Last year, during the
political tarring and feathering of
Trent Lott (for the unforgivable sin of simultaneously
being politically incorrect and stupid), I wrote a spoof of
"The Night Before Christmas". In it, I named the
Democrat presidential lineup and called Howard Dean "Vermont's
What a difference a year
makes. I stand corrected.
Howard Dean has become the man to beat for the nomination.
He has appealed to the angry, left wing of his party at a time
when no one else was really tapping into their irrational
hatred of the president. In fact, Dean has raised an
amazing amount of money from angry liberals all over the
But after establishing
himself as the hotheaded liberal secularist pushing gay
marriage, socialized medicine and higher taxes, it now seems
that Howard Dean has found religion! That's right.
The man who said he was tired of having to campaign in the
South on "guns, God and gays" is now saying that he is going
to start talking about Jesus Christ. Well, Hallelujah
and praise the Lord! Howard Dean has seen the light!
Well, not quite.
It seems that "Reverend" Dean
intends to campaign this way only in the South (as if the
instantaneous nature of today's national news media still
allows for regional campaigning). One has to wonder,
given Dean's tendency to be a loose cannon on a sinking ship,
if this Jesus talk was his own idea or the advice of a
consultant. If the latter, just who are these overpaid
people who are urging him to say and do such stupid things?
He has the left-wing wacko vote sewn up, and conservative
Christian voters – especially in the South – are going to see
right through his contemptuous pandering.
One has to ask, in what
chapter and verse does Reverend Dean find the inspiration to
believe the practice of aborting unborn babies right up to the
moment of birth should be an unfettered "right" enshrined in
the Constitution? What Bible translation must he be
reading to conclude that God approves of homosexual
relationships having equal legal standing with monogamous,
When liberals talk about
Jesus Christ, they are not calling on people to actually
repent of their sins, accept Christ as their Savior and become
Christian believers. Far from it. When liberals
refer to Christianity, they take Christ's admonition to
individual Christians to "care for the poor" and twist it to
mean that government should be empowered to steal resources
from the productive and redistribute them to the unproductive,
the lazy and the envious. "Render unto Caesar that which
is Caesar's, and unto God that which is God's" clearly speaks
against government at any level usurping the role of the
So, in what gospel does the
Reverend Doctor Dean place his faith? Why, the Social
Gospel, of course. The Gospel of Big Brother's Universal
Church of Relevant Brotherly Love and What's Happening Now, in
which we all bow down and worship – you guessed it –
Government as Savior!
President Bush may not be the
most articulate man ever to occupy the White House, but when
it comes to faith, family and freedom, he is in a league with
Lincoln and Reagan in communicating, in time of crisis, the
purpose for his administration. If Howard Dean believes
that people are as cynical as he is, then he has not been
paying attention for the last three years. People are
hungry for leadership, not anger. They want hope, not
hate. And they want a president who believes that
freedom cannot long exist apart from virtue.
So, bring it on, Reverend
Dean. I am quite certain that George W. Bush would love
to debate you on this turf next year. Do you really want
to go there?