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But you supported the Bailout!

Both parties have major credibility gaps.

by James Leroy Wilson
October 16, 2008

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But you supported the Bailout!

Ten years ago, Democratic President Bill Clinton is being investigated, and soon to be impeached, for lying under oath in a sexual harassment case.

Let me repeat that. He is investigated and impeached for perjury in a SEXUAL HARASSMENT case. Not for "lying about sex."

But who are called hypocrites? Feminists who vociferously defend a President of their own party who violated one of their sacred tenets?

Not at all. Instead, the charge of "hypocrite!" falls on Republican Congressmen found to be morally guilty of adultery, but who were NEVER investigated for sexual harassment.

Yet, in retrospect, we see how ridiculous Clinton's defenders really were. Those who a) defended Clinton, yet b) never criticized the laws for which he was investigated, held to a double standard: a Democratic President should be above the law. In the future, if a Republican President was guilty of the same act, could feminist Democrats rant on and on about how the President demeans women by treating them like sex objects? Can they claim it is okay for Clinton to get away with breaking the law, but then prosecute the Republican?

Well, they can do so, and they will. But they would have no credibility.

Fast-forward over nine years. Ron Paul is a candidate for President. And unlike other "pro-life" Congressional Republicans, he has actually done something about it. He has introduced legislation that would overturn Roe vs. Wade. No other candidate even bothers to sign on as a sponsor of the bill.

What does the Christian Right do with Ron Paul?

They can't stand him, because he was against the War on Iraq and, for standing up for the Bill of Rights against President Bush, was supposedly "soft on terrorism."

And what will they do this November? Vote for John McCain - and they will claim it's because, while not perfect, McCain is at least pro-life whereas Obama is pro-abortion.

They would be liars, for if abortion really was their #1 issue, they would have supported Ron Paul in droves, or at least insisted that other candidates publicly support Paul's bill. But during the primaries, abortion wasn't their #1 issue, and they rejected Paul for his foreign policy. At the time, slaughtering more Muslims was more important to them than saving a million unborn babies every year. The Republican winner was the one who promised more wars. Abortion would once again become an issue only in the unreliable and politicized judicial appointment process, of which McCain has already shown a willingness to compromise with liberals.

A vote for McCain is a vote for more war, with only a remote chance of an end to legal abortion. Republican voters may be lying to themselves and to others that abortion is the reason they're voting for McCain. Or, they may be ignorant of Ron Paul's position and Paul's bill. In either case, they've lost credibility on the issue.

The above issues, Clinton's impeachment and abortion, are but two examples where supporters of both parties have shown their double standards or ignorance. But the Big Bailout (or "Rescue bill") that has added $250-$700 billion to federal spending has made both parties, their values, and their rhetoric look utterly ridiculous. Not "credible" at all.

The Democrats can't rail against higher taxes for the rich or for corporations. By supporting the Bailout, they've essentially conceded they believe deficits don't matter and that money can be created out of thin air. $700 billion is more than corporations pay in taxes; if the money was used for that purpose, wouldn't corporations all over the world flock to America, creating jobs? Also, $700 billion is also more than half of the American people pay in income taxes. Why not a massive tax cut?

Can Democrats say "we can't afford it?" Five words are a sufficient response: "But you supported the Bailout!"

How can Democrats condemn the "greed," when this Bailout rewards it?

How can claim they are for the environment, when the credit-based economic system they are so desperately bailing out is the very cause of over-production and over-consumption that creates environmental problems to begin with? Democrats would also have a harder time railing against wasteful defense spending. Hey, at least it creates jobs!

Republicans have also lost credibility.

They, too, seem to concede that deficits don't matter. If poorly-run banks and investment firms can be rewarded with a Bailout, why not the people defaulting on their mortgages? Why not school districts and state and local governments running out of money?

How can they rail against earmarks and pork? At least these projects keep people employed! Indeed, any Republican suggestion that thus-and-so social program goes beyond the "proper role of government" can be replied with, "But you supported the Bailout!"

Any proposed spending cut - $100 million here, $5 billion there - can be replied to with "But you supported the Bailout!"

Neither party was very credible before the Bailout. Now they have no credibility at all. And even if this bailout somehow "works" over the short-term, there's still the problem with all that new money, created out of thin air, pouring into the economy. It will just jump-start the process again: high inflation and risky financial speculation.

When the system collapses again, there will be another Bailout bill. I will probably be in the trillions. Both parties created the conditions for our financial troubles, and both parties are equally responsible for this Bailout. They can't explain their actions with any credibility, all they can do is create an even bigger mess. It is time for both to go.

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elm from 98801 writes:
October 18, 2008
Heavy duty stuff Mr. Wilson, in fact near undisputable!! My idea of a real "bailout" is to throw the bums out of office!

It is beyond comprehension to see those who claim to be of Christian faith support the uncredible. I realize they have their own bailout, home free escape clause called repentance. The Catholic faith also has their own bailout, home free escape clause called confessionary.

Doctrines that prescribe to confessing to the unseen upstairs or the unseen behind the curtain and all will be forgiven doesn't wash with me. Our Justice system is not so inclined. Commit a crime, horrendous or not, or break a law and a confession or repentance doesn't get you home free by any means; you're incarcerated for days, months, life or subject to death.

For too long voters have overlooked the actions of uncredible candidates just as the government overlooks the actions of their own uncredible. Reminds me of horses wearing blinders cause look left and right they spook too easily. Not seeing the forest for the trees is like not seeing the truth for the lies put in front of you or not seeing a Mac truck bearing down on you cause your head is buried in the sand.

Brillant article Mr. Wilson!!!! What America needs is more statesmen not more polititions. American voters are so used to being conned, smoozed, lulled to sleep and lied to by polititians not certain they recognize a statesman from a politition; credible from the uncredible.

Justin Weeces from Ames, IA writes:
October 28, 2008
I very much agree with this article. I am thankful that I had to spend some time thinking out my views by comparison.

elm, please note that all world views have accountability practices and concepts about how to get right before GOD or whatever gods they may choose. This includes humanists and atheists worshipping themselves or the world. So, to single out Christians speaks to your bias.

I know that I am right in my standing with the LORD through repentance. That word indicates I have turned from my sin and will do it no more. The only reason this has any value is because GOD sees my heart and has paid the price for my sin. If I do the same thing over and over, I have not truly repented and have not been cleared of anything. Regardless of repentance, the Bible tells me that I still have real-world consequences to my sin. Being repentant before GOD for being a thief will wash me clean of my sin, but I still deserve and will spend time in jail or have some other type of punishment. This is a theme consistently repeated in Scripture. Family strife and government punishment are the usual means of administering these consequences. When government fails to punish what is under their jurisdiction appropriately, they are in defiance of GOD's given role for them and deserve to be punishment for that.

I would argue that people have not overlooked individuals in office that do openly obviously wrong things. They are either quickly forced to retire or are voted out. The peers of these people are typically much too lax unless they feel they will be taken down too by party affiliation. We have been too easily assuage into voting for the same two parties with little more than vague allusion of problems that would be created by not heeding them.

Of final note, those who give others a pass when justice demands accountability are showing themselves to be false in their claim of any religion, decree, or right-standing. I will not be voting with the majority of "christians" because I must vote according to GOD's decree, not men.

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