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Sitting this one out (open letter to RNC)
me | 8/21/04 | me

Posted on 08/21/2004 9:06:29 AM PDT by wdkeller

TO: Republican National Committee Cc: Butler Co. Republican party Ohio Republican Party George W. Bush

Subject: Sitting this one out

As a conservative, I have become increasingly disappointed at the leftward drift of the Republican Party under the leadership of George W. Bush. His monetary and immigration policies are prime examples.

I have come to the conclusion that he is, quite simply, unacceptable. Furthermore, the overall position of the Republican Party is too far to the left to suit me.

The argument that "the other guy is worse" is invalid. There is now such an indiscernible difference between the Republican and Democrat parties that it would make little difference who won the election.

You have not put up a good candidate since Ronald Reagan. I have held my nose and voted in the last three elections, but I can't stomach it any more.

Therefore, this year, I will vote for no Republican candidates at the national, state or local level. If I find an acceptable conservative 3rd party, I will vote for them.

If we lose the election, so be it. My prayer is that a sound drubbing will slap some sense back into the Republican Party.

- Wayne Keller Cincinnati, Ohio


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1 posted on 08/21/2004 9:06:30 AM PDT by wdkeller
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To: wdkeller

yawnnnnnnnnnn


2 posted on 08/21/2004 9:08:22 AM PDT by Drango (Free speech only for the veterans who agree with Kerry. All others must be silenced.)
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To: wdkeller

This is your Brain
This is your Brain on a Prayer Rug
Any Questions?


3 posted on 08/21/2004 9:09:13 AM PDT by TexasTransplant (I made my Fortune selling Sugar Coated Cat Turds on a Stick at the DNC Convention)
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To: wdkeller

So, I guess National Security means nothing to you...Kerry would debate with the UN until He!! freezes over if we are attacked..you know it, but that means so little that you will sit by and let the election be closer by at least your vote. Shame on you!


4 posted on 08/21/2004 9:09:35 AM PDT by Jewels1091
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To: wdkeller
If we lose the election, so be it.

Who's "we"? I thought you weren't a Republican any longer?

5 posted on 08/21/2004 9:09:46 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: wdkeller

Zzzzzzzz.


6 posted on 08/21/2004 9:10:35 AM PDT by comebacknewt
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To: wdkeller

No difference between Bush and Kerry??

Supreme Court:

Bush - 2 more conservative judges
Kerry - 2 more activist liberal judges

War on Terror

Bush - liberate Iran, N. Korea
Kerry - suck up to France

Taxes
Bush - permanent tax cuts, talk of other reform
Kerry - soak those evil rich, except Mr. Kerry, of course

Need I go on..?


7 posted on 08/21/2004 9:10:41 AM PDT by RockinRight (Liberalism IS the status quo)
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To: Mr. Mojo

"we"
He has a mouse in his pocket.


8 posted on 08/21/2004 9:10:43 AM PDT by TexasTransplant (I made my Fortune selling Sugar Coated Cat Turds on a Stick at the DNC Convention)
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To: wdkeller

PFFffffffft!!!


9 posted on 08/21/2004 9:10:48 AM PDT by EggsAckley (........."YO" is "OY" spelled backwards.........)
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To: wdkeller

Another hit and run. Yaaaaaawwwwwnnnnnn.


10 posted on 08/21/2004 9:11:33 AM PDT by teletech (Friends don't let friends vote DemocRAT!)
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To: wdkeller

Only a moron from Cincy would think that not voting for Bush is a good idea.

I can't wait until my Buckeyes stomp the crap out of you on the 4th of September!!!! GGRRRRRRRR


11 posted on 08/21/2004 9:13:08 AM PDT by MikefromOhio (Kerry renames the US The People's Republic of America)
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To: wdkeller

12 posted on 08/21/2004 9:13:37 AM PDT by Lady Jag (Used to be sciencediet (aka Tad Rad) but found the solution)
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To: wdkeller

The Kerry/Edwards Campaign thanks you.


13 posted on 08/21/2004 9:13:41 AM PDT by leadpenny
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To: teletech

To my surprise, there is actually a Wayne Keller listed in the Cincinnati phone book.


14 posted on 08/21/2004 9:14:19 AM PDT by Steve_Stifler
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To: wdkeller

Somewhere, a village's idiot is missing!


