Bush on Yom Kippur

8 10 2005

Thanks to TTF member Barliman Butterbur for passing this on:

High Holy Days Confessional by George W. Bush


"For the sin I have committed before you by promising to be a compassionate
conservative, but showing no compassion.

For the sin I have committed before you by waging an unjust war in Iraq in
the false name of fighting terrorism.

For the sin I have committed before you by waging a political campaign built
on fear, not hope.

For the sin I have committed before you by cynically exploiting the horrors
of 9/11 for political gain.

For the sin I have committed before you by ignoring the plight of the
poorest and weakest among our citizens.

For the sin I have committed before you by the unnecessary deaths of 1,000
young Americans, the injuries to thousands more,and the deaths and injuries
to untold numbers of Iraqis.

For the sin I have committed before you by lying about my record of service
in the National Guard.

For these sins, oh forgiving God, forgive me, pardon me, grant me atonement.

For the sin I have committed before you by dividing rather than uniting our
people.

For the sin I have committed before you by ignoring the loss of over one
million jobs in the U.S.

For the sin I have committed before you by doing nothing to provide health
insurance to millions of Americans, and to stem rapidly rising prescription
medicine and other health care costs.

For the sin I have committed before you by systematically weakening
environmental and pollution regulations, thereby endangering public health
and destroying precious wilderness resources.

For the sin I have committed before you by promising to leave no child
behind, and then failing to adequately fund educational programs.

For the sin I have committed before you by allowing the assault weapons ban
to die, allowing these grotesque weapons to return to our streets.

For the sin I have committed before you by bearing false witness about the
reasons for going to war in Iraq.

For the sin I have committed before you by perpetuating the falsehood that
increasing homeland security requires a weakening of civil rights.

For the sin I have committed before you by imposing a veil of secrecy on
government decision making processes.

For these sins, oh forgiving God, forgive me, pardon me, grant me atonement.

For the sin I have committed before you by allowing the ends to justify any
means.

For the sin I have committed before you by lowering taxes for only the very
wealthiest Americans, enriching the few at the expense of the many.

For the sin I have committed before you by running a cynical and destructive
presidential campaign, designed to destroy rather than just defeat myopponent.

For the sin I have committed before you by fighting a war in Iraq to divert
attention from failures in the just war on terrorists, and from failing to
act against the looming nuclear threat from Iran and North Korea.

For the sin I have committed before you by failing to make any progress in
achieving a just peace between Israel and the Arabs.

For the sin I have committed before you by turning a massive government
surplus into a massive deficit in less than four years, thereby burdening
future generations with untold debt.

For the sin I have committed before you by unnecessarily damaging relations
with American friends and allies throughout the world.

For these sins, oh forgiving God, forgive me, pardon me, grant me atonement.

For the sin I have committed before you by promoting a personal ideology
rather than the interests of the people.

For the sin I have committed before you by arrogance and swagger, speaking
with a forked tongue, and for the haughty exercise of power.

For the sin I have committed before you by appointing arch-conservative
judges to the federal judiciary.

For the sin I have committed before you by irresponsibly damaging the
reputation of the United States throughout the world.

For the sin I have committed before you by enriching my friends in the
conduct of government and military affairs.

For the sin I have committed before you by encouraging xenophobia on the
part of the American people.

For the sin I have committed before you by attempting to impose my extreme
religious and moralistic values on the entire nation, and weakening the
separation between church and state.

For the sin I have committed before you by characterizing all who oppose me
as evil, and all who agree with me as good.

And for the sin I have committed before you by failing to acknowledge my
responsibility for all these sins, for attempting to blame others for them,
and for all the injury and damage they have caused to individuals, the
Nation, and the future.

For these sins, oh forgiving God, forgive me, pardon me, grant me atonement.

AMEN

MAY 5765 BE A YEAR OF PEACE, HAPPINESS, GOOD HEALTH AND A NEW
PRESIDENT."

Source.

I’d add something along the lines of “For the sin I have committed before you by waging an unjust war on science for the purpose of shoring up support among the theocon and neocon wings of my political base.”

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