Thursday, October 29, 2009

"A proud look, a lying tongue..."

Some politicians are quick to proclaim their piety, "that they may be seen of men," and "that they may have glory of men." This seems particularly true the closer we get to election time, but it is starting earlier this year. It is also becoming clear that certain politicians will tell you one thing and then vote just the opposite, thinking that their public words speak louder than their hidden deeds or that you just won't know.

In 2008, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich started an online petition calling on Congress to portray “the centrality of our Creator in the founding of America” inside the visitor center. This month, Congressman John Boozman (R-Hypocrite) is telling us loudly how he has "been supportive of the correct portrayal of America’s religious history in the newly-constructed Capitol Visitor Center." That history would be about the Republican-controlled Congress adding "under God" to the pledge in 1954 and changing the national motto to "In God We Trust" in 1956.

Mr. Boozman wants us to know that he is "a member of the Congressional Prayer Caucus," and he tells us that he worked to make sure that "In God We Trust" and the Pledge of Allegiance were engraved on the new Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, D.C. Boozman goes on and on about how he signed onto a letter to the Architect of the Capitol expressing concern that the motto and pledge were not in the plans. He also says that last June he voted for a Resolution "directing the AOC to engrave the national motto and Pledge of Allegiance in the Capitol Visitor Center."

What Mr. Boozman fails to tell his constituents, confident that the corporate media in Northwest Arkansas would not report it and that the voters are too dumb to notice, is that he voted AGAINST funding for engraving the motto and pledge, included in the appropriation bill of $22.4 million for expenses for operation of the Capitol Visitor Center. Actually, he voted against it TWICE, first on June 19 and again on September 25.

Boozman has been bearing false witness. Will it go unpunished at the ballot box?


  1. The important thing is, he has principles. You liberals just can't see that. You wouldn't recognize a principle if it walked up and bit you on the ass.

    (Of course, you can recognize John Boozman when he walks up and bites you on the ass.)

  2. Booz Man has bitten me about every time he has ever voted in Congress. Time for David Whitaker to take OUR seat in Washington, D.C.

  3. I think Ol John Boo!Man is trying to move just a wee bit RIGHT of General Bernie and the evangelical taliban fundies who support Bernie.

    I also think Congressional terms should be extended to 4 years. Running for election every two years is costing Americans dearly. Clearly the only folks who keep up with it and have the ability to finance it
    are several pay grades and tax brackets above anyone on here. It is one the main reasons special interests run our Congress.

    Two year terms keep us paying in disguised ways for nothing more than reelection offices. John Boo keeps one in Lowell and one in Ft. Baptist and likely others too.

    To stay in office requires that you have continuous campaigning and funding.

  4. This guy is awful.

  5. None of this is his fault. His Rethuglican handlers gave him mixed signals. He didn't know which way to vote or voice support. I'm sure they'll all get on the same page and tell him what to think and say again.