15 posted on 08/21/2004 9:14:41 AM PDT by verity (The Liberal Media is America's Enemy)
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To: wdkeller

If this guy is a Republican or a Conservative, I'm the pope.


16 posted on 08/21/2004 9:15:48 AM PDT by anoldafvet (If France was our enemy, what would be different?)
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To: wdkeller
LOL!

Can't bring yourself to vote for a moderate republican over a lefty lunatic?

Shame on you!

You will likely find yourself sitting out every election to come. Did you really think at the outset that the actor from California was going to go down in history as one of our best presidents, or did it take eight years of cumulative accomplishments by Reagan to give him that title.

Bush is much the same in that regard. Give him the four more years to prove it to you. It certainly beats the alternative in John (health care is a right) Kerry, I would honestly think.

17 posted on 08/21/2004 9:16:10 AM PDT by Cold Heat (http://ice.he.net/~freepnet/kerry/staticpages/index.php?page=20040531140357545)
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To: wdkeller

My tagline, courtesy of Cincinnatus Wife, says it all


18 posted on 08/21/2004 9:16:13 AM PDT by jocon307 (That's allowed, as long as we all vote for W.)
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To: wdkeller
Don't allow the"perfect" to impede the "good".

You must be a "no loafer", e.g. to you no loaf of bread is preferable to half a loaf of bread. Your attitude ensures that you will 1. remain in the minority, 2. remain forever unhappy, 3. remain without any representation. He who doesn't vote has no right to complain about the government we get.

19 posted on 08/21/2004 9:17:13 AM PDT by buzzsaw6 (USAF officer and Scoutmaster)
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To: wdkeller

Let's see:

1. Mr. Bush has seen high deficits during his first term AS DID MR. REAGAN. [I am guessing this is what you mean by monetary policy, if you mean actual monetary not budget policy their Fed Chairman adopted similar moderate money growth policies.]

2. Mr. Bush has proposed immigration reform including some guest worker status, MR. REAGAN SIGNED INTO LAW AN IMMIGRATION AMNESTY BILL IN 1986.

So your criticisms are really well founded aren't they. You are probably just another troll.


20 posted on 08/21/2004 9:17:37 AM PDT by JLS
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To: wdkeller

As soon as the world comes crumbling down I am sure someone will be contacting you to give you a medal


21 posted on 08/21/2004 9:18:24 AM PDT by woofie ( It's not an optical illusion. It just looks like one.)
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To: All
Attention whores like the author will be posting this crap until November. Do them a favor and ignore them. Don't reward them with hundreds of responses that they will only quote for their socialist masters. Anyone feeling the need to inform us all of his opinion, instead of engaging in discussion does not deserve your reply. Ignore this nut.
22 posted on 08/21/2004 9:18:33 AM PDT by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: wdkeller
There is now such an indiscernible difference between the Republican and Democrat parties that it would make little difference who won the election.

That sir is an absolutely idiotic statement and sentiment such as you have expressed here is unfathomable to me.

G.W. Bush broke my heart when he violated his oath of office and signed this idiotic campaign finance - aka MSM empowerment - act but I'll assure that my disappointment does not extent to the point that would allow me to participate in putting an out and out communist in the White House.

23 posted on 08/21/2004 9:19:11 AM PDT by Bigun (IRSsucks@getridof it.com)
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To: wdkeller
The argument that "the other guy is worse" is invalid. There is now such an indiscernible difference between the Republican and Democrat parties that it would make little difference who won the election.

Wayne Keller, you're wrong.

1. Lower tax rates.

2. More personal control and choices (read: privatization) of Medicare.

3. Respect for innocent, unborn life.

4. Strength here and abroad--even if France doesn't agree.

5. Small but steady move toward Choice in Education.

I no longer support the Democrat Party Operatives who are trying--some knowingly, some unknowingly--to turn this country into a socialist-like state.

There is a difference. A big one. I haven't agreed with President Bush in the execution or content of some of his work. The position saying he is a Democrat Redux simply does not hold water.

24 posted on 08/21/2004 9:19:30 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I'm so glad to no longer be associated with the Party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: wdkeller

What a whiner without facts.


25 posted on 08/21/2004 9:19:49 AM PDT by Libertina (The Democrat Party: Ah the freedom to lie, fund 527s, and ban books with media approval.)
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To: wdkeller

You classify cutting taxes as a "leftward drift"?


