Archive for June, 2007
(…or anyone else who wants to know how to win in 2008!)
Mr Bloomberg – it is our understanding that you are considering running for President in 2008. None of the political talking-heads on the networks are giving you much of a chance. Some claim you will deflect votes from Hilary Clinton – others say you’ll do the same to Rudy Guiliani. They all agree that you can’t outright win. I beg to differ.
We’re not just tired of the President, lady and gentlemen***, we’re tired of the lot of you. Yes, Mr. Bush enjoys a 28% approval rating – and the Congress we elected to rectify situations we see as untenable stands at 14%. The biggest mistake any of you could make is assuming that you will waltz into the White House simply because you are not George Bush.
We’re looking for someone who stands with us – who is tired of the whole mess and is ready to say “When.” We can’t guarantee you victory in 2008 if you wear a “When.” wristband – but we can pretty much assure you of a larger audience for your views.
The American people have taken Mr. Bush’s remarks – “You are either with us or against us” – to heart and are looking at Presidential candidates through that stance.
This will be a different election – we are no longer willing to vote for “the lesser of two evils” because we finally realize that the result is evil either way!
We don’t think any of the potential candidates fielded by either the GOP or the Democrats have what’s necessary to make the shift. They still think they are the ones in charge. We’ll let you in on a little secret – WE THE PEOPLE are in charge now and we want someone to represent US!
Here’s the challenge Mr. Mayor – or to any of you, for that matter – wear a “When.” wristband and show us you’re the one.
***This statement is referring to the candidates – 1 woman and several men – hence “lady and gentlemen.”
I have refused to answer the letters we get from the 28% – today, I have changed my mind:
George Bush is not “our” commander-in-chief. Unless you are in the military, he is a man doing a job. And if you could bother to do an Internet search (use the words “voter fraud 2000 and 2004”), you’d see he wasn’t even elected to do that job!
GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH (R-TX), PRESIDENT-ELECT (December 18, 2000): …If this were a dictatorship, it’d be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator.
The “You Hate America” Chorus. Not one single person involved with say-when.org hates America! In fact, we love this country so much that we are willing to stand up and shout from the rafters that it is being taken over by the real “America haters!” Your rights are being taken away on a daily basis – and all you can do is come to our site and call us names?! Have you done any reading about what’s going on? Have you bothered to look at the links on our site – and others – pointing to how this administration has hijacked our Constitution? Luckily for you, we’re not as stingy with our demand for the freedom of speech as you are. We want you to be able to have your say – why are you so afraid of us having ours?
November 2005 –All three GOP politicians quote their president as saying: “Stop throwing the Constitution in my face! It’s just a goddamned piece of paper!”
Why is it that we’re fighting for your rights – ALL of them, not just your right to free speech – and the best you can come up with is telling us to LEAVE?! Is that the solution you come up with – that everyone who disagrees with you should leave? Our DUTY as citizens is to ask questions and to speak up when we see something wrong – it is NOT to sit idly by while our freedoms are being sold down the river. And, by the way, who the hell are you to tell the 72% of Americans who disagree with the actions of this administration – and with you – to get out?! YOU get out!
We “hate the troops” is next. As an example, Paula, in her comments here, refuses to see that we are, in fact, very much in support of our troops – she can’t see how that’s possible. She says that our demanding to bring them home is lowering their morale. Really?! Are you sure, Paula, that it’s not the fact that their tours of duty have been extended indefinitely? Or that they have been sent to fight without proper gear? How about the treatment they’ve seen their injured buddies receive at the hands of the V.A.? In terms of our fighting men and women, this isn’t Vietnam – none of them have been or will be vilified by the public when they return home. We understand their commitment – we feel that they, like us, have been duped. You are certainly right about one thing here, Paula – we absolutely do not see that our criticism of Bush and Company is “anti-troops.” The thing is – we don’t understand why you don’t see our point! The evidence of criminal behavior by this administration is mounting on a daily basis and we want your sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, husbands and wives home NOW – before another one is killed for what we see as ego and greed. We don’t understand how you could miss what’s so obvious to us – and how you could still be supporting the men who used lies and falsified information to put your loved ones in harm’s way. We don’t want to send them a care package with homemade cookies and pictures of their kids – we want them home, healthy and in one piece, to enjoy those things with you.
