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I Don't Care Who You Put In, Just Get Bush Out!
The Troubadour | March 12, 2004 | Sara Connolly

Posted on 03/08/2004 7:02:34 PM PST by It's me

I Don't Care Who You Put In, Just Get Bush Out!

Recently John Kerry has emerged as the frontrunner of the Democratic primaries, and he'll likely be the democratic nominee for President. Until recently, however, the Democrats were a scrambling mess trying to find someone - anyone! - to step up and take the nomination. Their candidate had to be reliable, electable, one who would unify the various wings and factions of the Democratic Party - but most importantly, the candidate has to one who can get Bush out of office!

The Democratic campaign is little more than a helter- skelter effort to do away with Bush, by any means possible. In fact, various organizations have been formed for the explicit purpose of getting Bush out of office, rather than trying to provide a specific someone to take his place. It's not so much that John Kerry would be a good replacement for George Bush, it's that they unequivocally hate Bush. To them, it doesn't matter who is in office as long as it's not Bush.

MoveOn.org is an example of one of these organizations. Masquerading as a "Voter's Fund" "supporting busy but concerned citizens in finding their political voice" and fostering democratic participation, this group is dedicated to the singular goal of defeating George Bush' reelection bid. Their hatred of George Bush probably extends not only to a wish to beat him in election, but a desire to beat him, in any way, by any means, with any blunt instrument handy. On their website, the first and largest headline calls for a Congressional censure for Bush, because of his "misleading statements that pushed the nation into war." Then, they accuse Bush of failing to place controls on mercury emissions by power plants, thus causing the levels of mercury in people's blood to "unsafe levels." So, not only is Bush lying to get us into a war that he undoubtedly took personal pleasure in waging, but he is also in charge of letting mercury into our bloodstreams. This malicious mercury emission can either be chalked up to Halliburton, one of those universal scapegoats whom everyone blames but no one understands why, or some complex motivation embedded in Bush's psyche as a result of some legacy of his father's unfinished business. After all, those pretty much sum up the motivation behind ever other atrocity Bush is accused of committing.

One of the most noticeable things about the MoveOn.org website is their promotion of the political ads created for their "Bush In 30 Seconds" campaign. This was a contest held to encourage amateur filmmakers and political mudslingers to create thirty- second long videos with as many stabs at Bush's policy as possible coupled with an omission of any real fact. The most emotional or incendiary video with the least facts to back up the accusations would win.

Sure enough, the winner was a piece entitled "Child's Pay," a video without words showing children working in tough jobs accompanied by sorrowful music. Ten year olds were showcased in recycling plants, washing dishes, and collecting garbage in a dingy, dark city. At the end of the ad the message flicked on screen. "Guess who's going to pay off President Bush' $1 trillion deficit?" Apparently, Bush has so run up government spending that our children are going to have to work cleaning hotels in order to pay him back. This because, of course, we as citizens are required to make money to pay off the deficit, and paying back the deficit is such an urgent national problem that we'll have to repeal child labor laws in order to get back this desperately needed money.

It's hard to tell what this ad is saying. They can't seriously think that Bush is going to force children to work as supermarket checkers, do they? Is it a message against heavy taxation, saying that the children who will be forced to labor should keep their hard- earned money rather than paying it all in taxes to support any pet project of an administration loose on the old purse strings? I doubt an anti- tax message is endorsed by any Democrat.

And, of course, the Democratic campaign is not consistently a message against excessive government spending. They may decry the deficit, but another finalist ad presents a question and answer format of attacking the President. "Who said 'I will leave no child behind' and then cut $6 billion of education funding?" The answer, obviously, is President Bush. Earlier, he was spending too much, and that hurts the poor innocent and ethnically diverse children in the workforce; now, he spends too little, and that hurts children as well. These anti- Bush activists fail to mention that higher educational funding is rarely linked to improvement in educational performance. The idea is never considered either that in order to do away with deficits, budgets and funding might have to be cut. The President will be attacked whichever way he turns; whether he cuts or increases spending, his opponents will be there ready with harpoons in hand.

The 'facts' these attackers use against Bush are inconsistent as well. There were quite a few ads decrying the federal deficit, but each one quoted a different number of billions of dollars that Bush supposedly single- handedly wasted. Job loss was another big one, and again the number of people to whom Bush personally handed pink slips fluctuated with every ad. The numbers might be inconsistent because they are usually fabricated; either way, it points to an absence of real fact. Bush is portrayed as sending a wealthy old white man to take money from kindergartens with his "Leave No Billionaire Behind" policy, and is caricatured as a roommate who wants to paint the apartment without his roommates agreement, a Robin Hood character who robs from the very old and the very young and gives to the wealthy, and a car repair shop owner who destroys cars rather than fixing them.

These ads, and indeed much of the accusations against Bush in the political world at large, outside of MoveOn.org, are often senseless statements making some convoluted claim or are little more than potshots without evidence or numbers backing the accusations. It's like the attacks we've all heard on the PATRIOT (Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism) Act (H.R. 3162), claiming that the bill takes away our fundamental constitutional rights, etc., etc. Few have actually read the bill to know that it simply amends powers already granted to law enforcement authorities, such as the ability to use wire- tapping to gather evidence when a crime is suspected, to include terrorism in the lists of crimes they are empowered to combat. Like the title says, the Act isn't limiting anyone's personal freedoms or constitutional rights. It simply makes it easier for authorities to take action against terrorism, but according to Bush' opponents, it was invented by the oil- guzzling ghost of Hitler himself.

