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DID PRESIDENT BUSH REALLY SAY THAT?
Dec. 13, 2005
Internet news site Capitol Hill Blue
(http://www.capitolhillblue.com) founder Doug Thompson wrote
in his column on December 9 that in a private meeting with
congressional leaders, President G.W. Bush was urged to take
caution in implementing his new Patriot Act because it would
potentially "alienate conservatives." According to Thompson, the
president retorted by saying, "I don't give a g-d-, I'm the President
and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way!"
During that same meeting, Thompson quotes an aide as telling Mr.
Bush, "There is a valid case that the provisions in this law [the
Patriot Act] undermine the Constitution." Thompson quotes the
President as screaming back, "Stop throwing the Constitution in
my face. It's just a g-d- piece of paper!"
Thompson said he talked with three people who were present for
that meeting and that they all confirmed that President Bush called
the Constitution a "g-d- piece of paper."
Please understand, Thompson is a career journalist. To my
knowledge, his news site only produces credible news. For the
sake of this column, therefore, let's deal with the possibility that
what Doug Thompson wrote was truthfully told him by people
who were in attendance at that meeting. (No, Thompson did not
name those persons.)
Before going further, let's acknowledge that Doug Thompson is
not a fan of President Bush. In fact, he is an outspoken critic of the
President. But then again, it seems to me that he is an outspoken
critic of most politicians. In my opinion, that's not all bad. But
that's not the point. All that matters is the truthfulness of the
report. If it's not true, Thompson must bear responsibility.
However, what if it is true? What if President Bush actually said
the things Thompson said he said? In that case, every American
must bear responsibility!
If President Bush said the things Thompson accuses him of saying,
it is monumentally important! It reveals a side of G.W. Bush that
has been heretofore hidden from the public, a side of the President
that should cause all true Christians and all lovers of liberty deep
If G.W. Bush said the things he is quoted as saying, it means that
our President is not only the worst kind of liar but also a very clear
and present threat to freedom!
Remember that President Bush twice put his hand on the Holy
Bible and took an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the
Constitution of the United States. Such an oath carries with it the
most sacred of intentions and the most serious of consequences.
It is one thing for a president to proceed upon the conviction that
his actions are constitutionally justified even though he is criticized
for those convictions; it is another thing altogether for a president
to feel in his heart and to verbalize with his lips that the very
document which he swore an oath to uphold is nothing more than a
"g-d- piece of paper."
Americans must understand that the only reason (humanly
speaking) that this country has been able to maintain a 200 plus
year legacy of liberty and individual freedom is due to our
respectful adherence (at least in principle) to the U.S. Constitution.
To quote Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, "I don't have to
prove that the Constitution is perfect; I just have to prove that it's
better than anything else." Amen.
The Constitution is better than anything else! It is the most
magnificent governing document ever written by man! Along with
our Christian heritage and common English language, the
Constitution has formed the glue which has held our republic
together. Rightly did Daniel Webster say, "The hand that destroys
the Constitution rends our Union asunder forever."
If President Bush truly believes the Constitution is "just a g-d-
piece of paper," he is capable of any attack against it.
Yet, there is another revelation contained in President Bush's
remarks, if they be true: his repeated blasphemy of God's name.
It has been long known that G.W. Bush is a prolific swearer. That
much we know is true. One former congressman told me of
hearing Bush repeatedly use the "f " word. Most Christians would
not want their children using that or any other swear word, but
probably don't mind too much (sadly) that their president, even
one who professes to be a Christian, would use profanity. But what
about repeatedly using God's name in vain? Is that insignificant?
To many people, swearing is nothing more than everyday
communication. However, using God's name in vain is more than
vulgar talking: it is blasphemy!
The Holy Scriptures are very clear on this point. The Third
Commandment is emphatic: "Thou shalt not take the name of the
Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that
taketh his name in vain." Furthermore, Psalms 139:20 states,
"Thine enemies take thy name in vain."
We need to get something settled: George W. Bush (or any other
U.S. President or Congressman) is not above the Constitution or
the Word of God! And while we are at it, let's settle something
else: those conservative Christians who would allow G.W. Bush
(or anyone else) to trample our Constitution and our Biblical
values have become idolaters in their own hearts by giving to man
(any man) the kind of preeminence that only the Bible and the U.S.
Did President Bush really say the things Doug Thompson quotes
him as saying? I sincerely hope not. And if he did not, Mr.
Thompson certainly owes his readers and the President an apology.
However, if it proves to be true, will conservative Christians admit
that everything they were led to believe about G.W. Bush was a
lie, because indeed it would be?!
© Chuck Baldwin
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