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Date: Tue, 2 Nov 2004 09:08:08 EST
Subject: Political Literacy 101...The Next Lesson Election Day 2004
Good Morning Freedom Fighters and Truth Seekers,

I want to thank Jay Bryant for his insightful essay which expresses clearly my own feelings regarding todays election.  I will chew on politicians of all parties with equal zeal if I believe them to be acting outside their authority under the Constitution and failing in their duties to serve ALL of the citizens.

As the area coordinator for the Riverside Townhall Meetup, I have the opportunity to help faciltate discussion on the issues among commited Americans of all ages and parties.  Our November meeting will be Tuesday evening the 9th  at 7:00 PM at the Back To The Grind coffee house on University Avenue in Riverside.  Hope some of you, in this area, will join us that evening for a lively exchange on "Where Do We Go From Here?"  It is not the time to go back to sleep for another four years but a time to roll up your sleeves, dig in and help this nation become better and stronger.  It is time for strong T E A Ms to form to hold those elected accountable for carrying out the Constitutional mandate given to us by our Founders over two hundred years ago.  We have the opportunity to make great strides at improving the financial, economic, business, political and fundamentals of LITERACY in the next four years.

May God's blessings be on each of you today as you make the decisions that will help guide this nation forward in ways that reflect our God given talents and resources.  As we become better servants, this will become a better world.

Bush vs. Kerry  
Jay Bryant (  )  

Most of the nation's newspapers, in their endorsement  
editorials, seem to have spent more words on the short-  
comings of the man they are blessing than on either  
praising him or condemning his opponent. This seems to be  
true regardless of their choice.  

I, on the other hand, am positively for George W. Bush.  

I just don't think he has all that many shortcomings. I  
think he has been an outstanding president, and would  
deserve enthusiastic support even if his opponent were  
vastly more qualified for the job than John Kerry is.  

Part of my enthusiastic support is based on the fact that  
I believe in politics.  

Some conservatives don't. They want a Simon-pure  
conservative candidate, who would rather be right than be  
President. That's baloney. If you want the Republican  
equivalent of Dennis Kucinich for your candidate, you'll  
wait forever to win.  

I want a man who knows how the system works, keeps his eye  
on the main chance and knows when to make a strategic  
retreat. Given the times, I say Bush has played the system  
masterfully, and that's the only way to lead.  

Ask yourself this: with the nation famously divided almost  
precisely 50-50 in every measure since Bush arrived on the  
national stage, how come the Republicans have won so many  
elections? How come his party, Bush's party, has majorities  
in both houses, as well as among Governors and state  
legislators? How come in 2002, the party in the White House  
beat longstanding tradition and actually gained seats in  

Let's consider just two instances where Bush did things  
that conservatives like me might reasonably complain about:  
the 2002 farm bill and the McCain-Feingold campaign finance  
reform bill.  

The farm bill was a bad piece of legislation; in signing  
it, Bush caved to the ag lobby. But the nation will  
survive, and if Bush had vetoed it, he wouldn't stand a  
chance of winning the farm belt states that are so critical  
tomorrow. Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and  
Missouri would be colored blue on every prognosticator's  
map, and they'd still be that hue Wednesday morning. So  
you've got your choice: five years of a bad farm bill or  
four years of John Kerry. That's a no-brainer.  

McCain-Feingold is an even clearer case. I have no inside  
information whatsoever, but I'm here to tell you that was  
the price of John McCain's support. And we now know that  
Kerry really, really wanted McCain as his Vice President.  
Kerry- McCain beats Bush-Cheney like a bass drum, not only  
because of the Arizona Senator's inherent appeal to  
precisely the kind of voters who might have gone either  
way, but also because he would not have taken the spot on  
the ticket without major concessions from Kerry, which,  
regardless of the details of the deal, would have surely  
resulted in a more moderate Kerry campaign than the Michael  
Moorish mess we have seen.  

Locking up McCain's support was a brilliant political move,  
and Bush is to be applauded for making it, notwithstanding  
the awfulness of the legislation.  

Bush has put himself in position to win tomorrow, and we  
should all be damned glad he did.  

