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Thursday, September 23, 2004

ENOUGH!!

SEPTEMBER 23, 2004

ENOUGH!!

Enough, I say! I have just read a news article stating that the Bush campaign is requesting the election regulators to allow it to raise unlimited individual donations to cover the costs of a recount!

Why are they asking for this unlimited monetary resource two months before the election? Their excuse was that it was done in the 2000; however, one thing they DON’T tell you is that Bush didn’t want a recount of the disputed election -- in fact he went all the way to the Supreme Court to get it stopped!!

And now he is demanding the right to raise cash to fund a “recount”? Does he have some secret information that he will be loosing this one and wants advance planning in case the Supreme Court can’t deliver another one?

What is his motive???

What, indeed, since his whole campaign has been conducted under seal of a “loyalty oath” and behind closed doors. Just where do We, the People, those arbitrators of government, fit into his scheme to reclaim his thrown, er, position of power?

Since the wealthiest 1% of the country seems to be in his back pocket; having contributed millions of dollars to make sure he is reappointed, and the owner of that vote machine company has already assured us that he plans to see Bush back in the Oval Office; what makes him think that our voting for the other guy will make any more difference than it did in 2000?

My suggestion is that, if we need a recount, let the federal government pick up the cost. I know, I know, we have this gazillion dollar deficit that will last longer than Yucca Mountain radiation, BUT, let’s skim a few dollars in tax money from Halliburton and pay for any “recount”.

Or, we could just skip the whole thing and do what Rep. Corrine Brown suggested, bring in election monitors to ensure a fair count of ALL the votes.

What a radical idea!

Monday, September 13, 2004

PRIVILEGE AND POWER

SEPTEMBER 13, 2004

PRIVILEGE AND POWER

This presidential election has come down to one issue; “commander-in-chief” George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry fighting over which privileged man gets the power to “rule” We, the People.

It is no longer about We, the People having the power to alter or abolish government when it no longer redresses our grievances.

It is now about two political parties appointing the man they choose for us to “vote” for; much as it is in those countries we formerly went to monitor.

When we did not “vote” the right way in 2000, it was decided we could no longer be trusted with our guaranteed right to vote and it was taken away from us.

We all know what has been going on since that date; the fraudulent voting machines that can switch votes that have no paper trail, the same felon lists devised by Katherine Harris (rewarded with a Congressional seat), the “Jim Crow” rules to make voter registration difficult, closing voting places in poor neighborhoods because of “low voter turnout”( CA recall election), and other new and old methods too numerous to mention. (The most complete list can be found in the 1965 Civil Rights Commission Report on the 2000 election that Attorney General Ashcroft buried.)

George W. Bush points to his failures as successes and his Republican controlled “media” never disagrees. The Free Press guaranteed in the First Amendment of our Bill of Rights no longer reports both sides of an issue; in fact, some issues never get reported or are buried under an onslaught of that old Reagan denial know as “disinformation” - commonly known as lies.

But no where is PRIVILEGE more evident than what is going on among two veteran groups who should know better. The attack dogs of the “Swift boat veterans for truth” seem not to realized what they have done. They have given the privileged Bush a “pass” on his military desertion while decreeing that someone who actually saw combat and shed blood is vilified!

WHY?

In an election year why are we embroiled in the middle of a fight about the military service of the two men running for president of the United States?

•A very important reason is 1,007 known dead National Guard and military soldiers sent to war on Bush’s orders.

•A very important reason is that both men plan to continue this war indeterminately.

•A very important reason is that both men realize (or should) that they must implement the draft in order to send more troops into VietNam, er, Iraq.

•A very important reason that those drafted will be young boys (perhaps girls) between the ages of 18 and 26 and they will be voting for the man who sends them to die in Iraq.

•A very important reason, because at this moment, one of these candidates will have the power to determine who among Our children shall have the POWER OF PRIVILEGE to avoid service in Iraq.

And VietNam is the best scenario we have to gage whether you live and die based on the PRIVILEGE your POWER can buy.

Al Gore had the PRIVILEGE OF POWER; he chose not to use it. His father, a senator, could easily have kept him from VietNam. There is no doubt that the United States military does not relish telling senators their sons are dead; but the Bush campaign, in 2000, saying that Gore was “safe in Saigon” was an untruth not disputed by the media -- there are many veterans who could verify first hand that Saigon was not a “safe city”.

Dan Quale, the first Bush’s vice president had the PRIVILEGE OF POWER, and he chose to use it. He spent the VietNam years safely berthed in the Coast Guard -- in a landlocked state.

Bill Clinton did not have the PRIVILEGE OF POWER; he could not use it. He came from one of the poorest states in the Union and from a family with modest means. He got his college education the old fashioned way, he earned it. Hard work and student loans gave him his opportunity for a way out and earned him a Rhodes Scholarship to England. Because of a new system known as the “lottery” he was never called to service.

Dick Cheney obviously had some POWER OF PRIVILEGE because, as he gruffly told us, he had more “important things to do” than to slog through the jungles of VietNam. Cheney received 5 deferments which took him, agewise, beyond the call of the draft.

