THE BUSH PRESIDENCY
January 24, 2009
I wrote an article about George W. Bush the week he was first sworn into office back in January of 2001 titled, Choices - The Real Truth Detector. In it, I asked some hard questions that offended a lot of Christians and Republicans who voted for the “compassionate conservative” – implying that things probably wouldn’t change all that much under his administration in spite of his platform, party affiliation and Christian testimony. It cost me some readers and some friends. But, the point of the piece was too important to be drowned out by evangelical elation and inaugural pomp – something conservatives are currently struggling with now in their criticisms of liberal democrat, Barack Obama.
Almost four years later, near the conclusion of Bush’s first term in office, I followed up with another article in December of 2004 titled, The Secret Hand, to explain how the new republican majority wouldn’t make much difference either. Instead of comparing Bush’s performance to biblical and constitutional standards, republicans repeatedly made the mistake of comparing President Bush to President Clinton, which, through the distorted lens of moral relativism, always made Bush look good to conservatives while blinding them to almost all of his blatant contradictions and compromises.
Well, Bush’s second and final term is now complete and liberal democrats are almost fully in charge – much like republicans were only four years ago. And now, more than ever, those staunch republicans, conservatives and Christians would do well to re-read those two articles I wrote from years gone by to hopefully, finally understand that all is not as it seems to be.
Socialism, you see, didn’t take the United States hostage when Obama took the oath. It was already here, as evidenced by, among other things, the recent government bailouts by the Bush administration.
How could such a thing happen under a Christian conservative republican president, you ask?
Well, I said it back in November of 2000 when he was first elected president and again in January of 2001 when he took his first oath of office. Now, eight years later, in retrospect, I’ll say it again:
"Socialism needs two legs on which to stand; a right and a left. While appearing to be in complete opposition to one another, they both march in the same direction."
The conservative right versus the communist left war is just an illusion designed to keep us all moving toward a synthesized solution called “socialism” where absolutes are ultimately surrendered to the moral relativism of consensus.
Crowds don’t think – they watch and feel and follow.
An endearing image and a charming personality is irresistible to the herd and makes group-think almost effortless. That is the power of consensus and the Hegelian Dialectic.
Embracing such is a dangerous venture that has led many astray – something right-wingers more readily recognize in those outside the conservative camp than they do in those from within. Hopefully, after reconsidering my two archived articles posted below, Christian conservative republicans will reconsider the track record of the past administration and learn to not judge by appearance or affiliation, but instead, by the absolutes of God’s Word.
“Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” – John 7:24
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Paul Proctor, a rural resident of the Volunteer state and seasoned veteran of the country music industry, retired from showbiz in the late 1990's to dedicate himself to addressing important social issues from a distinctly biblical perspective. As a freelance writer and regular columnist for NewsWithViews.com, he extols the wisdom and truths of scripture through commentary and insight on cultural trends and current events. His articles appear regularly on a variety of news and opinion sites across the internet and in print.