26 posted on 08/21/2004 9:19:59 AM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (This tagline was censored by freerepublic.com!)
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To: wdkeller
Take two aspirins and a good nights rest. You'll feel better in the morning.
27 posted on 08/21/2004 9:20:10 AM PDT by Logical me (Oh, well!!!!)
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To: wdkeller

Interesting first post in 6 months, Wayne. Been "sleeping?"


28 posted on 08/21/2004 9:20:32 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Pukin Dog

Yeah! I'm taking your advice and sitting this thread out.


29 posted on 08/21/2004 9:22:10 AM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: wdkeller

So, it IS all about you.


30 posted on 08/21/2004 9:22:39 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Be a Dollar a Day FReeper, and SMILE when you get your Mastercard bill!)
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To: wdkeller

While I agree with your observations, you must consider the broader picture. President Bush, Hastert, Karl Rove Inc, and the rest of the Republicans are in the middle of a 20 year mission. The mission is the destruction of the Democratic Party.


31 posted on 08/21/2004 9:23:04 AM PDT by xrp
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To: wdkeller
I'm not voting for a Republican because George W. Bush didn't/did (insert pet issue/whine here), therefore I'm voting for (Kerry/insert other loser here).

Yep, that'll show him. I'll feel just as smug and self-satisfied as all those Nader voters in 2000. Hah!

</sarcasm


PRESIDENT BUSH'S AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENTS


Abortion & Traditional Values

1. Banned Partial Birth Abortion — by far the most significant roll-back of abortion on demand since Roe v. Wade.

2. Reversed Clinton's move to strike Reagan's anti-abortion Mexico Policy.

3. By Executive Order (EO), reversed Clinton's policy of not requiring parental consent for abortions under the Medical Privacy Act.

4. By EO, prohibited federal funds for international family planning groups that provide abortions and related services.

5. Upheld the ban on abortions at military hospitals.

6. Made $33 million available for abstinence education programs in 2004.

7. Supports the Defense of Marriage Act — and a Constitutional amendment saying marriage is between one man and one woman.

8. Requires states to conduct criminal background checks on prospective foster and adoptive parents.

9. Requires districts to let students transfer out of dangerous schools.

10. Requires schools to have a zero-tolerance policy for classroom disruption (reintroducing discipline into classrooms).

11. Signed the Teacher Protection Act, which protects teachers from lawsuits related to student discipline.

12. Expanded the role of faith-based and community organizations in after-school programs.

Budget, Taxes & Economy

1. Signed two income tax cuts, one of which was the largest dollar-value tax cut in world history.

2. Supports permanent elimination of the death tax.

3. Turned around an inherited economy that was in recession, and deeply shocked as a result of the 9/11 attacks.

4. Is seeking legislation to amend the Constitution to give the president line-item veto authority.

5. In process of permanently eliminating IRS marriage penalty.

6. Increased small business incentives to expand and to hire new people.

7. Initiated discussion on privatizing Social Security and individual investment accounts.

8. Killed Clinton's "ergonomic" rules that OSHA was about to implement; rules would have shut down every home business in America.

9. Passed tough new laws to hold corporate criminals to account as a result of corporate scandals.

10. Reduced taxes on dividends and capital gains.

11. Signed trade promotion authority.

12. Reduced and is working to ultimately eliminate the estate tax for family farms and ranches.

13. Fight Europe's ban on importing biotech crops from the United States.

14. Exempt food from unilateral trade sanctions and embargoes.

15. Provided $20 million to states to help people with disabilities work from home.

16. Created a fund to encourage technologies that help the disabled.

17. Increased the annual contribution limit on Education IRA's from $500 to $2,000 per child.

18. Make permanent the $5,000 adoption tax credit and provide $1 billion over five years to increase the credit to $10,000.

19. Grant a complete tax exemption for prepaid or college tuition savings plans.

20. Reduced H1B visas from a high of 195,000 per year to 66,000 per year.

Character & Conduct as President

1. Changed the tone in the White House, restoring HONOR and DIGNITY to the presidency.

2. Has reintroduced the mention of God and faith into public discourse.

3. Handled himself with enormous courage, dignity, grace, determination, and leadership in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 hijackings and anthrax attacks. He almost single-handedly held this country together during those searing days:

Just three days after the attacks, in his address at the National Cathedral, the President reassured the nation when he said: "War has been waged against us by stealth and deceit and murder. This nation is peaceful, but fierce when stirred to anger. This conflict was begun on the timing and terms of others. It will end in a way, and at an hour, of our choosing."

