Thursday, September 30, 2004

COMPLETE WRAP UP OF DEBATE 1

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Debate Fact 9

Breaking Debate Fact: Kerry On Those Denying Saddam's Capture Makes America More Secure


In Tonight’s Debate, President Bush Said:

“My opponent looked at the same intelligence I looked at and declared, in 2002, that Saddam Hussein was a grave threat. He also said, in December of 2003, that anyone who doubts that the world is safer without Saddam Hussein does not have the judgment to be president. I agree with him. The world is better off without Saddam Hussein.” (President George W. Bush, First Presidential Debate, Miami, FL, 9/30/04)

Kerry On Those Denying Saddam's Capture Makes America More Secure

During The Primaries, Kerry Questioned The Judgment Of Those Claiming Saddam's Capture Doesn't Help American Security. "Those who doubted whether Iraq or the world would be better off without Saddam Hussein, and those who believe we are not safer with his capture, don't have the judgment to be president or the credibility to be elected president." (Anne Q. Hoy, "Dean Faces More Criticism," [New York] Newsday, 12/17/03)

Debate Fact 8

Breaking Debate Fact: Kerry Flip Flops on Preemption


Tonight's Flip:
In response to question .13 John Kerry said, "The President always has the right, and always has had the right for preemptive strike.” (Sen. John Kerry, First Presidential Debate, Miami, FL, 9/30/04)

Yesterday's Flop:
In 2003 Boston Globe Guest Commentary, Kerry Denounced "The Threat Of Military Preemption Against Terrorist Organizations." "It is troubling that this administration's approach to the menace of loose nuclear materials is long on rhetoric but short on execution. It relies unwisely on the threat of military preemption against terrorist organizations, which can be defeated if they are found but will not be deterred by our military might." (John Kerry, Op-Ed, "Moscow Treaty Is Full Of Holes, The Boston Globe, 3/5/03)

Kerry Criticizes President Bush's "Doctrine Of Preemption." GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: "(Off Camera) ... you would have your own doctrine of preemption, then?" SENATOR JOHN KERRY: "George, every president from the beginning, uh, of time, has had a sufficient doctrine of preemption. Throughout the Cold War, the entire first strike doctrine was based on a doctrine of preemption. But that's very different from the Bush doctrine of preemption. I don't subscribe to the George Bush doctrine as he has described it, which is very different. It's a preemptive war for the purpose of removing, simply removing the dictator." (ABC's "This Week," 2/22/04)
(Democrats, A One-Two Punch," The [Albany] Times-Union, 2/28/04)

Debate Fact 7

PRESIDENT BUSH: War On Terror "Noble And Worthy." "I think about Missy Johnson's fantastic young lady I met -- met in Charlotte, North Carolina. She and her son Brian came to see me. Her husband, P.J., got killed. Been in Afghanistan, went to Iraq. It's hard work to try to love her as best as I can, knowing full well that the decision I made caused her loved one to be in harm's way. I told her after we prayed and teared up and laughed some that I thought her husband's sacrifice was noble and worthy. Because I understand the stakes of this War on Terror." (President George W. Bush, First Presidential Debate, Miami, FL, 9/30/04)

SENATOR KERRY On Whether The Iraq War Was Worth It: “It Depends On The Outcome.” DIANE SAWYER: “Was the war in Iraq worth it?” KERRY: “We should not have gone to war knowing the information that we know today.” SAWYER: “So it was not worth it?” KERRY: “We should not - it depends on the outcome ultimately, and that depends on the leadership.” (ABC’s “Good Morning America,” 9/29/04)

Debate Fact 6

Breaking Debate Fact: Kerry Claimed He’s “Never, Ever” Used Word “Lying” in Reference to President Bush on Iraq


Kerry's False Statement:
In response to question .9 John Kerry claimed he’s “never, ever” used word “lying” in reference to President Bush on Iraq. JIM LEHRER: “New question, Senator Kerry. Two minutes. You’ve repeatedly accused President Bush, not here tonight but elsewhere before, of not telling the truth about Iraq. Essentially, of lying to the American people about Iraq. Give us some examples of what you consider to be his not telling the truth.” SEN. KERRY: “Well, I’ve never, ever used the harshest word as you just did.” (Sen. John Kerry, First Presidential Debate, Miami, FL, 9/30/04)

The Real Record:
FACT: In September 2003, Kerry Said Bush Administration “Lied” And “Misled.” “This administration has lied to us. They have misled us. And they have broken their promises to us. The president promised to the people and the Congress that he would build an international coalition, respect the United Nations’ process and only go to war as a last resort. I will tell you that from my war fighting experience, I believe there is a test for a president as to how you go to war. And that test is whether or not you can look in the eyes of parents and say to them, ‘I did everything possible to avoid the loss of your son and daughter, but we had no other choice in order to protect the security of our nation,’ and I know this president fails that test in Iraq.” (Sen. John Kerry, Campaign Event, Claremont, NH, 9/20/03)


Debate Fact 5

Breaking Debate Fact: Kerry On The Threat Posed By Saddam Hussein


In Tonight’s Debate, President Bush Said:

“My opponent looked at the same intelligence I looked at and declared, in 2002, that Saddam Hussein was a grave threat. He also said, in December of 2003, that anyone who doubts that the world is safer without Saddam Hussein does not have the judgment to be president. I agree with him. The world is better off without Saddam Hussein.” (President George W. Bush, First Presidential Debate, Miami, FL, 9/30/04)

Kerry On The Threat Posed By Saddam Hussein

Kerry: “I Believe That A Deadly Arsenal Of Weapons Of Mass Destruction In His Hands Is A Threat, And A Grave Threat.” "When I vote to give the President of the United States the authority to use force, if necessary, to disarm Saddam Hussein, it is because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a threat, and a grave threat, to our security and that of our allies in the Persian Gulf region. I will vote yes because I believe it is the best way to hold Saddam Hussein accountable." (Kerry Senate Floor Speech on Iraq Resolution Vote, 10/9/02)

Debate Fact 4

Breaking Debate Fact: Kerry Flip Flop On Iraq


Tonight's Flip:
In response to question .4 John Kerry said Iraq was not close to the War on Terror until the President invaded it.