Skillful politics isn't always combined with matters of  
immense importance, but in this case it is. Bush  
understands that this election is bigger than just a  
quadrennial political contest. In the immediate wake of the  
9/11 attacks – perhaps even in those famous seven minutes  
in the schoolroom, the ones that trouble Moore so much –  
the imperative came to him, and came to him whole: the  
future of western civilization was in his hands.  

Moreover, Bush had the intellect to see beyond the tactics,  
and the strategy, and perceive the imperative new grand  
strategy of American foreign policy – a bedrock commitment  
that would replace the successfully concluded Cold War. I  
have called it the secularization of Islamia.  

This is a much broader objective than the defeat of  
terrorism, and Bush understood that from the beginning. He  
also understood it would be hard. It would involve setbacks  
and detours, one of which was the absolute necessity of a  
regime change in Iraq. It would result in people screaming  
at us, protestors protesting, pointy- headed intellectuals  
wagging their fingers. Just like the Cold War. And just  
like the Cold War, he saw that we would win, if we only had  
the fortitude to stay the course.  

Electing John Kerry this year will have the same effect on  
this grand strategy that electing Henry Wallace in 1948  
would have had on the Cold War. But given another Bush  
term, the new policy may well become settled bipartisan  
(and public) understanding.  

President Bush has had the intellectual capacity to grasp  
the revolutionary concept of an entirely new foreign policy  
and has had the political courage and skill to keep it  
alive to this very Monday.  


"Never suppose that in any possible situation, or under any circumstances, it is best for you to do a dishonorable thing..."
--Thomas Jefferson

"Equal laws protecting equal rights...the best guarantee of
loyalty and love of country."

--James Madison

"To the press alone, checkered as it is with abuses, the world
is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason
and humanity over error and oppression."

--James Madison

"One single object...[will merit] the endless gratitude of
the society: that of restraining the judges from usurping

--Thomas Jefferson

"A government ought to contain in itself every power requisite
to the full accomplishment of the objects committed to its care,
and to the complete execution of the trusts for which it is
responsible, free from every other control but a regard to the
public good and to the sense of the people."

--Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 31

"There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily."
--George Washington

"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are
neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes...Such laws make
things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants;
they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for
an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an
armed man."

--Cesare Beccaria

"As riches increase and accumulate in few hands, as luxury prevails in society, virtue will be in a greater degree considered as only a graceful appendage of wealth, and the tendency of things will be to depart from the republican standard."
--Alexander Hamilton

"If Virtue & Knowledge are diffused among the People, they will
never be enslav'd.  This will be their great Security."

--Samuel Adams

"Of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues and ending tyrants."
--Federalist No. 1

"The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a
nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right,
which Heaven itself has ordained."

--George Washington

"Society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases."
--John Adams

"It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual.
--Thomas Jefferson

"I will venture to assert that no combination of designing men
under heaven will be capable of making a government unpopular
which is in its principles a wise and good one, and vigorous in
its operations."

--Alexander Hamilton


"Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude."
--Alexis de Tocqueville

"The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink."
--George Orwell

"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid."
--President Dwight Eisenhower

"[S]o long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men."

"Political designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."
-George Orwell

"I wouldn't call it fascism exactly, but a political system nominally controlled by an irresponsible, dumbed down electorate who are manipulated by dishonest, cynical, controlled mass media that dispense the propaganda of a corrupt political establishment can hardly be described as democracy either."
--Edward Zehr

"I am concerned for the security of our great nation, not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within."
--General Douglas MacArthur

"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."
--Sir Winston Churchill


"Politicians have a field day misleading Americans who, as a result of having been dumbed down by our education system, can't think, reason or analyze." --Walter Williams "Tyranny seldom announces itself. ... In fact, a tyranny may exist without an individual tyrant. A whole government, even a democratically elected one, may be tyrannical."
--Joseph Sobran

"Our freedom is not being destroyed by terrorists, but by ignorance, apathy and complacency. Our government schools are to blame. ... Our dumbing down is not accidental but a very well organized plan."
--Kelly McGinley

"You want to appease the 'international community'? Sacrifice Israel. Gradually, of course, and always under the guise of 'peace.' Apply relentless pressure on Israel to make concessions to a Palestinian leadership that has proved (at Camp David 2000) it will never make peace."
--Charles Krauthammer

