When it comes to deceiving the public, it is obvious that neither
political party has a monopoly: both are equally duplicitous.
For example, Democrats shamelessly lied and covered up for
President Bill Clinton when reports of unethical behavior surfaced.
They even attempted to sabotage and disrupt investigations into
Clinton's unlawful conduct. With the help of a complicit attorney
general and a cowardly Republican Senate, Democrats put Clinton
above the law, above the U.S. Constitution, and even above the
laws of decency. Of course, to date there has been no lawful
satisfaction for the criminal activities of the Clinton presidency.
However, now that Republicans are in charge of the entire federal
government, they are in essence doing the very things that were
done by their Democratic counterparts. Cover-up and deception
have become the norm for Republicans.
Consider America's attack against Iraq. President Bush's entire
case against Iraq was its purported stockpiles of Weapons of Mass
Destruction (WMD). We were repeatedly told that the United
States must attack Iraq before it attacked us. Therefore, on Bush's
word, America launched its first-ever preemptive and unprovoked
attack against a sovereign nation.
Now, everyone knows Bush either exaggerated the facts or lied
about them altogether. There have been no WMD's found, and
searchers are doubtful they even exist.
At the same time, President Bush blasted Israel's Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon for attacking high ranking Palestinian leaders who
have masterminded terrorist attacks against Israel. Talk about
hypocrisy! How can Bush condemn Israel for protecting itself
against enemies next door when he sends the American army half
way around the world to kill Saddam Hussein and drive his
government from power, even though Iraq posed virtually no threat
to the U.S.?
Beyond that, the Republican Party is currently working feverishly
to squash any investigation into the intelligence work that caused
Bush to launch his unilateral attack against Iraq. Does anyone not
understand that no investigation amounts to a cover-up?
If the evidence is as legitimate as President Bush has consistently
maintained, it would seem that he and his fellow Republicans
would relish the opportunity for an investigation to substantiate
their claims. As it is, the credibility and honesty of this White
House and Congress is seriously suspect.
The American people have no choice when they are forced to
choose between Republican liars and deceivers and Democratic
liars and deceivers. It is for this very reason that the American
people must hold their elected officials to the restraints of the U.S.
If Congress had been faithful to their oath of office, they would
never have allowed the President to unilaterally wage war. Only
Congress can legally wage war. By Congress refusing to do its
duty to investigate the facts and to declare war on the basis of
those facts, the war against Iraq became George W. Bush's war,
not America's war.
And now, the same cowardly Congress that refused to do its duty
under the Constitution, is deliberately covering up any
investigation into the facts of the matter. Perhaps they know that
the facts did not then and do not now justify what Bush did. Not
only is this not good government, it is dishonest government!
Maybe one day the American people will grow out of their robotic
loyalty to the two major parties and begin to demand that whoever
is in office abides by the laws that govern his or her conduct,
namely, the Constitution of the United States. Only faithful
adherence to the Constitution can keep government honest.
As it is now, neither political party nor the American people seem
remotely interested in promoting honest government. It seems they
would rather be led by clever liars than governed by the
Constitution. As a result, we are only a step away from
constitutional government being replaced with the rule of brute
© Chuck Baldwin