Frodo was convinced almost immediately that he would never experience any practical application of either Algebra or the diagramming of a sentence. To this day, he has no idea as to either the value of "x" or whether a preposition modifies an adjective. It has been a constant factor in his life, that some knowledge is simply not worth sharing.
George W. Bush was probably exposed to courses in both Political Science and World History. It is disturbing to Frodo that the future President of the United States may have made a similar determination about the utility of knowledge when it came to these subjects. It is certainly clear that he failed to absorb adequate cautionary data based in human experience. All of the academic discussions about "power vacuum" and "institutional value" in society were ignored. Replaced, as we all now know, by a seemingly messianic belief in the "freedom" of popular elections and majority-rule.
Much hope now seems to rest in the attractiveness of "consumerism" among young people, all around the world. In Iran, the ruling Mullahs are in apparent direct conflict with the youthful desire to dress, dance, and behave like their counterparts in more "Westernized" societies. In China, the communist system is challenged in the accumulation of wealth by individuals, and the desire for more and better property items by the agrarian segments of the general population. In America itself, young people have interest only in the cost and the availability of apparel, not in the manufacturing locale. What American teenager has lately expressed concern about his or her jeans being made in Sri Lanka? The world now changes because of the demand, and the availability of the resources that drive the demand.
It is a shame that George W. Bush has never seemingly comprehended that the factors for change at this point have very limited dependence on the traditional "freedoms" of political choice. Had he recognized the folly of the theory presented to him by political advisers and theistic soothsayers, he may well have changed the world with a song and a few bars of chocolate. Instead, he chose to ignore knowledge, and accept ignorance.
Bush and Frodo differ because Frodo learned the lessons, and has sought, albeit unsuccessfully, to apply them in a meaningful way. Bush dismissed the things with which he either disagreed or that disinterested him, and figured that his Daddy would be there to bail him out, if necessary. Too bad, thinks Frodo, that such a prominent character flaw was accepted by so many, and at such cost.