Because of the rising furor over the majority of those being drafted to VietNam being mostly the poor and minorities, the notorious “lottery” was established to improve the “fairness” of the draft on December 1, 1969 -- one year after George W. Bush graduated from Yale University. It was supposed to eliminate deferments but, as we can see from our list, that didn’t necessarily happen.

To our knowledge, none of the men listed above were ever called to serve in VietNam. But, according to their birthdates, here are their draft numbers. Being between the ages of 18 and 26 on December 1, 1969 they would be subject to the draft whenever their “number” came up. The unlucky birthdate of September 14 assured your trip to VietNam; it was the first number drawn by lottery.

Remember, these birthdates are also subject to the men’s birthdates registered in that area. Such as; Hope, Arkansas would have far fewer birthdates to choose from than say, the pool in Boston, MA.

Bush’s number was 327 and it was said that he was subject to the draft upon his graduation from Yale in 1968. His father “pulled a few strings” and he jumped the list to become a member of the Texas Air National Guard. However, the oldest member of the group, Cheney would have had a number of 163 and received a total of 5 draft deferments. Clinton, with number 311 was never called to serve, therefore needed no deferments. Gore, with 30, refused his father’s offer of using PRIVILEGE AND POWER and went to VietNam. Kerry, 39, as we all know volunteered for VietNam. There is no indication than anyone ever offered to exert any effort to keep him from volunteering or offered a slot in the National Guard by “jumping the list”. Quale, 210, quickly placed himself in the Coast Guard, and it is said that PRIVILEGE AND POWER was used to protect him from serving in VietNam.

These are the “babyboomer” now in a position of POWER in this country. Since the tide of Our country has turned to invasion and occupation, you would think those who took extraordinary efforts to keep from going to VietNam would keep their mouths shut about the service of those who did go. But the arrogance of POWER seems to override caution. Clinton, who was never called to serve, was called a “draft dodger” by those who used the PRIVILEGE OF POWER and influence to keep from being drafted.

Among the 104 Senators serving We, the People, 70 of those have never served in the military. Even removing the fourteen women senators, that leaves more than half of the Senate who did not serve during a war; whether during peacetime or in time of combat.

These are the men who passed Bush the POWER to invade Iraq. These are the men who handed that POWER over to an unseasoned, untried, commander-in-chief who had refused to go to war in VietNam, and gave him the POWER of life and death for thousands of United States citizens. And these are the men who never questioned the ligitimacy of his claims.

So, if it is fair to question Senator John Kerry’s service, his vote to invade Iraq; there is even more reason to question Bush’s non-service . What we know of him does not convince us that he had the attention span to “stay the course”. Those 1,007 deaths and those multiple injured do not clutter his “beautiful mind” now that he has had his way.

When Bush’s life was on the line, and PRIVILEGE AND POWER gave him a choice, he chose to use that PRIVILEGE AND POWER not to serve in VietNam. When PRIVILEGE AND POWER bought him a place in the Texas Air National Guard, he chose not to fulfill his six year commitment; did not take his responsibility as a fighter pilot seriously; abandoning it in favor of campaigning for one of his father’s friends, WHILE OTHERS WITHOUT POWER AND PRIVILEGE DIED SO THAT HE WAS FREE TO CAMPAIGN FOR HIS FATHER’S FRIEND!

And now Bush has chosen to denigrate the blood John Kerry shed in VietNam in Bush’s place; and the amount of blood does not matter because Bush shed NONE!!!

After the 2004 election, a draft will come, and your child will be in the pipeline to Iraq. Do you seriously believe that your vote for Bush will give you the PRIVILEGE AND POWER, to say to that draft board, “I don’t want my child to go.”? Do you seriously believe that your son or daughter will have the POWER to tell that draft board that they prefer to participate in an election campaign rather than serve in Iraq where they might die?

PRIVILEGE AND POWER...the lives we lead, and sometimes life and death, depend upon the conscience of those who wield it. I’ll take Kerry’s swift boat service over Bush’s National Guard disappearing act any day. He may not be my choice, but his use of PRIVILEGE AND POWER seems to be doing less damage than Bush’s use of PRIVILEGE AND POWER, and that seems to be the best that We, the People can expect in this new world we live in!

Sunday, September 12, 2004

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Mr. Robert Novak

SEPTEMBER 12, 2004

Mr. Robert Novak
CNN
Atlanta, Georgia

Mr. Novak,

Just read your “Hate in America” column and wonder if you and I are living in the same country. You say you’re a journalist and was at the Republican National convention in that capacity. Since you spewed your own brand of hatred at the anti-Republican demonstrators, I ask you this:

Did you do your journalistic duty and interview any demonstrator, any person not wearing a Republican delegates badge, any person with any opinion differing from the Republican platform or opinion? If you did, why didn’t you include their response?

As a journalist, how could you ignore the facts before you? Almost a half a million people had come to New York to tell the Republican party that they would not vote for Bush if they nominated him. That is a BIG story which was virtually ignored by all the journalists at the convention.

