Why I Fight
Frank Libbon - An Old Soldier.
The political campaign for the Office of the President is drawing to a close and most of us Americans will no doubt heave a sigh of relief when it is finally over. Relief, because all of us are totally sick and tired of the smear tactics, the lies and the falsehoods bantered back and forth.
During a recent 30 day trip to visit my children and grandchildren in Maryland, Ohio and Virginia, family members sorted my advice, knowing full well that I spent 43 years as a US Army Intelligence Operative whose duties required him to seek the truth. One indicated she was reluctant to vote for Obama because he was a Muslim. I reacted by quietly going to her computer, searched Google, and brought up the recorded history of Barack Obama’s religious background. I then turned to my daughter-in-law and quietly invited her to read what was reported. She did so, then turned to me wide eyed and said: “They Lied” - meaning those unsavory individuals of the Republican Party.
My fellow Americans, we, whom Benjamin Franklin defended and with admiration called the “common people” - and this means you Joe the Plumber, you Harry the Electrician, you John the Factory Worker, you Louise the Waitress, and you Mary the Cleaning Lady, and yes, even me - Frank the Old Soldier, you want the truth? Well here it is. Barack Obama is not and never was a Muslim. He is a Christian and always was. Barack Obama is not a terrorist as Sarah Palin dishonestly labeled him. In 1960, Bill Ayers, an anti-Vietnam activist got carried away and exploded what was reported as an itsy-bitsy two pound bomb at the Pentagon that caused some minor damage to the building, but did not kill or hurt anyone. In 1973 the Federal Government requested “dismissal” of the charges against Ayers because the Federal Government admitted misconduct on their part during their investigation of Ayers. These are the TRUE facts - but it gets better, because while Bill Ayers was violently protesting the Vietnam War (as thousands of others were also doing), Barack Obama was EIGHT Years Old. How does that grab you? Not satisfied with calling Obama a Muslim and then insinuating he was a fellow Terrorist, they now call him a Socialist with the intent of cleaning out our wallets to give our money to others. What Obama actually is on record of saying is that he will lower taxes on over 90 percent of the working people, eliminate income taxes on those over 65 earning less than $50,000 a year and raise taxes on the rich by imposing a payroll tax on income over $250,000 in order to close the gap in the financial shortfall which the Social Security system is expected to face by 2011. These my fellow Americans are the true facts which can be readily checked by simply going to your computers or by reading the October 2008 edition of the AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) Bulletin. On examining the above one might deduce that John McCain and Sarah Palin might have exaggerated, but that is not the case - They Outright LIED, and they know full well that they LIED.
If you think that is outrageous you should read what that so called religious person ( I refuse to call him a Man) James Dobson just issued through his alleged evangelical Christian organization Focus on the Family, entitled: “ Letter from 2012 in Obama’s America” in support of the McCain/Palin Republican ticket. It is the most disgusting and insulting document I have ever read in my entire life, packed with lies and filthy innuendo meant solely to scare people into voting for McCain. It would be totally beneath my dignity to repeat the filth reflected in that rag sheet. Therefore, I enjoin those reading this article to go to Google in your computers, type in the name James Dobson, click on Search and then on “Letter from 2012----” Be prepared to get sick to your stomach.
Dobson, like Huckabee (who wants to amend the Constitution to meet God’s standards) and others of their ilk, to include Pat Robertson (who maintained God punished America on 9/11 for her sins), John Hagee of Texas (who called the Catholic Church a Whore) and Rod Parsley of Ohio (who claims God made America in order to destroy Islam), these so called preachers, have done nothing but spread hate, lies and filth, and believe they have the right to tell us exactly how we should worship God. They admittedly would stop at nothing to stack the Supreme Court in order to change Our Constitution to suit their goals. They run mega churches and live in million dollar homes at the expense of their gullible congregations, and violate the tax exempt status granted religious institutions by overt involvement in politics.
I have news for
all of them and all others of their stripe. We, the true American people,
will give you enough rope to hang yourselves, and do not be surprised
when you are brought to trial for Sedition, if not for Treason. Failing
that, you can rest assured that Our Lord Jesus and God Almighty will judge
you for taking the name of the Lord thy God in Vain.