On Friday, September 14, 2001, President Bush visited Ground Zero. Standing on a crushed and burned fire engine atop the smoldering pile at Ground Zero, he put his arm around a retired firefighter who had volunteered to help, and began speaking to the crowd. Rescue workers shouted that they could not hear him. Someone handed him a small American flag and bullhorn. The President spontaneously shouted: "I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you. And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon." The crowd roared with cheers and chants of "USA! USA! USA!" Then he raised that American flag and rallied a nation.

Education & Employment Training

1. Signed the No Child Left Behind Act, delivering the most dramatic education reforms in a generation (challenging the soft bigotry of low expectations). The very liberal California Teachers union is currently running radio ads against the accountability provisions of this Act.

2. Announced "Jobs for the 21st Century," a comprehensive plan to better prepare workers for jobs in the new millennium by strengthening post-secondary education and job training, and by improving high school education.

3. Is working to provide vouchers to low-income students in persistently failing schools to help with costs of attending private schools. (Blocked in the Senate.)

4. Requires annual reading and math tests in grades three through eight.

5. Requires states to participate in the National Assessment of Education Progress, or an equivalent program, to establish a national benchmark for academic performance.

6. Requires school-by-school accountability report cards.

7. Established a $2.4 billion fund to help states implement teacher accountability systems.

8. Increased funding for the Troops-to-Teachers program, which recruits former military personnel to become teachers.

Environment & Energy

1. Killed the Kyoto Global Warming Treaty.

2. Submitted a comprehensive Energy Plan (awaits Congressional action). The plan works to develop cleaner technology, produce more natural gas here at home, make America less dependent on foreign sources of energy, improve national grid, etc.

3. Established a $10 million grant program to promote private conservation initiatives.

4. Significantly eased field-testing controls of genetically engineered crops.

5. Changed parts of the Forestry Management Act to allow necessary cleanup of the national forests in order to reduce fire danger.

6. Part of national forests cleanup: Restricted judicial challenges (based on the Endangered Species Act and other challenges), and removed the need for an Environmental Impact Statement before removing fuels/logging to reduce fire danger.

7. Killed Clinton's CO2 rules that were choking off all of the electricity surplus to California.

8. Provided matching grants for state programs that help private landowners protect rare species.

Defense & Foreign Policy

1. Successfully executed two wars in the aftermath of 9/11/01: Afghanistan and Iraq. 50 million people who had lived under tyrannical regimes now live in freedom.

2. Saddam Hussein is now in prison. His two murderous sons are dead. All but a handful of the regime's senior members were killed or captured.

3. Leader by leader and member by member, al Maida is being hunted down in dozens of countries around the world. Of the senior al Qaeda leaders, operational managers, and key facilitators the U.S. Government has been tracking, nearly two-thirds have been taken into custody or killed. The detentions or deaths of senior al Qaeda leaders, including Khalid Shaykh Muhammad, the mastermind of 9/11, and Muhammad Atef, Osama bin Laden's second-in-command until his death in late 2001, have been important in the War on Terror.

4. Disarmed Libya of its chemical, nuclear and biological WMD's without bribes or bloodshed.

5. Continues to execute the War On Terror, getting worldwide cooperation to track funds/terrorists. Has cut off much of the terrorists' funding, and captured or killed many key leaders of the al Qaeda network.

6. Initiated a comprehensive review of our military, which was completed just prior to 9/11/01, and which accurately reported that ASYMMETRICAL WARFARE capabilities were critical in the 21st Century.

7. Killed the old US/Soviet Union ABM Treaty that was preventing the U.S. from deploying our ABM defenses.

8. Has been one of the strongest, if not THE strongest friend Israel has ever hand in the U.S. presidency.

9. Part of the coalition for an Israeli/Palestinian "Roadmap to Peace," along with Great Britain, Russia and the EU.

10. Pushed through THREE raises for our military. Increased military pay by more than $1 billion a year.

11. Signed the LARGEST nuclear arms reduction in world history with Russia.

12. Started withdrawing our troops from Bosnia, and has announced withdrawal of our troops from Germany and the Korean DMZ.