Yesterday's Flop:
Kerry Warned Of Saddam's Ties To Terrorism. SEN. JOHN KERRY: "[T]here are set of principles here that are very large, larger in some measure than I think has been adequately conveyed, both internationally and certainly to the American people. Saddam Hussein has already used these weapons and has made it clear that he has the intent to continue to try, by virtue of his duplicity and secrecy, to continue to do so. That is a threat to the stability of the Middle East. It is a threat with respect to the potential of terrorist activities on a global basis. It is a threat even to regions near but not exactly in the Middle East." (Sen. John Kerry, Press Conference, 2/23/98)

Kerry Said Iraq "Is Critical" To Success Of War On Terror. SEN. JOHN KERRY: "Iraq may not be the war on terror itself, but it is critical to the outcome of the war on terror. And therefore any advance in Iraq is an advance forward in that. And I disagree with the Governor [Howard Dean]." (Fox News' "Special Report," 12/15/03)

Kerry Said Those In Iraq Are Fighting "On Behalf Of Freedom In The War On Terror." "Today marks a tragic milestone in the war in Iraq. More than 1,000 of America's sons and daughters have now given their lives on behalf of their country, on behalf of freedom in the war on terror. I think that the first thing that every American wants to say today is how deeply we each feel the loss." (CNN's "Wolf Blitzer Reports," 9/7/04)

Kerry Called Those Who Would Leave Saddam Alone "Naïve To The Point Of Grave Danger." (Sen. John Kerry, Congressional Record, 10/9/02, p. S10171)

Kerry Said Saddam's Miscalculations Is Biggest Concern, Not "Actual" WMD. KERRY: "Those are the things that–that I think present the greatest danger. He may even miscalculate and slide these weapons off to terrorist groups to invite them to be a surrogate to use them against the United States. It's the miscalculation that poses the greatest threat." (CBS' "Face The Nation," 9/15/02)

February 2002: John Edwards Called Iraq "Most Serious And Imminent Threat To Our Country." (CNN's "Late Edition," 2/24/02)

The Bush Administration Never Claimed A Direct Link Between Saddam Hussein and 9/11; Did Correctly Point To Iraq's Contacts With Al Qaeda. Q "Okay, and about Saddam Hussein, do you think the administration has made it clear to the American public that Saddam had nothing to do with September 11th?" DR. RICE: "I think that the administration has made it clear that we have no evidence and have never claimed a direct link of Saddam Hussein and his regime to the events of September 11th, saying that he planned them or controlled them or something. It is very clear that he had links to terrorism that were broad and deep, including numerous contacts with al Qaeda, including an al Qaeda associate, a man named al Zarqawi, who was operating his network out of Baghdad. The network that ended up ordering the killing of an American citizen, an American diplomat in Jordan, Mr. Foley." (Interview Of Dr. Condoleezza Rice By WTVT-TV, Tampa, Florida, 11/14/03)

Debate Facts 2 and 3

Breaking Debate Fact: Kerry Said It

SENATOR KERRY: “The President and I have always agreed on that, and from the beginning, I did vote to give the authority because I thought Saddam Hussein was a threat.” (Sen. John Kerry, First Presidential Debate, Miami, FL, 9/30/04)


Breaking Debate Fact: Kerry Said President Has Lost Support Among Military Officials


Kerry's False Statement:
In response to question .2 John Kerry said the President has lost support among military officials because of his misjudgments in Iraq.

The Real Record:
FACT: The President Has Been Endorsed By Over 250 Flag Officers.

Duane H Cassidy General, USAF (Ret.)
Ponte Vedra, FL

James E Dalton General, USAF (Ret.)
Palos Verdes, CA

John K Davis General, USMC (Ret.)
San Clemente, CA

John R Deane General, USA (Ret.)
Gouldsboro, ME

Russell E Dougherty General, USAF (Ret.)
Arlington, VA

Leon A Edney Admiral, USN (Ret.)
Coronado, CA

Ronald R Fogleman General, USAF (Ret.)
Durango, CO

Sylvester R Foley Admiral, USN (Ret.)
Falmouth, MA

Ronald J Hays Admiral, USN (Ret.)
Honolulu, HI

Thomas B Hayward Admiral, USN (Ret.)
Seattle, WA

Robert J Kelly Admiral, USN (Ret.)
Columbia, MD

Robert C Kingston General, USA (Ret.)
Alexandria, VA

George ER Kinnear Admiral, USN (Ret.)
York Harbor, ME

Frederick J Kroesen General, USA (Ret.)
Alexandria, VA

James A Lyons Admiral, USN (Ret.)
Alexandria, VA

Henry H Mauz Admiral, USN (Ret.)
Pebble Beach, CA

William G Moore General, USAF (Ret.)
Franklin, TN

John W Pauly General, USAF (Ret.)
McLean, VA

Leighton W Smith Admiral, USN (Ret.)
Pinehurst, NC

Carl W Stiner General, USA (Ret.)
Lafollette, TN

Steven A White Admiral, USN (Ret.)
Charlottesville, VA

Teddy G Allen Lieutenant General, USA (Ret.)
Burke, VA

Albert J Baciocco Vice Admiral, USN (Ret.)
Mount Pleasant, SC

Charles W Bagnal Lieutenant General, USA (Ret.)
Columbia, SC

Clyde R Bell Vice Admiral, USN (Ret.)
Omaha, NE

Harold W Blot Lieutenant General, USMC (Ret.)
New Bern, NC

James F Calvert Vice Admiral, USN (Ret.)
St. Michaels, MD

Kent J Carroll Vice Admiral, USN (Ret.)
Pinehurst, NC

Albert P Clark Lieutenant General, USAF (Ret.)
Colorado Springs, CO

Edward W Clexton Vice Admiral, USN (Ret.)
Virginia Beach, VA

John B Conaway Lieutenant General, USAF (Ret.)
Bethany Beach, DE

Charles G Cooper Lieutenant General, USMC (Ret.)
Falls Church, VA

George W Davis Vice Admiral, USN (Ret.)
Columbia, SC

William A Dougherty Vice Admiral, USN (Ret.)
Arlington, VA

Leo J Dulacki Lieutenant General, USMC (Ret.)
Sun City, AZ

William H Ginn Lieutenant General, USAF (Ret.)
Alexandria, VA

Charles H Griffiths Vice Admiral, USN (Ret.)
Ocean City, MD

Robert E Hails Lieutenant General, USAF (Ret.)
Macon, GA

Patrick J Hannifin Vice Admiral, USN (Ret.)
Solana Beach, CA

Peter M Hekman Vice Admiral, USN (Ret.
San Diego, CA

William D Houser Vice Admiral, USN (Ret.)
Arlington, VA

John I Hudson Lieutenant General, USMC (Ret.)
Yuma, AZ

John E Jackson Lieutenant General, USAF (Ret.)
St. Louis, MO

James H Johnson Jr. Lieutenant General, USA (Ret.)
University Park, FL

Thomas J Keck Lieutenant General, USAF (Ret.)
Tuscon, AZ

Robert P Keller Lieutenant General, USMC (Ret.)
Penscaola, FL

Harold M Koenig Vice Admiral, USN (Ret.)
San Diego, CA

Howard W Leaf Lieutenant General, USAF (Ret.)
Brandywine, MD

See Full List

Debate Fact 1

Breaking Debate Fact: Voted Against the $87 Billion


Kerry's False Statement:
In response to question .4 John Kerry said, "My message to the troops is also thank you for what they're doing but it's also help is on the way. I believe those troops deserve better than what they are getting today." (Sen. John Kerry, First Presidential Debate, Miami, FL, 9/30/04)

