Wednesday, February 08, 2006



Blogger Justin said...

If we took the standards with which many people judge Bush, and applied those standards to Emperor Saints like Theodosius, Constantine, and Justinian, et al., the Orthodox Saints would be considered tyrannical despots, and Bush would come out looking like a saint...

6:32 p.m.  
Blogger The Rambler said...

Hello Justin,

First, I think it is fair to say that the personalities you mentioned did commit sins (sometimes grievous sins) in the time of their rule. So recognizing what these rulers did well and that God has given evidence that they reposed in His fellowship and are now in Paradise, does not require one ignore their misdeeds and call them such.

At the same time though, I'm disinclined to grant that there is a meaningful equivelence between an autocrat and the American Presidency - the President in my understanding is constrained by quite a few laws (there is no sense that he is "above the law" or subject to a different measure of justice), and is not even strictly speaking the head of state (IOW he's not an elected king whose term ends in being voted out rather than death or abdication) but rather the head of one of three branches of government under a system which supposedly takes seriously the "seperation of powers".

It is with that in mind, and the moral high ground the American government is taking upon itself as an agent of "regime change" abroad and as "exporter of democracy" that makes his criminal behaviour (not simply abroad, but within his own country) so obnoxious and worthy of note.

8:24 a.m.  

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