I’ve been recently troubled by Americans demonizing our own President. Specifically, it has been suggested that he has no soul, doesn’t really care about the troops or their lives. Perhaps I was obsessing about it with my conservative friends who told me I was “preaching to the choir.” So I thought I’d put my opinions to better use by trying to plant the seed of common sense in the minds of a more liberal audience. Please hear me out. All I ask is that you read this post with an open mind.
I don’t bat an eye when I see foreigners burning the American Flag or abusing an effigy of President Bush as I know they are ignorant savages. They are ill-informed and acting out of lack of self-control. Perhaps they are paid to act for the camera or are told their sisters will be raped if they don’t perform with passion. And I can accept Hugo Chavez calling President Bush “the devil” as it’s simply another example of Latin American machismo and boosts his image and ego. However, it really distresses me to hear Americans say he is without a heart and doesn’t care about the lives of our American military in Iraq.
Let me remind you of Abraham from the Old Testament who was on the verge of sacrificing his son Isaac according to the Lord’s commandment. He loved his son, but he loved the Lord more. Who would go as far as he did, but a man who has faith in Powers beyond his knowledge? I would suggest to you that President Bush has faith in the same Lord and in American ideals. As much as it hurts him to see the loss of life, his eyes are on a higher goal for America.
Let me remind you that God sent his only Son to the cross for our sins. What an incredible idea! How could He do such a thing? On the surface it seems cruel, but our chance of redemption is more important than the life of His Son. That is a powerful thing. I would suggest to you that President Bush indeed has a soul. He cares deeply about the troops and regrets any loss of life.
Last, I would remind you of the Fifth Commandment – to honor your Father and Mother. President Bush is currently the Father of this country. Notice the Commandment doesn’t say to love him or agree with him. But are we honoring him?
John T. Sixteen
(Photo of Bush stolen from http://www.asiaburning.com. The devil made me do it)