Republican "Wolves in Sheep's Clothing"
"Pulling the wool over the public's eyes" (Sep 04)
Isaiah 5: 20 (NKJ) "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"
That pretty well sums up how Isaiah would have viewed the arguments presented at the recent Republican National Convention in New York City.
In last months article, "Never Underestimate the Willingness of Republicans to Lie", I tried to warn various news agencies through the United States that they were about to witness an enormous pack of lies presented at the Republican National Convention, which is precisely what happened.
Afterwards, many of our nation's news agencies correctly pointed out a few of lies and deceptions uttered by Vice President Cheney, Senator Zell Miller, and President Bush. But I was amazed that nobody seemed to be pointing deceptions of one of the most dishonest speakers featured at that convention, New York's Governor George E. Pataki, who said (among other things),
"I thank God, I thank God, I thank God that on September 11th we had a President who didn't wring his hands and wonder what America had done wrong to deserve this attack. I thank God that we had a President who understood that America was attacked not for what we had done wrong but for what we do right."
[Followed by cheers from his Republican Faithful audience.]
My own reaction was, Huh! What did America (or Americans) "do right" to get New York's World Trade Center destroyed?
That is really quite amazing! Mr. Pataki and his Republican Faithful audience clearly demonstrated in front of millions of television viewers that they have so little concern for the truth that they have completely lost the ability to distinguish between right and wrong!
How can a phenomenon like that happen in one of the best-educated countries in the world--a country that also prides itself for having a "free press"? Well, one BIG reason is the fact that many Americans (especially Republicans) have been conditioned by their "Christian Right" religious leaders to believe ANYTHING they are told (no matter how dishonest) by anyone who claims to represent God. If you replay your videotapes of the Republican National Convention, take a look at the audience while George W. Bush was giving his acceptance speech. If you ever wondered what "intellectual lemmings" look like, take a look at their eyes. If President Bush had said, "...and God just told me that the moon is made of green cheese", and they looked like would have shouted "Amen" and cheered wildly!
Here's what Jesus Christ said about people like Mr. Pataki:
Matthew 7:15-23 (NKJ)
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them. Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!"
As you can see, Jesus Christ taught his followers to distinguish between true prophets and false prophets (a.k.a. "wolves in sheeps' clothing) by "looking at their fruits" (i.e. the results or consequences of their teachings). Mr. Pataki, on the other hand, is telling his audience that it is wrong to even consider any possible cause-and-effect relationships in such matters-instead (in a most un-Christ-like manner) he tells his listeners to blindly follow Bush's policy of boldly claiming to be "right" regardless of the facts, defining people as "enemies", and then killing or capturing as many of them as he and his subordinates can without regard for international laws or even US laws pertaining to such activities. Our present Iraqi version of the Vietnam War is one of the "fruits" of people like Mr. Pataki. They claim to be killing Afghanis, Iraqis, and others in order to bring "peace", when in fact they have been creating a growing number of city-wide training grounds for even MORE Anti-American terrorists who are learning how to successfully terrorize us despite the best efforts of our military forces who are stationed amongst them! Notice how Mr. Pataki has repeatedly used God's name in vain by claiming to be thanking God for ideas that clearly violate God's commandments and the teachings of Jesus Christ. We'll get back to this point later.
Mr. Pataki said, "We did not chose this war, but we chose a President who chooses to win it."
Wow! That's two BIG lies in one sentence! Despite Republican claims to the contrary, it was President Bush who started the present war in Iraq. He quite obviously LOVES being a "wartime President" for "as long as it takes." This enables him to assume dictatorial powers and claim that anyone who disagrees with him is "unpatriotic." In the 2002 elections, the Republicans played that game to the hilt, and it enabled them to assume control of both Houses of Congress as well as the President.
Mr. Pataki said, "President Bush has a record of achievement-something we haven't seen in a while."
That's another lie. The Clinton Administration out-performed George W. Bush's administration according to nearly all of the measures the Republicans are citing (plus many more that that they don't dare to mention--like achieving a balanced budget, etc.)
