To All My Fellow Americans Who Voted for George W. Bush:
On this, the fourth anniversary of 9/11, I'm just curious, how does it feel?
How does it feel to know that the man you elected to lead us after we were
attacked went ahead and put a guy in charge of FEMA whose main qualification
was that he ran horse shows?
That's right. Horse shows.
I really want to know -- and I ask you this in all sincerity and with all
due respect -- how do you feel about the utter contempt Mr. Bush has shown
for your safety? C'mon, give me just a moment of honesty. Don't start
ranting on about how this disaster in New Orleans was the fault of one of
the poorest cities in America. Put aside your hatred of Democrats and
liberals and anyone with the last name of Clinton. Just look me in the eye
and tell me our President did the right thing after 9/11 by naming a horse
show runner as the top man to protect us in case of an emergency or
I want you to put aside your self-affixed label of
just talk to me as an American, on the common ground we both call America.
Are we safer now than before 9/11? When you learn that behind the horse show
runner, the #2 and #3 men in charge of emergency preparedness have zero
experience in emergency preparedness, do you think we are safer?
When you look at Michael Chertoff, the head of Homeland Security, a man with
little experience in national security, do you feel secure?
When men who never served in the military and have never seen young men die
in battle send our young people off to war, do you think they know how to
conduct a war? Do they know what it means to have your legs blown off for a
threat that was never there?
Do you really believe that turning over important government services to
private corporations has resulted in better services for the people?
Why do you hate our federal government so much? You have voted for
politicians for the past 25 years whose main goal has been to de-fund the
federal government. Do you think that cutting federal programs like FEMA and
the Army Corps of Engineers has been good or bad for America? GOOD OR BAD?
With the nation's debt at an all-time high, do you think tax cuts for the
rich are still a good idea? Will you give yours back so hundreds of
thousands of homeless in New Orleans can have a home?
Do you believe in Jesus? Really? Didn't he say that we would be judged by
how we treat the least among us? Hurricane Katrina came in and blew off the
facade that we were a nation with liberty and justice for all. The wind
howled and the water rose and what was revealed was that the poor in America
shall be left to suffer and die while the President of the United States
fiddles and tells them to eat cake.
That's not a joke. The day the hurricane hit and the levees broke, Mr. Bush,
John McCain and their rich pals were stuffing themselves with cake. A full
day after the levees broke (the same levees whose repair funding he had
cut), Mr. Bush was playing a guitar some country singer gave him. All this
while New Orleans sank under water.
It would take ANOTHER day before the President would do a flyover in his
jumbo jet, peeking out the widow at the misery 2500 feet below him as he
flew back to his second home in DC. It would then be TWO MORE DAYS before a
trickle of federal aid and troops would arrive. This was no seven minutes in
a sitting trance while children read "My Pet Goat" to him. This was FOUR
DAYS of doing nothing other than saying "Brownie (FEMA director Michael
Brown), you're doing a heck of a job!"
My Republican friends, does it bother you that we are the laughing stock of
And on this sacred day of remembrance, do you think we honor or shame those
who died on 9/11/01? If we learned nothing and find ourselves today every
bit as vulnerable and unprepared as we were on that bright sunny morning,
then did the 3,000 die in vain?
Our vulnerability is not just about dealing with terrorists or natural
disasters. We are vulnerable and unsafe because we allow one in eight
Americans to live in horrible poverty. We accept an education system where
one in six children never graduate and most of those who do can't string a
coherent sentence together. The middle class can't pay the mortgage or the
hospital bills and 45 million have no health coverage whatsoever.
Are we safe? Do you really feel safe? You can only move so far out and build
so many gated communities before the fruit of what you've sown will be
crashing through your walls and demanding retribution. Do you really want to
wait until that happens? Or is it your hope that if they are left alone long
enough to soil themselves and shoot themselves and drown in the filth that
fills the street that maybe the problem will somehow go away?
I know you know better. You gave the country and the world a man who wasn't
up for the job and all he does is hire people who aren't up for the job. You
did this to us, to the world, to the people of New Orleans. Please fix it.
Bush is yours. And you know, for our peace and safety and security, this has
to be fixed. What do you propose?
I have an idea, and it isn't a horse show.
The Bush group will never admit to what you wrote. All they'll do is switch
the blame to others and remind you that Clinton had oral sex in the Oval
Office. Clinton might have gotten screwed in the Oval Office but Bush is
screwing US from the same office.
perhaps if democrats would do something other than complain someone
would pay attention to them? Its easy to find fault. The Republicans
win elections because they propose solutions. Maybe you don't like
their solutions. But all democrats do is take our money and squander it
on some inefficient program that has no chance at success. I doubt that
you believe that any of what you are complaining about would be better
under a different president. The government is inefficient. Thats why
you should be against higher federal taxes. They waste our money. That
goes for Republicans or Democrats. At least the republicans admit it.