A parting word to
All Americans. Our Lord Jesus gave us all the instructions we need to
follow when He said:
An Old Soldier -
Who served for 43 years and took the Oath to Defend the Constitution of
the United States of America.
A charade initiated
by John McCain, his advisors and the Republican Party in their intentional
selection of Sarah Palin as their nominee for the office of Vice President
of the United States. The press got infatuated with her and they have
failed to report her supposed Qualifications for the office of Vice President.
When being interviewed by Charles Gibson of ABC on 11 and 12 September
2008 about Russia , she indicated favoring the admission of Georgia and
the Ukraine into NATO, definitely viewed by Russia as a threat to their
security. And when asked if the U.S. would go to war with Russia if Russia
was to invade Georgia , she answered: “Probably so.”
be fooled by her claims about all the oil available in the Artic North
Slope of Alaska. A report by the U.S. Geological Survey Service estimates
that there are 5.7 to 16 Billion barrels of “technically”
(no one really knows) removable oil, which would be reduced to 4.3 to
11.8 Billion barrels, if drilling on non-Federal and Native areas is excluded.
That oil, if drilling was allowed, would not start to trickle down to
the Lower 48 States until the year 2018 (ten years from now); would not
provide us with more than two percent of our annual needs, and would have
absolutely NO effect on the price of gasoline or heating oil. Furthermore,
a report by the U.S. Department of Energy reflects that oil from this
area of Alaska would amount to only 0.4 to 1.2 percent of the world-wide
annual consumption of oil and would have no effect on oil prices.
She may have won
a prize as a beauty queen, but she is definitely NO PRIZE for America
At the conclusion
of the convention in 1787, Benjamin Franklin’s housekeeper in Philadelphia
asked him if we have a government, and Franklin replied: “ We have
a Republic, if we can keep it.” I wonder, for I have my fears.
Fundamentalism and the Environment
From our Correspondant from Eureka, CA; Vicky Vaughn Zeitlin September 15th 2008 published by www.fordemocracy.com
I am an angry white woman, and I vote!
I am tired of Political and Religious manipulations meant to direct attention away from the real issues facing the United States and the World.
I am afraid for my future, my children’s future and the safety and sustainability of the planet we share.
I would be delighted to vote for a US Presidential or Vice Presidential candidate male or female with skin of any color if I sincerely believed they had the wisdom, understanding, fearlessness, knowledge, tolerance, judgment, historical perspective, experience, respect for the United States Constitution and decisiveness necessary serve as an executive charged with protecting the environment and the human rights of future generations.
I am terrified because I am no longer sure such a person could come forward and survive the political atmosphere of intolerance and ignorance that a candidate must swim through to survive.
I am a perplexed and worried woman as well.
Environmental degradation caused by overpopulation
Monocultures practices that diminish biodiversity
Combined and left unattended these problems will escalate until none of us have a comfortable place to survive wherever we live and whatever our religious or political beliefs may be. Left unattended worsening environmental conditions will bring on a collapse of civilizations, cultures, wars, changing weather patterns and natural disasters. I can hear the word “Armageddon” and the concept of “End Times” resonating in the minds, mouths and hearts of self righteous religious fundamentalists of all denominations throughout the world. I can see their satisfaction in knowing that the cleansing of their world is on the horizon with the prospect of the return of a Messiah and ridding the world of non-believers who will suffer horribly before they are gone for good. The true believers will survive and live on in health and harmony.
I would never argue with someone who holds these
beliefs or in anyway try to interfere with their faith and the peace
and comfort it brings them, but I will fight any effort to let these
beliefs or anyone who holds these beliefs effect public policy and
environmental management. There is an old saying, “Your right
to use your fist ends one inch in front of my nose.” I am
scared stiff when I think of someone in power, who might even be
looking forward to the “End Times,” who might believe
they know where the safe places will be with the power to make those
times come sooner or protect that place they plan to safely be when
the world falls apart. The thought of Fundamentalists with their
finger on the buttons or triggers that release weapons that could
start a conflagration be they in Iran, Pakistan or Washington, D.C.
is more than we should be willing to bear.
