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"Reverend" Dean Sees The Light

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"A liar is not believed even though he tell the truth."
[Latin: Mendaci homini ne verum quidem dicenti credere solemus.]
-- Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (c. 106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, lawyer, politician and philosopher
De Divinatione (II, 71)

December 30, 2003

 

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 Howard Who?".

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 country.

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, heterosexual marriage?

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 individual believer.

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?

 

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Doug Patton is a freelance columnist who has served as a speechwriter and policy advisor for federal, state and local candidates, elected officials and public policy organizations.  He is a senior writer at GOPUSA, and his weekly columns are published in newspapers across the country, on selected Internet websites, including www.GOPUSA.com, and on America's Voices where he writes the weekly column
"As It Is".  Doug also writes for the Talon News Service.  Readers can e-mail him at dpatton@americasvoices.org.

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