The Real Record:
FACT: $87 Billion Supplemental Kerry Voted Against Provided:

Supplemental Funding Bill Kerry And Edwards Voted Against Provided "Extra Money For Body Armor For Soldiers …" ("Highlights Of Iraq, Afghanistan Measures," The Associated Press, 10/17/03; S. Rept. 108-160, Conference Report On S. 1689, 10/2/03)


Supplemental Funding Bill Kerry And Edwards Voted Against Provided Increased Combat Pay For Troops. ("Highlights Of Iraq, Afghanistan Measures," The Associated Press, 10/17/03; S. Rept. 108-160, Conference Report On S. 1689, 10/2/03; "FY 2004 Supplemental Request For Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), And Operation Noble Eagle (ONE)," U.S. Department Of Defense, 9/03)


Supplemental Funding Bill Kerry And Edwards Voted Against Provided Health Benefits For Reservists And Guardsmen Called To Active Duty, As Well As Support For Their Families. ("Highlights Of Iraq, Afghanistan Measures," The Associated Press, 10/17/03; S. Rept. 108-160, Conference Report On S. 1689, 10/2/03; "FY 2004 Supplemental Request For Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), And Operation Noble Eagle (ONE)," U.S. Department Of Defense, 9/03)


Bill Also Provided Eligibility For TRICARE Health Benefits To Reservists, Guardsmen And Their Dependents If They Are Activated For Duty, Unemployed, Or Their Employer Does Not Provide Health Care Benefits. (S. 1689, CQ Vote .400: Passed 87-12: R 50-0; D 37-11; I 0-1, 10/17/03, Kerry Voted Nay; See Text Of H.R. 3289, Engrossed Amendment As Agreed To By Senate)
FACT: Kerry Has Already Taken Eight Positions On The $87 Billion

Kerry Said It Would Be "Irresponsible" To Vote Against Funding Troops. Doyle McManus (LA Times): "If that amendment does not pass, will you then vote against the $87 billion?" Kerry: "I don't think any United States senator is going to abandon our troops and recklessly leave Iraq to – to whatever follows as a result of simply cutting and running. That's irresponsible." (CBS' "Face the Nation," 9/14/03)
Kerry Claims "I Actually Did Vote For The $87 Billion Before I Voted Against It." (Sen. John Kerry, Speech In Huntington, WV, 3/16/04)
Kerry Later Said He Was "Proud" That He And Edwards Voted Against $87 Billion In Funding For U.S. Soldiers. "Here is the value that John Edwards and I will put in place. I'm proud to say that John joined me in voting against that $87 billion when we knew the policy had to be changed." (John Kerry, Remarks at "Women's Voices: A Luncheon with John Kerry," Boston, MA, 7/12/04)
Kerry Then Said His Vote Against Body Armor And Supplies For Troops Was "Complicated." (MSNBC's "Imus in the Morning," 7/15/04)
Kerry Even Said His Vote For The War And Against Funding For Our Troops Was "Not A Flip-Flop."(CBS' "Evening News," 7/21/04)
Kerry Then Defended His Vote Against The $87 Billion By Saying President Bush "Didn't Have A Plan To Win The Peace, It Was Irresponsible To Give [President Bush] A Blank Check That Gave $20 Billion That Was Going To Go…To Halliburton And All These Other Companies." (Mike Allen And Lois Romano, "Closing Laps In Race To November," The Washington Post, 9/4/04)
Kerry Said He's "Glad" He Voted Against The Iraq Supplemental. KERRY: "Because I saw what was happening. I voted against it -- absolutely voted against it. I'm glad I voted against it. Because we now see that that $20 billion hasn't even been spent effectively. Most of it's going to Halliburton in fraud and no-bid contracts which is completely inappropriate. I'd fire Halliburton tomorrow." (CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman," 9/20/04)
Kerry Said His Vote Against The Iraq Supplemental "Was A Protest. Sometimes You Have To Stand Up And Be Counted." KERRY: "But it reflects the truth of the position, which is I fought to have the wealthiest people in America share the burden of paying for that war. It was a protest. Sometimes you have to stand up and be counted, and that's what I did." (ABC's "Good Morning America," 9/29/04)

Friday, September 17, 2004

Police Union Backs Bush

It's been a while since I had a chance to sit here and type. I got news tonight and thought I would share it here, seeing as how the mainstream media is largely ignoring this story.

Police Union Backs Bush

The nation's largest police union, the Fraternal Order of Police, has endorsed President Bush after being insulted by Sen. John Kerry.

"This is the first time in the group's history that it has made a unanimous endorsement," FOP Executive Director Jim Pasco told Washington, D.C.'s Hill newspaper.



"Not only are we strongly supporting Bush, we're mad at Kerry," he explained. "Our members feel he treated them without respect - 318,000 cops."
Turns out the FOP sent the Kerry campaign a questionnaire to sound out the candidate's views, but he ignored it.

"He's galvanized our base against him," Pasco said. "It's just stupid."

Luckily for Kerry, his FOP snub and the group's decision to back Bush drew hardly any press coverage.

"The news media intentionally or unintentionally ignored this important endorsement by our nation's law enforcement community," complained Jim Kouri, vice president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police.

When the international firefighters union endorsed John Kerry, he noted, "the news media could hardly hold back their excitement when making the announcement."

Saturday, September 11, 2004

Why I believe the liberation of Iraq was just

OK, I have received a few messages stating that my support of the Iraqi liberation some how meant that I was happy about the loss of 1,000 U.S. service people. Also, how could I support the wasting of 200 billion dollars when that money could go to job creation?


Iraqi Mass Graves

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200 billion is about 0.002% of what we spend on social programs. It's 1 cent for every $5 we spend on entitlement programs, 1 cent. It's not even a ripple in our budget. Furthermore, anytime you spend money, it drives the economy and gives people JOBS. That 200 billion wasn't burnt in a pit, it was spent on goods and services. Good and services that can only be produced by people, people with JOBS.

Just like I believe the loss of life to stop Hitler was more then worth it. Or the loss of life to stop fascism was more then worth it. Or the loss of life to declare independence from King George was more then worth it. The loss of life to liberate 25 million people, to prevent another 300,000 bodies in mass graves (many of them children), and to bring the stabilizing force of representive government to a region torn my conflict the past three-thousand years; is more then worth it.

