Posts Tagged by George Bush

On Heroes and Dignity and Slavery

A friend of mine posted something recently that I thought really hit the nail on the head. I have pasted it below for your reading pleasure.

I would like to add my own thoughts to what she calls the “Katrina Problem.” Our reliance on ‘heroes’ also has an impact on our own perception of ourselves. There are a lot of people out there who, in the name of love, stoop low to help others. When you do this often enough in an all encompassing and pervasive way, the people cannot help themselves any longer. (You could ask: So, did you really help them?). When people can’t help themselves, they become demoralized. When you tell them over and over again that they can’t help themselves, and constantly reach in to ‘help’ them, all you’ve done is strip them of their dignity and enslaved them- to you. If we want free men and women in this country we must actually treat them as free men and women. When we help them, we must not enslave them. And, as Americans, we must ask ourselves how much of the ‘help’ we are receiving actually has the net effect of enslaving us…

Here is my friend’s post….

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I watched a special on Katrina a while ago–all this crazy behind the scenes footage of what was going on in the streets while all of that was happening. People laying and dying on curbsides. Bodies floating by. People gathered into the big arena and not given enough food or supplies. People stuck and no one helping them. I tried to imagine how it would feel. How helpless. And how confused I would be at why no one was coming to help. Where was the government or the armed services? It would have boggled my mind if I had been there.

I know that scads of people blamed President Bush’s administration for this because most people don’t realize that he kept asking the governor to let the armed services come in and she kept putting him off.

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Ron Weddington’s Racist, Bigoted, (Malthusian), Evil letter to Bill Clinton after his election

I came across this recently and it took me a bit to track down the original document. It seems that it may only be available in pdf? Here is the PDF I found of the original. So that it might get wider exposure, I asked a trusted ACM volunteer to transcribe it for me. I think the insight into the mind of certain folks gained from reading it is valuable. It’s also more evidence that this way of thinking didn’t die with the Nazis.

(Ron Weddington was co-counsel for the pro-abortion camp in the Roe vs. Wade camp)

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Dear President-To-Be Clinton,

Some years ago another Southern Governor, when asked about the possibilities for prison reform, supposedly said something to the effect of, “Well, I don’t think we’re going to get very far until we get a better class of prisoner.”

Well, I don’t think you are going to get very far in reforming the country until we have a better educated, healthier, wealthier population.

Face it; you know that anything that even resembles the programs of Democratic Presidents in the past is going to make you a one term President. Reagan spent all our money on bombs and even if there were money for programs such as pre-natal health care, job training and day care centers, it would be years before we would see and dramatic results. And, as anyone who follows education can see, more money doesn’t necessarily translate into better educated kids. [More…]

But you can start immediately to eliminate the barely educated, unhealthy and poor segment of our country.

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Dear Republicans: You are Fired

If it weren’t for the nominations of two Supreme Court justices who will rule by the letter of the law (we hope… we might wonder if there have been some exceptions now) I would consider my votes for the Republicans the last 8 years an utter, and total, waste. As in, if I had voted for a pile of excrement that would have been more worthwhile, as excrement can at least be used as fertilizer. While I shudder to think what life would be like since 2000 if Al Gore or John Kerry were the president, the salient point is that in the end, under Republican control, there was hardly any noticeable difference. Maybe I amend my statement somewhat- I am glad that Bush was at the helm on 9-11 and my only regrets concerning Afghanistan and Iraq is that we didn’t really fight to win there, either. But I digress.

The point is that I don’t frankly care what you say or do at this point, Republicans. I don’t believe you. I

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Gay Democrat gives Bush his proper due

I stumbled upon this essay by a man who apparently is gay and a Democrat giving tribute to President Bush. That was enough to intrigue me. While obviously I disagree on a number of points I found the article as welcome proof that one can find decent people across the spectrum. If only there were more of them we could have a conversation worth having.

Naturally, too, while agreeing with the author that Bush ‘failed’ in certain areas, he and I would disagree on which. But we do have strong agreement about where Bush succeeded.

Without further ado, here is the article:

Goodbye and thank you, George W. Bush. You did the very best that you could, and we are grateful for your service.

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The Coming Nationalization of America: Without a Wimper

There certainly is desperation in Michigan right now, and those places that depend on the auto industry. But Michigan has been liberal Democratic and heavy union for decades upon decades. No trip to Michigan is complete until you’ve heard a dozen Michiganders go off on George Bush, but for someone reason it never crosses their minds to hold the people accountable who are actually in a position to do something, ie., their own governor, mayor of Detroit, and state reps, etc. It smacks of the mindset in Louisiana after Katrina. Despite being under Democrat ‘rule’ both at the state level and in New Orleans proper for some fifty years, it was George Bush’s fault. In Louisiana it appears that some are beginning to see the light- not so in Michigan.

What is really driving conservatives crazy here is that the largest spate of nationalization in decades is taking under George Bush himself. Before Ayers even gets into office, Bush will have allowed measures that would previously have been thought to be unthinkable out of a Republican.

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