Back to the environmental problems and what humankind
can do about them public policy can encourage personal changes that
will help solve environmental problems without interfering with
individual rights. By encouraging development of alternative energy
sources new economies and jobs will be developed, the air will be
cleaner and we may be able to slow or stop global warming. There
isn’t enough oil on the planet to continue as we have. Individual
families can be encouraged to make thoughtful choices about the
number of children they wish to welcome to our world with education
and support regarding family planning. Our public policies should
not discourage those who wish to make conscious choices to limit
the size of their families, particularly those who do not have the
resources to help themselves. Abstinence is not an effective way
to limit population growth. Education and clinical support are.
As a woman, if I had to choose between having a child that
would starve to death in my arms or choosing to use birth control
I would choose not to bring a child into a world of pain and suffering,
Teaching contraception is the tool
to limit population on earth
and avoid that million of children as seen on TV
in underdeveloped countries are living their life in hell. This
hell is a world where the children are starving every day, they
are crippled with diseases, they will never achieve a good level
of education and in most cases they will die before being five or
10 years old or become part of this immense multitude of destitute
adults living in the slums in big cities
I believe in God, the wisdom of diversity in all
things, freedom to worship and think as we choose and the Golden
Rule, “Do unto others as you would to yourself.” I refuse
to believe that we as a species can’t act more intelligently
to protect the environment and the miracle of diversity it supports,
but we must not allow ourselves to be overrun by Religious Fundamentalists
and Zealots or those who choose to divide us politically. We must
choose EDUCATION, TOLERANCE, DIVERSITY AND POSITIVE ACTIONS
THAT UNITE US AS ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL. ONE NATION UNDER GOD
“INDIVISIBLE!” Do not let those who wish to divide us
Politics and Moral Values
By An Old Soldier
All The Perspectives, Los Angeles, August 26th 2008
From our correspondent in Germany Frank Libbon
Well my fellow
Americans, the Democratic and Republican Conventions are over, with
both reminding me of three-ring circuses. Instead of hearing speeches
about serious issues which effect the lives and future of all Americans,
we are again exposed to sarcasm. smear tactics and outright lies,
thrown back and forth by both political parties and the media. Barrack
Obama made a snide joke about John McCain’s failure to remember
how many houses he owns. In response Sarah Palin, who should have
discussed her qualifications for the office of Vice President, instead
used the opportunity to belittle Obama’s public community
This disgusting behavior is nothing new in our history. From the day of our independence there were those who criticized George Washington because he rode around in a coach when he was President; they called Thomas Jefferson an atheist and claimed his election would lead to anarchy. And so it went and goes, down through the years, right up to today. Almost all candidates for office start out by declaring they will run clean political campaigns, but they soon change. I personally could care less about what McCain does and does not own, but I am very concerned about Palin’s lack of experience and her qualifications for the office of Vice President of the United States. The other day I received an e-mail from a Republican friend containing a video lambasting a speech made by Barrack Obama in which he indicated he would like to rid the world of nuclear weapons. My Republican friend forgot, or never knew, that Ronald Reagan (the darling of the Republican Party), in his second Inaugural Address on 21 January 1985, said: “We are not just discussing limits on a further increase of nuclear weapons. We seek, instead, to reduce their number. We seek the total elimination one day of nuclear weapons from the face of the Earth.”
For those who failed to learn their history, Ronald Reagan, even before he became Governor of California, desired to rid the world of nuclear weapons. The Republican publisher who attempted to smear Obama either was not aware of Reagan’s speech, or assumed that the Common People were too dumb to remember, or too stupid to know that Obama expressed the very same wish that Reagan did. So it goes my good friends, on and on, and it will never end - for that is the nature of the Beast. I guess old Harry Truman hit the nail on the head when he said: “My choice early in life was either to be a piano player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference.”
