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Old Sep 24th, 2004, 05:30 AM   #1
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Vote For A Man, Not A Puppet

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Vote For A Man, Not A Puppet
By Charlie Reese

Americans should realize that if they vote for President Bush's re-election, they are really voting for the architects of war ---Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and the rest of that cabal of neocons ervative ideologues and their corporate backers.
I have sadly come to the conclusion that President Bush is merely a front
man, an empty suit, who is manipulated by the people in his administration. Bush has the most dangerously simplistic view of the world of any president
in my memory. It's no wonder the president avoids press conferences like the plague. Take away his cue cards and he can barely talk.

Americans should be embarrassed that an Arab king (Abdullah of Jordan)
spoke more fluently and articulately in English than our own president at their
joint press conference recently. John Kerry is at least an educated man, well-read, who knows how to think and who knows that the world is a great deal more complex than Bush's comic-book world of American heroes and foreign evildoers. It's unfortunate that in our poorly educated country, Kerry's very intelligence and refusal to adopt simplistic slogans might doom his presidential election efforts. But Thomas Jefferson said it well, as he did so often, when he observed that people who expect to be ignorant and free expect what never was and never will be.

People who think of themselves as conservatives will really display
their stupidity, as I did in the last election, by voting for Bush. Bush is as
far from being a conservative as you can get. Well, he fooled me once, but he
won't fool me twice.

It is not at all conservative to balloon government spending, to vastly
increase the power of government, to show contempt for the Constitution and the rule of law, or to tell people that foreign outsourcing of American
jobs is good for them, that giant fiscal and trade deficits don't matter, and
that people should not know what their government is doing. Bush is the
most prone-to-classify, the most secretive president in the 20th century. His
administration leans dangerously toward the authoritarian.

It's no wonder that the Justice Department has convicted a few Arab-Americans of supporting terrorism. What would you do if you found yourself arrested and a federal prosecutor whispers in your ear that either you can plea-bargain this or the president will designate you an enemy combatant and you'll be held incommunicado for the duration?

This election really is important, not only for domestic reasons, but
because Bush's foreign policy has been a dangerous disaster. He's almost restarted the Cold War with Russia and the nuclear arms race. America is not only hated in the Middle East, but it has few friends anywhere in the world due to the arrogance and ineptness of the Bush administration. Don't forget, a scientific poll of Europeans found us, Israel, North Korea and Iran as the greatest threats to world peace. I will swallow a lot of petty policy differences with Kerry to get a man in the White House with brains enough not to blow up the world and us with it.

Go to Kerry's Web site (www.johnkerry.com) and read some of the magazine
profiles on him. You'll find that there is a great deal more to Kerry than the GOP attack dogs would have you believe. Besides, it would be fun to have
a president who plays hockey, wind surfs, rides motorcycles, plays the guitar, writes poetry and speaks French.

It would be good to have a man in the White House who has killed people face to face. Killing people has a sobering effect on a man and dispels all illusions.
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Old Sep 24th, 2004, 05:31 AM   #2
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YOu gotta understand that Charlie Reese is a conservative's conservative. I'm shocked I'm actually posting ANYTHING he wrote. As an editor at the Orlando Sentinel, he ENDORSED Bush in 2000.

But for al the people who think all I do is search out articles by liberals bashing Bush and post them, here's an article by a conservative. A REAL conservative.
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Throwing the Book at Bush
by Charley Reese
Books keep pouring off the presses on the subject of why George W. Bush should not be reelected. I got four in my mailbox recently. Bush might be the biggest boon to book publishing since Harry Potter.

The most serious of the four books is The Bubble of American Supremacy, by George Soros. The most superficial is Bush Must Go, by TV personality Bill Press. The most left-wing is The Book on Bush: How George W. (Mis)leads America, by Eric Alterman and Mark Green. It is also the most tedious. My God, but progressive writers do need a sense of humor.