Or, as Democratic Senator Bob Kerry articulated it:
“I think [Iraq is] going well. It breaks my heart whenever anybody dies, but we liberated 25 million people who were living under a dictator. It puts us on the side of democracy in the Arab world. Twenty years from now, we'll be hard-pressed to find anyone who says it wasn't worth the effort.”
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In the last three years:
• The Taliban regime is no longer in power in Afghanistan.
• Osama bin Laden is clearly on the run.
• Saddam Hussein is in jail, soon to be on trial.
• His sons, Uday and Qusay, are dead.
• The people of Iraq are forming a representative government that will not threaten their people or their region or the world.
• The United States and the United Kingdom have shut down the clandestine network that had provided nuclear technologies to Libya, Iran, North Korea and possibly other nations.
• Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi has given up his nuclear weapons program.
• Pakistan, which once supported the Taliban, is today our strong ally against terrorism.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Random Thoughts

Greetings from the land of the 2004 Republican National Convention. I am still in a state of euphoria after being part of the host state where we proudly put over 2000 of America's treason party behind bars. Too bad we couldn't create an exhibit at the Bronx Zoo just for you and your lib friends. We could have called it "Anus Maximus" otherwise known as "Bleeding Heart Sympathizer."

President Bush is enjoying quite the bounce in the polls right now. The media is not commenting much on it, probably hoping it will go away. As long as John Kerry keeps campaigning, George Bush's lead will widen. Once again this week John Kerry is against the war. First he was for the war, then he was only for the authorization of discussing the possibility of the President going to war. Then he voted against the $87 billion in funding for our troops. This funding included equipment vital to the safety of our soldiers. John Kerry then answered president Bush's question directly, saying that knowing what we know now that he would have gone to war with Iraq as well.

John Kerry has so many flip flops that it is getting hard for himself to remember what he said. With the bounce in the polls, Camp Kerry is in turmoil. They brought in a handful of former Clinton staffers to "revive" his campaign. Kerry himself even called former President Clinton and asked his advice on how to save his campaign. So now we have Clinton aides who want to see Hillary run for President in 2008, working for John Kerry. (Conflict?) John Kerry, since bringing on Lockhart, Begala, and Carville, has once again flopped on the War on Terror. First, he blasted the war in Iraq and stated that he would have done it all differently, that this was not the time for war in Iraq. He blasts our coalition of allies as "phony" This is diplomacy from the man who would be President? You just insulted 40 nations! Next he blasts President Bush for not providing proper funding for our troops as well as the necessary tools, such as body armor! Wait a minute Heinz boy-toy! You Voted against the $87 billion in funding!

John Kerry has been caught time and again changing his stance from week to week to try and get a great bounce in the polls. He has lied to America, insulted her allies, and betrayed his fellow Veteran's of the Vietnam war. America has noticed what is going on with this "candidate" as well as taking notice that he wants to spend excessively and raise taxes.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Iraq was right!


OK, I am sick of hearing that the Iraqi Liberation was the "wrong war, at the wrong time, for the wrong reason."

We liberated 30 million people! Athletes that were once tortured, are now competing in the olympucs. Women that couldn't go to school, are now being educated. Mass killings (at least 300,000 of them under Saddam) have ended. Plans to build WMDs and use them in a terrorist fashion are no more.

Yes, we lost 1,000+ lives. This is tragic, but certainly LESS tragic then the loss of 300,000.


Iraqi Mass Graves


We have spent about $100 billion, it seems alot, until you realize that our current Social Security and Medicare programs cost $44 trillion. The cost of the war is nothing compared to the cost of social entitlements. If you spent $5 bucks on social entitlements, you would be spending 1 CENT on Iraq.

A democracy in the Middle East is unprecedented in human history. I agree with former Democratic Senator Bob Kerry, in 20 years, no one will think Iraq was a mistake. I just don't get why the other Senator Kerry thinks it is now, especially considering he VOTED FOR the liberation.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

If Fahrenheit 9/11 is not political.....

"I did not set out to make a political film. The art of this, the cinema, comes before the politics." ~Michael Moore

That's FUNNY, then why give up a chance to compete in the Oscar race for best documentary with his anti-Bush movie "Fahrenheit 9/11" in order to have it shown on television before the U.S. presidential election in November.

Reuters

Friday, September 03, 2004

President George W. Bush

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"President Bush will propose a tax credit for low-income families and individuals to purchase health insurance, or to purchase a low-premium, high-deductible health plan and an HSA. Families will receive up to $2,000 for their premiums and $1,000 cash to put in their HSAs to help meet the deductible. Individuals will receive up to $700 for their premiums and $300 for their HSAs." georgewbush.com

What do you think of this? I love the $1,000 dollar cash to help pay for insurance! This should give EVERY American at least catastrophic health insurance!

Every Patient Counts

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Vice President Dick Cheney's Convention Speech

Mr. Chairman, delegates, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans: I accept your nomination for vice president of the United States.

I am honored by your confidence. And tonight I make this pledge: I will give this campaign all that I have, and together we will make George W. Bush president for another four years.

Tonight I will talk about this good man and his fine record leading our country. And I may say a word or two about his opponent. I am also mindful that I have an opponent of my own. People tell me that Senator Edwards got picked for his good looks, his sex appeal, and his great hair. I say to them how do you think I got the job?

On this night, as we celebrate the opportunities that America offers, I am filled with gratitude to a nation that has been good to me, and I remember the people who set me on my way in life. My grandfather noted that the day I was born was also the birthday of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. And so he told my parents they should send President Roosevelt an announcement of my birth. Now my grandfather didn't have a chance to go to high school. For many years he worked as a cook on the Union Pacific Railroad, and he and my grandmother lived in a railroad car. But the modesty of his circumstances didn't stop him from thinking that President Roosevelt should know about my arrival. My grandfather believed deeply in the promise of America, and had the highest hopes for his family. And I don't think it would surprise him much that a grandchild of his stands before you tonight as Vice President of the United States.

It is the story of this country that people have been able to dream big dreams with confidence they would come true, if not for themselves, then for their children and grandchildren. And that sense of boundless opportunity is a gift that we must pass on to all who come after us.

From kindergarten to graduation, I went to public schools, and I know that they are a key to being sure that every child has a chance to succeed and to rise in the world. When the President and I took office, our schools were shuffling too many children from grade to grade without giving them the skills and knowledge they need. So President Bush reached across the aisle and brought both parties together to pass the most significant education reform in 40 years. With higher standards and new resources, America's schools are now on an upward path to excellence and not for just a few children, but for every child.