13. Prohibited putting U.S. troops under U.N. command.

14. Paid back UN dues only in return for reforms and reduction of U.S. share of the costs.

15. Earmarked at least 20 percent of the Defense procurement budget for next-generation weaponry.

16. Increased defense research and development spending by at least $20 billion from fiscal 2002 to 2006.

17. Ordered a comprehensive review of military weapons and strategy.

18. Ordered a review of overseas deployments.

19. Ordered renovation of military housing. The military has already upgraded about 10 percent of its inventory and expects to modernize 76,000 additional homes this year.

20. Is working to tighten restrictions on military-technology exports.

21. Brought back our EP-3 intel plane and crew from China without any bribes or bloodshed.

Globalization & Internationalism

1. Challenged the United Nations to live up to their responsibilities and not become another League of Nations (in other words, showed the UN to be completely irrelevant).

2. Killed U.S. involvement in the International Criminal Court.

3. Told the United Nations we weren't interested in their plans for gun control (i.e., the International Ban on Small Arms Trafficking Treaty).

4. The only President since the founding of the UN to essentially tell that organization it is irrelevant. He said: "The conduct of the Iraqi regime is a threat to the authority of the United Nations, and a threat to peace. Iraq has answered a decade of UN demands with a decade of defiance. All the world now faces a test, and the United Nations a difficult and defining moment. Are Security Council resolutions to be honored and enforced, or cast aside without consequence? Will the United Nations serve the purpose of its founding, or will it be irrelevant?" We all know the outcome and the answer.

5. Told the Congress and the world, "America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our country."

Government Reform

1. Improved government efficiency by putting hundreds of thousands of jobs put up for bid. This weakens public-sector unions and cuts undeserved pay raises.

2. Initiated review of all federal agencies with the goal of eliminating federal jobs (completed September 2003) in an effort to reduce the size of the federal government while increasing private sector jobs.

3. Led the most extensive reorganization the Federal bureaucracy in over 50 years: After 9/11, condensed 20+ overlapping agencies and their intelligence sectors into one agency, the Department of Homeland Security.

4. Ordered each agency to draft a five-year plan to restructure itself, with fewer managers.

5. Converted federal service contracts to performance-based contracts wherever possible so that the contractor has measurable performance goals.

Health

1. Strengthen the National Health Service Corps to put more physicians in the neediest areas, and make its scholarship funds tax-free.

2. Double the research budget of the National Institutes of Health.

3. Signed Medicare Reform, which includes:

A 10-year privatization option.

Prescription drug benefits: Prior to this reform, Medicare paid for extended hospital stays for ulcer surgery, for example, at a cost of about $28,000 per patient. Yet Medicare would not pay for the drugs that eliminate the cause of most ulcers, drugs that cost about $500 a year. Now, drug coverage under Medicare will allow seniors to replace more expensive surgeries and hospitalizations with less expensive prescription medicine.

More health care choices: As President Bush stated, "…when seniors have the ability to make choices, health care plans within Medicare will have to compete for their business by offering higher quality service [at lower cost]. For the seniors of America, more choices and more control will mean better health care. These are the kinds of health care options we give to the members of Congress and federal employees. What's good for members of Congress is also good for seniors.

New Health Savings Accounts: Effective January 1, 2004, Americans can set aside up to $4,500 every year, tax free, to save for medical expenses. Depending on your tax bracket, that means you'll save between 10 to 35 percent on any costs covered by money in your account. Every year, the money not spent would stay in the account and gain interest tax-free, just like an IRA. These accounts will be good for small business owners, and employees. More businesses can focus on covering workers for major medical problems, such as hospitalization for an injury or illness. At the same time, employees and their families will use these accounts to cover doctors visits, or lab tests, or other smaller costs. Some employers will contribute to employee health accounts. This will help more American families get the health care they need at the price they can afford.

Homeland Security, Border Enforcement & Immigration

1. *See Government Reform above. Under President Bush's leadership, America has made an unprecedented commitment to homeland security.

2. Has CONSTRUCTION in process on the first 10 ABM silos in Alaska so that America will have a defense against North Korean nukes. Has ordered national and theater ballistic missile defenses to be deployed by 2004.