These people did not come to New York to praise Senator John Kerry. In fact, most of these people preferred someone else to Kerry. As a journalist, doesn’t that give you a hint that there is a BIG story about why they would support a candidate they did not want over a candidate they had decided must go?

As a journalist, doesn’t the protesters chant of, “ANYONE BUT BUSH” give you a clue about the nationwide discontent among the citizens? If not, why not?

Citizens of New York took it upon themselves to produce signs which they put on the roofs of their homes expressing their opinion so that delegates landing in New York could see them. Did you interview or speak with one of these native New Yorkers? If not, why not?

Did you make any attempt to speak with any of the families of the victims or the survivors of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack who did not agree with the Republican’s “using” their tragedy for political “gain”? If not, why not?

As a journalist, are you familiar with the four widows from New Jersey who instigated the 9/11 Commission with their relentless pursuit for facts? Have you ever interviewed or written about their negative conclusions about Bush’s actions and the “findings” of this commission? If not, why not?

As a journalist, would you be pursuing the story of someone who deliberately released the name of a CIA agent which is against the law? As a journalist, if the Clinton administration had been responsible for releasing the name, would you be investigating? Can you understand the frustration of We, the People, with journalists that give only one side of a story and slant that side to the favor of George W. Bush? If not, why not?

As a journalist, can you understand the frustration of We, the People, who daily witness the psychological march to Hitler’s drumbeat through “patriot acts”, the arrest of citizens for daring to disagree with George W. Bush, and an unabashed double standard of “haves” receiving the benefits being taken away from middle-class suddenly “have nots”? This is another BIG story that you journalists can’t seem to find. Why not?

So, Mr. Novak, you must answer the question of why you express such hatred for We, the People. You must justify why there are no stories about the plight of our economy, our lack of health care, no jobs and no job security.

Since George W. Bush refused to acknowledge millions of hungry children in one of the richest countries on the planet, you must answer the question of why your “journalistic” integrity is buried under the mass of “media” propaganda that tells us the lives We are living aren’t the ones you write about.

As a journalist, where does your loyalty lie? Is it in revealing the Truth no matter who it implicates or what it exposes, or to George W. Bush and the Republican party? As of this moment, it appears to be a biased journalistic attempt to justify the wrongs that Bush has done Our country. It does not lie in your biased and personal vendetta of “Hate in America.”

Citizens for Truth in “Media” reporting.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

SEPTEMBER 11, 2004

SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

Today, we honor the memory of all those who fell to the terrorists on this day three years ago. It is said that the initial estimates of 5,000 - 6,000 have been lowered to a little more than 2,700. The Bush administration has tied another 1,007 names to that list with the justification for invading Iraq to an unproven connection between al Qaida and Iraq.

Today, three years later, we ask the same questions; how could this have happened on Bush’s watch? By the time al Qaida hijacked those four planes, he had already faced a national crisis when China shot down one of our aircraft and took the crew hostage in April, 2001. There was no question that he did not have the necessary skills to handle enemies like China.

China’s lack of respect for Bush was visible on the face of the Chinese leader the first time they met. His lack of a strong response to the blatant shooting down of a United States military aircraft must have encouraged bin Laden in his mission to attack our country.

Although the “spinners” of the news try to absolve Bush by placing equal blame on Clinton, Bush is the one who ignored the “terrorist czar” Richard A. Clarke’s warnings -- never reading that important PDB of August 6, 2001 because he only had a 45 minute workday and his golf game was far more important than the message contained in that document.

It was Bush who demoted Clarke from a cabinet level post that could demand attention to having to beg Condoleezza Rice for a meeting which she was too busy to schedule.

And it was Bush who couldn’t “gather his thoughts” fast enough to whip up a response to the attack on Washington D. C. but managed just fine to respond to the wishes of Saudi royals and bin Laden’s family to get out of our country.

And it was Bush, not Clinton, who chose to invade Iraq for oil rather than pursue bin Laden. Why did he do all these things and how can they now say they made him tough on terror?

In contrast, Mr. Clarke informs us that 76 days after Clinton took office and the World Trade Center was bombed, President Clinton was on top of the situation. The idea that Clinton somehow “failed” in his duty to protect the United States is false. When he discovered that the plot to blow up the World Trade Center had been caught on tape by the FBI, heads rolled. (By the way, the conspirators had put the plot together during George H. W. Bush’s presidency; not Clinton’s.)

Clinton flatly stated that it would not happen again on his watch and it did not. His terrorist task force stopped three major attacks upon New York, one on the tunnels, one on the subways, and one on the bridges! But, since they did not happen, he gets no credit.

But BUSH, as he often tells us, was “commander-in-chief” during one of the most damaging attacks in our history. Instead of bragging about his part of the attack, he should be ashamed.

HE was the one who did not cancel the school photo op EVEN THOUGH HE ALREADY KNEW THAT A PLANE HAD SLAMMED INTO ONE TOWER.

