Blessed Are The Peacemakers
David Jenkins III
Can Bush Say Christ Is His Favorite Philosopher?
During one of the Republican primary debates back in 2000, the moderator
asked the candidates to name their favorite philosopher. When it was
governor George W. Bush's turn, he blurted out "Christ!"
Between the look on his face and the tone in his voice, I was almost
sure he had just taken the Lord's name in vain on national TV because he
couldn't think of an actual philosopher. Five seconds after he blurted
that exclamation, the easy going smirk returned to his face and he
added, "Because he changed my life." Well, the thought was fun
while it lasted.
It was a lie then as much as it's a lie now.
For the past two years now I've been wondering when those Christian
values Bush keeps talking about were going to reflect in his policies. I
don't know about any of the rest of you, but I just don't see it
happening. After the events of Saturday, January 18 - and the subsequent
reactions by Bush and his supporters - I am thoroughly convinced they
are anything but Christ-like.
In the weeks leading up to January 18, the world saw many demonstrations
taking place all over the world in opposition to Bush's regime and its
policy of inciting illegal and immoral aggression. Well, they saw these
demonstrations if they weren't tuned in to CNN and MSNBC. Literally
millions of people have protested America's stance on Iraq and yet we
still have Ari Fliescher making idiot statements like "there is no
sizable opposition" to Bush and his war-mongering.
Oh, get off it, Ari!
Take a look around.
There are even staunch conservatives and veterans who oppose this
action. There are protests taking place all over the world voicing
opposition to America the World's Bully. There are more and more calls
coming into broadcasts like C-Span's Washington Journal bringing up, not
only opposition, but inconsistencies and the questionable history of
many of those who can't wait to throw us into a war. Of course there are
also those callers who still are buying the bunk put forth by the most
corrupt administration ever. They seem to revolve around the same
Saddam gassed his own people. Yup, he sure did. He also gassed the
Iranians. Then we rewarded him with billions of dollars in goods, he got
to shake hands with Donald Rumsfeld and he continued to do business with
many American companies like Cheney's Halliburton and the ATCC. American
companies have been selling him "dual purpose" goods,
chemicals and biological strains for decades after he gassed his own
people. Shouldn't we be locking those people up?
Saddam helped fund the events of 9/11. He did? I haven't seen one shred
of evidence that proves that. In fact, the CIA has said there is no
evidence supporting such a claim. If these people want to go after the
countries that funded 9/11 then they need to take a good hard look at
Saudi Arabia. That's where the money trail leads, by golly. But the only
threat we leveled against them is making them ride around in a pick-up
truck on a ranch in Crawford, Texas, with a "recovering
alcoholic" at the wheel.
Saddam is an immediate threat to America. Um, no he's not. In fact, CIA
director George Tenant stated that Saddam has never been less of a
threat! Unless we try to invade Iraq. Especially without the support of
the world community. Then we've got a problem. A unilateral invasion of
Iraq will set off a domino effect which will erase not only any sense of
stability in the Middle East but will also increase chances of another
attack like 9/11. In all actuality, Bush Inc. is more of an immediate
threat to America than Saddam ever hoped to be.
But one of the things that irks me even more than the clueless callers
voicing their ignorance in this matter is that they sometimes refer to
those who disagree with Bush as "un-American." This has been a
kind of pathetic and dangerous mantra with those who blindly follow and
support the actions of the proud "C" student in the White
House. Y'know the guy - the one the Canadians called "a moron"
and the rest of the world views as a kind of Hitler without the camps
and ovens. The guy who has supporters who have attested to his being
"un-read and un-curious" about the world around him. According
to these poor sheep, we who oppose this guy and his gang somehow hate
America. What a sad commentary on Bush's America.
Those who exercise their constitutional right to dissent and utilize
their freedom of speech are un-American. Those who refuse to goose-step
to the recklessness of Bush's foreign policy - those who demand answers
and proof that what this administration accuses Iraq of is fact instead
of wishful thinking - those who will not allow their sons and daughters
to die because "he tried to kill my daddy" - are unpatriotic.
The founding fathers must be spinning in their graves at 120 mph.
How can a man who stated Christ was his favorite philosopher pursue such
a policy? How can he continue to thumb his nose at the world and those
in his own country? How can he ask young men and women to do what he and
his supporters were too afraid to do? Is it possible that Bush actually
thinks that this is something Christ would do? Is it possible that, not
being content to rewrite history, now Bush feels compelled to rewrite
The Book of Bush. Chapter 1, verse 1; "And I sayeth unto you, love
thy neighbor - unless he has a stink-load of oil to make thy Father
richer. Then just bomb the crap out of him. Amen"
One of the speakers in D.C. on January 18th quoted from Christ's Sermon
on the Mount and spoke the ultimate truth when he said, "Blessed
are the peacemakers." Anyone with the most minimal knowledge of
Christianity can see the hypocrisy of George W. Bush professing such
devotion to the teachings of Christ while, not only threatening an
immoral war, quietly imposing policies which hurt the poor, the cold,
the hungry, the innocent and the beauty of this Earth.
These are not the things Jesus would do.
Contrary to what Bush's people might think, the peacemakers are the ones
speaking against this administration. The blessed are the ones who do
not want this immoral and illegal war. And the patriots are the ones
down in Washington, D.C. and other cities around the world last
Go back and have Laura read your Bible to you, George. You'll see I'm
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