3. Announced a 9.7% increase in government-wide homeland security funding in his FY 2005 budget, nearly tripling the FY 2001 levels (excluding the Department of Defense and Project BioShield).

4. Before DHS was created, there were inspectors from three different agencies of the Federal Government and Border Patrol officers protecting our borders. Through DHS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) now consolidates all border activities into a single agency to create "one face at the border." This not only better secures the borders of the United States, but it also eliminates many of the inefficiencies that occurred under the old system. With over 18,000 CBP inspectors and 11,000 Border Patrol agents, CBP has 29,000 uniformed officers on our borders.

5. The Border Patrol is continuing installation of monitoring devices along the borders to detect illegal activity.

6. Launched Operation Tarmac to investigate businesses and workers in the secure areas of domestic airports and ensure immigration law compliance. Since 9/11, DHS has audited 3,640 businesses, examined 259,037 employee records, arrested 1,030 unauthorized workers, and participated in the criminal indictment of 774 individuals.

7. Since September 11, 2001, the Coast Guard has conducted more than 124,000 port security patrols, 13,000 air patrols, boarded more than 92,000 vessels, interdicted over 14,000 individuals attempting to enter the United States illegally, and created and maintained more than 90 Maritime Security Zones.

8. Announced the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), an internet-based system that is improving America's ability to track and monitor foreign students and exchange visitors. Over 870,000 students are registered in SEVIS. Of 285 completed field investigations, 71 aliens were arrested.

9. This week, the US-VISIT program began to digitally collect biometric identifiers to record the entry and exit of aliens who travel into the U.S on a visa. Together with the standard information, this new program will confirm compliance with visa and immigration policies.

10. Eliminated INS bureaucratic redundancies and lack of accountability.

11. Split the Immigration and Naturalization Service into two agencies: one to protect the border and interior, the other to deal with naturalization.

12. Signed the workplace verification bill to prevent hiring of illegal aliens.

13. Established a six-month deadline for processing immigration applications.

14. Information regarding nearly 100% of all containerized cargo is carefully screened by DHS before it arrives in the United States. Higher risk shipments are physically inspected for terrorist weapons and contraband prior to being released from the port of entry. Advanced technologies are being deployed to identify warning signs of chemical, biological, or radiological attacks. Since September 11, 2001, hundreds of thousands of first responders across America have been trained to recognize and respond to the effects of a WMD attack.

Judiciary & Tort Reform

1. Is urging federal liability reform to eliminate frivolous lawsuits.

2. Killed the liberal ABA's unconstitutional role in vetting federal judges. The Senate is supposed to advise and consent, not the ABA.

3. Is nominating strong, conservative judges to the judiciary.

4. Supports class action reform bill which limits lawyer fees so that more settlement money goes to victims.

Politics

1. His leadership resulted in Republican gains in the House and Senate, solidifying Republican control of both houses of Congress and the presidency.

2. Signed an EO enforcing the Supreme Court's Beck decision regarding union dues being used for political campaigns against individual's wishes.

Second Amendment

1. Ordered Attorney General Ashcroft to formally notify the Supreme Court that the OFFICIAL U.S. government position on the 2nd Amendment is that it supports INDIVIDUAL rights to own firearms, and is NOT a Leftist-imagined "collective" right.

2. Signed TWO bills into law that arm our pilots with handguns in the cockpit.

3. Currently pushing for full immunity from lawsuits for our national gun manufacturers.

4. *See Globalization & Internationalism.

Traditional Values, Compassion & Volunteerism

1. Endorses and promotes "The Responsibility Era." President Bush often speaks of the necessity of personal responsibility and civic volunteerism. He said, "In a compassionate society, people respect one another and take responsibility for the decisions they make in life. My hope is to change the culture from one that has said, if it feels good, do it; if you've got a problem, blame somebody else — to one in which every single American understands that he or she is responsible for the decisions that you make; you're responsible for loving your children with all your heart and all your soul; you're responsible for being involved with the quality of the education of your children; you're responsible for making sure the community in which you live is safe; you're responsible for loving your neighbor, just like you would like to be loved yourself."

2. Started the USA Freedom Corps, the most comprehensive clearinghouse of volunteer opportunities ever offered. For the first time in history, Americans can enter geographic information about where they want to get involved, such as state or zip code, as well as areas of interest ranging from education to the environment, and they can access volunteer opportunities offered by more than 50,000 organizations across the country and around the world.

