The BuzzFlash Mailbag
May 31, 2002 - Praise for Liberty!
I am at a loss for an adjective worthy of describing my praise for your BuzzFlash editorial "Liberty". Thank you for restoring my faith and for refueling my resolve. I am so respectful of your words that I just can't copy and paste without your permission. I am a Bostonian and a Democrat transplanted to the dry political desert of right-wing Oklahoma. A group of us have a very active Democratic exchange through Yahoo e-groups and I would like to post your words on the site. I don't take copyrights lightly and respectfully request your permission. Thank you for your gift of words and thoughts. I am in awe.
I appreciate your Memorial Day letter and want to personally thank you for expressing so eloquently what I and many patriotic Americans are feeling. Please keep reminding us why we are proud to be Americans.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Thank you so much for your comments on liberty. It made my day. It is so disheartening for the current leaders of our country to act so shamefully and the news media to just "go along" with it. Thank you again and God bless you.
Your article "Liberty!" on May 27, 2002, on BuzzFlash lifted our spirits and renewed our faith that truth and liberty will triumph in the end.
You've done a beautiful job of casting a light upon the truths of not only of who America is, but of who we must become.
Hal and Laurie Arnold
Beautifully and courageously spoken, Rebecca.
I think it is sometimes easy to forget how a simple e-mail can have so much impact upon so many, but I wanted to let you know that your essay has lifted my spirits and given a me a hope for our future that I sometimes have grave doubts about. Please know that your words have had a very powerful impact on my day, my life, and my future.
You so eloquently speak for me. I am concerned for our politicians who oppose this "popular" president. They will be smeared for any criticism they make. We must make every effort to keep them in office. We must speak out against the imperialism of the current administration. I hope your writing will be published widely.
Dear Ms. Knight:
I read your excellent article about our free speech rights, and the dangers from those who would squelch free speech in the name of patriotism and security. I would very much like to reproduce it in the newsletter (circulation about 100) of our Jupiter Tequesta Democratic club here in Palm Beach County, Florida. Of course, if you give permission, we will credit you.
Thank you very much.
That was one of the most magnificent, well-written arguments I have read in a long time. Very well researched and backed up with historical quotes that, sadly, too many Americans have never read or heard before. I've been told I am being unpatriotic by criticizing Boy Bush and his gang of cronies. I don't want the same kind of country these clowns are trying to create, and will continue to do everything in my power to make sure he follows in his old man's footsteps and never serves another term in office.
This is one of the very best written articles, especially about this subject, that I have ever read. Not that it will do a lot of good, I am still passing it along to my 'email list' -- most of whom, are 'Bush idolizers', thinking he can do no wrong. :o)
The messages here, are all exactly how I have been thinking/feeling about all that is going on at this time, regarding the bush-administration. Thank you so much for the reassurances that I am 'not alone' -- as I sometimes feel in trying to discuss any/all opinions about my political beliefs.
My friend sent me your article entitled "Liberty" at BuzzFlash.com. Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts. I appreciate your insight and candor and the opportunity to receive, via e-mail, your views. I'm currently reading "Stupid White Men" by Michael Moore and am feeling angry that we are stuck with such a stupid, selfish man in the White House, and that he has surrounded himself with other stupid, self-serving men. At the same time I'm deeply grateful that I have the liberty to send this reply to you in thanks. I focus on the freedom to listen, read and share thoughts with which I resonate. Happy Memorial Day! Here's to those who died loving this country founded by such honest, wise, conscientious men! May we help to perpetuate the spirit in which they laid our country's foundation!
Sincerely, Nancy Hurley
Thanks Rebecca - your essay was a well done, much needed reminder of just what this country really stands for. You conveyed a stirring reverence for our shared history and a passion for democracy and liberty. I'm grateful, on this Memorial Day, that there are people like you who will take the time to speak out eloquently and cause us to reflect on the crucial need for each generation to fully exercise it's inalienable rights - the job of warding off tyranny is never done - the Founders knew that and provided us with the means to confront it wherever and whenever it rears it's ugly head.
