The book of Bush quotes may be short
“Freedom is on the march in this world. I believe everybody in the Middle East desires to live in freedom. I believe women in the Middle East want to live in a free society. I believe mothers and fathers want to raise their children in a free and peaceful world. I believe all these things, because freedom is not America’s gift to the world, freedom is the almighty God’s gift to each man and woman in this world.”
Speech in Pennsylvania, October 22, 2004
What part of these words do we find arrogant and demonstrative? Yet for 8 years we were told that George Bush was the devil himself only interested in power and money for him and his oil buddies. I contend that had this quote been from any other leader from days gone by it would be engraved on tablets and on display for all to see. It is said that from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks and if this true then freedom truly occupies a large portion of Presidents Bush’s and his words should inspire us all unto more worthy endeavors.
Perhaps it’s true that the book of quotes when finally printed will be a quick read but for those with eyes to see and ears to hear it will be like a lone ray of light that breaks through an otherwise dark and ominous cloud. People with foundations built on sand don’t want to hear about the sacrifice and hard work it takes to secure liberty. They really can’t make the hard choices but are oh so quick to criticize from the shadows of fear hoping to quell the light that will shine on their dark hearts. Misdeeds, greed and lust for anything other than God are repelled by light and for a man to speak in this way in our day and time cannot be tolerated. 8 years of hatred could not stop one mans strength and so the drum beat continues today and seemingly will not cease until every last ounce of the idea of freedom is beat out of us.
It might have been different had George Bush been our 5th president and his words could be neatly tucked away in a history book that we don’t allow our children to read. The tablet and monuments erected would make for tolerable photo op’s and allowing tourist to see how things were in the past would be acceptable but that is as far as it would go. His words would be as Lincoln’s, Adams or Washington in that we recite them from time to time but need not apply them in our new progressive and tolerant world.
But Bush took it one step further and committed the ultimate sin and for that he can never be cited for greatness. Talk of freedom became action and today millions of Iraqi men and women enjoy a freedom they have not had in generations. He spoke of God and openly prayed and invoked the Almighty for aid and blessing. He spoke directly and with conviction to despot leaders and yes raised the mighty arm of the United States military and we lived in safety and peace on our homeland because of his leadership. He spoke of compassion and millions of African children flourished when his words became action. He sent brave men and women to the front lines and stood behind them in prayer and when a fallen hero was brought home he made the call to offer comfort to their loved ones.
Strength can be measured in words but they are only tested by action and if the words remain when the fire is gone then they were true indeed. For his term the fire raged and his words were tried and found true. It may not be in my lifetime or yours but there will come a day when somewhere on the hallowed grounds of leaders gone by that a small but significant monument will be erected. A tourist will stop and pose for a picture holding in her hand a small but well read book opened up to a page for all to see.
“…The God I know is one that promotes peace and freedom. But I get great sustenance from my personal relationship. That doesn’t make me think I’m a better person than you are, by the way. Because one of the great admonitions in the Good Book is, don’t try to take a speck out of your eye if I’ve got a log in my own.”
–Interview by Radio and Television Ireland, June 24, 2004