Mr. Pataki went on to say,
"...Senator (Kerry) has asked for a full and frank discussion. Well, let's start now. I want, I want to help people compare President Bush's record of achievement with Senator Kerry's. That way they will be able to see the difference, which is that President Bush HAS a record of achievement. Almost four years ago, President Bush raised his right hand and took the oath of office, and from the first, he showed us something we hadn't seen in a while.
When he said he would do something, he meant it. And then he did it. Given recent history, that's amazing.
1. He inherited a recession, and then came September 11th, but George Bush said he would turn around the economy and create new jobs.... He said he'd do it, and he did.
2. He said he would cut taxes on the middle class and ease the tax burden on all Americans... He said he'd do it, and he did.
3. He said he'd help small business, protect social security, and expand home ownership.... He said he'd do it, and he did.
4. He said he'd apply tougher standards to our schools, he'd help our seniors get the prescription drugs that they need...He said he'd do it, and he did.
5. And George Bush said he'd fight to allow the power of faith to help our young and help our troubled. He said he'd do it, and he did.
There's much more, but you get the point.
George W. Bush says what he means. He means what he says. You can trust him.
Well, what can we say of Senator Kerry. He was for the war, and then he was against the war. He was for it, but he wouldn't fund it, then he'd fund it, but he wasn't for it. He was for the Patriot Act, and then he was against the Patriot Act. Or was he against it until he was for It.? I forget; he probably does too. This is a candidate who has to google his own name to find out where he stands.
You saw their convention a few weeks ago, they had a slogan, 'Hope is on the way', but with all their flip flopping and zigzagging their real slogan should be 'Hype is on the way.' You know, as Republicans we're lucky. This fall we're going to win one for the Gipper. But for our opponents, they're going to lose one with the Flipper."
I must say, despite the fact that Mr. Pataki's points range from misleading to downright dishonest, the way he presented them was highly effective and persuasive. Perhaps that's why I have yet to see any major news media articles challenging the credibility of Mr. Pataki's speech. So, I've decided to expose Mr. Pataki's deceptive tactics, to help our news agencies (and the Kerry Campaign) to not only recognize such tactics, but also to better understand how they can deal with such tactics appropriately. Mr. Pataki's dishonest tactics proved successful at the Republican National Convention that I figure President Bush is likely to try and use those tactics himself in the upcoming presidential debates.
For the sake of comparative analysis, let's hypothesize how Mr. Pataki's speech might have come out if one of the "Charmed Ones" (from the TV series "Charmed") had cast a "truth spell" on him just as he was beginning his presentation.
Under such a "truth spell", Mr. Pataki would have had no choice to say something like:
"...Senator (Kerry) has asked for a full and frank discussion. Well, let's start now. I want to help people compare President Bush's record of achievement with Senator Kerry's achievements. That way they will be able to see the difference, which is that President Bush HAS a record of achievement. To be fair, however, I must point out that I'm comparing the achievements of a President of the United States who has hundreds of thousands of people working for him to the achievements of a United States Senator who has about ten people working for him. It would be also be more appropriate if I were to compare the achievements of the present Bush Administration to the achievements of the Clinton Administration during its first three and a half years. But my Republican friends want me to do this, so here it goes. Almost four years ago, President Bush raised his right hand and took the oath of office, and from the first, he showed us something we hadn't seen in a while.
When he said he would do something, he rarely ever meant it. With the notable exception of his promise to provide extraordinary financial aid to our nation's wealthiest citizens, most of his programs and initiatives have been more illusionary than real; some may justifiably call them 'con jobs.'
Given recent history, that's amazing. Republicans like to claim that Bush inherited a recession, but anyone who examines a five-year or ten-year chart of the Dow Jones Industrial Average can see that the Stock Market and our economy were performing reasonable well until George W. Bush became President. With Bush came the Enron and World Com scandals involving Bush's friends and financial supporters, which caused millions of investors to lose confidence in the stock market; many of them began investing in real estate instead. Then September 11th-a tragedy that Bush's political appointees allowed to happen because they were more concerned with promoting President Bush's corporate welfare con-job known as that "Strategic Defense Initiative" than they were for conscientiously doing their duty as our nation's top law enforcement officials.
