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The Responsibility President Is A Liar

Friday, Dec. 07, 2007 9:30 AM

Dan Froomkin over at the Washington Post has a nice chronology of how President Bush's words regarding Iran changed around August, when the NIE that Mr. Bush says he was completely unaware of until last week was being revised.

Whether it's a literal truth or a lie told by omission, it is clear that Mr. Bush is (and has always been) a liar. This is not a charming little quirk, nor a small indiscretion; this is a continued pattern of behavior that shows just how unqualified Mr. Bush is for the office he has held these past seven years.

And if our elected representatives continue to sit there and do nothing, they give their assent to such behavior. This is not about having enough votes, or displeasing moderate or centrist elements of their parties - this is about holding a liar accountable, and removing him from office for those lies.

The perfidy continues as word comes that the CIA has conveniently destroyed two tapes of interrogation sessions with terror suspects including Abu Zubaydah.

NSA Director Michael Hayden says the tapes were destroyed to protect the identities of undercover officers and because they no longer had intelligence value.

The irony of 'protecting undercover agents' in light of the White House leaking Valerie Plame's identity and covert status is laughable, as is the 'no longer had value' - the administration continued to sell their color-coded warnings based on 'information from Abu Zubaydah'.

What's left? Covering the CIA's ass and destroying evidence that might disprove the claim that, 'America does not torture.'

So Mitt Romney comes out to make a speech addressing his Mormon beliefs, and the media gets all warm and fuzzy, drawing parallels to JFK's famed speech on the separation of church and state.

Except Romney said almost the exact opposite - that "... freedom requires religion, just as religion requires freedom."

"But in recent years, the notion of the separation of church and state has been taken by some well beyond its original meaning. They seek to remove from the public domain any acknowledgment of God. Religion is seen as merely a private affair with no place in public life. It is as if they are intent on establishing a new religion in America - the religion of secularism. They are wrong," Romney said.

Mmmmm-mmm! Taste that freedom! Lasted all of what, a minute?

"The founders proscribed the establishment of a state religion, but they did not countenance the elimination of religion from the public square. We are a nation 'Under God' and in God, we do indeed trust," Romney notes.

Ooops. 'Under God' was added to the pledge of allegiance in 1954, not to honor God, but to stick it to the 'godless Commies'. And "In God We Trust" wasn't added to our coinage until 1864, and wasn't adopted as a national motto until 1956.

Overall, Romney's speech wasn't about his Mormon beliefs, observing the 'wall of separation between church and state,' nor God's presence in the public square - it was about God as a campaign slogan, about 'belief' equating 'character'.

We've seen just how well this country has done under a president who used God as a campaign gimmick, and who thinks nothing of lying to the American people while assuring us that he 'talks to God.'

Frankly, I'm tired of hearing God-this and God-that from candidates. We're voting for the President of the United States, not convening to select a new pope. Shouldn't your policies adequately demonstrate your beliefs? There's no religious test for holding office, so why jump through hoops trying to convince us that you're a godly sort? And how much of your soul will you sell to attain that office?

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