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Should we trust George W. Bush?
World Net Daily ^ | 8/29/02 | Harry Browne

Posted on 08/29/2002 1:00:30 PM PDT by feelin_poorly

Shortly after 9-11, TV talk-show host Sean Hannity said, "Thank God, we have an honest man in the White House!"

And when you think about it, a great deal of what you might believe about the so-called War on Terrorism is based on statements from George W. Bush. You have only his word, or that of someone in his administration:

Since America is endangered by the "you're either with me or against me" tactics of the Bush administration, it becomes vital to know whether we can trust the man in charge of our government.

The record

So does George Bush's record inspire confidence in his honesty?

Unfortunately, this is the same man who has referred to trillions of dollars in budget surpluses – even though the federal government hasn't had a budget surplus since 1956. (The appearance of any "surpluses" was created by taking excess receipts from Social Security and applying them to the general budget, even as the politicians swore they were protecting Social Security.)

Mr. Bush even has the chutzpah to refer with a straight face (well not exactly a straight face, he loves to smirk) to corporate executives "cooking the books." He neglects to mention that many of the corporate bookkeeping methods the politicians are so incensed about today were motivated by rules imposed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

And George Bush is the same man who in 2000 said he believed in "limited government." Most people assumed he meant a government limited by the Constitution. In fact, he took an oath in which he swore to uphold the Constitution.

But he's violated virtually every one of the first 10 Amendments – especially the Ninth and 10th Amendments, which are meant to impose precise limits on his power.

So his belief in "limited government" apparently means government limited to what he wants to do.

George Bush is the same man who in one breath tries to ingratiate himself with you by saying, "It's your money, not the politicians' money" – but in the next breath, he says he's entitled to one third of "your money."

George Bush is the same man who said he has learned more about political philosophy from Jesus of Nazareth than from anyone else. But he's proven by his actions that he doesn't really believe such things as "Blessed are the peacemakers." And "the meek" who Jesus said would inherit the earth are in Mr. Bush's eyes really just "collateral damage" in his plans to tell the world how it must live.

Is honesty important?

In these and in so many other ways, George Bush has proven that he's not an honest man – and that we shouldn't trust him with the safety of America.

In fact, Thomas Jefferson understood that we shouldn't put our trust in any politician. He said we should bind them down from mischief "by the chains of the Constitution." And a truly honest man wouldn't even ask you to trust him.

Contrary to what you might have thought, this isn't an article about George Bush. It's an article about you. Are you going to demean yourself by putting your faith in a man who has done so much to demonstrate the folly of such faith?

Are you going to let politicians stampede you into throwing away the Bill of Rights, based on "evidence" you never see, reassured by politicians who have proven that the truth is secondary to their own ambitions?

Don't you have enough respect for your own mind to make your own decisions, refuse to accept conclusions without evidence, and be something better than a cheerleader for a politician or a political party?


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1 posted on 08/29/2002 1:00:30 PM PDT by feelin_poorly
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To: feelin_poorly
bttt
2 posted on 08/29/2002 1:03:01 PM PDT by CJ Wolf
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To: feelin_poorly
Used to like a lot of the things Harry said, but since he has started smoking that which he wishes to legalize, he has just become another politician passing water and telling me it is raining.
3 posted on 08/29/2002 1:07:09 PM PDT by dts32041
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To: feelin_poorly
give 'em hell, Harry.
4 posted on 08/29/2002 1:08:23 PM PDT by DeadManRunning
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To: feelin_poorly
Oh to be able to return to the good ole days. When, if a person questioned your honesty, you could meet the pasty faced loser for a duel...

5 posted on 08/29/2002 1:09:20 PM PDT by Isle of sanity in CA
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To: Isle of sanity in CA
I just thought of something.. Why don't the Greens and the Libertarians get together a form an idiot coalition?
6 posted on 08/29/2002 1:11:20 PM PDT by Isle of sanity in CA
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To: feelin_poorly
Excellent article.

Jefferson was right about the chains of the Constitution. Unfortunately, it no longer applies.

7 posted on 08/29/2002 1:12:39 PM PDT by Jefferson Adams
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To: feelin_poorly
Iraq, which George Bush is dying to invade,

First of all, no one is dying to invade Iraq.

Second, I get the impression that Browne thinks the only way he can get some people to turn an ear towards his policy grievances is by questioning Bush's trustworthiness (and implicitly, his patriotism.)

8 posted on 08/29/2002 1:12:41 PM PDT by KayEyeDoubleDee
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To: feelin_poorly
If Krintoon and his administration had tried to get away with only half of the unconstitutional, liberty erasing measures passed under Bush, the self-described conservatives in this Country would be up in arms. I guess as long as it's "our man" doing the end-run against this Nation's founding principles, it's okay.
9 posted on 08/29/2002 1:14:46 PM PDT by KentuckyWoman
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To: feelin_poorly
You're right, Harry. We can't trust Bush that bin Laden had anything to do with 9/11. No siree.