"Though neither Kerry nor his campaign 'scare-mail' acknowledge it, no president can require compulsory military service. Our Constitution charges Congress with the responsibility to 'raise and support armies.' Short of a cataclysmic attack on the United States, no Congress is going to vote for conscription -- particularly since it would inevitably force our daughters to fight."
--Oliver North

"While many people are urging us to vote -- regardless of for whom, for what, or for what reason -- there are very few urging us to do what is far more important: Stop and think! Voting is not a matter of personal _expression but a serious responsibility for choosing what course this country will take in the years -- and decades -- ahead."
--Thomas Sowell

"If a person is utterly ignorant about matters of public policy, then he or she has a solemn obligation to refrain from voting. The percentage of people who fall into the utterly ignorant category is estimated to be about 25 percent of eligible voters."
--Mona Charen


"UN ambassadors from several nations are disputing assertions by...John Kerry that he met for hours with all members of the UN Security Council just a week before voting in October 2002 to authorize the use of force in Iraq. An investigation by The Washington Times reveals that while the candidate did talk for an unspecified period to at least a few members of the panel, no such meeting, as described by Mr. Kerry on a number of occasions over the past year, ever occurred. At the second presidential debate...Mr. Kerry said he was more attuned to international concerns on Iraq than President Bush, citing his meeting with the entire Security Council. 'This president hasn't listened. I went to meet with the members of the Security Council in the week before we voted. I went to New York. I talked to all of them, to find out how serious they were about really holding Saddam Hussein accountable.' ... But of the five ambassadors on the Security Council in 2002 who were reached directly for comment, four said they had never met Mr. Kerry. The four also said that no one who worked for their countries' UN missions had met with Mr. Kerry either. ... When reached for comment last week, an official with the Kerry campaign stood by the candidate's previous claims that he had met with the entire Security Council. ... Asked whether the international body had any records of Mr. Kerry sitting down with the whole council, a UN spokesman said that 'our office does not have any record of this meeting.' A U.S. official with intimate knowledge of the Security Council's actions in fall of 2002 said that he was not aware of any meeting Mr. Kerry had with members of the panel. An official at the U.S. mission to the United Nations remarked: 'We were as surprised as anyone when Kerry started talking about a meeting with the Security Council.' ... The revelation that Mr. Kerry never met with the entire UN Security Council could be problematic for the Massachusetts senator, as it clashes with one of his central foreign-policy campaign themes -- honesty." --The Washington Times


"The religious have a belief in God-based moral law, and the Left believes in man-made law as the moral law. [W]hereas they cannot change God's laws, those on the Left can and do make many of society's laws. In fact, the Left is intoxicated with law-making. It gives them the power to mold society just as Judeo-Christian values did in the past. Unless one understands that leftist ideals function as a religion, one cannot understand the Left. Laws are the Left's vehicles to earthly salvation."
--Dennis Prager

"Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things."
--Paul of Tarsus


"For years now lawyers and judges have besieged our family, stating in courtrooms and the media that our severely disabled daughter, Terri, must be starved to death. We have been told that she must die in order to protect her right of privacy. And now the Florida Supreme Court tells us that a law crafted to save Terri's life is unconstitutional when it is applied to her. ... We would like everyone to understand the reason the Florida Legislature and Governor Bush interceded in Terri's case was to protect Terry from a serious miscarriage of justice."
--The Schindler Family

"History shows the grotesqueries that can happen when medicine becomes unhinged from ethics. This is why the Hippocratic Oath admonishes doctors, 'First do no harm.' We may never harm others for our own benefit. Embryonic-destructive research must be resisted."
--George J. Marlin


"People spend too much time worrying about income inequality. Listening to much of that discussion, one would think that it's a dealer of dollars who determines income. The reason some people have more money than others is that the dollar dealer is a racist, sexist or multinationalist. Hence, justice requires a redealing or redistribution of the dollars. Far better good could be done for our fellow man by focusing more of our attention on productive inequality rather than income inequality. Income inequality is a result, and it's productive inequality that mostly explains that result rather than some insidious plot afoot. Whether it's individuals or countries, one seldom sees highly productive people poor or highly unproductive people rich unless there are government restrictions and subsidies at play. Making people more productive is the challenge. Whining about income inequality is a cop-out."
--Walter E. Williams

