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What a life I live in these United States. For that matter, it’s a life that’s lived all over the world. I just know more about it since I live in the land of information, where all of life’s quirks and oddities are served to me on a silver platter. Like, for example, the goings on and sayings of my President Mr. George W. Bush. He is under fire these days for a phrase he used in his latest State of the Union Address. He had the bald-faced nerve to actually call someone ‘evil!’ Gasp! How dare he! “States like these, and their terrorist allies," stated President Bush, referring to Iran, Iraq, and North Korea, "constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world.” Did you see it? An ‘Axis of Evil.’ Didn't Mr. Bush remember those recess lessons where American youth are ingrained with the knowledge that it is emotionally harmful to call someone ‘bad?’ Regardless of whether or not they are less than perfect, one should never say so.

Oh the fuss in Washington. Former President Jimmy Carter has been quoted as saying: “I think it will take years before we can repair the damage done by that statement. (1) ” Reporters scurried to write it off as rhetoric purposed to build up votes in the next election. Political cartoonists quickly drew up caricatures of Mr. Bush, using such quips as ‘Axis of Naughty’ and other comic gaffs that made light of the seriousness of the situation.

Not once did these people step back to see if ‘Axis of Evil’ was a valid description. Have the states of Iraq, Iran and North Korea taken up arms against the peace of the world? Yes they have. Thus, I see no reason to condemn our leader for proclaiming truth.

All too often we censor ourselves to the point of being ridiculous. There are no such things as ‘evil’ or ‘bad’ because all people are basically good. How dare we. “How are we to improve (move toward something better) unless we begin condemning evil and working to solve our problems?” I'm grateful to God for having a man in office that sees the bad and names it as such. I pray that God will give him the strength to continue.

1. Newsweek, p. 17, March 4, 2002
- Melissa Miles
March 2002

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