Bush has been compared to Hitler, has been accused of invading Iraq purely for his own mysterious reasons, and has been called the greatest threat to peace in the world today. Those attacking the President should carefully remember that if they were actually in a country with an oppressive, usurped regime, such as what Iraq once was or what they accuse ours of being, they could be killed for making those accusations they fling about so liberally. The mere fact that they can say what they please should show them that they are more fortunate than many citizens of this world. They would do well to remember that before launching another one of their objectionably irrational and obnoxiously venomous attacks. And it would be lovely to have an actual fact or reliable statistic mixed in with an attack, now and then.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: 2004; attackads; bush; campaign; democrat; election; kerry; moveonorg; patriotact
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1 posted on 03/08/2004 7:02:36 PM PST by It's me
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To: It's me
Did you write this? If so it was great.
2 posted on 03/08/2004 7:08:31 PM PST by Texasforever (I apologize in advance)
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To: It's me
I second that! Great writing, whomever it was. Org's like Moveon and the like don't need no steenkeeng facts!

I was all set by the first few lines, especially the "anybody but Bush" statement, to fuss and fidgit about the article.
3 posted on 03/08/2004 7:16:01 PM PST by Theresawithanh (We can't afford to lose this war! Vote President Bush in 2004!)
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To: It's me
Excellent read, Thanks for posting it
4 posted on 03/08/2004 7:16:06 PM PST by MJY1288 (There's no leaders on the path of least resistance, ask John Kerry, he's been paving it for 32 yrs.)
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To: nutmeg
bttt
5 posted on 03/08/2004 7:18:26 PM PST by nutmeg (Why vote for Bush? Imagine Commander in Chief John Fin Kerry)
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To: It's me

So true. The left is, if anything, irrational and obnoxious.

6 posted on 03/08/2004 7:20:02 PM PST by Cultural Jihad
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To: It's me
The Presidential election in 2004 is going to be a landslide. Everyone I know that votes Dem is voting W. The world is going to see just what they have woke.
7 posted on 03/08/2004 7:24:55 PM PST by Spruce (Pres. J.F.Kerry would be an absolute disaster for western civilization.)
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To: Texasforever; Theresawithanh
No, but thank you.

My daughter wrote it. She writes for her college paper, The Troubadour, at Franciscan University, Steubenville, Ohio.
8 posted on 03/08/2004 7:45:18 PM PST by It's me
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To: It's me
[ I Don't Care Who You Put In, Just Get Bush Out! ]

O.K. Missy...
HOW BOUT ANN COULTER AND LAURA INGRAHAM(as Veep)

9 posted on 03/08/2004 7:52:53 PM PST by hosepipe
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To: It's me
I don't believe this so-called anybody but Bush stuff. I think its all hype. It's nothing deeper than the allegiance I see here in Alabama for Alabama or Auburn. Its that shallow and I believe just calculated to get the dems fired up. Bush hasn't done anythign to really stir up liberals big time. He's been careful about that with his triangulation and compassionate conservativism crap. So its all BS.
10 posted on 03/08/2004 8:03:22 PM PST by plain talk
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To: It's me
Kudos to your daughter :) "she makes her mama proud" :)

11 posted on 03/08/2004 8:37:53 PM PST by ozzysmom
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To: Texasforever
"I Don't Care Who You Put In, Just Get Bush Out!"

here is the reality. There maybe enough people who think this way so that Bush loses. However, once bush is gone Kerry becomes the issue. Ive never heard of any party anywhere that was able to create a long-term political realignment based on "where not the other guy"

so long as DEMS lead in the polls they will not feel pressured to put out their own agenda

12 posted on 03/08/2004 8:39:53 PM PST by raloxk
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To: Jeff Head; Mia T
BTTT.........good read !
13 posted on 03/08/2004 8:42:04 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: It's me
Bush and Kerry are both members of Skull and Bones. So a true anti-establishmentarian would recognize that this entire presidential race is less of a choice than between Bud and Bud Lite.
14 posted on 03/08/2004 8:42:11 PM PST by 537 Votes (Compassionate Conservative = Moderate Republican = Country Club Liberal.)
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To: It's me
congratulate your daughter. The RNC should hire her now.
15 posted on 03/08/2004 8:45:02 PM PST by moodyskeptic (weekend warrior in the culture war)
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To: It's me

Your daughter wrote this! You have every reason to be proud of her. I'm almost afraid to ask the name of the college she attends.
16 posted on 03/08/2004 9:11:18 PM PST by onyx (Kerry' s a Veteran, but so were Lee Harvey Oswald, Timothy McVeigh and Benedict Arnold.)
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To: 537 Votes
Bush and Kerry are both members of Skull and Bones.

Them Skull and Bones are gonna git ya!

They's in cahoots with Mistah David Rockafella, under the control o' the jooos.

You are right to be afraid, dork.

17 posted on 03/08/2004 9:17:25 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: It's me
I used to watch the Stuebenville TV channel (there was only one) at my grandfathers house near Piedmont Lake back in the '60s.

I remember making a couple of trips to the hospital there, but we won't talk about that. (It was an accident with an axe, and there was that time I fell out of the oak tree in the front yard....)

Thanks for bringing up some very pleasant memories for me. Please give your daughter my best wishes.

Regards,

L

18 posted on 03/08/2004 9:22:09 PM PST by Lurker (Don't bite the hand that meads you.)
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To: It's me
INTREP - ELECTION 2004
19 posted on 03/08/2004 9:29:25 PM PST by LiteKeeper
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To: onyx
Franciscan University, Steubenville, Ohio
20 posted on 03/08/2004 9:38:47 PM PST by It's me
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