3. Established the The White House Office and the Centers for the Faith-Based and Community Initiative — located in seven Federal agencies. The faith-based initiative supports the essential work of these important organizations. The goal is to make sure that grassroots leaders can compete on an equal footing for federal dollars, receive greater private support, and face fewer bureaucratic barriers. Work focuses on at-risk youth, ex-offenders, the homeless and hungry, substance abusers, those with HIV/AIDS, and welfare-to-work families.

4. The White House released a guidebook fully describing the Administration's belief that faith-based groups have a Constitutionally-protected right to maintain their religious identity through hiring — even when Federal funds are involved.

5. Issued an EO implementing the Supreme Court's Olmstead ruling, which requires moving disabled people from institutions to community-based facilities when possible.

6.Increased funding for low-interest loan programs to help people with disabilities purchase devices to assist them.

7. Revised the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Section 8 rent subsidies to disabled people, permitting them to use up to a year's worth of vouchers to finance down payments on homes. HUD has started pilot programs in 11 states.

8. Committed US funds to purchase medicine for millions of men, women and children now suffering with AIDS in Africa.

9. Heeding the words of our own Declaration of Independence, the president laid out the non-negotiable demands of human dignity for all people everywhere. On January 29, 2002, he said, "No nation owns these aspirations, and no nation is exempt from them. We have no intention of imposing our culture. But America will always stand firm for the non-negotiable demands of human dignity." As stated by the President, they are a virtual manifesto of conservative principles:

Equal Justice Freedom of Speech Limited Government Power Private Property Rights Religious Tolerance Respect for Women Rule of Law
32 posted on 08/21/2004 9:23:17 AM PDT by itsamelman (“Announcing your plans is a good way to hear God laugh.” -- Al Swearengen)
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To: wdkeller
The argument that "the other guy is worse" is invalid. There is now such an indiscernible difference between the Republican and Democrat parties that it would make little difference who won the election

Such ignorance is stunning

33 posted on 08/21/2004 9:23:34 AM PDT by paul51
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To: wdkeller
The argument that "the other guy is worse" is invalid.

If the dems had picked gephardt, you might be right. but they didn't pick gephardt, they picked a useless fool, golddigger, liar of a boy, Kerry.

34 posted on 08/21/2004 9:23:58 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: wdkeller
And I held my nose while I read your pathetic rant.

Get a grip.

LVM

35 posted on 08/21/2004 9:24:26 AM PDT by LasVegasMac (Quick, vote for The French One, before he changes his mind and votes for GWB.)
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To: wdkeller
The argument that "the other guy is worse" is invalid.

Haven't you been paying attention to the war on terror? If we lose that, we lose everything. So what if kerry wins and some jihadi blows your sorry ass up? "So Be It"?

36 posted on 08/21/2004 9:26:17 AM PDT by tbpiper (Michael Moore…..the Erich von Däniken of political documentary)
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To: wdkeller

You appear to be a victim of that disease called acute narcissism. Also called "the I, me and my" disease. A pity and a waste. Our sympathies. And our hope for a speedy recovery.


37 posted on 08/21/2004 9:26:27 AM PDT by mtntop3 ("He who must know before he believes will never come to full knowledge.")
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To: wdkeller
Totally agree with you on Bush's immigration and fiscal policies - but please remember that the alternative is far, far WORSE.

Vote for Bush and straight GOP again - but hold their feet to the fire. A few telephone calls and emails can work wonders.

38 posted on 08/21/2004 9:26:43 AM PDT by 12 Gauge Mossberg
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To: wdkeller
Hate to break it to you....but, YOU'RE STUPID

Sorry, feeling bloody mean today....a week on crutches has made me VERY forthright....LOL.

39 posted on 08/21/2004 9:27:11 AM PDT by goodnesswins (VICTORY...........brings peace.)
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To: wdkeller
This is shortsighted and at the worst irresponsible.
I myself am not happy with some of Bush's domestic polices and feel he has tried to hard to cozy up and please those in the Democratic party on certain issues and they still would just as soon spit on him.
The main thing right now, more important than the Domestic side of things, is the the War on Terrorism. This is a fight we cannot lose and one I feel is a direct threat to our Republic and way of life.
Bush is prosecuting that War and doing a good job and right now we can't "Change Horses in the Middle of the Stream" and put irresponsible Democrats back in charge of our Defense.
All I can hope for is that Bush is seeing that trying to Cozy up to Democrats is not working. Domestically he needs to draw a line in the sand and move the Reagan Agenda forward and shrink government not expand it.
Right now though the War is the most important issue out there and I am voting for Bush on the Big Picture not the small one.
I hope all of you out there will do the same.
40 posted on 08/21/2004 9:28:34 AM PDT by Captain Peter Blood
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To: wdkeller
There is now such an indiscernible difference between the Republican and Democrat parties that it would make little difference who won the election.