HE WENT INTO THE CLASSROOM AS IF NOTHING HAD HAPPENED EVEN THOUGH THE SECOND PLANE HAD SLAMMED INTO THE OTHER TOWER AND IT WAS VERY OBVIOUS THAT SOMETHING HAD GONE TERRIBLY WRONG.

AND HE CONTINUED TO SIT AND PONDER AFTER AN AIDE INTERRUPTED TO TELL HIM THAT THE PENTAGON HAD ALSO BEEN HIT.

AND AFTER HE FINISHED THE CLASSROOM VISIT, WHILE BODIES SPILLED FROM BUILDINGS ONTO THE STREETS OF NEW YORK, WHILE BUILDINGS AND DEBRIS RAINED DOWN UPON THOSE CAUGHT ON THOSE STREETS, WHILE SOLDIERS PERISHED IN THE PENTAGON, HE STAYED AT THAT SCHOOL TO HAVE HIS PICTURE TAKEN.

President Bill Clinton would have been crucified if he had done these things.

And the first anniversary of September 11, 2001 was marked by speeches heaping praise upon the leader who did nothing. Bush and his supporters used the deaths of those thousands of people to enhance his political image. They called him strong and courageous when he exhibited neither. Each year Republicans have led the remembrances of September 11, 2001 with praise of George W. Bush’s leadership.

Perhaps the most unkind cut of all was this third anniversary. George W. Bush was in New York, extolling his virtuous leadership in that time of crisis, telling how he had “made the world safer” even though deaths from terrorism are more numerous now than they were on September 11, 2001.

But there was no one there to dispute his claim; it was a gathering of the Republican party, who should also be ashamed to give him another nomination. All those family members who rages at Bush’s 27 minutes devoted to a photo op when our country was in crisis, were only used for propaganda.

And he couldn’t be bothered to be in New York this September 11, 2001; his presence wasn’t necessary, he had claimed his “victory” earlier. THIS year he was setting on the South Lawn of Our White House, entertaining guests. He took time out for a brief “moment of silence” before resuming his busy schedule.



Wednesday, September 08, 2004

NUMBERS GAME

SEPTEMBER 8, 2004

NUMBERS GAME

Today we are going to talk numbers. The first numbers we are going to talk about are the ones being counted in Iraq. Today, the number of United States military soldiers killed in that invasion stand at 1,002. Almost 4,000 (3,840 admitted injuries) have had their lives and their bodies changed forever. Most of these soldiers were in Iraq when Bush declared, “Mission Accomplished” way back in May 2003.
I’m sure they would like to know why they were still there getting wounded and killed in September 2004.

We don’t know how many of these soldiers left a limb on the battlefield, how many will carry the scars or a piece of shrapnel for the rest of their lives. But we do know that somewhere in Bush’s government, a group of “Swift boat-like” critics are judging whether they have spilled enough blood to receive a Purple Heart or just a purple heart band aid. And somewhere, other groups will be judging the veterans’ criticism of Bush’s invasion and storing it for future retrieval should it be necessary.

Bush was number 1 in demanding that we “support the troops” when he told us that capturing bin Laden wasn’t necessary, that it was important to the safety of the United States that we invade Iraq. Here we are, two months from the end of his “tour of duty” as “commander in chief”, no closer to a conclusion of his Iraq Invasion as we were when he declared war against the wishes of We, the People, in March 2003!

IF, by some miracle he is elected in November (as opposed to being reappointed) and leaves our troops in Iraq, we could see an additional 2,700 dead soldiers. In four years almost 10,000 soldiers will be eligible for that Purple Heart Republicans so despise. But, considering the rising death toll in Iraq, if September 2004 is the new “number” we will see an increase of 7,600 lives lost. Shades of VietNam...

For the constantly campaigning or vacationing Bush, these numbers are probably never seen. I doubt he gets a daily briefing on those killed in Iraq, we know he never attends memorial services -- unless it can contribute to his poll numbers. His hospital visits to the wounded are timed to the amount of criticism he receives for his neglect.

If Bush is elected, it is as inevitable as taxes that your son or daughter will be drafted to swell the ranks of Bush’s army. If Bush is elected you will have four more years to look upon the face of your child and wonder if he will be added to the list of Iraq casualties. If Bush is elected, you will have four more years to watch and wait and worry about where Bush’s lust for conquest will snatch your child’s life away.

Zell Miller, a Georgia Democratic who gave the keynote address at the Republican convention, says of Bush, “...a God-fearing man...with a spine of tempered steel, the man I trust to protect my most precious possession: my family.” But he doesn’t address why Bush, with his tempered steel spine, could not pull himself from a classroom chair to take action against the most notorious terrorist attack in history. While Senator Miller’s family may be safe, thousands of broken families bear witness to Bush’s “spine of steel’s” inability to keep their families safe.

On September 1, 2004, Bush told us, “I believe it is our duty to lead the world.” During his acceptance speech, he stated, “Nothing will hold us back.” Grandiose ideas for such small accomplishments.

