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Leaders must be kidding us

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By Liz Soares

In 1990, I began working with children, and was struck by a curious new phrase that had become part of the lexicon.

"I didn't do it!"

Of course, I was familiar with the line. I was a child once and remembered denial as a sometimes effective line of defense. What I found amazing was that the kids were shrieking the phrase as they were "acting out."

Take the little girl in the supermarket who maliciously rammed a cart into the dairy case. She turned to her mother and shrugged. "I didn't do it!"

Out of the mouths of babes came the first evidence of a new morality: lying with a straight face. Lying even when you're caught red-handed.

Now fabricating, altering reality and spinning the news has become such a way of life for us that I'm beginning to think we don't even care what the truth is anymore.

We've had several disturbing cases of journalists making up, rather than reporting, stories. The so-called "runaway bride" blithely told police she'd been kidnapped. Plagiarism is rampant among high school and college students.

Worst of all is the swirling funnel cloud of half-truths and worse that is the Bush administration. The "Ministry of Truth" in George Orwell's novel "1984"-- a government office which manufactured reality-- couldn't have done a better job of misleading the nation than this administration has done with the Iraq war.

May I quote myself? In a column published Nov. 2, 2002, I wrote, "I have to wonder why the president is so insistent on" invading Iraq." Was it because "Saddam tried to kill his Daddy?" Or "to protect oil interests?"

I was not, by far, the only one to question Bush's motives. But I would have appreciated having a few more of my fellow Americans showing some skepticism then.

I concluded, at the time, that many people feared that Saddam was hoarding weapons of mass destruction. But as evidence of WMD proved elusive, then nonexistent, the Bush administration began a more fevered story-telling campaign.

The invasion of Iraq was now a battle in the war on terrorism. I could not believe the turpitude it took to suddenly connect the two. But most Americans swallowed this big fish whole.

As Adolf Hitler wrote in "Mein Kampf:" "The great mass of people ... will more easily fall victim to a big lie than a small one."

Now the evidence is in. The so-called "Downing Street memo" shows British government officials considered the Bush administration's war plan in July 2002. The critical question of grounds for the invasion was discussed at this time. It had to be -- because there were none.

Winston Smith, the central character in "1984," muses about people who "could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality" because they didn't understand their role as citizens and "were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening."

When we fall into such habits, it's easy for our elected officials to smirk and say, "I didn't do it!"

Liz Soares is a free-lance writer and the author of "All for Maine: The Story of Gov. Percival P. Baxter." She welcomes e-mail at



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(I know that it is sickening to read what he says and how he says it, be we must be aware of Bushco's continuing BIG LIE and perpetual immoral war in many theatres.)

July 9, 2005
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Thursday morning, terrorists struck at the heart of one of the world's great cities in a series of bombings that hit London's subway and bus system as thousands of commuters headed to work. We in America know the sense of loss that our British friends feel at this moment. We extend our sympathies to those who suffered terrible injuries, and we pray for the families mourning the loss of loved ones. In this dark hour, the people of Great Britain can know that the American people stand with them.

These barbaric attacks occurred as world leaders gathered in Scotland for the G8 summit. While terrorists were killing innocent men and women in London, leaders at the G8 were discussing how free nations can combat poverty and HIV/AIDS, create a cleaner environment, and improve the lives of people everywhere. The contrast could not be more vivid between the intentions and the hearts of those who care deeply about human rights and human liberty, and the evil intentions and acts of those who rejoice in the death and suffering of the innocent.

We experienced this evil in our own country on a clear September morning in 2001. Since that day, terrorists have continued to kill and maim -- in Bali, and Casablanca, Riyadh, Jakarta, Istanbul, Madrid, Baghdad, London, and elsewhere. The terrorists believe that free societies are essentially corrupt and decadent. They believe that with a few hard blows, and the televised repetition of horrific images of violence, they can force us to retreat. They are mistaken.

On the day of the London attacks, every world leader at the

G8 summit stood with Prime Minister Blair as he said: "Our determination to defend our values and our way of life is greater than their determination to cause death and destruction to innocent people." The free world is united in its resolve: We will never yield to terrorists and murderers. In the face of such adversaries, there is only one course of action: We will continue to take the fight to the enemy, and we will fight until the enemy is defeated.

