached a return to an idealised past and condoned inequality."
The four authors received a $1.2 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health to conduct the study.
The study was recently published in the American Psychological Association's Psychological Bulletin.
As you can probably imagine, Republicans are not happy about the study's funding sources and its conclusion.
Bush, who is on a farewell visit to Europe, has not offered a reaction.
One of the principal authors, Dr. Jack Glaser, "said the aversion to shades of grey and the need for closure could explain the fact that the Bush administration ignored intelligence that contradicted its beliefs about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction," according to the Guardian.
All of the above would be somewhat humorous if one ignored the devastation and human rights tragedies linked to Hitler, Mussolini, Ronald Reagan, and Bush.
Rush Limbaugh, on the other hand, is just a racist scaremonger and the obvious joke if one is needed. For those who do not know, Limbaugh is a conservative radio talk show host in the US who just recently claimed that there are tapes where Michelle Obama used the word "whitey" forthcoming.
Don't hold your breath. Those alleged tapes are the Weapons of Mass Destruction that the Republicans hope they can find in camp Obama.
Nontheless, reality is obviously quite different for conservatives when it comes to political and economic interests. Let us not forget that Bush and company led the US to a brutal war in Iraq in search of nuclear weapons they knew did not exist.
Over 1.2 million Iraqis, and counting, have died because of Bush and company's version on reality.
To say that his reality has led us to a tragic time of dying and suffering is a severe understatement. And it is far from over for sure.
Gore Vidal just recently remarked that it will "take the United States a century to recover from the damage wreaked by" Bush, according to a report in News24.
Vidal also said that:
"The president behaved like a virtual criminal but we didn't have the courage to sack him for fear of violating the American constitution."Vidal is right though it must be added that Bush has been bad for the whole world.
There is probably very little reason to see any kind of justice in the study's conclusion.
Still, don't you find the assertion that Bush shares a neurosis with Hitler and Mussolini somewhat revealing?