Dawn in Phoenix
Ms. Knight. What a great great article, It was the best EVER, Please keep on writing, for my very favorite Website. You really gave me goose pimples, with your article.
what a wonderful, insightful piece of writing is your article "liberty!" it is so fitting a tribute to our founding fathers and all those who have fought and even fallen for the ideals they espoused, and it is even more important as a reminder of the awesome responsibility with which we as Americans are charged..........today perhaps more so than ever before.
i salute you for your hard work, research, writing skills, and heart. thank you, thank you, thank you for this article which i will treasure forever.
larry boyd barnes
I just read your article regarding liberty in BuzzFlash.com. Thank you making my holiday complete.
BuzzFlash.com has helped me to maintain my sanity since the takeover of our country by the right wing zealots. So again....thanks for your words as I will save them and forward them to friends who agree and likewise to friends who disagree.
Take care and let's get Tennessee back in the Dems column in '04. I think Harold Ford has a future on the national level down the road. Maybe he will become one of your senators soon.
Don Perry Charlotte
I appreciated your commentary a great deal. I'm a classic Humphrey Democrat turned radical but still an Eagle Scout and patriot in the classic traditional sense you praise here. I wish someone would sue Ashcroft's ass off for wasting his time chasing after Oregon death with dignity cases while his prime duty, chasing terrorists, is being ignored by the FBI. He's busy covering the breasts on statues while the Anthrax killer, someone we undoubtedly already suspect and know, remains at large. Somebody's got to speak up, and you just did. You join my modern pantheon of heroines which includes two women from this week; you and Coleen Rowley, the FBI lawyer in Minneapolis. She also wrote a blistering letter which Time.com posted nearly in full. I can see why the FBI director stamped it "classified". It's not military classified, but cover your ass at the FBI time.
Keep writing and hounding the faux-patriots. They need to hear from real Americans.
Dear Ms Knight:
I am a Korea war veteran and I didn't mind going there, as a matter of fact I knew that I would be going there when I enlisted on 6-15-1950 in the Army. As it turned out I served 19 months over there which was 7 more months than I was required to do but that was because I had a critical classification.
That was a great article that you wrote on Liberty and Freedom and other important matters and I agree with you 100%. Just how low down can a president get, no president could get any lower than this court appointed president that we now have in the form of George W Bush and even his grandfather Prescott Bush was a traitor to this country.
Just in case you don't already know it, I want to alert you to what Bush and his administration has done to the Veterans of this country.
Because of the huge budget cuts from the Veterans Administration, many thousands of Veterans cannot get health care at the Veterans Hospitals and thousands are turned away from the emergency rooms.
In Florida alone more than 42,000 Veterans are on the waiting lists just to see a Primary Doctor and in many cases veterans have to wait until another veteran dies before he can be taken care of and in one case an 80 year old disabled veteran was rejected by an outpatient clinic that isn't taking any new patients.
I am also disabled but I am fortunate because I had a Primary Doctor before this unpatriotic president took office. This story comes mostly from Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn, who is Chairman of the House Government subcommittee on national security, veterans affairs and international relations and it was reported by the associated press on 5-14-02 and is available by clicking on Military.com.
If people in this country are as patriotic as they claim to be then they should be flooding congress with complaints on this very serious matter because veterans are going to die for the lack of concern from George W Bush. Something needs to be done soon.
I read your Memorial Day commentary on BuzzFlash today and I simply must say that it is, perhaps, one of the most beautiful, thoughtful pieces I have ever read. How sorry I am that some of our high-placed Democratic leaders have not had the fortitude to put forth such remarks in defense of our liberties. I am ashamed of many of them as they are willing political sheep being led to the slaughter. The loss of my Party's influence pains me greatly but not nearly as much as the very obvious loss of some of our freedoms.
Thank you for speaking out in a most eloquent way.
James Hord, Ft. Myers Florida
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