Moral Quarrel

The arrogance of the ruling party may have finally come home to roost, leaving an opening for the Democrats to take charge of both Houses of Congress. If only one changes hands, my preference would be the Senate, because there are still two years left for Bush to mess with the Supreme Court.

If they do take over the legislature, I hope the Democrats will show some states­man­ship. Some things need to be undone if we expect a real future as a country, but such undoings must not be carried out like a vendetta, which has been part of the Repub­licans' problem. The only thing holding the disparate wings of the GOP together is their shared hatred of Bill Clinton. Homophobia is the glue that binds evangelicals to the party, greed holds the take-care-of-the-wealthy wing.

We cannot solve the national debt without more income. Tax revenue has modestly increased of late, but not nearly enough to make up for the enormous cost of the tax giveaway, and certainly not enough to pay for the war. Even the most conservative among us knows that we cannot cut government services enough to balance the budget. We need more income. This argument should be easy to understand for all who do not see themselves as welfare cases. Most Republicans believe in paying their bills, they just object to paying taxes. Perhaps we could bill them for their share of the interest on the national debt. We wouldn't call it a tax, just an interest payment.

The worst thing to have happened recently is the passage of a bill to set up military tribunals. That bill did away with the keystone of our system of jurisprudence, habeas corpus. The immediate purpose of the bill was—supposedly—for use against enemies of the state. Since anyone who disagrees with the current administration is unpatriotic, it is only a short step to labeling them traitors and terrorists.

After a charade in which four Republican Senators made a show of defending the Geneva Convention, the bill was passed that gives the president himself the power to decide what behaviors are within the parameters of that convention. It did away with most of the due process rights and built in a pardon for the president and all who work for him should they overstep the law. The battle the administration put up to defend the right to torture gives us a good idea what those parameters will be. It is my personal opinion that no legislator who voted for the bill should be allowed back into the Congress. They gave away rights that hundreds of thousands of our citizens have died to protect. It was unpatriotic and cowardly on their part.

Finally, Mr. Foley demonstrated the hypocrisy of the ruling party. It was not his homo­sexuality, nor was it his suggestive words. It was his abuse of power, pure and simple. The steps taken—or not taken—by the House leadership have simply extended that hypocrisy. It comes down to the old saying, "Those who walk on feet of clay must be careful where they stand to pray." Stay away from the street corner.

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10/11/2006 3:39 PM  
Blogger Seven Star Hand  said...

Hey Wes,

Here's some more red hot ink for your pen. Now help me vanquish the sword!

This Foley fiasco has given people the chance to change the make-up of this government, which will ultimately lead to the end of the Bush-Cheney reign. It may not be pretty, but it is a gift, nonetheless. Don't waste this advantage. Use it wisely to end the more pressing problems that face us all.

Want to better understand some of the desperation among top Christian politicos? Want to know what else they are pretending not to know about? Follow the links and read about who I am and what I have to say. Notice that my last name is Page? Think this "page" scandal and other recent events are mere coincidences? Also notice that the "Macaca" incident occurred on my birthday, August 11th. The luck of these duplicitous, arrogant hypocrites has failed and will continue to do so. The timing and ramifications are much worse than most realize yet.

If Christian political leaders are going to go around attacking others for not living up to their professed values, it's a damn good idea to be truthful and actually walk the walk. Logs and motes in the eye, camels through the eye of a needle, glass houses, kettles and pots, and what goes around comes around, et al. Karma's a bitch when She finally decides enough is enough! This wouldn't have been so bad on Republicans if they hadn't been such arrogant hypocrites in order to corner the so-called values voters! Now the "Two Candlesticks" and "Two Witnesses" (Truth and Justice) are "breathing fire" and "raining hailstones!"

Christian Political Leadership, Hypocrisy, Duplicity, and Purposeful Evil

The current scandal involving Congressman Foley is merely the latest in an amazingly long list of blatant deception and duplicity by Republicans and the Christian Right in recent years. While bedeviling us all with their holier-than-thou pretenses, they consistently support and/or perform blatant greed and abominable evil. Never forget the extent of their arrogance over the last two decades and especially the last 6 years. It is beyond amazing that Christians continue to blindly support such obviously blatant scoundrels, even as they are repeatedly exposed going against the most basic of human values. The level of hypocrisy and duplicity boggles the mind. There is no longer any doubt, whatsoever, that Christianity is little more than a purposeful deception used by political and religious leaders to dupe, manipulate, and coerce entire populations into giving them wealth and power, which they always use for greed, injustice, and abominable evils.

The actions of Foley and those who covered up for him directly parallel the actions of scores of priests that have raped innocent children, preyed upon others for centuries, and had their actions hidden and abetted by the Vatican. Now, in eerie repetition of Vatican history, we have a power hungry Christian Emperor (GW) working closely with the Vatican and Judeo-Christian aristocrats to lead crusades in the so-called Holy Land. Furthermore, to leave little doubt about the reality of this assessment, the USA, as the new Holy Roman Empire, is about to legalize the torture it has perpetrated in recent years while steadily reversing many of the democratic and civil freedoms that people gained when the Vatican and royalty lost control of their European empire at the turn of the nineteenth century. Now we see them following the same old path of evil as they strive to cement the status of the USA as the latest proxy Vatican empire. Make no mistake about it, the new dark ages are looming on the horizon unless we do something proactive to prevent it.

Remember that those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it!

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Peace...

10/11/2006 3:42 PM  

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