Morality in the Real World: Why Is It OK to Lie?


TO: George W. Bush

CC: Dick Cheney, Karl Rove

SUBJECT: Why is it OK to lie?

Mr. Bush:

In both of your Presidential campaigns, your tried to make “morality” your message. In your first campaign for President, you promised that if you won the election, Washington will no longer be “a place of bitterness and name calling and failed leadership”. You promised to set “a tone of civility and bipartisanship that gets things done” . You also promised to “swear to uphold the honor and integrity of the office to which I have been elected, so help me God”.

Instead, we now live in a nation that is more divided than at any time in over 30 years. You started a war based on “intelligence” that was untrue, then later pretended that particular lie didn’t matter. You have cut taxes on the wealthiest Americans, while breaking your promise of avoiding a budget deficit. At the same time you have reduced funding to schools, which you had promised to increase, greatly increasing the burden on local taxpayers. You have actually cut funding for emergency responders and military families, who you had clearly promised to support.

As a result of your policies, fewer people have jobs than did four years ago; many jobs have been lost to foreign countries, while more and more people are forced to take jobs that do not pay a living wage. Even though you promised to improve the economy, many more Americans are now living in poverty than when you took office; at the same time, the number of people without health insurance has skyrocketed. You even want to take money away from retired people’s Social Security, and instead gamble with it in the stock market – while paying hefty fees to stockbrokers and fund managers.

You based much of your recent Presidential campaign on misrepresenting you opponent. Both you and your proxies made numerous statements that distorted your opponent’s record; many of these were quotes taken out of context. Some of your supporters even told outright lies, and you did little to stop them. The hard feelings created by your campaign will last much longer than your administration.

I could spell out many, many more examples of deception and lies that have come from you and those who represent you. Whatever happened to your promises to restore integrity to the government? You also promised to bring unity to the people of the United States; instead, you have divided them in ways not seen in decades. And, do you even care how the rest of the world sees you?

You might want to re-read Matthew 7: 15-20 (NIV); “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.”

Mr. Bush, I’ve outlined just a few of the many examples of bad fruit that are a direct result of your actions. How can we believe what you say, in light of what you have already done?

-Artie See

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