Opportunity also depends on a vibrant, growing economy. As President Bush and I were sworn into office, our nation was sliding into recession, and American workers were overburdened with federal taxes. Then came the events of September 11th, which hit our economy very hard. So President Bush delivered the greatest tax reduction in a generation, and the results are clear to see. Businesses are creating jobs. People are returning to work. Mortgage rates are low, and home ownership in this country is at an all-time high. The Bush tax cuts are working.

Our nation has the best healthcare in the world, and President Bush is making it more affordable and accessible to all Americans. And there is more to do. Under this President's leadership, we will reform medical liability so the system serves patients and good doctors, not personal injury lawyers.

These have been years of achievement, and we are eager for the work ahead. And in all that we do, we will never lose sight of the greatest challenge of our time: preserving the freedom and security of this nation against determined enemies.

Since I last spoke to our national convention, Lynne and I have had the joy of seeing our family grow. We now have a grandson to go along with our three wonderful granddaughters, and the deepest wish of my heart and the object of all my determination is that they, and all of America's children, will have lives filled with opportunity and that they will inherit a world in which they can live in freedom, in safety, and in peace.

Four years ago, some said the world had grown calm, and many assumed that the United States was invulnerable to danger. That thought might have been comforting; it was also false. Like other generations of Americans, we soon discovered that history had great and unexpected duties in store for us.

September 11th, 2001, made clear the challenges we face. On that day we saw the harm that could be done by 19 men armed with knives and boarding passes. America also awakened to a possibility even more lethal: this enemy, whose hatred of us is limitless, armed with chemical, biological, or even nuclear weapons.

Just as surely as the Nazis during World War Two and the Soviet communists during the Cold War, the enemy we face today is bent on our destruction. As in other times, we are in a war we did not start, and have no choice but to win. Firm in our resolve, focused on our mission, and led by a superb commander in chief, we will prevail.

The fanatics who killed some 3,000 of our fellow Americans may have thought they could attack us with impunity because terrorists had done so previously. But if the killers of September 11th thought we had lost the will to defend our freedom, they did not know America and they did not know George W. Bush.

From the beginning, the President made clear that the terrorists would be dealt with and that anyone who supports, protects, or harbors them would be held to account. In a campaign that has reached around the world, we have captured or killed hundreds of Al-Qaeda. In Afghanistan, the camps where terrorists trained to kill Americans have been shut down, and the Taliban driven from power. In Iraq, we dealt with a gathering threat, and removed the regime of Saddam Hussein. Seventeen months ago, he controlled the lives and fortunes of 25 million people. Tonight he sits in jail.

President Bush does not deal in empty threats and half measures, and his determination has sent a clear message. Just five days after Saddam was captured, the government of Libya agreed to abandon its nuclear weapons program and turn the materials over to the United States. Tonight, uranium, centrifuges, and plans for nuclear weapons that were once hidden in Libya are locked up and stored away in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, never again to be a danger to Americans.

The biggest threat we face today is having nuclear weapons fall into the hands of terrorists. The president is working with many countries in a global effort to end the trade and transfer of these deadly technologies. The most important result thus far and it is a very important one is that the black-market network that supplied nuclear weapons technology to Libya, as well as to Iran and North Korea, has been shut down. The world's worst source of nuclear weapons proliferation is out of business and we are safer as a result.

In the global war we are fighting, we owe a mighty debt to the men and women of the United States armed forces. They have fought the enemy with courage and reached out to civilians with compassion, rebuilding schools and hospitals and roads. They have won stunning victories. They have faced hard duty and long deployments. And they have lost comrades, more than 1100 brave Americans, whose memory this nation will honor forever. The men and women who wear the uniform of the United States represent the very best of America. They have the thanks of our nation. And they have the confidence, the loyalty, and the respect of their commander in chief.

In this election, we will decide who leads our country for the next four years. Yet there is more in the balance than that. Moments come along in history when leaders must make fundamental decisions about how to confront a long term challenge abroad and how best to keep the American people secure. We faced such a moment after World War Two, when we put in place the policies that defended America throughout the Cold War. Those policies containing communism, deterring attack by the Soviet Union, and promoting the rise of democracy were carried out by Democratic and Republican presidents in the decades that followed.

This nation has reached another of those defining moments. Under President Bush we have put in place new policies and created new institutions to defend America, to stop terrorist violence at its source, and to help move the Middle East away from old hatreds and resentments and toward the lasting peace that only freedom can bring. This is the work not of months, but of years and keeping these commitments is essential to our future security. For that reason, ladies and gentlemen, the election of 2004 is one of the most important, not just in our lives but in our history.

And so it is time to set the alternatives squarely before the American people.

The President's opponent is an experienced senator. He speaks often of his service in Vietnam, and we honor him for it. But there is also a record of more than three decades since. And on the question of America's role in the world, the differences between Senator Kerry and President Bush are the sharpest, and the stakes for the country are the highest. History has shown that a strong and purposeful America is vital to preserving freedom and keeping us safe yet time and again Senator Kerry has made the wrong call on national security. Senator Kerry began his political career by saying he would like to see our troops deployed "only at the directive of the United Nations." During the 1980s, Senator Kerry opposed Ronald Reagan's major defense initiatives that brought victory in the Cold War. In 1991, when Saddam Hussein occupied Kuwait and stood poised to dominate the Persian Gulf, Senator Kerry voted against Operation Desert Storm.

Even in this post-9/11 period, Senator Kerry doesn't appear to understand how the world has changed. He talks about leading a "more sensitive war on terror," as though Al Qaeda will be impressed with our softer side. He declared at the Democratic Convention that he will forcefully defend America after we have been attacked. My fellow Americans, we have already been attacked, and faced with an enemy who seeks the deadliest of weapons to use against us, we cannot wait for the next attack. We must do everything we can to prevent it and that includes the use of military force.

Senator Kerry denounces American action when other countries don't approve as if the whole object of our foreign policy were to please a few persistent critics. In fact, in the global war on terror, as in Afghanistan and Iraq, President Bush has brought many allies to our side. But as the President has made very clear, there is a difference between leading a coalition of many, and submitting to the objections of a few. George W. Bush will never seek a permission slip to defend the American people.

Senator Kerry also takes a different view when it comes to supporting our military. Although he voted to authorize force against Saddam Hussein, he then decided he was opposed to the war, and voted against funding for our men and women in the field. He voted against body armor, ammunition, fuel, spare parts, armored vehicles, extra pay for hardship duty, and support for military families. Senator Kerry is campaigning for the position of commander in chief. Yet he does not seem to understand the first obligation of a commander in chief and that is to support American troops in combat.

