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Subject: Disastrous Leadership
All of Bush's schemes are aimed at
the rich and powerful, those citizens
who do not need a safety net in their
old age. His privatization plan for
Social Security will not fix it, but
destroy it. The medical savings accounts
are intended for the rich, not the middle
class or poor, they won't be able to
afford it. The school coupons are to
reward his wealthy supporters and the
Christian Right for private and religious
schools. The tax money for religious
charity is another reward to the Christian
Right for their support and effectively
destroys separation of church and state.
For over four years Bush has dedicated
himself to destroying everything Democrats
have done beneficial for the country,
with the support of Republican majority
in Congress. Like Reagan, he has displayed
terrible fiscal leadership, taking this
country trillions of dollars more into
debt. Because of his irresponsible fiscal
leadership, the deficits are expected
to explode by the end of his second
term, making it hopeless for whoever
replaces him in the White House. His
energy plan, senior prescription plan
and now the one to privatize Social
Security would be the costliest of all,
and will destroy Social Security just
as surely as he is destroying Medicare
Whoever follows him into the White House
will have a real bucket of worms to
contend with, because everything he
has done except invade Afghanistan has
taken the US in the opposite direction
we should be headed. He even failed
then to capture Osama bin Laden. He
has turned most of the world against
us, including our former allies in Europe,
and the unjustified war against Iraq
which has stretched our military to
the limit, while reducing taxes has
left nothing in the Treasury except
red ink. He violated the UN Charter
by attacking Iraq, when the UN had weapons
inspectors there who would have revealed
there were no WMD. The war in Iraq has
created a civil war there with the minority
Sunnis becoming insurgents killing anyone
connected to the interim government
or supporting it. Even if they don't
succeed in their insurgency, Iraq will
become an Islamic republic friendly
to Iran. The US will have only gained
another enemy in the region, and all
of our military casualties will be for
nothing, like Vietnam.
Will he succeed in preventing Iran and
North Korea from developing a nuclear
arsenal? It is extremely doubtful. Russia
has signed an agreement to furnish Iran
nuclear fuel for its reactor. Russia
and Communist China are on friendlier
terms these days and the US has no option
to attack North Korea's nuclear facilities.
By making wrong decisions such as the
refusal to continue peace talks between
Israel and Palestinians after he took
office, may have contributed to 9/11.
By refusing to negotiate with North
Korea and referring to it as the evil
empire, he gave them incentive to produce
nuclear weapons. The hawks are calling
for military measures against Iran and
North Korea, calling for air strikes
that might slow their drives for a nuclear
capability. It could also cause a much
wider war. But the Bush administration
has made so many blunders already, it
is likely to continue.
He certainly has done very little to
protect the health and safety of the
country, in fact just the opposite.
Al Qaeda has gained in strength worldwide;
Muslim insurgents are going into Iraq
from surrounding countries. The prescription
plan for seniors was a pork deal for
pharmaceutical companies; medical costs
are climbing, and millions more are
without health care. The economy and
jobs are continuing to worsen, and his
Social Security fix would do just do
The US will be on the verge of collapse
by the time he leaves office, if not
Subject: Being Silent on the Things That Matter
Dear BuzzFlash Readers/Supporters:
Greetings from the Christian Progressive Liberal.
This past weekend, I attended Tavis Smiley's "State of the
Black Union" Conference in Atlanta, GA. As I sat in the sanctuary
of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, a quote of Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr.'s replayed in my head like a refrain from a song. The
quote is "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about
the things that matter." While it did my heart and spirit a
world of good to hear heavyweights in the Civil Rights movement
like Rev. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, or the Rev. Joseph Lowery,
Michael Eric Dyson or Minister Louis Farrakhan, exhorting those
of us in the audience and watching on C-Span, my mind kept repeating
Dr. King's quote.
Can we continue to be silent on the matter of no longer having a
free press, freedom of expression or the freedom to participate
in political dissent, because dissent is essential to having true
Can we continue to be silent on the matter of a government whose
sole mission is to continue to reward the wealthy at the expense
of the poor?
Can we continue to be silent on the matter of not having a guaranteed,
fundamental, inalienable right to a quality education, affordable,
livable, sustainable housing, not to mention a sustainable and replenishing
environment, quality healthcare and jobs that pay livable, sustainable,
Can we continue to be silent on the matter of a woman's right to
control reproductive choice, or quality, comprehensive education
and information on health issues such as preventing the spread of
sexually transmitted diseases, developing sexuality, diabetes, hypertension,
mental illnesses, not to mention the need to educate about medical
treatment of all with sensitivity and awareness in a cultural and
linguistically competent manner, while teaching the need for staying
healthy, eating right, being active?
