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Is George W. Bush as godly as he wants us to believe? (Oct-Nov 03)

Last month I didn't do an article, because our nation's print news media were finally beginning to make a fairly decent effort to hold the President Bush and his Administration accountable for the credibility of their statements, and President Bush's popularity ratings (which were based largely on lies) were beginning to plummet as I had predicted they would. Bush still remains popular among those who rely almost exclusively on TV news programs (and/or right-wing controlled talk radio shows) for their news, but the truth is beginning to filter through to them as well, especially if they have taken the time to watch any one of the debates among the Democratic presidential candidate wannabes. New products are being offered on the Internet like t-shirts that say "Bush lied, thousands died" or Bush dolls with flaming pants labeled "Liar, liar, pants on fire." Each workday, www.misleader.org/daily_mislead has been publishing analyses of one or more of the latest lies or deceptions being uttered by Bush Administration officials. Despite Bush's efforts to "rewrite history", each of those lies is now an easily accessible "matter of record" which the Bush Administration cannot change. This web site (www.onesalt.com) has been exposing many such lies as well over the past two years, and when I consider all those lies and deceptions together, I have little doubt that the frequency and magnitude of the lies and deceptions generated by the present Bush Administration have EXCEEDED BY FAR those of the post-Stalin administrations of the Soviet Union with its state-run news agency "Pravda." The Bush Administration firmly believes in and has been practicing "government by illusion."

This leads me to wonder, can we really believe the economic, employment, and inflation statistics that are being published by our Bush-run government agencies? Granted, many people have recently refinanced their mortgages or made major purchases to take advantage of the unusually low interest rates while they last, and it makes sense to assume that at least some of the billions of dollars in increased deficit spending which the Bush Administration has engaged in have "trickled down" to create some jobs, but have you personally seen any evidence that inflation rates have remained near zero, unemployment has been decreasing, or that our economy has been "booming" lately? Are Bush's people "cooking the books" like his friends at Enron did?

There have also been some good books published lately which expose Bush lies in great detail.

a. "Bushwhacked" by Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose published by Random House

b. "Thieves in High Places" by Jim Hightower published by Viking

c. "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them" by Al Fraken published by Dutton

d. "This Lies of George W. Bush" by David Corn published by Crown

e. "Super Power Syndrome" by Robert Jay Lifton published by Nation Books

Robert Lifton's book is especially interesting, because he points out the inherent dangers in the Bush Administration's "apocalyptic view" of the world. There are essentially two types of Christians in today's world: those who seriously follow God's commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves (without placing restrictions on one's definition of "neighbor") and view the scripture accordingly vs. those who falsely claim to be interpreting the scriptures "literally" while largely ignoring God's commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves. This distinction also applies to people of the Jewish and Muslim faiths. Throughout history, those who have claimed to interpret the scriptures literally have used the scriptures as an ideological market basket for "morally justifying" all sorts of evil acts as well as good acts. Indeed, such people have been among the DEADLIEST people who have ever existed. President George W. Bush is like them. He has already earned the dubious title of being "The Deadliest International Terrorist of the 21st Century." Don't be fooled by his claims to be serving "God", because his lies, eagerness to kill people, and severe limitations on his definition of "neighbor" are quite satanic in nature. Such views and policies do NOT come from God. George W. Bush is no more godly than the people he wants to kill!

(one grain of salt)

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