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George W. Bush’s god told him to go kill Iraqis instead of terrorists, but Pat Robertson’s god had a different story to tell: (Story links open in new windows)

Robertson: God warned of Iraq

Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson says he warned President George W. Bush before U.S. troops invaded Iraq that the United States would sustain casualties but that Bush responded, "Oh, no, we’re not going to have any casualties."

"I had deep misgivings about this war, deep misgivings," Robertson said, recalling his warning to Bush when they met in Nashville, Tenn., before the war in 2003. "The Lord told me it was going to be, A, a disaster and, B, messy."

There was an immediate spin rather than a denial from Karen Hughes:

Adviser Karen Hughes said: "I don’t believe that happened. He must have misunderstood or misheard it."

Bush thinks his message from god is right, of course. He keeps defending his actions in the by-invitation-only, revivalist-style meetings he’s conducting with his flock in the run-up to the election. These are the rallies where he gets hard-hitting questions like these:

"Mr. President," begins a young man in a baseball hat. "I just want to say I’m praying for you and God bless you."

And then one questioner later: "I would just like to say that I agree with this gentleman, that we should all pray for you." [Pep Sessions Keep Protesters Out of Sight]

That’s what happens inside the tent, but in the real world:

lauraarrestFor at least the last year, anti-Bush protestors have been getting arrested at Bush rallies. These rallies have been by invitation only, but the arrestees have had tickets. It didn’t help:

Dead Soldier’s Mother Arrested For Shouting At Laura Bush

During [Laura] Bush’s salute to the men and women in Iraq, Sue Sapir Niederer, of Hopewell, N.J., was pulled outside the firehouse after she staged a war protest.

Secret Service and local police escorted her out of the event, handcuffed her and placed her in the back of a police van. [NBC 9/17/04]

and

Secret Service and White House Charged with Violating Free Speech Rights in ACLU Lawsuit

busharrestSeptember 14, 2004, CHARLESTON, WV – The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a lawsuit against the United States Secret Service and Greg Jenkins, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of White House Advance, on behalf of a West Virginia couple who were arrested at a Fourth of July presidential appearance at the state Capitol because they were wearing t-shirts critical of the president.

I guess the devil made them do it.

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  • http://philosoraptor.blogspot.com Winston Smith

    Nice knowin’ ya, Hal…

    Send us a postcard from Gitmo, will ya?

  • http://www.tude.com/ Hal Pawluk

    Funny thing, my wife said the same thing when I told her I was going to post it. You both may be right correct, but what has happened to this country when people even think of that?

    And how come nobody other than an Orwell fan has chimed in? Are they lurking in the shrubbery outside my window, getting ready to … Nah. But if my posts stop, please get in touch with the ACLU (I’ll take back very nasty thing I ever said about them :-).

  • http://philosoraptor.blogspot.com Winston Smith

    It’s bad days is what it is…

    But at least we’re still just joking about it…mostly…

  • http://www.tude.com/ Hal Pawluk

    But shouldn’t every American, regardles of party, be objecting?

    Shouldn’t love of country and the American way take precedence over “my gang, right or wrong, but my gang über alles?”

    Shouldn’t … aw, hell, I’m old enough to know better.

    Selfish interests always take precedence, don’t they?

    “And the consequences be damned.”

  • http://philosoraptor.blogspot.com Winston Smith

    Yeah, but selfish interests and the other stuff–the tribalism of party affiliation–those are two separate things, even if they often interact.

    It’s the tribalism that probably baffles me more. Spokesmen for Tribe A frantically spin everything Tribe A does in a positive direction and everything Tribe B does in a negative one… Tribe B acts analogously…

    And, what a surprise, Tribes A and B end up with radically distorted characatures of each other…they become more polarized…seem more alien to each other…

    It’s the height of irrationality.

    If I ever see liberals acting like this, I’ll become a conservative so fast your screen will spin…

  • http://www.tude.com/ Hal Pawluk

    I see it mostly as gang warfare, with the Reds and the Blues fighting over votes to gain control of the perks and power.

    We’re like “the ‘hood” to them, and their promises really have little to do with “the American way” as I understand it.

    Will probably blog on this after we turn out the current faction, which has taken us all down what I see as a very un-American way.

  • http://philosoraptor.blogspot.com Winston Smith

    “Bipartisanship is like date rape.”
    — Grover Norquist