It is not just the dirty politics that concern me, and I might add, the majority of Americans, but also the never ending involvement of the so-called Religious Right in politics. That too is nothing new in our history. In 1620 the Puritans settled in America, seeking religious freedom and after surviving their first winter with the help of the local Indians, later turned and slaughtered over six hundred of them as “Infidels.” They attempted to purify the Anglican church and in 1688 they went on their infamous witch hunt, burning people at the stake. Roman Catholics in Maryland wanted to kill those who did not believe in the “Trinity” and the Baptists used the Bible to justify slavery. Today we have Mike Huckabee who wants to change the Constitution of the United States, to meet what he deems - God’s standards. This is the same Mike Huckabee who wanted to put those suffering with Aids in isolation, which according to Webster’s dictionary means “quarantine.” There are way over one hundred thousand men, women and children in the United States with this dreadful disease, so I ask Huckabee , to explain how he would insure these victims remained, as he put it, isolated. Who would guard them to insure they stayed in isolation, who would feed them, clothe them, house them, would he put them in Camps and make them wear Badges” like the Nazis did to the Jews? And he dares to tell us that he wants to change Our Constitution. I spent 43 years of my life in and with the US Army, during which time I took the Oath to Defend the Constitution of the United States against all Enemies, Foreign and Domestic, and I’ll be damned if I let Huckabee and those of his ilk change Our Constitution. The Constitution starts with the preamble “We the People.” It belongs to us, the Common People, and not to Mike Huckabee, or Dobson, Falwell, Robertson, Hagee, Parsley, and all the others of their kind. Our Lord Jesus gave us warning when He said: “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheeps’ clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” I ask you of the Religious Right, where pray tell is the morality in changing the Constitution that many gave their lives to defend, and where is the morality in isolating those suffering and sick? Our Lord Jesus healed lepers, the blind and the crippled. He didn’t isolate them, He showed them compassion.
During the coming presidential elections the subject of Roe vs. Wade, Abortion, Gays, and Stem Cell research, will probably again raise their ugly heads. Why weren’t they resolved before? They weren’t and won’t be resolved because the Radical Right, that has taken over the Republican Party, has no desire to resolve these issues. Why should they, when these issues gave them the votes in 2004 to stay in power? Rest assured they will again raise these issues in an attempt to stay in power. For the good people of the Religious Right allow me to clarify some of these issues:
A. Abortion - According to the US Center for Disease Control there were 854,122 legal abortions in the U.S. in the year 2003, and 839,226 in the year 2004, with the number of abortions continuously declining since then. In the year 1972 when abortions were illegal in most states, there were 587,000 legal abortions and at least 130,000 illegal abortions, for a total of 717,000 abortions . Bear in mind that this figure is probably low, since for obvious reasons many illegal abortions in 1972 have gone unreported. Now let us assume Roe vs. Wade, which was decided under a persons’ right to privacy under the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, was revoked. What have you gained? The answer is - NOTHING. Nothing, because those who can afford an abortion will go where they can have it done legally, and those who cannot afford the cost, will again seek the services of a Quack Doctor in a cellar or back alley, or resort to the use of coat hangers. You have fought a good fight in defending your moral values, but in doing so, you have achieved Nothing, except perhaps labeling those who have abortions as criminals. “Do you, in good conscience, really want to do that? Suffice it to say, those who have abortions, will one day, like you and I, have to answer to God.
B. Gays/Lesbians - The most recent survey reflects that two percent of the adult male population and nine-tenths of one percent of the adult female population of the U.S. are gays & lesbians, respectively. Throughout my entire long life I have never encountered any gay men or lesbians who have hurt anyone. Most are polite, courteous, and go their own way. The only exception known to me are those Priests of the Roman Catholic church ,who over the years molested boys and girls. They should be excommunicated by the church and turned over to the civil authorities for prosecution for their crimes. And those in the church who covered up these disgusting crimes should likewise be prosecuted, be they ordinary Priests, Bishops, or even Cardinals. As for all the others, fear them not, because their activities will have absolutely NO effect on the sanctity of marriage between men and women and their family lives. As President Franklin Roosevelt said: “You have nothing to Fear but Fear itself.”
C. Stem Cell
Research - Inasmuch as scientists have now been able to develop
stem cells from a person’s own skin, it would appear that
the controversy over the use of a fetus for such research is now
moot. George Bush’s claim that the Federal Government no longer
funds stem cell research is Untrue. The National Institute of Health
has spent sixty million dollars on stem cell research since 2002.