Once again, Harry Browne proves why he's more politically irrelevant than Cynthia McKinney.

10 posted on 08/29/2002 1:17:39 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: KentuckyWoman
Hey there, KW :) Yep, that's the size of it, I'm afraid.

Junior has violated nearly the entire Bill of Rights consistently, since he's been in office. Only one I can think of, offhand, that he HASN'T violated is the article about quartering troops in our homes.

But that's OK. After all, he's a born again Christian. And a Republican.

11 posted on 08/29/2002 1:17:47 PM PDT by Jefferson Adams
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To: Isle of sanity in CA
Why don't the Greens and the Libertarians get together a form an idiot coalition?

Check out Libertarians for Peace; their founder is an amazing hybrid.

12 posted on 08/29/2002 1:22:52 PM PDT by hellinahandcart
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To: feelin_poorly
I trust me. Nobody else.
13 posted on 08/29/2002 1:22:58 PM PDT by dead
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To: Jefferson Adams
During the campaign, Bush said he wanted a 1.3 trillion dollar tax cut, would restore dignity and honor to the white house, spend more on education, avoid partisan bickering, not make abortion an issue either way. This is what he said he would do and this is what he has done. I disagree with the education spending. But who do you want in the white house, gephart, dashale, hillary, gore ? It's Bush or one of those people and I will gladly, thankfully and enthusiastically take Bush.
14 posted on 08/29/2002 1:28:00 PM PDT by staytrue
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To: feelin_poorly
Once again World Nut Daily earns its pathetic reputation.
15 posted on 08/29/2002 1:29:23 PM PDT by staytrue
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To: Jefferson Adams
Roger that. The Bush clan is, and always will be, the essence of the monarchy we overthrew more than 200 years ago.
16 posted on 08/29/2002 1:29:54 PM PDT by SBeck
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To: staytrue
These are the same tired names that surface everytime this debate rears its head. Can't we think of anyone else?
17 posted on 08/29/2002 1:31:22 PM PDT by SBeck
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To: feelin_poorly
>>So does George Bush's record inspire confidence in his honesty?

100 Trillion more times than ANY liberal's level of honesty. That enough for you?

18 posted on 08/29/2002 1:39:02 PM PDT by Wondervixen
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To: KentuckyWoman
If Krintoon and his administration had tried to get away with only half of the unconstitutional, liberty erasing measures passed under Bush, the self-described conservatives in this Country would be up in arms.

I guess as long as it's "our man" doing the end-run against this Nation's founding principles, it's okay.

This is exactly how I feel. I do trust George W. Bush! I'm not ashamed of it and I don't care what you think about it.

I think at this very moment Saddam is trying to think of a way to kill more of us.

Would you rather live here with Bush or in Iraq with Saddam?

19 posted on 08/29/2002 1:49:32 PM PDT by lonestar
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To: Wondervixen
That enough for you?

No.

20 posted on 08/29/2002 1:50:23 PM PDT by DeadManRunning
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To: lonestar
I dunno...kinda like asking would i Like a kick in the groin or a 2 X 4 to the head.
21 posted on 08/29/2002 1:51:38 PM PDT by DeadManRunning
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To: Wondervixen
Let's see, how do we calculate that?

.0000000000000003 X 100,000,000,000,000 = .000003

Yep, you're absolutely correct.

22 posted on 08/29/2002 1:54:03 PM PDT by Hoosier Patriot
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To: feelin_poorly
Didn't see anything in his acceptance speech that said he was entitled to one third of our money. Link inaccurate?
23 posted on 08/29/2002 1:54:24 PM PDT by Democratic_Machiavelli
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To: feelin_poorly
feelin_poorly signed up 2002-08-27.
This account has been banned.
24 posted on 08/29/2002 2:00:57 PM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: one_particular_harbour; Amelia; Southflanknorthpawsis; Howlin; terilyn; Mo1; deport; justshe; ...
Mr. Bush even has the chutzpah to refer with a straight face (well not exactly a straight face, he loves to smirk)...

What is it with these guys? It says something about a politician when he can't get his point across without snide little remarks like this.

25 posted on 08/29/2002 2:04:14 PM PDT by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
Pinging you to my last one; I thought I got everyone, but I think I may have missed you.
26 posted on 08/29/2002 2:05:13 PM PDT by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
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To: DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
I forget, is Harry atheist or agnostic? Seems to be GW's biggest detractors right now.
28 posted on 08/29/2002 2:09:48 PM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Jefferson Adams
Only one I can think of, offhand, that he HASN'T violated is the article about quartering troops in our homes.

