George W. Bush is not an honest president. That is most obvious from the way he and his administration have damaged the country with the unethical and irresponsible invasion and occupation of Iraq. They lied about WMD, they lie about progress, they lie about the connection between Iraq and 9-11 (then coyly deny they ever made the lie, just before making it again). And that’s only Iraq. Generally speaking, he is a deceitful man and the country is worse off for it.
But, the country is also worse off for beliefs he honestly holds. Consider his two vetoes of life-saving stem cell research:
From 2006, just before the midterm elections:
“This bill would support the taking of innocent human life in the hope of finding medical benefits for others,” Bush said Wednesday afternoon. “It crosses a moral boundary that our decent society needs to respect. So I vetoed it.”
From a few days ago:
“Destroying human life in the hopes of saving human life is not ethical — and it is not the only option before us,” Bush said in remarks in the White House’s ornate East Room after the veto.
[Full Story] In our response to the horrible policies of George Bush and the right wing element in this country, does it matter–does it affect our course of action–if the justification for the horrible policy is an honestly held belief rather than a fabricated pretext?