“The great masses of a population are more amenable to the appeal of rhetoric than to any other force.”
Adolph Hitler

“I am running with a compassionate conservative philosophy.”
•Constitutional Amendment defining the marriage contract.
•No government programs assist the 35.5 million hungry citizens.
•No government intervention to stop job losses. •Dismantling environmental protection legislation.

“America’s schools are getting better...”
•Schools forced to close for the summer early
•Schools cutting classes and teachers
•Schools cutting back school hours and afterschool programs
•Studies in science and math below other civilized countries and fewer and fewer graduates attending colleges.

“...soon every senior will be able to get prescription dug coverage...”
•17% increase in medicare costs deducted from Social Security.
•Loss of three trillion dollar surplus to repay moneys borrowed from Federal Insurance CONTRIBUTION Act (commonly known as Social Security)
•Plans to “outsource” federal PENSION (FICA) fund to private sources instead of maintaining the federally protected SOCIAL SECURITY PENSION FUND.

“...the largest tax relief in a generation...”
•IRS reports loss of tax revenue due to tax cut to the wealthy.
•IRS reports loss of tax revenue due to reduced income of middle class taxpayers due to job loss or lower paying jobs.

“...our economy is growing again and creating jobs...”
•Net job losses produced between 8 to 12 million long term unemployed.
•Middle class workers can no longer afford health care and do not have funds to pay for medical care without the employer subsidized benefits.
•Billions of tax free dollars held off-shore by American companies operating businesses in foreign countries.
•Census bureau statistics show a sharp increase in poverty for every year since George W. Bush was installed in office. It now stands at 35.5 million people and will continue to rise without government intervention.

“Since that day, (September 11, 2001) I wake up every morning thinking about how to better protect our country... I will never relent in defending America...”
•bin Laden’s family was allowed to depart the United States before American citizens, who had been grounded by the ban on flights, were allowed to return to their homes.
•A full month after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon NATO threatened action against al Qaida on their own if Bush did not do something.
•Bush said the capture of bin Laden wasn’t important, that invading Iraq had a higher priority for our safety.
•The only persons caught from the government’s “terrorist flight list” have been nuns, anti-war demonstrators, Senators and members of the House of Representatives -- all Democrats.

“We are staying on the offensive -- striking terrorists abroad --”
•Analysis revealed that approximately 2,929 terrorist related deaths around the world have occurred since September 11, 2001.
•1,709 have occurred this year. In fact, during the last ten days, and while Bush was making his speech, 142 people died.
•The level of sophistication is increasing.
•al Qaida is considered as strong, or stronger, than it was after Bush went into Afghanistan.
•al Qaida is now assisting rebel groups in Iraq.
•The Bush administration is so fearful of an attack that they are drawing up plans to suspend our national election.

“We will prevail.”

“The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one.”
Adolph Hitler

These are very big lies¡!

Monday, September 06, 2004

INVISIBLE PEOPLE

SEPTEMBER 6, 2004

INVISIBLE PEOPLE

In New York, the day before Republican delegates gathered at their convention site, a half a million people tried to get their attention. Over the flight path that brought those delegates to New York City, New Yorkers posted huge signs on their rooftops to let them know that they did not want George W. Bush to be nominated for another attempt at winning the presidential election.

They gathered together in such numbers that their protest became the largest group of demonstrators against a presidential candidate in history. Every day of that Republican convention, thousands were in the streets of New York spreading their message. Almost two thousand arrests were made, kept under arrest for days without benefit of charges being filed or being released courtesy of the Bush Patriot Act.

State Supreme Court Judge, John Cataldo, issued an order to prosecutors to either release or proceed with arraignment by 5 p.m. that Thursday. When the city’s prosecutors failed to comply with the order, they were found in contempt and finned $1,000 for every person not released. The police used orange netting to sweep up people on the street; in clear violation of the First Amendment, it also swept up innocent people, movie production companies, and anyone else in their path. Some still remain in jail in spite of the contempt order.

In spite of what was called a peaceful and orderly demonstration by all those people, authorities chose to harass and detain those demonstrators not surrounded by masses of those half million people in New York.

And yet, with all the Republican security guarding their convention, harassment of the very recognizable Michael Moore (who was present as a representative of the press) two demonstrations of protest during the convention -- including the interruption of George W. Bush’s acceptance speech -- none of those 4,000 plus people charged with the duty of nominating a candidate to represent ALL OF THE PEOPLE seemed to notice.

To every member of that Republican convention WE, THE PEOPLE, voicing our concerns of Bush’s leadership failures, WERE INVISIBLE!
They chose to spend their time admiring the “purple heart” band aids that mocked the sacrifices of the veterans of ALL Our wars to doing the hard work of choosing a leader to represent all of the People of this nation.

And one of the reason We, the People were invisible is because the Republican party and the Republican biased “media” chose not to acknowledge us or our attempts at having our grievances addressed.

