THE SECRET HAND
By Paul Proctor
December 25, 2004
�On November 2, 2004, the American electorate voted into office a Republican President, Republican House, Republican Senate and a majority of Republican Governors. The Supreme Court is made up of a super-majority of Republican appointees. We have, in America, undeniable Republican Party Rule. If the Republican Party is pro-life, now is the best and only time to effectuate any real pro-life legislation.� � Covenant News Wire Service
I remember saying to my wife, after learning the election results in November, something to the effect: �Well, the republicans finally have it all; I wonder what they�ll use for an excuse now?�
Because I generally address matters of church and faith in this column, I tend to leave political commentary to others more qualified at NewsWithViews.com; however, because our president�s public persona has been overtly promoted as that of a faithful, evangelical, born again Christian, there are times I am compelled to address obvious patterns of gross inconsistency when they pose a threat to the church. This is one of those times.
As a conservative and a Christian, I have no interest in being a �Bush basher,� only a truth teller; and sometimes the truth, however unpleasant, must be told regardless of whom it might offend. If there was anything that needed bashing, it is the manipulative marketing machinery that keeps all presidential candidates, outside the elites� two-party tent, in obscurity.
You see, Bush is not the problem; he�s merely the political pageant�s puppet of the day. If it wasn�t him, it would be another just like him; and in my estimation, no Machiavellian marionette is ever allowed on stage to perform without their strings attached. That�s why presidents and their promises change, but the overall agenda never does. Oh, it might slow down occasionally but never will it go into reverse as long as the Secret Hand holds the strings.
Because our financially fed and dialectically driven political process always presents the two dominate parties as �good versus evil,� and �the only real game in town,� the public at large is left, for all practical purposes, without any real elect-able alternatives. This thesis versus antithesis mindset, forever at work in politics, tells us that one candidate is clearly evil; therefore the other MUST be good or at least, the �lesser of two evils;� and as each new scandal breaks, smearing first, the one from party R, then the other from party D; the angst and polarity between the two spike into a frenzy forcing everyone involved to dig in their heels and feverishly defend their respective candidates at all costs, truth be damned; rendering all concerned unable to think, much less vote, outside the tent.
I will not waste your valuable reading time trying to glean any truths from the left side of the equation other than to say; liberals can be very entertaining if you can keep their clothes on, their conversations clean and their theories at bay.
Instead, because republicans are currently �in control,� what I would rather address, are some of the more popular misconceptions about the direction of today�s perceived �right.� Regardless of how many republicans were elected to office or will be appointed to the Supreme Court over the next four years; unless this nation repents and God Himself miraculously intervenes, the harsh reality is:
I�m sure, four years ago, most republican voters thought a lot of this would be fixed, addressed or at least reined in a little after Bush took office. Didn�t happen though, did it? No, it just got worse. So, what makes them think the next four years will be any better, the fact that they've added a few more republicans to the mix?
As hard as it may be for some to accept, George W. Bush is quickly becoming to this country and its Constitution what Rick Warren is to the church and its Bible. The parallels are remarkable. Those of you who have read my commentary on the church growth movement know exactly what I mean. I�ll leave it at that and simply direct you to the article below I wrote the very week President-elect Bush was sworn into office back in 2001, almost four years ago. It might startle some of you, not because of what has transpired since then but because of what may very well lie ahead.
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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. Paul may be reached at email@example.com�
As a conservative and a Christian, I have no interest in being a �Bush basher,� only a truth teller; and sometimes the truth, however unpleasant, must be told regardless of whom it might offend.