And – why do so many of you resort to name calling? Is it because you have nothing to back up your argument? This is the tactic of a schoolyard bully. None of us are idiots or “ignoramuses” (a favorite); most of us have had at least the same education you have – we’ve just chosen to use it. Bring something interesting to the table – not the childish antics of someone with nothing of substance to say. Many of the people who now dislike what they see in our country started out as supporters of this government – and came to their current position after much study and research. They set out to prove us wrong – and couldn’t.
BUSH (September 6, 2006): There – it’s – you know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror.
I have a challenge – if just ONE of you folks who write to us, calling us names and telling us we’re ignorant, will show us solid proof that what we are angry about isn’t the truth – we’ll post it here and apologize. If you have a thoughtful, valid point, we’re more than happy to hear it. NOT ONE of you, however, has presented us with one! Please show us proof that this administration didn’t lie about WMD’s. Please show us that this President didn’t plan an attack on Iraq well before 9/11. Show us how Iraq figured into the puzzles of 9/11 – if we were going to attack those who attacked us, why didn’t we attack Saudi Arabia? (That’s where the hijackers came from.) Please convince us that Mr. Bush has a better handle on the plans for this war than his Generals or the Iraq Study Group – the people he assembled and then ignored. Tell us why the search for Osama Bin Laden has been put on the back burner – that was the initial reason for this war, after all, and the reason for going into Afghanistan. Show us another instance, IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, where we started a war by invading another country! Show us another US President who has gone against the UN and started a war. Research the lies, scandals and executive orders that have effectively hijacked our Constitution – and give us proof that we are wrong.
And while you’re at it, tell us why, in God’s name, it doesn’t bother you that George Bush and Dick Cheney have presented themselves as above the law?
December 7, 2006 –The Iraq Study Group described the current situation as grave and deteriorating and that the Bush administration’s policies have failed across the board.
Please also tell me how you can sleep at night or look at yourself in the mirror while condoning torture. If it’s ok for us, folks, it’s ok for them. We can’t go down the path of “but we’re the good guys and they’re the bad guys.” Remember something fundamental you seem to have forgotten – TO THE OTHER SIDE, WE’RE THE BAD GUYS! If we advocate a behavior for ourselves, we advocate it for others. And if the “good guys” torture – what the hell does the other side do? We are human beings – all of us; regardless of propaganda or ideology, nationality or race. I don’t want to hear about what “they” did – where did our humanity go?
One last thing – I really don’t care whether or not you like Rosie O’Donnell – or Pink, or the Dixie Chicks, or Sean Penn, or Phil Donahue. I don’t know them and we’re not friends. I admire the hell out of the fact, however, that they have the courage to put their butts on the line for what they believe in. Do you?
Here’s the tip of the day – if you don’t like what we’re saying and what we stand for, go away! Don’t visit our site, read what we have to say, or wear a wristband. This site is for people to express their own displeasure with what’s going on. It’s a place for them to find out that they are not crazy and they are not alone. You will NOT change our minds unless and until you have followed the conditions of my challenge above. Until then – sleep well.
Oh – and by the way, Alice – don’t impugn my intelligence if you can’t even hit “spell-check” before you hit “send.”
Back to the seriousness at hand –
There seems to be an unwritten rule about a certain adviser of President Bush’s that is never named – it has the air of “He Who Shall Not Be Named” from the Harry Potter books. Do we have our own Lord Voldemort lurking in the hallways of the White House? It seems so.
Well, in keeping with everyone’s desire not to name this man – in headlines, anyway – we link here to a story of a “Bush adviser [who] sent 140,000 e-mails…circumventing a law intended to guarantee the preservation of presidential records.”
Read the story – News.com.au (Have you started to wonder yet why these stories consistently come from outside the U.S.?)
It’s just another day when the things that bug us about this government continue to bug us! But rather than allow the frustration to overwhelm us, we thought we’d take a break and laugh. What better way than to watch a couple of videos? Sit back, get a cold drink, and enjoy yourself. You may find yourself laughing in spite of it all!