1. George Bush said he would turn around the economy and create new jobs. He said he'd do it, and I'd like to say that he did, but that would be seriously misleading. Bush's $210,000,000 in tax cuts primarily benefited the wealthiest 10 percent or our citizens. They appear to have put most of that money into the stock market, which has created the appearance of a recovery. But there are still over a million less jobs in the US now than there were when Bush became President in spite of the fact that our nation's population has increased be nearly 9 million people since then. Most of the 1.7 million 'new jobs' Bush claims to have created are relatively low-paying service industry jobs whose creation was driven more by that increase in population than by anything the Bush Administration has done. Since Bush took office, America's poverty rate has increased, unemployment rates have remained relatively high, and the median of household incomes in American has declined by 2 percent. When you consider that the Bush Administration has been borrowing and spending three to four billion dollars per year more than the Clinton Administration was spending, one must wonder where all those billions of non-job-creating dollars went! Bush's 'turnaround' in our nation's economy has turned out to be nothing more than an illusion for nearly all but our nation's wealthiest citizens.
2. He said he would cut taxes on the middle class and ease the tax burden on all Americans... He said he'd do it, but again what he achieved was mostly an illusion. Millions of Americans didn't get any benefits at all from Bush's tax cuts. Furthermore, for most American families with middle-class incomes, Bush's tax cuts were wiped out by increases in state and local taxes, because the Bush administration refused to honor former agreements our federal government had made to help financially support state and local programs. The overall tax burden on all but our wealthiest Americans has actually increased since President Bush became President."
3. He said he'd help small business, protect Social Security, and expand home ownership. He said he'd do it, but again what he delivered was mostly illusions. As with individual incomes, most of President Bush's tax breaks for small business only produced net benefits for the wealthiest of our nation's small business. And rather than trying to protect Social Security, the Bush Administration has instead raided Social Security funds to pay for other programs and has even attempted to get a percentage of American's Social Security contributions into the hands of their Wall Street friends. For most Americans who have received Social Security payments until they died, the return on investment for their Social Security contributions significantly out-performed the Dow Joes Industrial Average and S&P 500 Average during their lifetimes. If Bush gets re-elected, he will no doubt continue his efforts to 'privatize' our Social Security Program. As for expanded home ownership, the Fed's abnormally low (Republican-friendly) interest rates and the aforementioned increase in the size of our population did far more to make that happen than any of President Bush's tax cuts."
4. He said he'd apply tougher standards to our schools and he'd help our seniors get the prescription drugs that they need...He said he'd do it, but it remains to be seen what the true benefits will be from two programs he delivered. Many view both of programs as mere con-jobs. In many parts of our country, Bush's under-funded "No Child Left Behind" mandate has created more problems than it claimed to solve, and SAT scores have NOT improved significantly since the program began. Bush's prescription drug program was designed first and foremost to be a tax guzzling corporate welfare program for our nation's health care providers, health care insurers, and pharmaceutical companies (many of which are already the most profitable corporations in America).
5. And George Bush said he'd fight to allow the power of faith to help our young and help our troubled. He said he'd do it, and perhaps he did. But to be honest, this is going to be a costly mistake for 'Christian Right' religious institutions. Now that they are becoming actively involved in governmental affairs, the dishonesty of various Christian Right religious leaders is becoming a matter of political concern, because their lies are now affecting their lives and futures of Americans throughout the rest of our nation as well. For years, these organizations have been promoting international anarchy by adamantly opposing the rule of law as embodied in the United Nations, International Criminal Courts, etc. And with Bush's help, they have succeeded in creating more anarchy throughout the world than we have seen since the communist insurgency craze in the late 1950s and early 1960s. When this anarchy they are attempting to create finally reaches America's shores, they are promising their 'faithful flocks' that they will be supernaturally 'raptured' to 'meet Christ in the air' just before the rest of us get blown to hell in a nuclear war. Most Americans already recognize that such teachings seriously violate God's commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves and that such teachings not only lack credibility, they are creating a genuine threat to future existence of mankind in general. In time, most of those who consider themselves 'Christian Right' will recognize these things as well and will stop providing financial support for religious leaders who have been lying to them.