In his years in Washington, John Kerry has been one of a hundred votes in the United States Senate and very fortunately on matters of national security, his views rarely prevailed. But the presidency is an entirely different proposition. A senator can be wrong for 20 years, without consequence to the nation. But a president a president always casts the deciding vote. And in this time of challenge, America needs and America has a president we can count on to get it right.

On Iraq, Senator Kerry has disagreed with many of his fellow Democrats. But Senator Kerry's liveliest disagreement is with himself. His back-and-forth reflects a habit of indecision, and sends a message of confusion. And it is all part of a pattern. He has, in the last several years, been for the No Child Left Behind Act and against it. He has spoken in favor of the North American Free Trade Agreement and against it. He is for the Patriot Act and against it. Senator Kerry says he sees two Americas. It makes the whole thing mutual America sees two John Kerrys.

The other candidate in this race is a man our nation has come to know, and one I've come to admire very much. I watch him at work every day. I have seen him face some of the hardest decisions that can come to the Oval Office and make those decisions with the wisdom and humility Americans expect in their president. George W. Bush is a man who speaks plainly and means what he says. He is a person of loyalty and kindness and he brings out these qualities in those around him. He is a man of great personal strength and more than that, a man with a heart for the weak, and the vulnerable, and the afflicted. We all remember that terrible morning when, in the space of just 102 minutes, more Americans were killed than we lost at Pearl Harbor. We remember the President who came to New York City and pledged that the terrorists would soon hear from all of us. George W. Bush saw this country through grief and tragedy he has acted with patience, and calm, and a moral seriousness that calls evil by its name. In the great divide of our time, he has put this nation where America always belongs: against the tyrants of this world, and on the side of every soul on earth who yearns to live in freedom.

Fellow citizens, our nation is reaching the hour of decision, and the choice is clear. President Bush and I will wage this effort with complete confidence in the judgment of the American people. The signs are good even in Massachusetts. According to a news account last month, people leaving the Democratic National Convention asked a Boston policeman for directions. He replied, "Leave here and go vote Republican."

President Bush and I are honored to have the support of that police officer, and of Democrats, Republicans, and independents from every calling in American life. We are so fortunate, each and every one of us, to be citizens of this great nation and to take part in the defining event of our democracy: Choosing who will lead us.

The historian Bernard DeVoto once wrote that when America was created, the stars must have danced in the sky. Our president understands the miracle of this great country. He knows the hope that drives it and shares the optimism that has long been so important a part of our national character. He gets up each and every day determined to keep our great nation safe so that generations to come will know the freedom and opportunities we have known and more.

When this convention concludes tomorrow night, we will go forth with confidence in our cause, and in the man who leads it. By leaving no doubt where we stand, and asking all Americans to join us, we will see our cause to victory. Thank you very much.

Democratic Senator Zell Miller (Georgia) Convention Speech

Since I last stood in this spot, a whole new generation of the Miller Family has been born: Four great grandchildren.

Along with all the other members of our close-knit family -- they are my and Shirley's most precious possessions.

And I know that's how you feel about your family also.

Like you, I think of their future, the promises and the perils they will face.

Like you, I believe that the next four years will determine what kind of world they will grow up in.

And like you, I ask which leader is it today that has the vision, the willpower and, yes, the backbone to best protect my family?

The clear answer to that question has placed me in this hall with you tonight. For my family is more important than my party.

There is but one man to whom I am willing to entrust their future and that man's name is

George Bush.

In the summer of 1940, I was an eight-year-old boy living in a remote little Appalachian valley.

Our country was not yet at war but even we children knew that there were some crazy men across the ocean who would kill us if they could.

President Roosevelt, in his speech that summer, told America "all private plans, all private lives, have been in a sense repealed by an overriding public danger."

In 1940 Wendell Wilkie was the Republican nominee.

And there is no better example of someone repealing their "private plans" than this good man.

He gave Roosevelt the critical support he needed for a peacetime draft, an unpopular idea at the time.

And he made it clear that he would rather lose the election than make national security a partisan campaign issue.

Shortly before Wilkie died he told a friend, that if he could write his own epitaph and had to choose between "here lies a president" or "here lies one who contributed to saving freedom", he would prefer the latter.

Where are such statesmen today?

Where is the bi-partisanship in this country when we need it most?

Now, while young Americans are dying in the sands of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan, our nation is being torn apart and made weaker because of the Democrat's manic obsession to bring down our Commander-in-Chief.

What has happened to the party I've spent my life working in?

I can remember when Democrats believed that it was the duty of America to fight for freedom over tyranny.

It was Democratic President Harry Truman who pushed the Red Army out of Iran, who came to the aid of Greece when Communists threatened to overthrow it, who stared down the Soviet blockade of West Berlin by flying in supplies and saving the city.

Time after time in our history, in the face of great danger, Democrats and Republicans worked together to ensure that freedom would not falter. But not today.

Motivated more by partisan politics than by national security, today's Democratic leaders see America as an occupier, not a liberator.

And nothing makes this Marine madder than someone calling American troops occupiers rather than liberators.

Tell that to the one-half of Europe that was freed because Franklin Roosevelt led an army of liberators, not occupiers.

Tell that to the lower half of the Korean Peninsula that is free because Dwight Eisenhower commanded an army of liberators, not occupiers.

Tell that to the half a billion men, women and children who are free today from the Baltics to the Crimea, from Poland to Siberia, because Ronald Reagan rebuilt a military of liberators, not occupiers.

Never in the history of the world has any soldier sacrificed more for the freedom and liberty of total strangers than the American soldier. And, our soldiers don't just give freedom abroad, they preserve it for us here at home.

For it has been said so truthfully that it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the agitator, who has given us the freedom to protest.

It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag who gives that protester the freedom to abuse and burn that flag.

No one should dare to even think about being the Commander in Chief of this country if he doesn't believe with all his heart that our soldiers are liberators abroad and defenders of freedom at home.

But don't waste your breath telling that to the leaders of my party today. In their warped way of thinking America is the problem, not the solution.

They don't believe there is any real danger in the world except that which America brings upon itself through our clumsy and misguided foreign policy.

It is not their patriotism - it is their judgment that has been so sorely lacking. They claimed Carter's pacifism would lead to peace.

They were wrong.

They claimed Reagan's defense buildup would lead to war.

They were wrong.

And, no pair has been more wrong, more loudly, more often than the two Senators from Massachusetts, Ted Kennedy and John Kerry.

Together, Kennedy/Kerry have opposed the very weapons system that won the Cold War and that is now winning the War on Terror.

Listing all the weapon systems that Senator Kerry tried his best to shut down sounds like an auctioneer selling off our national security but Americans need to know the facts.