The Republican administrative just did not provide more funds for
additional research projects. You should also be aware that there
is an estimated two to four hundred thousand embryo’s in frozen
state, which if not used will be destroyed and thrown away. They
could have been used, with their parents’ approval, perhaps
to help a crippled child see or walk again, cure those suffering
from brain and spinal cord damage, those suffering from Alzheimer
disease, or to help our brave young soldiers who lost limbs while
fighting an Unnecessary War in Iraq. So ask your-self where is the
morality in throwing away an embryo when it could have been used
to possibly cure someone, giving them new life. As I said at the
beginning, this subject is now moot, thanks to efforts of doctors
& scientists who have discovered the means of developing stem
cells from an individual’s own skin.
“Real Christians will abstain from violating the rights of others.”
Allow me to remind all of what The Lord Jesus said as written in Matthew 23:12. “And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.” I need say no more.
In ending, I beg you all to show compassion, tolerance, respect and love for your fellow Americans and all mankind. Use your heart driven energy in helping the elderly, the poor and the sick, and worry not about things you cannot change. Concentrate your energy on the real issues - such as the war, unemployment, out-sourcing of jobs, fair wages, health care, education and the national debt (estimated to be over a trillion dollars), instead of worrying about the sexual proclivities of others and what they do within the privacy of their own four walls. And when you vote, do so using your brains, not your emotions and vote not for a Republican, or a Democrat, or an Independent, but vote for the best qualified candidate who will do his Honest Best for ALL Americans.
TREASURE: THE COMMON PEOPLE
In March 1868,
after the Civil War, the Congress, which was controlled by Radical
members of the Republican Party failed in their attempt to impeach
President Andrew Johnson, a Democrat, primarily because Johnson
attempted to follow Lincoln’s desire to “heal the wounds
of the nation.” These Radical Republicans managed to keep
control of the South by passing a law preventing anyone who fought
against the Union from voting. The South was devastated, poor and
ruled in most cases by “carpet-baggers” from the North.
Large farms were broken up and were cultivated by “Share Croppers,”
which ended up making the South the poorest area of the
country. Situation that can be seen today in the statistics.
Then along came Teddy Roosevelt, a Republican who was elected President in 1901. Although he was himself rich, he was first and foremost a “Progressive Reformer and a trust buster against corrupt and illegal practices.” He distrusted wealthy businessmen and dissolved forty monopolistic corporations, stating he wanted to give the average citizen a “Fair Shake.” He was also the first President to call for Universal Health Care and National Health Insurance.
World War I came along, followed by the roaring twenties - and then the Great Depression of 1929, reportedly caused by the big speculators in their never ending greed for more and more riches. Sounds like the sub-prime housing market meltdown of today, doesn’t it? Farmers lost their crops, their farms turned into dust bowls, and millions of ordinary people - the Common People - were out of work, surviving day by day on handouts. I know, for I was born then and was known as a “depression baby.”
In 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a Democrat and Teddy Roosevelt’s cousin, was elected President and created the “New Deal” to provide “relief for the unemployed.” He established price controls and rationing, reformed the banking and economic systems, initiated the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to protect the Common Peoples savings, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) bringing electricity to those who previously had none, established the U.S. Security & Exchange Commission (SEC) to regulate Big Money from running wild, and founded the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (now called the March of Dimes) to help children who suffered the most from this dreadful disease. He established the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to give mortgage relief to millions of farmers and home owners, the Civilian Conservation Corps which employed two hundred and fifty thousand young men rebuilding our national parks and forests, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA), providing employment for over two million family heads. Last but not least, President Roosevelt was responsible for the Social Security Act and Program, “promising economic security for the elderly, the poor and the sick.” The Robber Barons hated him with a passion and to this day would do everything in their power to destroy this program step-by-step under the guise of “privatizing and giving the working people back some of their money to invest” as George Bush proposed. Invest in what? Enron, where thousands of workers lost their life savings, while the CEOs and finance officers raked in millions. Sixty million retirees, who had worked hard all their lives, most being members of the American Association of Retired Personnel (AARP), made their voices heard and defeated Bush’s radical right proposal.
On 11 June 1963, President John F. Kennedy introduced the Civil Rights Act, which was finally passed by the Congress and signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on 2 July 1964. On 30 July 1965, President Johnson signed into law the Medicare Act, giving former President Harry S. Truman the first Medicare Card, providing Medicare and Medical Assistance to about forty million of America’s Common People. And in 1973, Casper Weinberger, then Secretary of Health, Education & Welfare, who was also a rich Republican, urged Richard Nixon to introduce a National Health Insurance Bill, which failed to get support in Congress and died on the vine as a result of the Watergate hearings.
When Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act he allegedly turned to an aide and said: “We just lost the South for a generation.” Johnson was right. Once the Civil Rights Act was approved and implemented most, if not just about all of the southerners, the very people who also benefited from Social Security and Medicare, turned their backs on the Democratic Party. They in essence bit the very hand that fed them, and swung over to the Republican Party. They reportedly did so because they did not want to share hospitals with “Black Americans.” Personally I find this accusation difficult to believe, but if there is a grain of truth to it, then all I can say is God have mercy on them and on America.
Those who would vote for a candidate or party that would deprive the elderly, the poor and the sick of public support, would do well to think twice and remember The Lords words in Matthew 25:41-46.
( Then shall they also
answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst,
or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister
unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto
you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye
did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment).
All The Perspectives, Los Angeles,
August 11th 2008
Just last week while at the parking lot of the US Army Health Clinic in Wiesbaden, Germany, I engaged a very nice young lady who was waiting for her US Army Sergeant husband. I politely offered her a ride to the main gate of the installation and during our conversation ascertained that both her and her husband were Americans of Mexican decent, and that neither planned to vote. Mexican-Americans, serving and fighting for Our and Their Country, and yet so disillusioned that they are ready to surrender “their unalienable rights.” Without boring the reader just let me say that I took the opportunity to impart some information to this lady, about Our Constitution, Our Government, what went wrong over the past eight years and who was responsible for these wrongdoings. She listened very attentively and thanked me for the ride. As she started to get out of my car, she quietly turned, kissed me on the cheek and said: “ Thank you. I will vote - for Obama.”
It is important to remember that almost each generation gave the right to vote to more American citizens., Conservatives and racists strongly and sometimes through violence denied the right to vote to a large body of American citizens, poor white, women and African Americans. Many difficult challenges were overcome by the liberal Americans to give the right to vote to ALL.
In 1870, after the civil war the 15th Amendment stated:
Women got their right to vote in 1920 through the 19th amendment after a very very long wait.
Quite less known is that only white males that were land owners or that paid taxes were eligible to vote after the American revolution. Only gradually the rights to vote was given by the states to all white men regardless of their wealth, only in 1860 almost a century after the American revolution, all white male were allowed to vote.
We can see that the right to vote for ALL American Citizens was a struggle of epic proportion and any American citizen should be enthusiastic about voting.
To my surprise on 5 August 2008 I came across an article by “The Team, Wal-Mart.Com,” reflecting that Wal-Mart was conducting seminars in an attempt to convince their employees to vote for the Republican Party. Is Wal-Mart insinuating that if their employees do not vote as Wal-Mart advised, that their employees might forfeit a pay raise, a promotion, or even their jobs? I hope not, for that might be construed as coercion, which is in violation of Federal Election Laws. A report by USA Today reflected that Wal-Mart donated over a million dollars to politicians, with over eighty percent going to the Republican Party during the 2004 elections - and The Rothenberg Political Report of 6 August 2008 reflects that Wal-Mart is now giving the Democratic Party greater contributions. They sure know how to cover all bets, don’t they? They could have made better use of that money by paying their employees decent wages especially since they have a reported annual revenue of 250 Billion Dollars. Wal-Mart is just one of many Big Money firms making big financial payments to politicians and political parties. Enron was reported to have made seven million dollars in donations since 1990, of which seventy-two to ninety-four percent went to the Republican Party. Don’t think these donations are acts of kindness. They weren’t and aren’t. They were and are solely meant to insure that these big firms get favorable legislation from Congress. The Big Money boys called them “campaign contributions” - Bill Moyers in his book entitled: “Bill Moyers on Democracy,” rightfully calls them what they really are - Bribes.