Not much traction with the abuse
September 6, 2005
George W. finally gets it -- in more ways than one. The tardy president
was back on the Gulf Coast yesterday, bucking up the spirits of the
damned and stiffening the resolve of the slackers.
He's getting it as well from his critics, many of whom can't
believe their great good luck, that a hurricane, of all things, finally
gives them the opening they've been waiting for to heap calumny and
scorn on him for something that might get a little traction. Cindy
Sheehan is yesterday's news; she couldn't attract a camera crew this
morning if she stripped down to her step-ins for a march on Prairie
The vultures of the venomous left are attacking on two fronts,
first that the president didn't do what the incompetent mayor of New
Orleans and the pouty governor of Louisiana should have done, and
didn't, in the early hours after Katrina loosed the deluge on the city
that care and good judgment forgot. Ray Nagin, the mayor, ordered a
"mandatory" evacuation a day late, but kept the city's 2,000 school
buses parked and locked in neat rows when there was still time to take
the refugees to higher ground. The bright-yellow buses sit ruined now in
four feet of dirty water. Then the governor, Kathleen Blanco, resisted
early pleas to declare martial law, and her dithering opened the way for
looters, rapists and killers to make New Orleans an unholy hell. Gov.
Haley Barbour did not hesitate in neighboring Mississippi, and looters,
rapists and killers have not turned the streets of Gulfport and Biloxi
into killing fields.
The drumbeat of partisan ingratitude continues even after the
president flooded the city with National Guardsmen from a dozen states,
paratroopers from Fort Bragg and Marines from the Atlantic and the
Pacific. The flutter and chatter of the helicopters above the ghostly
abandoned city, some of them from as far away as Singapore and averaging
240 missions a day, is eerily reminiscent of the last days of Saigon.
Nevertheless, Sen. Mary Landrieu, who seems to think she's cute when
she's mad, even threatened on national television to punch out the
president -- a felony, by the way, even as a threat. Mayor Nagin, who
you might think would be looking for a place to hide, and Gov. Blanco,
nursing a bigtime snit, can't find the right word of thanks to a nation
pouring out its heart and emptying its pockets. Maybe the senator should
consider punching out the governor, only a misdemeanor.
The race hustlers waited for three days to inflame a tense
situation, but then set to work with their usual dedication. The Revs.
Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, our self-appointed twin ambassadors of
ill will, made the scene as soon as they could, taking up the coded cry
that Katrina was the work of white folks, that a shortage of white
looters and snipers made looting and sniping look like black crime, that
calling the refugees "refugees" was an act of linguistic racism. A
"civil rights activist" on Arianna Huffington's celebrity blog even
floated the rumor that the starving folks abandoned in New Orleans had
been forced to eat their dead -- after only four days. New Orleans has a
reputation for its unusual cuisine, but this tale was so tall that
nobody paid it much attention. Neither did anyone tell the tale-bearer
to put a dirty sock in it.
Condi Rice went to the scene to say what everyone can see for
himself, that no one but the race hustlers imagine Americans of any hue
attaching strings to the humanitarian aid pouring into the broken and
bruised cities of the Gulf. Most of the suffering faces in the
flickering television images are black, true enough, and most of the
helping hands are white.
Black and white churches of all denominations across a wide swath
of the South stretching from Texas across Arkansas and Louisiana into
Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Georgia turned their
Sunday schools into kitchens and dormitories. In Memphis, Junior
Leaguers turned out for baby-sitting duty at the city's largest, most
fashionable and nearly all white Baptist church, cradling tiny black
infants in compassionate arms so their mothers could finally sleep. The
owner of a honky-tonk showed up to ask whether the church would "accept
money from a bar." A pastor took $1,400, some of it in quarters, dimes
and nickels, with grateful thanks and a promise to see that it is spent
wisely on the deserving -- most of whom are black.
The first polls, no surprise, show the libels are not working. A
Washington Post-ABC survey found that the president is not seen as the
villain the nutcake left is trying to make him out to be. Americans,
skeptical as ever, are believing their own eyes.
Wesley Pruden is editor in chief of The Times.
Awww isn't that sweet.
Plonked by the left wing radical that came to a home repair newsgroup
to spew his anti Bush agenda.
The touching part is- he had to let you know he plonked you.
Hey nugugly - Would you plonk me too?
The one you rode in on.
BTW, "recuse" has a totally different meaning than "rescue".
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Well actually, the above is an insult to those qualified to run horse shows.
Mr. Brown did not run horse shows...he supervised the distribution of awards
or something to that effect. To run a horse show one must possess skills
which Mr. Brown could only aspire to possess.
Actually, he didn't run them, which is why he was canned.
You ask a question, then place restrictions on the answer.