It has been said that Bush’s record suggests two presidencies; one before September 11, 2001 and after September 11, 2001. I see his term in office that way also, but the two “presidencies” are divided between the wealthy “elite” of his “base” and We, the little People who do not dwell in his world. We, the People; his bosses ultimately responsible for keeping Our government safe and strong; have been shut out of the process.

BUSH SEES WE, THE PEOPLE, AS THE ENEMY. IT IS US HE FEARS. NOT BIN LADEN. NOT SADDAM HUSSEIN.

And We can no longer see or speak to our leader. His few forays into the public eye are closed to everyone except those willing to sign a “loyalty” oath. We, the People, who do not show obsequiousness by bowing to his will are tormented and tortured by his representatives who refuse Us admittance to his speeches and guards who physically manhandle us, or by the powerful reaches of his “base” who take away our jobs; or Our freedom of speech violated by being thrown into razor wire detention centers, covered with ankle deep water, toxic chemicals, surrounded by armed guards.

In the proverbial ivory tower where Bush lives, surrounded by his faithful “base”, We, the People are not allowed entry. An 83 year old woman in Nashua, New Hampshire was physically carried away by the police for refusing to take her sign “BUSH IS BAD FOR AMERICA” to one of the notorious “free speech zones” far away from Bush’s eyes, while those praising his leadership are allowed to stay.

Fortunately for Betty Hall, her state still believes in their motto, “LIVE FREE OR DIE”, because the judge threw out her case -- but her arrest DID succeed in keeping Bush ignorant of her grievances... just one more INVISIBLE person!

IF we are not allowed to express our grievances with George W. Bush brand of leadership as his motorcade rolls by, iF we are not allowed to attend his speeches unless we sign a loyalty oath, iF gathering together in large groups are ignored, or played down by “the media”, what is left to for us to do? How can we focus such a remote leader’s attention to our disapproval of his leadership? What will it take?

Those who came together under the umbrella of United for Peace and Justice brought their separate grievances to New York City. It was proof that there is power in numbers. Although that huge gathering of almost half a million counted demonstrators and hundreds, perhaps thousands more, of uncounted New Yorkers who joined them shows that united we are a powerful force.

In 1764, as one history book put it, We walked the road to war. It was a time of protest, of spoken and written words, of protests against a leadership that ignored its duties and responsibilities to those they governed. There was deep division among the people inhabiting those 13 colonies that would become the United States. They too, mirrored the haves and the have nots. Those with the most to loose wanted to maintain the status quo. Those with nothing to loose but their lives chose to fight.

We are the benefits of that revolution. That Bill of Rights and that Constitution we hold so dear was written in blood. We can not let it go lightly. This “president” never truly elected, daily rips at the fabric of that Constitution. How many of those who sacrificed their blood, their sons and daughter for it, would approve of what he has done in Our name? No, they would be assembling, speaking, working, uniting to reclaim what they had lost. Patrick Henry inspired a divided people to rally behind his cry, “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”

Where are the inspiring voices lifted in protest against what George W. Bush has done in our name? Where are the Thomas Paines, the Mercy Otis Warrens, The Samuel Adams, the Abigail Adams of our country? Where are those willing to sacrifice their lives as freely to save Our government from tyrants as those who were sent to die on the battlefields of Iraq in Bush’s name?

What this country needs is a demonstration so great that it can not be ignored. We need to surround Our White House with a sea of faces so numerous that nothing but Our faces can be seen. We need a Unity of Peace and and Justice that will drown out the voices of the lobbyists and special interests forever. We need millions of We, the People to come together on one day, before the election in November that could possibly never come, and let them see that there are no detention centers large enough to hold us, no place to hid accountability, no acceptable lies from the Bush administration or the “media” that enables him.

Only then, will We the Invisible People, be seen. Only then, will government bend to the Will of the People, as it was meant to. Only then will we once again be truly free. Danger lies not in the fear of terrorist attacks. It lies within the bosom of our own government.

Friday, September 03, 2004

“NOTHING WILL HOLD US BACK...”

SEPTEMBER 3, 2004


“NOTHING WILL HOLD US BACK...”

And with that, George W. Bush declared war upon We, the People, Our Constitution, and the idea of a Government of the People, by the People, and FOR the people.

For four long years we have been trying to get this man to pay attention to We, his Employers, as he ruthlessly cast Our grievances aside to fulfill his own pursuits of war, poverty and fear.

WE, THE PEOPLE, REPUDIATED YOUR PHILOSOPHY THAT IS NEITHER COMPASSIONATE OR CONSERVATIVE!

Bush used his “acceptance” speech (as if there was the possibility of a choice!) to inform us that his “leave no child behind” program was making “sustained progress in reading and math.” What he did not mention was that schools have been forced to fire teachers, cut back classes and school hours, and dismiss schools early for the summer due to federal budget cuts in the public school program.

He did not tell you that his “leave no child behind” program also left children whose parents work without afterschool programs that provide an alternative to becoming “latch-key” kids. Nor did he explain why schools and programs like Second Harvest began a nationwide “backpack” program in April, 2004 to provide food to hungry children over the weekends and school holidays.