"It is politically correct to express compassion for the plight of those who steal into the country under cover of night. It is politically correct to be sensitive to the feelings of those of Middle Eastern descent. It is politically correct to impose black lists, national ID cards, searches of private property without warrants and strip search little old ladies under the excuse of fighting terrorism. But it is NOT politically correct to say these things are a danger to our liberties. Do you feel safer yet?"
--Tom DeWeese


"We know that dictators are quick to choose aggression, while free nations strive to resolve differences in peace. We know that oppressive governments support terror, while free governments fight the terrorists in their midst. We know that free peoples embrace progress and life, instead of becoming the recruits for murderous ideologies. Every nation that wants peace will share the benefits of a freer world. And every nation that seeks peace has an obligation to help build that world."
--President George W. Bush

"The notion that Europe is united in opposition to U.S. policy in Iraq is a myth. Twenty-one European countries have sent troops to Iraq, as have 16 of the 26 NATO member states. The opposition of French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder to the liberation of Iraq shouldn't be perceived as representative of Europe as a whole. Indeed, a majority of European governments backed the U.S. decision to liberate Iraq."
--Nile Gardiner


"The time has come to see if it is possible to present a program of action based on political principle that can attract those interested in the so-called social issues and those interested in economic issues. In short, isn't it possible to combine the two major segments of contemporary American conservatism into one politically effective whole? I believe the answer is yes. It is possible to create a political entity that will reflect the views of the great, hitherto conservative, majority. We went a long way toward doing it in California. We can do it in America. This is not a dream, a wistful hope. It is and has been a reality. I have seen the conservative future and it works!"
--Ronald Reagan

"From time to time, we have been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. But if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden. The solutions we seek must be equitable, with no one group singled out to pay a higher price."
--Ronald Reagan


"The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth show the role of the individual in history. It wasn't Republican strategists who finished Kerry off two months before the election; it was the American people. The Swift Boat veterans came along and kicked Kerry in the shins and no matter how much heat they took, they were brave and wouldn't give up. ... CBS was forced to run a fake story so early in the campaign that it was exposed as a fraud -- only because of the Swift Boat vets. These brave men, many of them decorated war heroes, have now not only won the election for Bush, they have ended Dan Rather's career. It's often said that we never lost a battle in Vietnam, but that the war was lost at home by a seditious media demoralizing the American people. Ironically, the leader of that effort was Rather's predecessor at CBS News, Walter Cronkite, president of the Ho Chi Minh Admiration Society. It was Cronkite who went on air and lied about the Tet offensive, claiming it was a defeat for the Americans. He told the American people the war was over and we had lost. Ronald Reagan said CBS News officials should have been tried for treason for those broadcasts. CBS has already lost one war for America. The Swift Boat Vets weren't going to let CBS lose another one."
-- Ann Coulter

"I have discovered the solution to liberal media bias. What mainstream journalism needs are more stupid people. Conservative critics of the journo-industrial complex might dismiss this advice as merely adding more jelly-beans to the jar. Liberal journalists would regard it as absurd, because surely it is their genius that makes them special. Why would the temple want any -- much less, more -- stupid priests? Well, it turns out that having a few stupid people in the group makes the group smarter. ... Now, the argument in favor of hiring stupid people applies even more strongly to hiring conservatives, especially since so many liberals can't tell the difference. ... Now, some of the more obtuse -- er, I mean, brilliant -- liberals might be flummoxed as to how a conservative could be arguing for diversity. Aren't conservatives against diversity? Of course not. We're against the silly ideology that says you've achieved diversity when you have a room full of people who all look different but think alike. Bill Clinton's cabinet may have looked like America, but it thought like a bunch of Ivy League liberal lawyers. For decades, the mandarins of network news and elite newspapers have defined intelligence and wisdom as agreement with their own positions. There's no arguing with that sort of arrogance. But if these guys were smart, they'd hire dumb."
--Jonah Goldberg


