of God and George W. Bush, an outstanding book by Paul Kengor,
Reviewer: Mark Lamendola,
I have an autographed copy of this book. I have
never met George W. Bush, but I handed my copy of this book to
Congressman Denny Hastert (Speaker of the House) and asked him if he'd
sign it for me. He did so without hesitation.
Now, you might expect this book to be biased
toward the President. It is not. But, it is also--unlike our mass
media--not biased against him. This book does not seek to promote
President Bush or any particular agenda. It merely seeks to explain the
role of George W. Bush's personal religious convictions--his faith--in
how he conducts himself as a man and as the President of the United
States. It's an interesting and informative read.
This book is loaded with information. It's a
compilation of research. Most books on political leaders are laden with
opinion and conjecture--they essentially preach to the choir without
providing any substance. This book is a welcome departure from such
Remember footnotes from those research papers you
did in school? This book has 40 pages of such notes. And they're all in
small type--otherwise, the page count would be 100 pages--maybe more.
That alone says a great deal about the credibility of this book. It is
authoritative. It uses facts and figures, rather than rhetoric and
- If you are a Bush supporter, you should read
this book so your opinions are informed opinions rather than merely
the product of rightist brainwashing and rhetoric.
- If you are a Bush-basher, you should read this
book so your opinions are informed opinions rather than merely the
product of leftist brainwashing and rhetoric.
- If you are neither a supporter nor a basher,
you should read this book so you can make up your mind.
Let me interrupt my review of this book by
exposing a particular myth about President Bush. This myth says his IQ
is 91. Related myths hold that he's dumb, because he mangled syntax
during his 2000 election campaign. Dwight D. Eisenhower was the Supreme
Allied Commander of the Allied Forces in World War II. This was
definitely not a position that a low IQ person would rise to. Keep in
mind that Eisenhower outsmarted Hitler's staff--most of whom had genius
Yet, Eisenhower was--like Bush--famous for
mangling syntax in political speeches. Bush's SAT score was 1206, which
equates to an IQ close to 130. This nearly qualifies him for membership
in Mensa, the International High IQ Society (meaning he's just a tad
below genius level). Further, he was a jet fighter pilot--a job that
takes a huge degree of intelligence to qualify for.
So, whatever else you may think of George W. Bush,
he is not stupid. If you have had that notion about him, you now know
better. And if you've had that notion, then your other notions about
Bush are probably also based on misinformation. To ensure your views are
accurate, order this book today and read it promptly. If you read this
book and still don't like him, that's fine--you will have an informed
Bush, as we all know, sowed his wild oats. And, he
paid a price for that. Which led him to change his ways. He had an
epitome, and decided to become a different person. He has worked on that
for many years. A key part of his faith is tolerance. He reaches out to
people of all religions. From his support of Muslims before and after
September 11 to his presentation of a very high award to the Catholic
Pope, Bush exemplifies the religious tolerance this nation was founded
Some folks will say a President should keep his
religion private because it's his duty to keep church and state
separate. The Constitution promises freedom of religion, not silence
of religion. And that is a guiding principle of how Bush conducts
himself as President. Kengor provides exhaustive research to show
exactly where Bush stands on the questions of church and state. You may
not agree with Bush's position in that regard, and that's fine. But, you
owe it to yourself to at least know what that position is. It's been
inexcusably mis-portrayed by our major media--which follow their own
agenda rather than reporting their findings.
Kengor exposes dozens of claims made by the New
York Times, Washington Post, and other sources of disinformation for the
lies they are.
For example, consider the common lie that Bush is
an intolerant, Bible-thumping Jesus freak who wears his religion on his
sleeve. A look at the facts shows the media are using a double standard.
Here are the facts. From 2000 through 2003, Bush
mentioned Christ in fourteen separate statements. And, the media excoriated
him for this. From 2000 through, Bill Clinton mentioned Christ in
forty-one separate statements. Yet, the media did not even bat an eye
toward Clinton about this. Can you say the word "bias?" If
not, you'd better practice--you will see example of example of this kind
of thing--all exhaustively substantiated--in Kengor's book.
Bush's biggest year for mentioning Christ was in
2001. Then, he mentioned Christ seven times. Two of those times were
during his Easter and Christmas messages. During the same year, he
honored the holidays of other major religions--all of the holidays most
Americans don't ever even think about.
Now, here's another interesting find. For any
organization--even a church--to keep its non-profit status, it cannot do
political lobbying. The IRS has a duty to revoke that organization's
non-profit status if that organization engages in political activities.
Which is why many organization have a separate group for that purpose.
But in 2000, Clinton visited many, many black churches specifically to
campaign for Al Gore. Clinton gave long speeches predicting that Bush
would set black civil rights back by fifty years. As we know, that
didn't happen--indeed, Bush has done more for black people in his first
term than Clinton did in both terms combined. (Actually, Clinton's tax
increases took money from black families and his increased regulations
on businesses cost the nation millions of jobs. His failure to follow up
on terrorist attacks cost the lives of many soldiers and civilians of
While illegally campaigning in black churches,
Clinton used histrionics and unfounded accusations to put real fear into
blacks regarding their choice of President. The things he said were
unbecoming for a President, and it was illegal for him to abuse the
venue he abused to say them. But, he did this anyhow, knowing what the
law was and not considering that maybe laws apply to him also and not
just to others. Consequently, 85% of blacks voted for Gore. Yet, the
Justice Department and the IRS failed to enforce the law. Clinton is
still a free man, and none of those non-profits were penalized. In other
words, a sitting President conspired with dozens of church leaders to
lie about their activities--activities that had nothing to do with
religion--and they all got away with it.
The media made zero noise about this whole sordid
affair. Can you imagine how they'd react if Bush were to do this?
The existence of this brainwashing and bias is why
you need to read this particular book. You owe it to yourself to form
your own opinions, based on the documented evidence and not on lies or
brainwashing. This book does not try to persuade. It merely seeks to
inform. Unless you are informed, you are simply serving someone else's
agenda--quite possibly to your own detriment. You now have the
opportunity to learn the truth. You may decide to change your mind,
whether you are for Bush or against him. But in either case, you will
make a choice that is based on the evidence.