In 1776 the American people embarked on a joyous journey down a yellow brick road to seek the wizard of self-government. Why? Because, because, because?
While we have detoured a few times, one has to now question if we have finally lost our way. President Bush's recent remark regarding dissent on his policies as being against the security of America or being simply un-American -- and that many are applauding -- is perhaps a sign that we have lost our collective minds.
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
To understand Bush's headlong effort to attack Iraq one only has to listen to his words. "I hate Saddam Hussein." This is understandable as Hussein tried to assassinate his father in the early 90's. But surely the presidency of the United States of America requires a higher calling than mere vengeance.
Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Now more than perhaps anytime in our history, we must clearly question the motives of our leaders. THAT is what it means to be an American.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
In our time of need, May God bless America? Amen.
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