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The Reason I Will Vote For George W.  Bush
By Sammy J. Franklin

There are many reasons I feel we should allow President George W. Bush to continue to lead this great nation, but the best reason is the fact that he admits his reliance on God.

And why do you think President Bush gets so much flak from the liberal press about his faith and John Kerry is applauded for hjis professions of faith?

It would be that the faithallergic fear that President Bush is actually sincere about his faith.

If you will recall, if you watched the debates, Bush made no secret of his reliance on God.  But it was not him, but John Kerry who was citing scripture - or trying to...and it was Kerry who said, "My faith affects everything that I do, in truth".

Yet the mainstream media secularist continue to depict Bush, not Kerry, as some fire-breathing colonial Puritan whose rigid faith is both an enemy to reason - even reality - and to the nation itself.

And though the media's persistent dogging of President Bush's faith is  part of the anti-Christian phenomenon as David Limbaugh described in his book "Persecution," there is something more at work here.

Limbaugh says there is a method, beyond Christian-bashing, to this pragmatic secular media madness.  They don' just want to paint George Bush as an intolerant Christian bigot, but as a person whose world view blinds him to facts, reason and reality.

A marathon article appearing in the New Yourk Times Magazine by Ron Suskind, profiles the president as a close-minded, simplistic dogmatist who believes he's on a mission from God.  Bush's faith also imples him to demand blind obedience from his advisers, shutting out facts or advice he doesn't want to hear or that doesn't comport with his faith,  The writer stated.
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"Once he makes a decision - often swiftly, based on a creed of moral position, he expects complete faith in its rightness," Suskin wrote.

 Suskind insinuates that if a person heavily relies on God, he will ignore the "facts on the ground."  That is, faith and reason, faith and facts, faith and reality, are all mutually exclusive.

And he quotes another critic as saying that when faith "certifies our rightousness that can be a dangerous thing.  Then it pushes self-critiism aside.  Thjere's no reflection".

Limbaugh says Suskind is wrong in every particular.

The "American experiment in self-governance" didn't just "deal with," but was based on the framers of the constitution's Christian faith.

Faith and reason are complementary, not incompatible.  Presiden Bush did bas his decision to attack Iraw on the available evidence - not his faith.  And the president doesn't have amessianic complex.  but relies on God for strength and guidance - as do millions and millions of Christians nationwide, for all of whom Suskid demonstrates his comtempt.

President Bush's Christianity is not an enemy of his reason or deliberation.  It is not an enemy of his fact-based decisions or self-reflection.  It is the rock upon which he depends in these exceedingly tough tinmes.

Even extreme church-state separatist, until recently, didn't make the absurd demand that our leaders divorce their faith from their governance.  Nor are they requireing it of John Kerry.

What's clear is that secularists like Suskind don't believe that strong, committed Christians are well suited ofr governance.  It's also clear they don't worry about John Kerry in this regard, which speaks volumes about their assessment of the sincerity of Kerry's professions of faith.

So we are to believe that self-professing Christians may still hold office, provided they either aren't sincere about their faith or they keep it in the closed with the door closed and the lock secured.

In this day and age of terorist and other threats agains this great country,  I feel much more at ease with a president who admits he draws his strength from God.

Is there a better reason to vote for George W. Bush??



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