TO THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT: GET TOUGH WITH G.W. BUSH OR APOLOGIZE TO BILL CLINTON
By Pastor Chuck Baldwin
May 18, 2006
George W. Bush was elected President of the United States largely on the strength of the image that he is a practicing Christian, a man of integrity and honesty, and a man who can be trusted. In fact, Bush has repeatedly used the "trust me" mantra throughout his presidency. And for the most part, evangelical Christians have done just that.
However, it is now time to face reality: George W. Bush is as big a liar as was his predecessor, Bill Clinton! His word means absolutely nothing!
First, virtually every reason Mr. Bush gave the American people for our preemptive invasion of Iraq has been shown to be false. Iraq had no Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) capable of threatening the United States, and the link between Saddam Hussein and the 9/11 hijackers was also proven to be nothing more than a figment of Bush's imagination.
However, it is the repeated lies and falsehoods of Bush's domestic policies that reveal a habitual, pathological penchant for duplicity.
For example, back in 2004, President Bush assured the American people that no government snooping took place without first obtaining lawful warrants. That turned out to be as phony as a three dollar bill.
Next, President Bush assured us that only international calls involving suspected al-Qaeda terrorists were being tapped. And even then, Bush was adamant that legal warrants were obtained before such wiretaps were put in place. That has since been proven to be a big, fat lie!
Then President Bush promised us that even though some Americans' phone calls might be targeted, they only involved international calls. Once again, we now know this was another fib.
Again, President Bush resorted to lies and deception by assuring the American people that no domestic calls or communications were being targeted by the federal government. NOT! We now know that every American citizen has had virtually every one of his or her phone calls "mined" by the National Security Agency (NSA).
Now, President Bush is promising us that even though the federal government is indeed compiling a database of every phone call made in the United States, it isn't actually listening to the calls or identifying the names of the callers.
Yet, even as President Bush makes these false assurances, we learn that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has secretly sought phone records and other documents of more than 3,500 Americans, including many journalists. And these records were obtained without warrants under a provision of the Patriot Act.
So, now journalists are considered terrorists? Who is next? School teachers? Engineers? Physicians? Ministers? Certainly, lawyers must be included (except those who are in Congress, of course).
How many times do we need to be lied to before we figure out that we cannot believe anything President Bush or his spokesmen tell us?
Then there is the illegal immigration issue. President Bush repeatedly states that his "guest worker" program is not amnesty. Get real! Even Jessica Simpson knows that's a bunch of horse manure! If it's not amnesty, why are so many millions of Mexicans breaking the sound barrier trying to get here? And why is it that nearly 50% of all illegal Mexicans who currently reside in this country came here since Bush was elected president? There is only one reason: they want amnesty, and they believe Bush (and his fellow travelers in Congress) are going to give it to them!
No wonder Bush's approval rating is currently at 29%. Every time he opens his mouth, he tells another lie!
It is time for G.W. Bush's hard-core base, the Religious Right, to publicly and vociferously call the president to task for his perpetual dishonesty, deceit, and duplicity! If they are unwilling to do this, they should apologize to Bill Clinton!
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Chuck Baldwin is Founder-Pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. In 1985 the church was recognized by President Ronald Reagan for its unusual growth and influence.
Dr. Baldwin is the host of a lively, hard-hitting syndicated radio talk show on the Genesis Communications Network called, "Chuck Baldwin Live" This is a daily, one hour long call-in show in which Dr. Baldwin addresses current event topics from a conservative Christian point of view. Pastor Baldwin writes weekly articles on the internet http://www.ChuckBaldwinLive.com and newspapers.
Yet, even as President Bush makes these false assurances, we learn that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has secretly sought phone records and other documents of more than 3,500 Americans, including many journalists.