"Sadly, even the President's modest goal to freeze domestic spending at last year's level may prove too daunting a challenge in this election year. This shortcoming flows mostly from the Senate's insatiable appetite for spending, and its willingness to use budget chicanery to accomplish its big-government goals. ... The good news is that fiscal conservatives, especially those in the House, are fully engaged and believe that the final weeks of this session give them an opportunity to beat back the big spenders. They will insist there be offsetting spending cuts to pay for much of the 'emergency' spending; they are working to stop the creation of new programs, such as a proposed $83-million suicide-prevention grant program. And they are endeavoring to pass a year-long 'continuing resolution' that would freeze domestic spending at last year's level and in one fell swoop, eliminate all the budgetary smoke-and-mirrors described above. All told, a good start. Conservatives on Capitol Hill should take seriously the warnings that the era of big government is back, take the initiative, remember Winston Churchill's admonition to 'Never give in' -- and prove them wrong."
--Michael Franc

"Most people feel overwhelmed when they think about government. Government, especially the federal government, is so large and seemingly remote from average people (except when they want our money) that most people apparently believe that neither their thoughts nor their votes can change much. Perhaps if government were smaller, more manageable and more citizen-friendly, more people would care. ... If ignorance is bliss, there are going to be a lot of happy voters on Nov. 2. Such ignorance has serious implications for the health and welfare of a constitutional republic."
--Cal Thomas


"As if the conflicting polls of 'registered voters,' 'likely voters' and 'national adults' weren't confusing enough, now we have a pair of surveys of American children that show contradictory results: 'Senator John Kerry has been declared the winner of Nickelodeon's "Kids' Vote" according to kids nationwide who exercised their voting power in the network's presidential poll held online Oct. 19.... In this year's vote, Sen. John Kerry received 57% of the vote, and President George W. Bush received 43%.' But Scholastic, a children's publishing company, gives victory to Bush: In the 2004 Scholastic Election Poll, George W. Bush received 52 percent of the votes and the Democrat contender, John F. Kerry, received 47 percent.' Apparently kids who read favor Bush, while those who watch TV prefer Kerry. Hmm, whose parents are more likely to vote?"
--James Taranto


"Recruits to Muslim terror are made by Muslims who preach evil in God's name and by terrorist victories, not by America fighting back. Just as in the first case, the claim is true, but it undermines the charge. The claim that there are more, indeed many, terrorists in Iraq now is true. But the terrorists are there because they know that if America prevails in establishing a relatively free country where there once stood an America-hating terrorist-supporting Arab regime, they are ultimately doomed. Liberals love to find out the root causes of sociopathological behaviors. Well, one root cause of Islamic terror is the hermetically sealed Arab-Muslim world. Open that up to even some freedom, and the cesspool that produces the terrorist monsters begins to dry up. That is why so many terrorists have moved to Iraq. They agree with President Bush -- the War on Terror is taking place in Iraq."
--Dennis Prager


"No, it turns out Saddam Hussein didn't have weapons of mass destruction. And how crazy does that make Saddam? All he had to do was tell Hans Blix, 'Look anywhere you want. Look under the bed. Look beneath the couch. Look behind the toilet tank in the third presidential palace on the left, but keep your mitts off my copies of Maxim.' And Saddam could have gone on dictatoring away until Donald Rumsfeld gets elected head of the World Council of Churches. But no..."
--P.J. O'Rourke

"You get the sense that if George W. Bush said it was sunny, John Kerry would rise in indignation to speak about how a 10 percent possibility of light rain proves that George W. Bush has not been honest with the American people."
--John Podhoretz

"John Kerry's problem is that he can make a cigar store Indian look like he's overacting."
--Argus Hamilton

"While the people of Afghanistan are celebrating their first democratic election and the Iraqis are taking their first steps to democracy, the great thinkers in the Democrat Party are still polishing up their conspiracy theories about the war to liberate Iraq. There's no consensus position, but the Democrats are pretty sure the real reason we went to Iraq was one of the following: Bush family's connections to the Saudis; Halliburton; the Carlyle Group; something about the Texas Rangers needing more left-handed pitching; the neoconservatives; the Straussians; oil; the Jews; oily Jews."
--Ann Coulter

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