The B-1 bomber, that Senator Kerry opposed, dropped 40% of the bombs in the first six months of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The B-2 bomber, that Senator Kerry opposed, delivered air strikes against the Taliban in Afghanistan and Hussein's command post in Iraq.

The F-14A Tomcats, that Senator Kerry opposed, shot down Khadifi's Libyan MIGs over the Gulf of Sidra. The modernized F-14D, that Senator Kerry opposed, delivered missile strikes against Tora Bora.

The Apache helicopter, that Senator Kerry opposed, took out those Republican Guard tanks in Kuwait in the Gulf War. The F-15 Eagles, that Senator Kerry opposed, flew cover over our Nation's Capital and this very city after 9/11.

I could go on and on and on: Against the Patriot Missile that shot down Saddam Hussein's scud missiles over Israel, Against the Aegis air-defense cruiser, Against the Strategic Defense Initiative, Against the Trident missile, against, against, against.

This is the man who wants to be the Commander in Chief of our U.S. Armed Forces?

U.S. forces armed with what? Spitballs?

Twenty years of votes can tell you much more about a man than twenty weeks of campaign rhetoric.

Campaign talk tells people who you want them to think you are. How you vote tells people who you really are deep inside.

Senator Kerry has made it clear that he would use military force only if approved by the United Nations.

Kerry would let Paris decide when America needs defending. I want Bush to decide.

John Kerry, who says he doesn't like outsourcing, wants to outsource our national security.

That's the most dangerous outsourcing of all. This politician wants to be leader of the free world.

Free for how long?

For more than twenty years, on every one of the great issues of freedom and security, John Kerry has been more wrong, more weak and more wobbly than any other national figure. As a war protestor, Kerry blamed our military.

As a Senator, he voted to weaken our military. And nothing shows that more sadly and more clearly than his vote this year to deny protective armor for our troops in harms way, far-away.

George Bush understands that we need new strategies to meet new threats.

John Kerry wants to re-fight yesterday's war. George Bush believes we have to fight today's war and be ready for tomorrow's challenges. George Bush is committed to providing the kind of forces it takes to root out terrorists.

No matter what spider hole they may hide in or what rock they crawl under.

George Bush wants to grab terrorists by the throat and not let them go to get a better grip.

From John Kerry, they get a "yes-no-maybe" bowl of mush that can only encourage our enemies and confuse our friends.

I first got to know George Bush when we served as governors together. I admire this man.

I am moved by the respect he shows the First Lady, his unabashed love for his parents and his daughters, and the fact that he is unashamed of his belief that God is not indifferent to America.

I can identify with someone who has lived that line in "Amazing Grace," "Was blind, but now I see," and I like the fact that he's the same man on Saturday night that he is on Sunday morning.

He is not a slick talker but he is a straight shooter and, where I come from, deeds mean a lot more than words.

I have knocked on the door of this man's soul and found someone home, a God-fearing man with a good heart and a spine of tempered steel.

The man I trust to protect my most precious possession: my family.

This election will change forever the course of history, and that's not any history. It's our family's history.

The only question is how. The answer lies with each of us. And, like many generations before us, we've got some hard choosing to do.

Right now the world just cannot afford an indecisive America. Fainthearted, self-indulgence will put at risk all we care about in this world.

In this hour of danger our President has had the courage to stand up. And this Democrat is proud to stand up with him.

Thank you.

God Bless this great country and God Bless George W. Bush.

John Kerry Can't Have It Both Ways

Shadow groups formed for the expressed purpose of defeating President Bush and electing John Kerry have spent $63 million attacking the president, while John Kerry remained silent. But when anti-Kerry groups began to run ads against him, he thunders in righteous indignation.

John Kerry can't have it both ways.

He can't say that somebody in Swift Boat Veterans for Truth knowing somebody who knows Karl Rove is proof of illegal coordination--when his former campaign manager works for three of the 527s attacking the President; when an executive committee member of the Democratic National Committee heads The Media Fund; and when the chairman of the Democratic Convention also heads Moving America Forward, a pro-Kerry 527.

John Kerry can't have it both ways.

John Kerry can't say that Ben Ginsberg providing legal advice to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth while serving as outside counsel to the Bush-Cheney campaign is evidence of illegal coordination when Bob Bauer serves as legal counsel to both the Kerry campaign and America Coming Together, and Joe Sandler serves as General Counsel to the Democratic National Committee and to Moveon.org and Moving America Forward all at the same time.

Bob Bauer and Joe Sandler are not likely to resign any time soon, but I respect Ben for deciding to do so.

John Kerry can't have it both ways.
- From RNC Chair Ed Gillespie


In Boston, Senator Kerry missed an opportunity to outline his vision for the future choosing instead to look back. John Kerry has made his 4 months of service in Vietnam the cornerstone of his campaign, as he has done in EVERY campaign in which he has run. It was Kerry who brought Vietnam to the forefront of this campaign not Bush-Cheney. It was Kerry who made campaign stops and posed with a blown up picture of him and fellow Vietnam Vets. When those vets asked the Kerry camp to stop using their images, the Kerry camp did not respond and continued to make the inference that all of these men supported John Kerry. Hence the birth of the Swift Boat veterans For Truth and the #1 Bestseller "Unfit For Command." These men did not want America to make an assumption that they supported John Kerry.

John Kerry continues to say he wants to focus on the issues and not on Vietnam. Yet, John Kerry continues to bring Vietnam to the forefront of his campaign, and not his 20 years of Senate experience. A Telling sign of how one will serve in an office they seek is to look at the record of service in the prior offices they held. John Kerry does not have the luxury of running on his Senate experience. If he did America would be mortified.

1. John Kerry and raising taxes

Kerry voted against President Bush's middle class tax cuts in 2001 and in 2003. Tax relief has resulted in this year alone :

  • 111 million individuals and families receiving an average tax cut of $1,586
  • 49 million married couples will have an average tax cut of $2,602
  • 43 million families with children will receive an average tax cut of $2,090
  • 14 million elderly individuals will see their taxes fall, on averag, by $1,883
  • 25 million small business owners will receive an average tax cut of $3,001

    2. John Kerry on education reform

    While John Kerry delivers empty rhetoric and baseless attacks, President Bush has delivered on a historic promise to ensure every child in America can receive a quality education. Today, Kerry attacks the President's No Child Left behind Act that he once called "groundbreaking" and criticizes education funding while skipping education votes. Kerry even voted six times against expanded education savings accounts, which would have provided $4 billion in tax savings for parents to use towards their child's college tuition.


    3. John Kerry and funding our troops in the war on terror

    John Kerry voted to go to war with Iraq, and then voted against providing our troops with the tools they need to get the job done. These funds provided body armor and other force protection measures such as armored Humvees, as well as health care for reservists, support for families and meals for injured soldiers. And during his time in the Senate, Kerry voted at least 12 times against pay increases for service members.

