Devil Made Him Say It
By Vincent L. Guarisco, Axis
Ever listen to Pat Robertson, the neo-conservative, Christian
Coalition televangelist? Don't worry, if you haven't, you're
not missing much. You might even be blessed...
Recently on his 700 Club broadcasting program, Robertson
gushed on the public airways that he believed God has told
him that Bush would be re(s)elected as President in a "Blowout"
in the upcoming 2004 Elections.
Speaking lovingly of Bush, Robertson adds - "The Lord has
just blessed him. I mean, he could make terrible mistakes
and comes out of it. It doesn't make any difference what he
does, good or bad, God picks him up because he's a man of
prayer and God's blessing him. I think Bush is going to win
in a walk."
Blessed? I wonder if Pat Robertson believes God will forgive
Bush for sending more than 500 soldiers to their unnecessary
deaths, and for ordering a military campaign responsible for
tens of thousands (and still counting) civilians slaughtered,
plus thousands more wounded on both sides in a falsely propagated
war that had no justification for being fought?
Blessed? Will God Bless Bush for subjecting 95-percent of
America's population who are struggling (many without jobs
and health coverage) for carrying an obvious unfair amount
of the tax burden while his wealthy corporate campaign-contributing
cronies enjoy federal handouts, bailouts, massive tax cuts,
swift anti-regulatory measures, scrapping of vast work-safety
measures, and the lifting of environmental restrictions that
protect the very people and planet that he (God) created?
If so, beam me up Scotty! I'm in like Flynn! I've got flight
plans for heaven!
The truth is - George W. Bush is arguably the last person
on the face of this planet who deserves to be singled out
by God and "blessed" for the destruction he has wrought, both
nationally and internationally. Robertson seems to believe
that God is "honor-bound" to grant the wishes of those who
pray. Those like Bush, that is. Makes you shiver, doesn't
it, when you consider others in history who - like our pampered
flyboy - "prayed" for power and glory... Adolph Hitler, Attila
the Hun, Stalin, Saddam Hussein...
And, when you consider those who were incredibly evil, but
remain not only popular, but are national heroes, you could
even throw in Vlad (Count) Dracula, a real Romanian prince
upon whom Bram Stoker based his 1897 blood-thirsty novel.
Dracula "prayed" for divine assistance as he heroically defended
Romania against the invading Ottoman Empire and, since they
had no way of creating decks of cards back then, had a penchant
for impaling his enemies on huge stakes so that he could watch
them die as he dined. A real Pat Robertson kind of guy...
What is happening in our world? How much useless chatter
must the public endure from US media outlets and maniacal
religious pundits such as Pat Robertson before a public outcry
demands accurate meaningful reporting and commentary on important
Robertson's statement comes at a time when the international
landscape is darkened by plenetary wrongdoing like gloomy
clouds of locusts - a horrible flurry that streaks to and
fro within US corridors of power and obscures freedom and
democracy. This country is overrun with ideological warmongering
hawks, sinister cash-hungry corporate robber barons and a
shameless, complicit White House-controlled media. Zealots
like Robertson work relentlessly to traumatize US citizens
with fear - not to secure them, but in order to gain control
of the globe's natural resources, including his own diamond
Some of us feel like aliens living on a strange planet -
a place unrecognizable, inhabited by dark, leering Pat Robertson
creatures who inflict pain and invoke rage.
But - like Bush and Robertson - we also pray. Unlike them,
we pray for peace and love and forgiveness. If our prayers
are answered, it's possible that Robertson, Bush and the rest
of their belicose cadre will ultimately be given the opportunity
to battle evil at its very source - for all eternity.
Perhaps they should cancel their flight plans for heaven.
Vincent L Guarisco is a freelance writer from Bullhead City,
Arizona, a founding member and contributing writer for Axis
of Logic, and a lifetime member of the Alliance of Atomic