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Bush: “God Bless the Christians in China”Mr. Hu: “Pass the MSG”

By Missy Comley Beattie  Posted by Rob Kall (about the submitter)       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     Permalink

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Bush was just in China to talk trade, North Korea 's nukes, and human rights. Also big and bold on the President 's agenda is proselytizing his faith.

My concerns are great no matter where George lolls or meanders --The Crawford Compound, a fundraiser, a tour of the Gulf States, or just propped up in bed, reading The Purpose Driven Life. But when he travels far, far, from home, going to church in Beijing and signs a guest book, "God bless the Christians in China, " he really scares the bejesus out of me. Shouldn 't a man of true faith write, "God bless the world? "

But "God Bless the Christians in China " reminds me of the largest, spoken Presidential blunder ever --in a cauldron of so many --when Bush used the word "Crusade " at the beginning of the war on terror. Mortified handlers rose quickly to explain that Bush really meant "struggle, while many of us shook our heads in disbelief and asked, "How will we ever set this one right? "

So, when I read that Bush emerged from Gangwashi Church and formed his thoughts, "You know, it wasn 't all that long ago that people were not allowed to worship openly in this society ...blah, blah, blah, " I felt humiliation for my country. Because our own deficiencies in providing rights have been enormous. And they also have been very visible to the world. For example, Katrina and Rita. Those victimized by the hurricanes and, then, victimized again by the poor response of our government weren 't allowed certain human staples either. All the stranded, impoverished and paycheck-to-paycheck living New Orleans citizens were denied food, water, medical care, safe passage, and dignity. And many of them are still displaced. Most certainly, too, the death of Rosa Parks is a reminder that human rights were not a huge priority in this country for years unless you could check the box labeled "Caucasian. "

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Truly, it is outrageous, irresponsible, and stupid for Bush to shake his finger at the Chinese government in condemnation of torture when he and Dick are desperately working to block anti-torture legislation that would prohibit American soldiers from using "cruel, inhuman and degrading " treatment of prisoners.

Furthermore, for George W. to be in China, jawing about the right to dissent when he and Cheney are giving the verbal slap-down to those who criticize their war in Iraq is, well, jaw-dropping. And so is the President 's flip-flopping. One day, he 's defending those who speak against the war and a failed foreign policy, saying that dissention is patriotic. And then he 's praising the Vice for his use of the word "reprehensible " to describe those of us who challenge the occupation of Iraq, coming down on the opposite side to deter dissent. Is this what it means to cover all the bases or is the Commander in Chief just very, very confused? Maybe, someone in the kitchen in China is slipping a little MSG in his dim sum.

Missy Comley Beattie lives in NY city. Her nephew, a marine, was killed in Iraq this past summer

 

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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