We are now waging a global war on terror -- from the mountains of Afghanistan to the border regions of Pakistan, to the Horn of Africa, to the islands of the Philippines, to the plains of Iraq. We will stay on the offense, fighting the terrorists abroad so we do not have to face them at home. We will continue to deny the terrorists safe haven and the support of rogue states. And at the same time, we will spread the universal values of hope and freedom that will overwhelm their ideology of tyranny and hate. The free world did not seek this conflict, yet we will win it.

Here at home, federal, state, and local officials are doing everything possible to protect us from another terrorist attack in America. While we have no specific credible information suggesting an imminent attack in the United States, in light of the bombings in London, we have raised the threat level from elevated to high for our passenger rail, subway, and bus systems. I urge all Americans to remain alert, and to report any suspicious activity to your local authorities.

This week, there is great suffering in the city of London. Yet the British people are resilient, and they have faced brutal enemies before. The nation that survived the Nazi Blitz will not be intimidated by terrorists. And just as America and Great Britain stood together to defeat the murderous ideologies of the 20th century, we again stand together to defeat the hateful ideologies of the 21st century.

The terrorists cannot shake our will. America and its allies will act decisively, because we know that the future of civilization is at stake in this struggle, and we know that the cause of freedom will prevail.

May God bless the people of Great Britain, and may He continue to bless America.

Thank you for listening.


I have A sense that we are in Iraq for the oil. The administration knows that the oil is running out. Chinas economy is booming and has a huge need of oil.We are at a point in history that politics are like a game of chess. If we don't control the oil then someone else will! It is in the mind of the government to have that part of the world in their control. Sad to say we have little alternative energy.This has put us into the position of an agressor. The American public needs to demand alternative resourses. We should have been doing this for years! It is biting us all in the butt!

"By their fruits shall you know them."
Matthew 7:15-20

15 "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
16 You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles?
17 So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil fruit.
18 A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20 Thus you will know them by their fruits.

Does this administration care about the people they say they serve? So far, what we have seen is lies, betrayal, meanness, theft, murder...rotten fruit.

... therefore Congress MUST take action as a UNITED front N O W-
There is no time to lose . Our American lives are placed in the hands of Machiavellian maniacal leaders who are falsely leading us into immoral illegal pre-emptive wars on a daily basis and a global level and lying their way through the whole process(you didn't think their only plan was Iraq, did you? Then please read the entire PNAC website.)

Congress MUST have an emergency session of Representatives and Senators and legally and collectively follow the Constitution of the United States of America and the ongoing beseechings of the American people... Bushco's lies have spun their last spin, and the terrorists KNOW it. All Americans with a grain of common sense KNOW it.

Attention Congressman and Congresswomen:

Dear President Bush, We the People beseech you to heed God's Word:

"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye. (Matthew 7:1-5)

Thank you for the quote. I have been speaking on the issue of how the Neocon/"Christian" Right is anti-Christ. Was too lazy to look up the reference.

Using their language can reach some that have been mislead and the hypocrisy can be appreciated by anyone for social justice and compassion and used to discredit the hypocritical moral values people.

Do you know if any direct quotes with the term "antiChrist"

These people are the exact same people who Jesus preached against in his day... the money lenders, those who used religion to defend the rich and powerful (Sadduces? ). If he were here in person today he would be in Gitmo for opposing them and possibly executed if the Republican passes their bill on death penalty .


Peace and Compassion Buddha Circle
Louisville Ky

"Who is a liar, but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is Antichrist, who denies the Father, and the Son" (1 John 2:22)

... that's kind of related. Not "antiChrist" but "evildoers". It works well with the charismatic types (i.e. those who do laying on hands for healing, prophecy, speaking in tongues, being 'slayed in the spirit'. etc.), who might view their mystical experiences as proof enough that God is on their side.

21"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' 23Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'

Matt 7:21-23

Math 14:25 onward continues in the same theme. I'd recommend the book of James, chap 2 onwards, if you want to remind followers of Jesus what their obligations are.

I bet that must've been the quote Karl Rove found for Bush to use in all his "evildoer" speeches (I was slow to catch on to that one, I just remember how odd I thought those speeches were... )

That "evildoer" quote is extremely revealing...that's gotta be how Bush snagged the Christian Right that it's ok to go kill people for lies & vague reasons ...oh they're "evildoers" , yeah that's the ticket!

