Did God Choose Bush?

An article published today in Slate.com catalogs the carefully scripted public statements by Bush supporters suggesting that Bush’s presidency is the direct result of God’s intervention. The final three paragraphs are absolutely brilliant:

…it’s hard to recall another instance of a presidential campaign so confidently promulgating the idea that its candidate had divine endorsement. The potentially dangerous implication is that since God put George W. Bush in the White House, opposing him is opposing Him. A person could get smited for that.

Of course, it’s always possible God did put George W. Bush in the White House. But if He did, it doesn’t theologically follow that He wants him to have a second term. Even those who believe that God controls world events usually concede it is hard for humans to divine the intent of the Divine.

After all, in the Bible, God is described as doing things for all sorts of inexplicable reasons—sometimes as a reward to the people, and sometimes as a punishment.

Read the full article, “Heaven Sent,” by Steven Waldman.

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6 Responses to Did God Choose Bush?

  1. dean says:

    Yea, but Bush in the White House was a reward for the United States of America. Punishment would be J. Kerry in the White House in 2004. Have a nice day Karl. FOUR MORE YEARS.

  2. Dad says:

    Why do all the clever, creative political operatives seem to be working for Dubya? Or is the problem that the clever, creative people working for Kerry cannot overcome his ineptitude on the stump?
    I’m more interested at the moment in the emerging sibling discourse on the subject of Bush vs. Kerry. You go, Dean! Maybe this campaign will turn interesting, after all. It’s your turn, Karl.

  3. Karl says:

    Dean, because you’re my brother, and because I love you, I will continue to do all I can to help you get deprogrammed from the right-wing extremist brainwashing that someone has obviously inflicted on you.

  4. dean says:

    Remeber Karl blood is thicker than water. But a man who stands by his decision whether right or wrong means more to me than a man who changes his mind to satisfy who he is talking to at that time. FOUR MORE YEARS.

  5. Karl says:

    Wow, Dean, that’s really interesting. I guess we just value different things. I would much rather have a president who admits when he’s wrong and tries to fix his mistakes than one who stands by stupid decisions or lies about them or makes excuses for them. But hey, if you want FOUR MORE YEARS of dumping taxpayer money into a sinkhole and raping the environment and screwing the little guy so W’s good ol’ corporate buddies can get even richer, then by all means go ahead and vote for Bush.

  6. Aunt Ginny says:

    I hesitate to get in the middle of this good natured brotherly discourse, but I agree with Karl and the Slate writers and Andy. Dubya’s gotta go. He’s a smirky little frat boy who’s a tool for big business and a puppet for Halliburton and he’s been working the fundamentalist Christian crowd just like Reagan did and they’re buying it. Kerry’s a Christian too, but somehow that doesn’t compute unless you’ve got a narrow conservative social agenda to go with your faith. Come over to the light, Dean!

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