"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety" - Benjamin Franklin
Saturday, January 17, 2004
I'd Be Honored
I have been extended an invitation to join
My response? "I'd be honored".
Thursday, January 15, 2004
Your Vote Counts
I wonder if people realize, even when they don't vote, their vote still counts
. How? Because if you don't vote, that's a vote for the other side.
I've read several post today regarding Carol Moseley Braun dropping out of the race for the Democratic nominee. I've seen several people say "if my candidate doesn't get the nomination, I don't think I'll vote at all...". I wish I could make them understand that by doing that they are helping George W Bush be re-elected.
I know it's hard to see your candidate fall to the wayside. I felt that way in 2000 when John McCain was virtually run out of the race by the pundits running George W's campaign. I believed then and believe now, John McCain was the best man for the job.
If we give up just because 'our' guy doesn't get the nomination then we might as well just go ahead and give the election to Bush. Because you can bet all
his supporters will be out there voting. They like the way things are going. They will do everything they can to insure the status quo remains. If we want change, if we have any hope of taking back the White House and thereby our country then we have all
got to get behind the Democratic nominee and support him. No matter who that is.
I am not 100% on the Dean bandwagon, but if
he is what the majority of the voters want then I am going to give all my support to him. I will campaign, I will knock on doors, I will donate what I can.
I believe this election may be the most important one we have seen in our lifetime (babyboomers). * "In almost every policy area, the Administration's consistent goal has been to eliminate any constraints on their exercise of raw power, whether by law, regulation, alliance or treaty ..."
* They are chipping away at individual rights and freedoms. If George W Bush is allowed to appoint another conservative to the Supreme Court we could very well see the repeal of Roe-v-Wade and many other civil rights laws. Laws that have made us the great country we are. A country where freedom of speech , freedom of choice, and freedom of religion are the things we hold dearest. We are already suffering from a loss of respect from the international community. How much will they take away, a bit at a time before it's too late to turn back the clock. What kind of country are we leaving for our children and grandchildren to grow up in.
Your vote counts, whether you vote or not, so make sure it counts where you want it to.
*Quote taken from a speech by former Vice President Al Gore in a speech to the MoveOn members in New York on Jan 14th, 2004*
Out of the minds of geniuses
Have you ever wanted to say something but just couldn't seem to put together the right words? For a long time I have had these random thoughts tumbling around in my head but couldn't put them together in a way that made sense. Last night while blogging I came across a post by another blogger that is exactly what I have been thinking. It's like he looked inside my mind, took my thoughts and put them into one brilliant post. So without further commentary....
From Green Voicemail
"Mr. Bush, you said that you would bring the killers to justice, that you would move heaven and earth to exact American vengeance. Instead, you exacted vengeance on the American people. You exacted vengeance on those who had been critical of you. 'Whoever is not for us is against us.' You exacted vengeance on American liberty with your "Patriot Acts". You extracted your vengeance on the press. This is not the first time you've used the dead to further your political survival. I remember the funeral of a great man, Paul Wellstone, and you twisted the truth of what went on there into something dark and devious. I remember when the name of a CIA agent was made public by a hack political reporter who says that he got it from the White House. Is this another example of your vengeance, Mr. Bush?
"Mr. Bush, the people of the world would have borne any burden, would have reached out and given us any aid we asked for. Instead, when they decided that you had mislead them about Saddam Hussein, when they knew that there was no al-Qaeda connection in Iraq, when they knew there were no weapons of mass destruction, you exacted your vengeance on the countries that doubted your stories, stories that have been proven to be just speculation."
"An American soldier dies every day. We are guarding Iraqi oil fields. We go to Orange Alert. Americans are terrified to fly. I just have one thing to say to you, Mr. Bush...."
"...if this is a War on Terror...then WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON?"
The only thing I wonder is why every American citizen is not asking these questions?
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
I have changed my comments server. BlogBack had this thing about not allowing more than 5 comments per post. All previous comments have been lost, so if you had something important to say, say it again!
Sorry for any inconvience.
Monday, January 12, 2004
Connect the dots and the truth emerges
I have found a great website. Who Dies, Who Pays, and Who Profits
. I came across this while doing my daily political blog reading. If your interested in learing a bit more about what's going on, check this site out.
Speaking of the truth
emerging. I notice that while a few people are having their say on the new book coming out by Wall Street Journal reporter Ron Suskind (The Price of Loyalty)
are actually saying that Paul O'Neill is lying. Could it be because he's NOT
? Of course they are going to call him a 'disgruntaled former employee ' of the Bush Administration, but they aren't quite ready to outright call him a liar. Maybe it's those other sources ("Suskind said he interviewed hundreds of people for the book, including several Cabinet members who gave him their accounts of meetings with the president, their notes and documents.")
that have them worried. It's one thing to call the guy, who used to work for you but quit when he didn't agree with your policy, a liar, but it's an whole other thing to call people liars if you don't know who all
those people are. Of course I am sure that soon an investigation will be called to find out just who those
I think that the good former Senator Bob Dole summed it up quite well. Former Sen. Bob Dole, the Republican Party's presidential nominee in 1996, said he wouldn't suggest O'Neill was "bitter," but he was "certainly very critical."
"I mean, there's always somebody in somebody's administration who jumps out early, sells a book, and goes after the guy who hired him," Dole told CNN. "I don't know if that's good. It may be good business; it's not good politics."
Personally I think it's time we got down to business and took a good look at the politics of the people currently residing in the White House.