Can we continue to be silent on the matter of our elderly - their
quality of life, now that they have earned the right to retire and
rest from their labors, while being attacked on an economic scale
in terms of eliminating access to medicines that would enhance their
quality of life, as well as sustaining the trust fund into which
they have paid in preparation for retirement and enjoyment of their
Can we continue to be silent on the matter that this government
has sought to divide rather than unite; facilitates an inherent
contempt for the poor, the elderly, the downtrodden, men and women
of color, homosexuals, by initiating programs, initiatives and policies
guaranteed to steal, kill and destroy life as we now know it?
I read a book by Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Illinois) titled: "A
More Perfect Union: Advancing New American Rights" which I
recommend everyone to read if you are trying to muster up courage
to find your voice and not remain silent. The book makes compelling
arguments for healthcare, education, the environment, housing, jobs,
to be an inalienable, fundamental, Constitutional right of every
American in this country. None of these factors should be given
to the few, or the privileged, if you read and interpret the U.
S. Constitution on its face.
During the conference, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. reprimanded some
of the ministers on the panel forum, for going to meet with GeeDubya
and implying to him that the only issues of importance to African-Americans
in our community were gay marriage and abortion. Rev. Jackson proceeded
to take a survey of the audience, asking us how important to us
was it to have jobs that paid livable wages, a healthy environment,
universal health care, affordable housing, quality public education?
Nearly every hand in the room went up.
Then he asked us who would be affected by gay marriage? No hands
went up in the air.
"So why do we tell the President that the most important issue
in the Black Community is gay marriage?" he asked us. "We
have been taken out by a Weapon of Mass Distraction!" Rev.
Jackson told us. And to the ministers on the panel, Bishop Eddie
Long and Rev. Harry Jackson, Rev. Jackson told them, "Shame
on you for going to the House of the most Powerful Leader of the
Free World and telling him that first, YOU speak for all African-Americans,
and while you had the opportunity to talk to the President about
the issues that are most important to African-Americans, the only
things that came out of your mouths were abortion and gay marriage!"
The crowd went wild with applause and a standing ovation, while
these two Pastors hung their heads in shame.
An even further shame is that both of their churches were recipients
of Bush's Faith-Based Money Pie. All I can say here is "Two
Negro Pastors for Rent"...
The issues that concern Black America, are universal issues that
are important to all Americans, Black, White, Brown, Red and Yellow,
gay or straight, married or single, Christian, Jew, Catholic, Protestant,
Episcopalian, Unitarian, Non-Believer, Agnostic or Atheist. We ALL
want a sustainable environment, decent, affordable housing, quality
public education for our children as well as those who missed out
the first time; we ALL want jobs that pay livable wages above the
poverty line, healthcare, and be able to return to the communities
that nurtured us from infancy to adulthood. We ALL want to be treated
with dignity, respect, honor and sensitivity to our individuality,
our uniqueness, our ethnicity, our heritage. And the day we stop
talking about these things that do matter to every human being on
this earth, but more importantly in the United States of America,
our lives don't begin to end: I submit that the day we begin to
be silent on the things that matter to us as a Nation, as part of
the human race, our lives have already ended, and we become walking
zombies, unable to contribute anything that makes life worth living.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the
things that matter." Remember, when Dr. King wrote that, he
wrote it from a cell in a jail in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. If
it meant something then, how much more does it have meaning for
us 42 years later.
Therefore, we can't afford to be silent on the things that matter.
The cost we would have to pay is the ending of our lives. And that's
a price that's too expensive for you or for me, to pay.
My name is Leutisha Stills and I am the Christian Progressive Liberal.
I don't care if you approve of this message, I feel it so strongly
in my heart and soul that I could NOT keep silent.
Subject: BTK political
I watched a little of Larry King last night and one of his guests
talked about how mainstream the BTK killer was. Paraphrasing, he
said Dennis Rader is just like the guy next door... has a family,
Boy Scout leader, active in his church, REPUBLICAN...
Subject: Bush's Secret Weed, Er, I Mean Wead Tapes
Come on. Those tapes must be another Rove plant. What did they really
reveal that wouldn't appeal to warped twisted logic of the right?
And now Mr. Wead gets a spasm of conscience and gives them to his
friend as a gesture of conciliation. BULLS••T! Has there been any
analysis of those tapes, has anyone else actually heard them? (besides
the NYT's authenticator) touched them...SMELLED THEM? "The
tapes really make him more human," gimme a break.