    4. John Kerry Slashing America's Intelligence Funding

    Even in the face of serious threats, not long after the first World Trade Center bombing, John Kerry proposed $7.5 billion in across the board intelligence cuts. During his almost 20 years in the Senate, Kerry has lead the charge to gut intelligence funds, proposing or supporting cuts of billions of dollars in intelligence spending. Despite all his proposed cuts to intelligence, Kerry said after September 11th that intelligence is the most important weapon in the War On Terror. Kerry would also sunset vital provisions of the Patriot Act and deny law enforcement and intelligence agencies tools needed to prevent terrorist attacks.

    5. John Kerry Weakening America's Defense

    John Kerry's record on defense and military spending is troubling. Kerry has repeatedly opposed funding for weapons vital to winning the War on Terror, including: Bradley Fighting Vehicles, Patriot Missles, B-2 Stealth bombers, F-18 Fighter Jets and more. In the Senate, Kerry has repeatedly sought to slash billions of dollars in defense spending.

    6. John Kerry Replacing the Patriot Act

    John Kerry would end the Patriot Act that is keeping America safe. Since the Patriot Act was passed three terrorist sleeper cells have been broken up in the United States - in Buffalo, Portland, and Seattle - and 176 individuals have been convicted or plead guilty after being charged with terrorism-related crimes. In 2001, Kerry voted for the Patriot Act, saying, "Passage of this legislation is going to make it a lot more difficult for new terrorist organizations to develop." Now, Kerry bashes the Patriot Act and calls for replacing it with new law.

    7. John Kerry and His Harmful Higher Taxes

    Kerry voted against President Bush's historic middle class tax cuts in 2001 and 2003. He voted against marriage penalty relief at least 22 times; against expanding the child tax care credit at least 18 times; and he voted at least 13 times against full repeal of the death tax. The Kerry plan for higher taxes and $1.9 trillion in new government spending would derail the President's pro-growth policies that helped create more than 1.5 million new jobs and 11 straight months of economic growth.

    8. John Kerry and Higher Gas Taxes

    John Kerry has supported higher gas taxes at least 11 times as Senator, including a 50 cent gas tax increase. He has repeatedly blocked the development of a national energy policy, which included responsible energy development and renewable energy proposals.

    9. John Kerry Opposing Faith Based Programs

    John Kerry was actually FOR faith-based programs before he was against them. In 2001, Kerry said President Bush's faith based plan had "the potential to be helpful." But in 2003, Kerry said the President's faith based initiative crosses the line of church-state seperation. He even said he would end government funding to any religious group. Unlike John Kerry, President Bush believes the governemtn should view Americans who work in faith-based charities as partners, not as rivals.

    10. John Kerry Turning His Back On American Seniors

    John Kerry missed 36 of 38 votes on the Medicare Reform and Prescription Drug Benefit, including final passage of the bill. While President Bush chose to empower America's seniors with savings on prescription drugs, John Kerry chose to play politics and skip votes. Kerry decided to hit the campaign trail instead of attending the final vote because he felt it "was not going to make a difference."

    John Kerry - Two America's - One for Flip and One For Flop

  • Republican National Convention - Day 2

    Well, let's start by saying Michael Moore got a dose of his own medicine on Monday night and he decided that he did not want to return to MSG for Tuesday night. Maybe someone got hold of him in a back alley and sent a message. Or maybe it was the crowd gathered in MSG, showing Michael Moore that all he has accomplished is the mobilization and the motivation of the Republican party. Regardless, he is gone.

    Over 500 arrests yesterday alone, which brings the two day total somewhere over 700. To the peace loving, pot smoking, law breaking protesters who flipped over an NYPD scooter, ripped the NYPD Officer out of the scooter, and repeatedly kicked, and one guy even stomped on the officers head. Stick around for a while, we have room to accomodate all of you. I guarantee you that the Kerry voter who was caught on film assaulting a Police Officer will be found. Word is that someone flipped him in already and it will be a matter of time before they swoop down and bring him in. One can only hope he resists arrest. The NYPD went into this convention week, in a very professional manner. All intents were that this was business as usual. No politics, just professionalism and courtesy. After this guy got put into a hospital, I would dare say that the politeness aspect is gone. If a cop tells a protester to back off and that protester sneezes he will probably get arrested.

    Enough with the dregs of society, let's get on to the show. Last night was a big night for the Convention. George W. Bush was officially nominated by the delegates as the Republican candidate for President in 2004. No Surprise there. The theme was "People of Compassion." You had Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson of Texas open the evenings festivities, followed by the winner of the MTV contest "Stand Up and Holla" Princella Smith. Then came Senator Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina, George P. Bush, nephew of the President who really wowed the crowd at the 2000 convention, Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, Senate Majority Leader Doctor Bill Frist, Secretary of Education Rod Paige, and Lt Governor of Maryland Michael Steele. Next up was The Governator. Governor Arnold Schwarznegger of California stepped to the podium and the Garden was louder than a Rangers or Knicks win. Arnold gave a really rousing speech from his journey to America as a young Austrian. He touched on how the party does not have to agree 100% on all issues, an inference to the drastic differences he has with the President on social issues. But make no mistake about it, Arnold could not have shouted George W. Bush and 4 more years any louder. He had this crowd from start to finish and gave an excellent speech.

    Following Arnold were the bush Twins, Jenna and Barbara. This was the girls first public speaking appearance. They were there to introduce their dad, our President, via satellite video feed. This may have been a mistake because they drained the crowd. There was polite cheers and clapping for them but it was out of politeness and respect. They took to the podium and spoke about pop culture and how Grandma Barbara doesn't get it. Mom and Dad do get it. Sometimes they are young and irresponsible and it is only because they are, well, young and irresponsible. It seemed as if they were trying to poke some fun at their obsession with fashion, partying, and staying away from the media. They are bright young women, but came across as ditzy young teens. Following the girls was the President who introduced his wife, First Lady Laura Bush.

    Laura Bush gave a great speech and it should have gotten more attention and response, but I honestly think that the 10 minutes of the twins took the crowd out of the convention. Mrs. Bush spoke about her husbands compassion and dedication. One comment that sticks out is quiet nights at dinner while George looks over intelligence briefings and tells her about threats worse than 9-11. She spoke of the newfound hope of the women in Iraq and Afghanistan thanks to the United States.

    A Good night indeed, but surely everyone is itching for Thursday night.

    Update: 20 Year old Jamal Holiday of East Harlem was arrested last night for the brutal beating of NYPD Detective William Smaple Jr.
    Also, updated numbers show that 1000+ arrests were made on the second day of the convention.

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