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Thursday, September 30, 2004

Not much of a choice, is it?
Posted by Jill | 6:45 AM
Dick Cheney is fond of articulating the dire and painful deaths he believes await all of us if we don't vote for him and his AWOL blow-monkey faux-Christian puppet. Only they can keep us safe from terrorist attacks, he claims, conveniently ignoring the fact that they weren't able to do it three years ago.

Well, Frank Rich reports (via Corrente) that a new DVD, George W. Bush: Faith in the White House, designed to be a counterweight to Fahrenheit 9/11, is being distributed to church groups all over the country. The film purports to reveal "the President’s extraordinary faith and prayer life".

Extraordinary indeed, for this is a man who believes that God wanted him to be President. If this is the case, then it's a logical extension that he believes himself to be God's infallible instrument -- but of what? Given the continuing tendency for Bush surrogates to refer to the Iraq war as part of a Crusade, and his own general, William Boykin, referring to Bush as God's chosen leader to head up an "army of God" against "a guy named Satan", it's not all that great a leap to assume that Bush regards himself as God's own anointed instrument to deliver Christians to the Rapture. As Frank Rich points out:

It's not just Mr. Bush's self-deification that separates him from the likes of Lincoln, however; it's his chosen fashion of Christianity. The president didn't revive the word "crusade" idly in the fall of 2001. His view of faith as a Manichaean scheme of blacks and whites to be acted out in a perpetual war against evil is synergistic with the violent poetics of the best-selling "Left Behind" novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins and Mel Gibson's cinematic bloodfest. The majority of Christian Americans may not agree with this apocalyptic worldview, but there's a big market for it. A Newsweek poll shows that 17 percent of Americans expect the world to end in their lifetime. To Karl Rove and company, that 17 percent is otherwise known as "the base."

I understand that people are afraid, but I have to wonder just how many Americans really believe that George W. Bush is God's chosen instrument to bring about the end times. It seems to me that at one time, when people did terrible things because God told them to, they were John List and they merely murdered all of their own family members. Now we call them "Mr. President" and blindly accept his policies designed to bring about the deaths of all of us.

Taking this thinking at face value, here's your choice. Death by terrorists if we vote for Kerry, death by religious insanity if we vote for Bush. Not much of a choice, is it?
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