Roars Into Town (Lawrence Journal-World)
You posted a link to this article, which was very interesting.
However, at the bottom of the page, there is mention of the responses
of someone who came to protest the Dean event: Eric Haar, 31, entrepreneur,
Lawrence, on why he decided to stand near the event with a Bush-Cheney
sign: "I support President Bush. I just want to show people
driving by that not everybody is gung-ho and crazy about this Howard
Dean thing." But Eric Haar is not just an 'entrepreneur.' He's
a Republican operative. Check his name on Google. I wonder why this
article did not mention that he is someone heavily involved in Republican
politics, in this case Jack Ryan's recent failed campaign.
Subject: Social Security Strategy
"Congress may hold off on Social Security reform this year,
opposition is so strong 3/2" was your headline. But in the
GOP playbook "LEARNING
FROM 2004 ... WINNING IN 2006" (politicalstrategy.org)
a strategy for winning elections is to introduce an issue and build
up support for an issue one year, and then use that issue in the
election year (sort of like the gay marriage issue last election
cycle). When I read that the Social Security strategy was "holding
off" I had been expecting it. I also found on allhatnocattle.net: "U.S.
News's Washington Whispers column reports that "insiders"
have "revived an old rumor that Vice President Cheney would
retire for 'health reasons' " -- and be replaced by Condoleezza
Rice." Nothing this administration does surprises me any more.
But it continually makes me ill. Thank god I still have health insurance.
Subject: Traveling With a Donkey . . .
Many things about Bush and his administration are offensive to me
. . . and one of those things is the way he has to travel . . .
the pantywaist. Before he ever gets out of office, I'll wager he
will pass some bill that will require taxpayers to pay and pay and
pay for his personal idea of a safety cage after he leaves office.
I don't understand why there are no limits put on this butt-of-the-donkey's
expenses or why not take the excess out of his salary.
This Bush Republican administration has used absolutely no integrity
concerning the spending of taxpayers' money or the safety of our
military and American citizens. The proof is in the Bush administration's
debt and their budget. I think if people demand cuts in members
of Congress salaries and expenses . . . maybe someone would begin
to see the light. Take the wealthy Republicans off government welfare,
and that includes Bush.
FYI, this was from TomDispatch
- "Potemkin World or the President in the Zone":
Murray doesn't mention the 19 American escort vehicles in that
procession with the President's car (known to insiders as "the
beast"), or the 200 secret service agents, or the 15 sniffer
dogs, or the Blackhawk helicopter, or the 5 cooks, or the 50 White
House aides, all of which added up to only part of the President's
vast traveling entourage. Nor does he mention the huge press contingent
tailing along inside the president's security "bubble,"
many of them evidently with their passports not in their own possession
but in the hands of White House officials, or the more than 10,000
policemen and the various frogmen the Germans mustered for the
President's brief visit to the depopulated German town of Mainz
to shake hands with Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.
Who needs hypnotics to take a trip . . . just read about the Travels
of George Bush and for those paying for Bush's traveling excesses,
one would think the whole world would have to be put on antidepressants
just to dull the pain. Someone should write a travel book about every
Bush Peregrine Pilgrimage abroad and probably could include most of
his travels here at home . . . it could be similar to Robert Louis
Stevenson's Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes.
Just a thought,
Subject: Bush Republicans . . . No Integrity . . . No Justice .
Since Bush can keep getting away with his lies and dishonesty .
. . he will keep doing it and teaching other Republican leaders
how to do it. Republicans do not have consciences or minds of their
own . . . they just follow the leader.
news-like video brings backlash (San Francisco Chronicle)
A Democratic assemblyman and labor leaders denounced the Schwarzenegger
administration Monday for distributing a television news-style
video promoting a proposal that critics say could strip workers
of their right to lunch breaks.
Koretz said he planned to send a letter this week to Attorney
General Bill Lockyer asking Lockyer to determine whether the administration
violated any laws by creating the video. He suggested Schwarzenegger
was using the same public relations strategy as President Bush,
who has come under fire for producing mock newscasts promoting
Bush is accused of failing to disclose that the White House was
behind the videos. Rice noted that the Schwarzenegger production
was clearly labeled as an administration production.
He said the administration had produced a similar video in 2003
promoting the state's new Family Leave Act, and he said he planned
to do more. He said they were an effective way to reach residents,
noting the state estimates 1.6 million people saw portions of
California will see the day they regret ever putting this Republican
into office. All of those hands are going to keep getting into everybody's
business . . . hurting the working person . . . a Republican trait.