The best of the bunch by far is The Bush Betrayal, by one of my favorite writers, James Bovard. Bovard is a scrupulously accurate researcher of facts. His philosophical framework is the same as that of Thomas Jefferson. Press, Alterman and Green are mad at Bush for being too far to the right for their socialist tastes. Bovard points out Bush's betrayal of conservative and libertarian principles. Though far more leftist than Bovard, Soros also points out Bush's betrayal of the principles of an open society.

Bovard, however, in addition to being a fine writer, has not allowed the mess in Washington to plunge him into pessimism. He can still see the humor in much of the mayhem, goofiness and outright stupidity that characterizes so much of government bureaucracy.

His tactic is to quote Bush or Bush's step-and-fetchers and then simply point out the great gap between what Bush and his people say and what the facts are. These gaps are so many and so deep that one can fairly conclude that nothing Bush ever says should be taken at face value.

Like Bovard, I deeply resent a phony conservative – a politician who talks one way and acts exactly the opposite. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney might fairly be called reactionaries, but they are not conservatives in the traditional sense of that word. Being a big spender, a despoiler of the environment, a fearmonger, an ally-alienator, a reckless warmonger and an imperialist does not qualify for the title "conservative." Practicing secrecy and deception and displaying an open contempt for the Constitution and international law are likewise not the characteristics of a conservative.

As Bovard says: "Dying for Bush's lies should not be considered a lofty cause. ... Bush is still expecting to be cheered and revered for his courage in 'making a tough decision.' It is as if the more Americans who die for Bush's folly, the more undeniable his greatness becomes."

Bovard's suggestion, in case we are misfortunate enough to have Bush for four more years, is to greet his grandiose delusions with catcalls and laughter. Bush, he says, is as qualified to talk about freedom as Bill Clinton is to talk about chastity.

An enormous factual database exists documenting the folly of the Bush administration not only in these books but in others that have been published. Clearly the job of president is over Bush's head. He has proven himself to be dangerously incompetent. He has surrounded himself with ideologues totally disconnected from reality. The Pentagon's Paul Wolfowitz, considered the architect of the Iraq War, showed in recent testimony before Congress that he had no idea how many American lives had been lost. So much for this administration's concern for the troops.

Bush's reelection depends entirely on willful ignorance. He might well ride the sea of ignorance right back into the White House. It would not be the first time Americans have chosen the demagogue over the competent.

But if you intend to vote for Bush, you should at least read the record and not depend on the Republican propaganda machine. The current Republican Party's almost total reliance on character assassination, guilt by association and outright distortions of the truth remind one of what was going on in the 1930s in Europe.
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Volcana, I hear you and as a European I can say that George W. stands for every negative trait Europeans allocate to the USA (and we do acknowledge its good traits), plus John Kerry is definitely the kind of president we would like the USA to have.
Unfortunately, I think this is a bit like how the West perceived Gorbatsjov at the time: we liked him a lot but the Russians themselves preferred Yeltsin. I once spoke to a Belgian woman who had lived in Moskou for a while and she told me: the Russians like Yeltsin because he is a drunk like themselves.
I am afraid a lot of the rednecks in the Midwest like Bush because he ressembles them a lot more than John Kerry.

I just hope that Kerry peaks at the right moment and can defeat Bush, even if it's only with 500 votes.

The only good thing about Bush being re-elected, is that we can be sure it's gonna be his last term for a while.
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I just hope that Kerry peaks at the right moment and can defeat Bush, even if it's only with 500 votes.
Yeah, but virtually every district that uses Diebold voting machines is going to go for Bush, since theit easy to tamper with, and have no paper trail. This is going to be the easiest election to steal in history. and of course, the guy who OWNS Diebold has sworn to deliver the election to Bush.
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The only good thing about Bush being re-elected, is that we can be sure it's gonna be his last term for a while.
Yeah, but Bush is such a good recruiting tool for bin Laden, my biggest fear is another Al-Qaeda attack on the US mainland right before the election. I hadn't heard it put this way before, but Bush made bin Laden a prophet. bin Laden actually prophesized that the US would invade and occupy an Arab country. Of course, all it takes to kow that are a couple of good spies, or the right kind of internet research into neo-con plans. But intenet access isn't universal. and the idea that we're being attacked by somebody who's followers class him with Mohammed and Jesus Christ is just plain scary.