There's so many differences and reasons why Kerry must not win that I can't even think where to start....

41 posted on 08/21/2004 9:28:44 AM PDT by 1066AD
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To: Jewels1091
So, I guess National Security means nothing to you

The borders are wide open and thousands of illegal aliens from Mexico and the Middle East are streaming in.

Border control IS a National Security issue, regardless whether or not it hurts the feelings of GOP hacks and other keepers of the status quo.

42 posted on 08/21/2004 9:28:45 AM PDT by 12 Gauge Mossberg
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To: wdkeller
"As a conservative, I have become...."

No need to go any further.
Six years of seeing these scumbag trolls here on FR have made these Democrat mice really, really easy to nail.

Seeya'll on another thread!

43 posted on 08/21/2004 9:29:08 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: mtntop3
Wayne Keller is undoubtedly some liberal who is hoping to stir discontent among conservatives at this site by faking some principled stand against Republicans.

He is more than a troll. He is a fraud.

His mistake is that no conservative could really be as stupid as he purports to be.

44 posted on 08/21/2004 9:29:23 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: wdkeller

After all the news about John Kerry by the Swifties...you think there is no difference between Kerry and Bush. Are you out of your mind? Kerry- the candidate- is busily trying to stop free speech (ban swifties and swifty book). What would he do against his enemies as President (this would include talk radio, Fox and Free Republic)? Kerry would restrict and tax the INTERNET. Kerry would raise taxes. Kerry would appoint ultra-liberals to the judiciary. Kerry would not stop the job outsourcing (an issue dear to your heart). Heinz ketchup is not made in this country! Kerry would legalize gay marriage and make sure partial birth abortion stayed legal. Finally, Kerry is a traitor to his country. It would be like electing Benedict Arnold as president.


45 posted on 08/21/2004 9:30:16 AM PDT by nyconse
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To: JLS
MR. REAGAN SIGNED INTO LAW AN IMMIGRATION AMNESTY BILL IN 1986.

And Reagan himself said he has regretted it ever since.

I agree with the poster - Bush's immigration and fiscal policies stink. But I'm not going to stay home, though.

46 posted on 08/21/2004 9:31:35 AM PDT by 12 Gauge Mossberg
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To: wdkeller
"As a conservative, I have become increasingly disappointed at the leftward drift of the Republican Party under the leadership of George W. Bush. His monetary and immigration policies are prime examples."

True, but are you prepared to surrender the Republic to an insane candidate (Kerry) and his insane supporters (the Dems)?

If so, that would be very French of you.

Take another look at Michael Moore and think about it...

47 posted on 08/21/2004 9:31:56 AM PDT by F16Fighter
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To: wdkeller
Sometimes the sailboat must tack a few times to win the race.

Your post is a fantastic wacte of time BTW.

48 posted on 08/21/2004 9:32:14 AM PDT by isthisnickcool (Strategery - "W" plays poker with one hand and chess with the other.)
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To: wdkeller
To believe in a future for America, you have to believe that (in the long run) the People can choose wisely.

Politicians from Bush to your dogcatcher are professionals at figuring out what the People want (as was Ronald Reagan).

The reason there is not a strong Constitutionalist party is because the People don't want (won't support) it.

Hold your nose and vote for Bush, because after Kerry gets elected (actually, it's going to be Hillary) you won't be doing much voting.

49 posted on 08/21/2004 9:32:19 AM PDT by Jim Noble (Many will kill for socialism, few will die for it.)
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To: wdkeller
As a conservative, I have become increasingly disappointed at the leftward drift of the Republican Party

What a fighter you are. I really think you would find much in the character of John Kerry that would appeal to you.

50 posted on 08/21/2004 9:32:57 AM PDT by Dolphy (Support swiftvets.com)
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