Protect us? What was he going to do, shield everybody with his body?
You also want to ask extremely vague, misleading, biased, and prejudgemental
questions in order to make your point, all the while never abandoning your
self-affixed label of a Bush Blaming Democrat Liberal.
"Sir, please tell the court how many times you beat your wife."
"Who said I beat my wife?"
From maniacs trying to blow me up so they can play with virgins in the
From hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanos, tornados, and drivers on the cell
phone, not so much.
Not at all, which is why I voted for Bush instead of Kerry.
Another of many biased and uninformed opinions, disguised as a question. I
only point this one out because much of the federal government, from
civilian law enforcement to the military itself, voted for Bush.
Good. Very good.
I do, as long as Democrats consider those who earn $15,000 a year "rich."
As soon as they get a friggin job.
Um, no, but it may have blew off the facade that the weather has something
to do with "liberty and justice."
And of course any other President of the US would immediately grab a bucket
and start emptying NO single handed.
Yes, and on the fifth day, he did "something" by ordering troops and
supplies into the disaster areas, and of course they were there the same
day, just like FedEx. As we all know, 50 year old Army trucks can really
zoom onto the freeways, and tens of thousands of soldiers are standing by,
trucks idling and filled to the brim with more troops, food, and water,
24/7, and can be anywhere in the US within minutes of getting the green
That was Mrs. Bush, not President Bush. She's the one with the bumps on the
They are laughing at those who do nothing but bitch about the greatest
country on Earth.
Please, feel free to speak for yourself. I am anything but vulnerable and
I am well prepared for practically any emergency, and none of those
preparations include a chair to sit on while I wait for someone else to
babysit my family and myself. Should a situation for which I am not
prepared, and have no time to prepare, I and my family will take it upon
ourselves to survive.
Yes, we "allow" it. In this country, you are allowed to be a
Personally, I wouldn't allow it. I would eliminate almost all forms of
welfare, and the rest would have strict time limits.
Again, yes, we "allow" it. Not all drop-outs are failures, however, there's
no practical way to force people to attend school, and there's certainly no
way to force people to learn. This is not the fault of the education
system, which is free to those who attend, but a failure of parents to make
wise decisions, and a failure of their advocates to encourage them to do so.
As a 'real' middle class guy, I can assure you I am fully able to pay my
mortgage, any hospital bills, and buy a new car, as well as other things
needed or desired.
Most of them children. You should ask their parents why they didn't wait to
have children until they were on solid financial ground.
Um, no, the "fruit" your talking about will stay well away from gated
communities and cities where bullshit isn't tolerated. They know who pays
the bills, they know who can take care of themselves, and they know who owns
The problem will never go away, and in fact it will increase as long as
Democrat Liberals continue the brainwashing of the poor and minorities that
nothing but failure is expected of them, that they need not observe the laws
of a civil and polite society, that society somehow owes them, and that
Super Rich Corporate Whitey is responsible for keeping them 'down', giving
them money, and taking care of their every need.
Oh yes, we know better.
We know what happens when Democrats rule the roost, and it isn't Utopia.
Democrats have had complete control over LA and New Orleans for decades.
They've had every opportunity to build up the levees, prepare a realistic
disaster plan, evacuate the poor, and deal with the evacuees. They've had
ample time to get everybody an education, a job, and health insurance.
There were no mean and nasty Republicans stopping them from helping the
poor, minorities, and immigrants acheive greatness, keeping them from saving
the wetlands, protecting valued cities, and minimizing loss of life from
attack and disaster.
The fact is Republicans haven't had much to do with LA for a long, long
time. The real disaster wasn't a hurricane named Katrina that happened in a
day, it was allowing Democrat Liberals to run amok with their wild and
unproven ideas unchecked, and it happened over the course of years. They
drove the state into the ground, and the residents were willing passengers.
At least in CA, folks realized what a mistake it was to allow a Democrat to
remain governer for any length of time, even though he wasn't a Liberal.
The entire state was driven to the point of bankruptcy, and the wheels were
in motion to ensure it would never recover. Fortunately, we realized our
mistake and gave Davis the Brown boot. One is forced to believe the voters
in LA never grew up enough to do the same.
Yet another misleading statement, which is by far the strangest, coming from
a supposedly compassionate Democrat Liberal. Bush has hired more minorities
than any other President. He's hired all the generals, including the ones
who provided relief from Katrina. He's put people in place that, while far
from perfect, has still prevented another terrorist attack in this country.
He chose the commanders who directed the overwhelming victory in two wars
and brought a large measure of stability to the Middle East. He even
received more votes the second time around, a rare event.
President Bush is far from perfect. He's made mistakes, just as every
President before and after. However, this Democrat system of Blame Bush for
Everything isn't going to work.
He's yours too. Your attempts to divide this nation will backfire.
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