Got anymore quotes with "wolves" and "false prophets"... it's the only way we can reveal the truth to tbe Christian Right folks>>> Jesus own words!

Imagine growing up with a "Darth Vader" father like George Bush, Sr.
I mean, the dude said, "I don't like broccoli." Now, I don't like
asparagus, but I don't mind other people eating asparagus.

But man, remember when "Daddy Bush" said that no one in the White House could have broccoli? And the amazing thing was that everyone said, "okay. You can have your way."

Of course, this is the same dysfunctional family that told niece,
Nichol Bush, "sorry, you are making us look bad . .. time for you
to disappear." So much for "family values." :-)

I hope my main man, Colin Wilson (The Outsider) is writing another of his great books analyzing the "RIGHT MAN" psychology in the Bush Dynasty. I really enjoyed his "A Criminal History of Mankind" which
introduced me to the idea of the "Right Man" mindset.

Right Man, Heck the whole family has skulls under the bed. How can you beat Grandpa Bush and one of his good Friend John Jay McCloy.

But then again Georgie Jr will go down in History as one of the most corrupt and the count still goes on.

Or this:
Chapter 5 of the Book of James
1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.




In 1990, I began working with children, and was struck by a curious new phrase that had become part of the lexicon.

"I didn't do it!"

This is a symptom of the "new" America:

Government of the corporations
Government for the corporations
Government by the corporations

It does not matter which of the two major parties you vote for.

His royal imperial shortness little George Stupid is so concerned for the welfare and safety of the worlds women and children that he killed and maimed them by the hundreds of thousands in Iraq and Afghanistan. The reason he did it is so that he could be a heroic war time president and reap truck loads of political capital. What are we waiting for impeach the lying, murdering bastard.

They do not hate us for our freedom; IT'S THE FOREIGN POLICY STUPID.

Watch the short jokes.

Do not be offended. George W. Bush is not short in stature. He’s taller than me! George W. Bush is short in intellect, honesty, truthfulness, respect, decency, communication skills, bicycle riding skills, business management skills, governing skills, and so on, ad nauseam!

You forgot to mention he's short in his English skills. :)

He is also short on vision and character.

Yes, there are many pointing fingers. And there are some withing the Dowing Street Memo coalition who are part of the problem.

It's time we see a demonstration of competence on simple things. The battle to be waged to preserve this constitution requires more than ideas, but leaders who can translate those ideas in to results.

The little things can say alot. [More . . . ] Be careful when you point at the Republicans. They may be fascists, but they're still the one's that are taking the entire country to fascism.

You need to press on with your plans more effectively than they are. I'm not seeing it.


Mr. Bush gave one of his when they do it’s terrorism, when we do it, we are promoting Democracy, despite the fact with his secrecy, his “fixed Policy

a clear article that states its point very well. If we can only get more people to see that it would help.

This is an article I think that deserves sending to everyone we know. I shall pass it on to my friends at Bring Democracy Back, and ask them to forward it.

'Tank girl' army accused of torture
"Guardian and Human Rights Watch find evidence of abuse by Iranian revolutionaries under US protection
David Leigh in Nijmegen, Netherlands
Tuesday May 31, 2005
The Guardian",3604,1495692,00.html#art...


You know, this isn't the making of some new kind of morality. This is the old kind of morality that was prevalent in the 1950's finally showing itself in our children.
I, personally, try not to lie about anything important. Important meaning something that will cause another person physical harm or mental anguish.
That little girl was just doing what most people do nowadays, if it doesn't hurt a real person, you can lie about it. I don't believe that is right, but sadly that is what most people do nowadays.

Even the definition of a 'lie' has been altered perversely. In doing so the traditional 'lie' and its dictionary meaning has been completely perverted and erased.

Of broader concern is that lying has been replaced with; being entertaining; If lying is a fun interaction to one participant, it is ok to lie.

What a perversion.

This; with video game induced peer group behavior, a new type of human being is shaped.

This is not something to look forward to.

This is the shaping force of the media joined with madison avenue. They are shaping what the churches and schools shaped in the past.

I think the current situation is a very, very serious threat to civility.

It will divide us further.

Winners and loosers is not a social norm I want to partake in.

Being a winner at all costs forments hatred.

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