George Bush won the election in 2000, although he received only 47.9 percent of the popular vote, while Al Gore received 48.4 percent, or over five hundred thousand more popular votes. Bush won because he garnered 271 Electoral votes to Gore’s 266 Electoral votes. In 2004 Bush received 50.7 percent of the popular vote, with John Kerry receiving 48.3 percent of the popular vote. Both elections were not without problems as the public well knows, with serious questions about voter punch cards in Florida and Touch Screen voting machines in Ohio . Bush maintained that the “voters had given him a mandate” but according to my calculations three million more votes out of a total of over 121 million votes cast, is by no means a broad majority and doesn’t even come close to being a mandate. Bush and the Republican Party won the election because of two prime issues - terrorism and moral values. As for terrorism, one should recall that it was Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan and not Saddam Hussein in Iraq who attacked America . The facts now available to the public and also known to many before the war, confirm that Saddam Hussein had absolutely no nuclear, chemical or biological weapons, nor ties with bin Laden, as this administration falsely maintained. The Congress and the American People were misled into going to war against a nation that could not and did not attack us, leading to the deaths of over four thousand of our fine soldiers, over thirty thousand wounded, and an estimated one hundred thousand Iraqi women and children killed. Where is the “morality” in that. Where is the morality in approving torture of prisoners, in arresting and confining American citizens without charges, and denying them access to lawyers, or authorizing wiretapping without a court order. Representative Wexler’s list of charges in his effort to have both Bush and Cheney impeached , a long ugly list of charges, is there for all to read.
Roe vs. Wade and abortion is another moral issue of great concern, especially to the Religious Right, which had more influence than the fight against terrorism in the election of George Bush. Before anyone charges me with being pro-abortion, be aware that I am the Father of seven children, have thirteen grandchildren, and two beautiful great-grandchildren. I believe that proves where I stand on abortion. George Bush got elected because Karl Rove and others cleverly made abortion a major issue, knowing full well that it would induce the Religious Right and others to vote for Bush and the Republican Party. Very clever indeed. Since the Republican Party has had control of the White House and both the Senate and the House of Representatives from 2000 to 2006, why then haven’t they done anything to revoke Roe vs. Wade or passed legislation prohibiting abortion? They didn’t and won’t do anything, because these issues bring in the votes that have kept them in power. And that is the only thing that concerns them - power. Think about it, and think hard.
The really sorry thing about all the injustice going on is how it has effected the hard working “common people,” who despair, and no longer believe that their representatives and government care about them. Many, too many, no longer trust the Congress, no longer do they believe they have a voice to be heard, and thus many refrain from even voting.When you get the time read the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, the Federalist Papers - and while your at it also read: “The Genius of the People” by Charles L. Mee,Jr., “Bill Moyers on Democracy”, “Conservatives Without a Conscience” by John Dean, and “Our Endangered Values” by Jimmie Carter.
Have a Good Day.
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President Bush has won the war and he does not want to understand it.
President Bush by using the THREAT of force had won the war before any American gun was fired but he is so obsessed by waging his own "real" war like his father did that he does no want tot understand it.
Even before moving the bulk of the American army to the border of Iraq President Bush determination and strong stance had succeeded in gathering all his allied around him and brought back the inspectors with added power to Iraq.
Continuing his threats backed up by more and more troops he was able to empower the inspectors to demands and obtain any compliance from Iraq.
HIS JOB WAS DONE AND WELL DONE
If him and his advisers had two ounces of common sense they would have turned over the continuation of the Inspector regime to France and Germany and Russia challenging them to do their job in completing the disarmament at least half as good as he did his task of submitting Saddam Hussein to a strong disarmament regime.
He would have been able to scold the French, the Russia and the UN with the full approval of the rest of the world.
They wanted more Inspectors, give it to them! Leave the long and messy disarmament problem to them.
UNFORTUNATELY PRESIDENT BUSH DOES NOT HAVE
THE SLIGHTEST CLUE ABOUT INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
He has now officially declared war on Iraq, the consequences for the American people are going to be horrendous, I said it before and I am saying it again.
Although I am not dismissing the war itself with its American soldiers casualties and Iraqi casualties they will pale in comparison of what the future reserve for the American people.
President Bush after the world finally got rid of the cold war reinvented a new global war. He was able to unite more than one billion Muslim in a common hatred against the USA.
Future generations of American for decades and decades will not be safe anywhere in the world and that will continue for generations and generations.
He will need the UN more and more but had made a mockery of this institution.
He has set new lower standards for international relations.
THE LONG TERM DAMAGES ARE GIGANTIC.
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