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Lack of Humility Derailing the President

Monday, 18 April 2005 12:00 AM

Why are they declining in popularity?

Why can't Mr. Bush

Why is Mr. DeLay under daily bombardment and criticism that is now beginning to spread into his GOP flock up on the Hill? Why is he the target for things that many other politicians do all the time?

The answer to all of these questions – in Biblical terms – is simple:

Or, in secular terms,

"God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble." (James 4:6)

All the Bushes – parents and G.W. Bush – have a problem with their arrogant demeanors. Having dealt with them, I can tell you that they are dismissive, condescending, rude and frosty to those they deem disloyal, meaning those who dare to disagree with them.

As Dick Cheney once remarked, "You don't want to cross the Bushes; they have the longest memories of anyone in politics."

The first President Bush used to rip apart staff with this quote: "If you are so smart, how come I am president and you are not?"

This President Bush has alienated virtually everyone he has met who did not agree with him. Scores of foreign leaders can't stand him because of his dismissive treatment of them. Political leaders here who criticize anything Mr. Bush has ever done or said are immediately frozen out and never invited back.

Ronald Reagan could charm those who disagreed with him and often even win over the other side; G.W. Bush doesn't even try.

The so-called debate over Social Security is a perfect example.

G.W. Bush's aides urged him in January not to take this fight on as the centerpiece of his second term; he dismissed them.

His staff arranges phony town halls all over the nation where the president answers ‘questions.' But it has been revealed that these ‘questions' are pre-screened, the audiences are selected from local GOP groups and they

No wonder this ‘debate' over Social Security is a failure!

If a president cannot hear all sides – or refuses to – he is missing half of the nation.

This is a

The same applies to Tom DeLay. He is caught up in the vortex of media criticism, possible legal troubles and plummeting public opinion polls. Why him and not dozens of other members of Congress?

Because he is arrogant and brusque and rude and full of himself.

There is not a shred of self-deprecation or humility in the Tom DeLay people see; instead there is an inflexible hardness and arrogance that turn people off.

Both George W. Bush and Tom DeLay love to quote the Bible. But they need to behave as Jesus taught: Be humble.

It may already be too late for both.

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