But having said all that, it's still nice to see that REAL conservatives are finally waking up to the fact that Bush isn't one of them.
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Volcana, I hear you and as a European I can say that George W. stands for every negative trait Europeans allocate to the USA (and we do acknowledge its good traits), plus John Kerry is definitely the kind of president we would like the USA to have.
Unfortunately, I think this is a bit like how the West perceived Gorbatsjov at the time: we liked him a lot but the Russians themselves preferred Yeltsin. I once spoke to a Belgian woman who had lived in Moskou for a while and she told me: the Russians like Yeltsin because he is a drunk like themselves.
I am afraid a lot of the rednecks in the Midwest like Bush because he ressembles them a lot more than John Kerry.

I just hope that Kerry peaks at the right moment and can defeat Bush, even if it's only with 500 votes.

The only good thing about Bush being re-elected, is that we can be sure it's gonna be his last term for a while.
It's funny how folks think Bush identifies with them.....it's sad to say, but it is true.

In reality, Bush is just as much of a rich patrician as Kerry ever will be, but folks don't see that.
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I'm glad that there are Americans such as Volcana and VSFan1 still manage to know the realities of America affecting the rest of the world in a negative manner as the result of Bush. However I just feel there are too many Americans who are very ignorant will vote for Bush because he his gun ho macho atitude and they feel he one of them when in reality he is anything but a common man. I hope Bush will lost because if he's elected again it's bad news for everyone except bin Laden.
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I'm glad that there are Americans such as Volcana and VSFan1 still manage to know the realities of America affecting the rest of the world in a negative manner as the result of Bush. However I just feel there are too many Americans who are very ignorant will vote for Bush because he his gun ho macho atitude and they feel he one of them when in reality he is anything but a common man. I hope Bush will lost because if he's elected again it's bad news for everyone except bin Laden.
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Kerry is the puppet. He has no stand on any issue and wavers with whatever he thinks the public agrees with. I would take a person who can take a stand and knows themselves over some sniviling idiot who tries to agree with the majority and can't think on his own.
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I find it hilarious how non-Americans come in here and feel they know better than tax-paying U.S. citizens who should lead the U.S. and even deign to call them "ignorant" for not selecting their choice. And you call Americans arrogant?
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Unfortunately, I think this is a bit like how the West perceived Gorbatsjov at the time: we liked him a lot but the Russians themselves preferred Yeltsin. I once spoke to a Belgian woman who had lived in Moskou for a while and she told me: the Russians like Yeltsin because he is a drunk like themselves.
That's so not true!! I'm Russian, and I'm so far from being a drunker, just like many our relatives!
I'm sure Putin is a lot more popular then Yeltsin eve was, and Russian people are proud of him.

I spoke to a person who lives in Belgium, and he said all Belgians are lazy, arrogant people, who care only about themselves. I found it hard to believe him (and I still don't).
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Kerry is the puppet. He has no stand on any issue and wavers with whatever he thinks the public agrees with. I would take a person who can take a stand and knows themselves over some sniviling idiot who tries to agree with the majority and can't think on his own.
what you say about kerry may well be true. he is, to put it in short, a politician.

however,
the real tragedy of our national politics may not even be the fact that the alternative is a religious lunatic who thinks he has a "divine sanction" to be a religious lunatic in the president's office. it is that i'll be in the minority for preferring the politician.
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I find it hilarious how non-Americans come in here and feel they know better than tax-paying U.S. citizens who should lead the U.S. and even deign to call them "ignorant" for not selecting their choice. And you call Americans arrogant?
It is sad, but i think we in Europe are better informed about what's going on in America and US politics especially about the war than a lot of Americans....
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how do europeans know more about american politics and the war again
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how do europeans know more about american politics and the war again
not KNOW but I think better INFORMED cos we have not thast kind of censorship, like we see pictures of the war that completely disagree with what the President tells his nation et. it is hard to describe, but there must be some reason that almost no one outside the US would vote for Georgie-boy!
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