6. There's much more, but you get the point. George W. Bush says a lot of things, but he almost never means what he says. Nobody can trust him, not even wealthy Americans like me.
I thank Satan, I thank Satan, I thank Satan that on September 11th we had a President who didn't wring his hands and wonder what America had done wrong to deserve this attack. I thank Satan that we had a President who understood that America was attacked not for what we had done wrong but for what we do right."
See! That extraordinary statement by Mr. Pataki actually makes some sense once you realize that he is actually worshipping Satan rather and God!
Other news agencies have done a fairly good job of pointing out how deceptive Republican claims have been regarding John Kerry's alleged "flip-flopping", so I won't repeat them here other than to mention that www.misleader.org and www.truthout.com have documented hundreds of instances where George W. Bush has "flip-flopped" on numerous issues.
So, although this second rendition of Mr. Pataki's speech is admittedly hypothetical, it nevertheless provides a far more accurate and truthful portrayal of the issues that he raised. By comparing the two renditions, you will better appreciate how deliberately dishonest Mr. Pataki's speech really was.
At the United Nations on 21 September, President Bush displayed his "sheep's clothing" facade again. It was a sight be behold. He stood there boldly claiming to be concerned about the "rule of law" in spite of the fact that:
Bush has adamantly opposed the creation of an International Criminal Court, so that he and his subordinates could commit war crimes with impunity (which they have done repeatedly over the past two or three years),
Bush he has personally approved violations the Geneva Conventions regarding torture of prisoners and has violated many of our own laws as well in that regard. Bush has repeatedly demonstrated his contempt for the rule of law.
Bush personally launched a military invasion of Iraq based on justifications that were no more valid than the arguments Adolph Hitler used to justify his invasion of Poland, and
Bush's decisions have led to the killing or maiming of tens of thousands of people, as many as half of whom were innocent civilians. Bush's decisions have also led to the killing or maiming of at least twice as many Americans as the number of Americans who were killed or maimed by Osama Bin Laden.
Bush said, "We know that dictators are quick to choose aggression, while free nations strive to resolve differences in peace." How about that! By his own definition, George W. Bush has identified himself as being a dictator (or at least a dictator wannabe). Likewise, Bush was a war criminal wannabe when he opposed the International Criminal Court, and now he IS a war criminal. Whether or not he'll ever be tried for war crimes remains to be seen.
Bush even said, "I ... urge all governments to affirm a basic ethical principle: No human life should ever be produced or destroyed for the benefit of another." Clearly George W. Bush doesn't even come close to practicing what he preaches.
And how about this! Early in his speech, Bush said, "Terrorists and their allies believe the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the American Bill of Rights and every charter of liberty ever written are lies to be burned and destroyed and forgotten. They believe the dictators should control every mind and tongue in the Middle East and beyond. They believe that suicide and torture and murder are fully justified to serve any goal they declare. And they act on their beliefs."
Then, later in that same speech, he said,
"Yet this much we know with certainty: The desire for freedom resides in every human heart. And that desire cannot be contained forever by prison walls or martial laws or secret police; over time and across the Earth, freedom will find a way."
These are just a few further examples (in addition to hundreds of others that have been well documented already) that show that George W. Bush rarely ever "means what he says", and he rarely delivers on his promises to anyone other than his wealthiest supporters. Our news agencies owe it to their readers to point this out before it's too late.
(one grain of salt)
|[Previous]||The Christian Right's Impact on American Politics|
|[Next]||Email, Links, etc.|
Last modified on Thursday, September 23, 2004