There’s a good reason why the Scriptures give so many warnings about the words that come out of our mouths. First, they reveal what is really in the heart; second, they often get us in trouble, even if our hearts are right, because we can be careless in what we say. Politicians are always talking; therefore, they have wonderful opportunities to get stuck in the rhetorical mud. And in this age of instant communications where almost everything we say in public becomes extremely public via YouTube and other avenues, we can never run away from what we’ve said.
Of course, that can be good. It will hold people accountable for the words they speak. For instance, as we approach this election cycle, President Obama has to face up to comments he has made—and he’s made a lot of them:
The one that’s coming to the forefront now, but which has been present his entire administration, is the claim that everything is Bush’s fault. When he says this, he refuses to take any responsibility for his own actions:
I agree that Bush ordered too large a steak dinner; he didn’t take the Constitution seriously enough on matters of federal government involvement. As a result, we went deeper into debt than ever before. However, Obama has surpassed the eight years of Bush debt in less than four years. So who’s more to blame?
His message is sometimes confused. But, again, perhaps this is not his fault:
Throughout our history, there have been some very inspiring speeches from presidents. Some lines have stood out. Now we can add President Obama’s rhetoric to that litany of great presidential phrases: