This week God called on Crawford. Apparently, like the President, the Commander of the Universe needs a vacation from time to time.
Bluebonnet flowers and daisies covered the rolling hills while sheep and cows grazed on the green grass of the Land of Milk and Honey…a welcome change from last summer when Central Texas was so hot the hens were layin’ hard boiled eggs.
Out at his ranch, George W. Bush shared an Easter dinner of “fire-glazed ham, roasted orange-molasses sweet potatoes and coconut cake” as he took a break from the weighty matters of running the world.
The year has been hard work for God too, what with humans creating havoc – from wars to climate change – that must test the patience of even the Supreme Decider.
Around the world, Christians celebrated Easter with messages of new life and an end to wars, some having not received Dick Cheney’s memo that all is well.
In Rome, Pope Benedict XVI lamented that "nothing positive" is happening in Iraq while from Baghdad to Basrah Christian children lit candles calling for peace.
Back in the Lone Star State, on a small piece of land near the outskirts of Crawford a weary band of campers called for justice and an answer to the question, “For what noble cause?” One was a mother whose son, Casey Sheehan, died as a soldier in Iraq when what he really wanted to do was help others. “I know he’s an angel now looking down on our work,” said mom Cindy, who has pledged to haunt Bush until he apologizes for the war.
The face of Carlos Arrendondo reflected similar thoughts as he placed a cross for his dead son, Alex, next to hundreds of others in the muddy field of Camp Casey.
Despite the cries of the mothers and fathers screaming for their children, it would be a cold day in Hell before Bush would apologize for the invasion of Iraq.
So, it looks like God came to Crawford.
In just a few hours, the balmy Spring weather plummeted to below freezing and turned as frigid as a banker’s heart. Never in the state’s history had it been so cold on Easter. For special emphasis it even snowed a bit.
Now no one knows whether the weather change was just a fluke brought on by climate change, or something more mysterious.
One thing however is certain: Bush’s porch light was on, but no one was home!
-------------------------------------------------------------------------Charlie Jackson is founder of Texans for Peace