Bush administration is morally bankrupt

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Bush, a self-described deeply religious man, is morally bankrupt, and surrounds himself with morally bankrupt advisers and appointtees.

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Origins

Sightings

http://medienkritik.typepad.com/blog/2004/05/stern_magazine_.html

http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml%3Fi=20020805&s=20020730

http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&issue=soj0301&article=030111

Call to Action

Please help with talking points.

Talking Points

  • Bush skips his own military service, and then sends soldiers to Iraq to die.
  • Bush cuts military pay while soldiers are dying in Iraq, and fails to equip soldiers adequately.
  • Bush approved the policies that led to the Abu Ghraib scandals, which included the torture of children to make their parents talk.

Counterpoints

Analysis

The religious right identifies itself with religious conservatives. The "Moral" Majority was a major force several years ago in the republican party. "Moral", as opposed to ethical, has a religious connotation. Bush identifies himself as a deeply religious man. So, what exactly is "moral", and how "moral" IS Bush?

Notice the last definition of moral below "based on strong likelihood or firm conviction rather than actual evidence". Bush prides himself on his "resolve". Some have called him stubborn, and expressed concern that he seems to ignore facts that contradict his position. This can be very dangerous. For instance, Bush took us to war in Iraq on the firm conviction that there were weapons of mass destruction there, and ignored the indications that this was not true.

From http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Moral

Adj. 1. moral - relating to principles of right and wrong; i.e. to morals or ethics; "moral philosophy"

2. moral - concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles; "moral sense"; "a moral scrutiny"; "a moral lesson"; "a moral quandary"; "moral convictions"; "a moral life"

chaste - morally pure (especially not having experienced sexual intercourse); "a holy woman innocent and chaste" good - morally admirable honourable, honorable - showing or characterized by honor and integrity; "an honorable man"; "led an honorable life"; "honorable service to his country" righteous - characterized by or proceeding from accepted standards of morality or justice; "the...prayer of a righteous man availeth much"- James 5:16 virtuous - morally excellent amoral, unmoral - without moral standards or principles; "a completely amoral person" immoral - violating principles of right and wrong

3. moral - adhering to ethical and moral principles; "it seems ethical and right"; "followed the only honorable course of action"; "had the moral courage to stand alone"

ethical, honourable, honorable right - in conformance with justice or law or morality; "do the right thing and confess"

4. moral - arising from the sense of right and wrong; "a moral obligation"

conscientious - guided by or in accordance with conscience or sense of right and wrong; "a conscientious decision to speak out about injustice"

5. moral - psychological rather than physical or tangible in effect; "a moral victory"; "moral support"

mental - involving the mind or an intellectual process; "mental images of happy times"; "mental calculations"; "in a terrible mental state"; "mental suffering"; "free from mental defects"

6. moral - based on strong likelihood or firm conviction rather than actual evidence; "a moral certainty"

near, close - not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances; "near neighbors"; "in the near future"; "they are near equals"; "his nearest approach to success"; "a very near thing"; "a near hit by the bomb"; "she was near tears"; "she was close to tears"; "had a close call"

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