School personnel are aware that “progress in reading and math” depend on more than rhetoric. The backpack program was started because teachers and school nurses observed symptoms of hunger increasing during Bush’s four years. Tummy aches, dizziness, fatigue and an inability to concentrate were everyday complaints.

If Bush really wants to “leave no child behind” he might try to look into a more comprehensive program to feed the children whose parents are unemployed due to outsourcing, downsizing, and being “retrained” for jobs that aren’t there.
“America’s school are getting better, and nothing will hold us back”, he told us last night. Perhaps he should allow someone to read him the latest census data showing that poverty HAS RISEN EVERY YEAR HE HAS BEEN IN OFFICE. Just released figures show that 34.5 million people are living in poverty on an income of $18,400 or less! I don’t know which schools Bush is crowing about, but those figures speak of a decline, not “better”.

He moved on to let us know that he has taken care of the “elderly” by a medicare program that has already doubled in cost, without the “elderly” ever seeing the benefits. He bragged “soon every senior will be able to get prescription drug coverage, and nothing will hold us back”; except your plan to do away with social security by “privatizing” it -- or do you still plan to collect FICA taxes AFTER social security has been dismantled?

With our three trillion surplus, destined to repay the Social Security fund, squandered, the biggest deficit in history now standing at 521 billion as of February 2004, and the Times Square clock ticking off the cost of war in Iraq at $177,000,000 million per day and $122,820 per minute. (Remember, the poverty line income is now set at $18,400 for a family of four.); where is the money going to come from to REPAY THE FEDERAL INSURANCE CONTRIBUTION ACT (commonly called Social Security) PENSION FUND? I don’t think Bush, or the Republicans, have any plans to repay this fund. So there go the “social security” pensions and the medicare and that prescription drug benefit he is so proud of.

And naturally, for a man who portrays himself as a “war president”, a “commander-in-chief” of a civilian government run by We, the People, national security is uppermost on his mind. He tells us that, after the leisurely morning events of classroom sitting and photo ops while terrorists tore down our financial district and crippled our national defense headquarters that, “Since that day, I wake up every morning thinking about how to better protect our country. I will never relent in defending America -- whatever it takes”.

He must do most of his “thinking” while on vacation, since that is where he has spent most of his four years in office. And, his “relentless” defending of America took a backseat to getting his rich Saudi business partners out of the United States. In fact, more than a month after the attack, he was still “thinking” about how to best defend America when NATO bluntly stated, to paraphrase, that if he didn’t get his butt moving, they were going to go get bin Laden without him! Thereby instigating the timid forays into Afghanistan... but you can’t go after the oil fields of Iraq if you are busy hunting down terrorists who killed thousands of U. S. citizens, can you?

bin Laden forgotten, Bush concentrates on his “real” enemy lying between him and the Iraq oil fields, Saddam Hussein. “We are staying on the offensive -- striking terrorists abroad -- so we do not have to face them here at home.” Pray tell, “commander-in-chief, if you are “striking terrorists abroad” why are they slipping through your net to bomb Bali, Spain, Africa, the middle east with impunity?
If you are bringing peace to Iraq, why are almost one thousand of our soldiers dead after you declared the war over in May, 2003?

And, if “we do not face them here at home”, why are you continuing to restrict free travel, bringing on orange alerts, and guarding the Republican Convention more closely than Fort Knox?

To summarize, our agenda,

•to “fund early intervention programs to help students at risk” was already there, you gutted the program with your “entitlement” cuts and put those children at risk. You say you want

•to expand Pell grants for low and middle income families to “help more Americans start their career with a college program” but today’s college graduates are finding it difficult to find jobs and are ending up with the same type of job in the service industry that they had in high school and college. You want to

•provide low-income Americans with better access to health care, “In a new term, I will ensure [that] every poor county in America has a community or rural health center.” They had these, but you shut them down when you cut entitlements, commander-in-chief. And you want to

•continue” to appoint federal judges who know the difference between personal opinion and the strict interpretation of the law.” Yes, the judges who rule against women’s right to choose and the equal rights of all citizens - be it affirmative action or gay rights - do use personal opinion to try to change the concepts of Our constitution, but you have made no attempts to nominate impartial judges; those you nominate still espouse these abhorrent ideas.

And your final thoughts, “In the last four years, you and I have come to know each other. Even when we don’t agree, at least you know what I believe and where I stand.” YES WE DO. And that is why nothing that has gone on at the Republican convention has changed our minds. If you care to look, you can see how We, the People think and feel about four more years of your “leadership”. Around half a million people left their homes, their jobs, their schools to make their way to New York to bring you a message.

ANYONE BUT BUSH!!!

Now We go forward, to reclaim freedom lost, faithful to our desire for a new leader, hoping that our vote will be counted this time.