Give 'em time my friend. They're working diligently to overturn posse comitatus even as we speak. Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war!! I just hope that we're not the ones that end up being dog meat!!

29 posted on 08/29/2002 2:12:05 PM PDT by KentuckyWoman
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To: DeadManRunning
A visit to Iraq might help you see the difference.
30 posted on 08/29/2002 2:12:26 PM PDT by lonestar
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To: feelin_poorly
No Harry, we should trust you.

~smirk~

31 posted on 08/29/2002 2:13:13 PM PDT by VaBthang4
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
I forget, is Harry atheist or agnostic? Seems to be GW's biggest detractors right now.

Yeah, well, the "also rans" never quite let go of the dream, it seems to me. He's not the only one.

I have no idea what his spiritual life (or lack thereof) consists of. Perhaps someone else can provide that information.

32 posted on 08/29/2002 2:13:38 PM PDT by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
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To: lonestar
Would you rather live here with Bush or in Iraq with Saddam?

Neither, given current conditions. One is becoming a monarchy while the other is a dictatorship. I'd MUCH prefer the Country that we had just 40 short years ago before the federal government starting sticking its nose into every facet of our private lives. The lesser of two evils is still evil, after all.

33 posted on 08/29/2002 2:15:21 PM PDT by KentuckyWoman
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To: feelin_poorly
To put it bluntly, Harry:

Don't pee on my head and tell me it's raining.

With venom like this he ought to start a snakebite treatment facility.

34 posted on 08/29/2002 2:16:21 PM PDT by petuniasevan
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To: KentuckyWoman
Total BS.
35 posted on 08/29/2002 2:16:50 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: feelin_poorly; spetznaz; Gunrunner2; Always A Marine
****LOSERTARIAN ALERT****
36 posted on 08/29/2002 2:16:53 PM PDT by VaBthang4
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To: one_particular_harbour
Didn't you get the memo?

You mean the one that's plastered all over FreeRepublic? Yes, I got it. Over and over and over again.

37 posted on 08/29/2002 2:17:17 PM PDT by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
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To: DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
All you need to know to know this is total crap is to see the author's name.
38 posted on 08/29/2002 2:17:40 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: VaBthang4
Bump to that!
39 posted on 08/29/2002 2:18:31 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: feelin_poorly
BUMP
40 posted on 08/29/2002 2:19:08 PM PDT by Aurelius
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
feelin_poorly signed up 2002-08-27.
This account has been banned.

Not surprising. feelin_poorly is just following in the footsteps of many of thinkers who have dared to question the Bush administration here. It's a sad commentary that a civil discussion can't be carried on with a person who doesn't tow the party line.

41 posted on 08/29/2002 2:19:40 PM PDT by KentuckyWoman
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To: dead
~~~I trust me. Nobody else.~~~

Inquiring minds want to know.......do you ever have to ask yourself for a second opinion? :-)
43 posted on 08/29/2002 2:20:43 PM PDT by justshe
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To: KentuckyWoman
Neither, given current conditions.

If I were you, I'd get out now. There ae no walls or people with guns keeping you here.

Take Alec and Cher with you when you go.

44 posted on 08/29/2002 2:22:19 PM PDT by lonestar
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To: DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
Does one have to make a formal request to be pinged?
45 posted on 08/29/2002 2:23:13 PM PDT by justshe
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To: Howlin
All you need to know to know this is total crap is to see the author's name.

Yes, I know. I realized this man was completely insane when he made public his position on military action after 9/11. The only reason I didn't know it before that was that I paid no attention to him.

46 posted on 08/29/2002 2:23:43 PM PDT by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
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To: Howlin
Total BS.

Oh REALLY? Then kindly explain to me why so many posters (many of which had been posting here a LONG time and were well thought of) have been banned during the last few months for nothing more than posting something that questioned something the current administration is doing? I didn't like those in DC ignoring and rewriting the Constitution to suit their own purposes and visions when the Dems were in the white house and I'm not hypocritial enough to tolerate the same things just because the Republicans are doing it now.

47 posted on 08/29/2002 2:24:03 PM PDT by KentuckyWoman
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To: KentuckyWoman
LOL...

"Not surprising. following in the footsteps of many of thinkers who have dared to question the Bush administration here. It's a sad commentary that a civil discussion can't be carried on with a person who doesn't tow the party line."

So why havent you received the Left-foot of Fellowship?

48 posted on 08/29/2002 2:24:43 PM PDT by VaBthang4
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To: dead
I don't even trust me, I hold a gun on myself while I shave my legs, just to be sure I don't cut myself.=o)
49 posted on 08/29/2002 2:26:29 PM PDT by MissAmericanPie
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To: feelin_poorly
Looks like WorldNetDaily must be trying to improve its chances of getting its congressional press credentials approved.
50 posted on 08/29/2002 2:27:16 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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