“Nothing will hold us back.”
George W. Bush, September 2, 2004

“...obstacles do not exist to be surrendered to, but only to be broken.”
Adolph Hitler

Thursday, September 02, 2004

LOYALTY TO THE “PARTY”

SEPTEMBER 2, 2004

LOYALTY TO THE “PARTY”

We are called Independents because we are independent thinkers. We don’t swallow the script and just regurgitate it. In 2000, our numbers stood at 32 million, and we are a force to be reckoned with. It was a combination of disenchanted Democrats, Republicans, non voters and independents who led the internet charge for former Governor Howard Dean. We feel betrayed that, in spite of our enormous efforts, we are still facing the standard rhetoric from both the Democrats and the Republicans.

So, on this, the third day of the Republican convention, you have already lost us. Regurgitating the transparent lies of “good economy” on the day that the unemployment statistics emerged; showing that the week before the Republican convention started; jobless claims were just 40,000 short that “magic” 400,000 number once again.

WE WANT MORE! More than the pabulum so acceptable to your “base”. We want answers, not reminiscing of parents, and grandparents “pulling themselves up by their bootstraps”.

Arnold Schwarzenegger did not “come to this country” broke and downtrodden. From all we have heard, he left Austria to “seek his fortune in America” from a middle class family that was kept safe because of his father’s position in the Nazi army. Mr. Schwarzenegger, along the way, made the acquaintance of some powerful people.

He did not meet the Nazi war criminal, Kurt Waldheim, in the United States. In fact, we don’t know how he became acquainted with him, or why they formed such a close friendship that he lamented that Waldheim wasn’t allowed to attend his wedding to Marie Shriver, niece of a former president, because of “this Nazi thing.”

This independent thinker never expected to see the “star” speaker of the Republican Convention being a naturalized citizen who had broken his citizenship oath to campaign in his native Austria

for the Jewish officer who sent thousands of Greek Jews to their death in World War II.

And he says, “One thing I learned about America is that if you work hard and play by the rules, this country is truly open to you.”

Whose rules did you play by Mr. Schwarzenegger? Certainly not the rules of Allegiance that you swore to “...absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign price, potentate, state, or sovereignty...” Working to elect Waldheim was certainly showing allegiance to the person running to head your former country.

YOU helped elect a Nazi war criminal as president of Austria. YOU were responsible for having your former country put on an international watch list because of Waldheim’s Nazi past. Why should we trust anything you tell us?

Why should We, the People believe you when you say, “...the president didn’t go into Iraq because the polls told him it was popular. As a matter of fact, the polls said just the opposite. But leadership isn’t about polls. It’s about making decisions you think are right and then standing behind those decisions...”

Hitler stood by his decisions to conquer the world in spite of world opinion. Do you believe Austria was right to stand with Hitler’s decisions? Do YOU think you made the right decision to stand behind the election of Kurt Waldheim? If you don’t, do you have the courage to admit it? And if you do, why are you standing at a podium at the Republican Convention endorsing Our presidential candidate? You do not have that right; too many veterans still live for you to denigrate their sacrifice.

It is impossible for me to believe that Republicans would accept Schwarzenegger’s moral deficiencies regarding his personal choice to support a Nazi candidate, and his clear degradation of women, and impugn Senator John Kerry over his VietNam service!

Does the Republican party truly believe that whether or not Kerry was severely wounded, slightly wounded, or never wounded in the service of his country is more of a moral dilemma for We, the People than Schwartzenegger’s clearly criminal behavior of sexual harassment and sexual battery or his unashamed support of Nazis?

Schwarzenegger has nothing I want to hear, his endorsement of Republicans makes me suspicious of their motives. They have made a big mistake in choosing Schwarzenegger to anoint while, at the same time, vilifying Kerry.

Those of us who are Independents can look at the way the Republican party has dealt with men who have served their country in time of war or elected office and make our own judgments. The Republicans speak endlessly of the necessity of having “experienced” candidates and then elevate two unknown, untried, suspiciously elected men, (George W. Bush, Arnold Schwarzenegger) to represent the path Republicans plan to trod.

The most ironic thing about the Republican convention is that you took a divided nation and united it against you. A half a million people gathered to express our displeasure with George W. Bush and you didn’t even bother to notice. Those half a million who made it to New York represent millions of us who could not be there. We all had different grievances to air but we embraced every grievance and every person. We, the People are what you must fear. We, the People, excluded from your Convention, will determine your future.

Arnold Schwarzenegger may say, “The president didn’t go into Iraq because the polls told him it was popular. As a matter of fact, the polls said just the opposite.” It was the first admission by the Republican party that We, the People opposed Bush’s invasion of Iraq. Schwarzenegger, and his fellow Republicans, seem to have a different government in mind. Those “polls” are the Voice of We, the People; Bush is Our employee.

Perhaps visions of Nazis dance in his head, but here, in Our Country, in Our Constitution, “We hold these Truths to be self-evident...that Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed... and that, “it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.” Not Republicans, but We, the People.

“The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nation’s greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether We use the power or power uses us.”

John F. Kennedy, October 26, 1963

(Quote from a Speech given at Amhe College 28 days before he was assassinated November 22, 1663)