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February 20, 2003

Washington Post Tells Senate Democrats to "Just Vote"

The Democrat's filibuster of the first Hispanic to possibly join the court commonly viewed as the second highest in the nation has backfired on them. With people from across the political spectrum expressing outrage, the liberal leaning Washington Post has succinctly described the Democrats unprecedented tactics. Saying that the Democrat's arguments "range from the unpersuasive to the offensive," the Washington Post called on Senate Democrats to "stop these games and vote."

With Senators back in their home states now is the best time to get through to the Democrat Senators and add your voice to the millions of Americans that want them to stop their games and vote on Miguel Estrada's judicial nomination. Contact their local offices today!
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Democrat Senator Zell Miller Supports President's Jobs & Growth Plan

Speaking in Georgia, President Bush announced that Democrat Senator, Zell Miller will sponsor his plan to foster job creation and economic growth. Senator Miller's support is a key vote of confidence of the President's strategy, which cuts taxes for every taxpayer and gives 92 million Americans an average of $1,083 in 2003. Independent economists predict that the President's plan will create 1.4 million new jobs by the end of next year, and say that tax cuts for families and an end to the double tax on dividends will provide an immediate boost to the economy.

Read President Bush's remarks in Georgia.
http://www.gop.com/newsroom/speeches/presidentbush022003.htm

Learn more about the President's economic plan.
http://www.gop.com/issues/issues-economy.htm

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Gephardt Pledges to Raise Your Taxes While Cutting Taxes for Corporations

This week, Dick Gephardt announced that he is running for President. In discussing his record in the House he proudly admitted that he "led the fight for the Clinton-Gore" tax increase and promises to continue his "fight" to raise taxes on every American by "scrapping" President Bush's tax cuts for working families. Gephardt also announced his own economic plan that includes giving "tax credits" to corporations. Just to be clear a "President Gephardt" would raise taxes on working families and give "tax credits" to corporations. Dick Gephardt: man of the people.

Read the RNC Report: "Meet the New Dick Gephardt, Same as the Old Dick Gephardt."
http://www.gop.com/newsroom/rncresearch/research021903.htm

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Democrats "Shocked" By Your Hard Work and Support

The Washington Post has reported that your overwhelming get-out-the-vote effort in 2002 that made the Republican majorities possible "came as a shock to Democrats." Democrat Party Chairman Terry McAuliffe told the Post that Democrats "never saw it coming." And as the sincerest compliment, McAuliffe vowed to have his party duplicate your efforts in 2004.

Your hard work made the difference in the last election and it will make the difference in 2004. With the Democrats copying our play book we will need to work that much harder for victory.

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Making Our Communities Safer and More Secure

President Bush's top priority is to protect our homeland from potential terrorist attacks. Under his leadership, America is better prepared than ever before.

* 64% increase in Homeland Security resources. President Bush's budget increases the Homeland Security Department's resources to $36.2 billion.

* Defending against a biological attack. As well as deploying our nation's first network to detect a biological attack, the President has asked Congress to commit $6 billion for quickly making vaccines and treatments available for small pox, anthrax and other agents that could be used in bioterrorism.

* Tighter security at our borders. America is better equipped to stop terrorists from entering the country. 50,000 newly trained screeners at airports have the skills necessary to keep our skies safe.

* Better information to prevent attacks. A terrorist information analysis center has been created to bring all terrorist information together in one place to connect different pieces of information better and to disseminate it to authorities.

* Working with local and state law enforcement. At President Bush's direction, the FBI is expanding its terrorist identification system so that over 18,000 local and state law enforcement agencies can immediately identify terrorists.

* Fully funding first responders. President Bush has proposed $3.5 billion to provide fire fighters, police and paramedics the training and equipment they need to respond to terrorist attacks.

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What People are Saying

"Laurence H. Silberman, a senior judge on the court to which Mr. Estrada aspires to serve, recently observed that under the current standards being applied by the Senate, not one of his colleagues could predictably secure confirmation. He's right ... For Democrats demand, as a condition of a vote, answers to questions that no nominee should be forced to address -- and that nominees have not previously been forced to address."
-- Editorial, Washington Post, "Just Vote", 2/18/2003

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Thursday, February 20, 2003

Do Not Forget - Written by Ed Evans, MGySgt., USMC (Ret.)

I sat in a movie theater watching "Schindler's List," asked myself, "Why didn't the Jews fight back?"
Now I know why.
I sat in a movie theater, watching "Pearl Harbor" and asked myself, "Why weren't we prepared?"
Now I know why.
Civilized people cannot fathom, much less predict, the actions of evil people.
On September 11, dozens of capable airplane passengers allowed them selves to be overpowered by a handful of poorly armed terrorists because they did not comprehend the depth of hatred that motivated their captors.

On September 11, thousands of innocent people were murdered because too many Americans naively reject the reality that some nations are dedicated to the dominance of others. Many political pundits, pacifists and media personnel want us to forget the carnage. They say we must focus on the bravery of the rescuers and ignore the cowardice of the killers. They implore us to understand the motivation of the perpetrators. Major television stations have announced they will assist the healing process by not replaying devastating footage of the planes crashing into the Twin Towers.

I will not be manipulated.
I will not pretend to understand.
I will not forget.
I will not forget the liberal media who abused freedom of the press to kick our country when it was vulnerable and hurting.

I will not forget that CBS anchor Dan Rather preceded President Bush's address to the nation with the snide remark, "No matter how you feel about him, he is still our president."

I will not forget that ABC TV anchor Peter Jennings questioned President Bush's motives for not returning immediately to Washington, DC and commented, "We're all pretty skeptical and cynical about Washington."

And I will not forget that ABC's Mark Halperin warned if reporters weren't informed of every little detail of this war, they aren't "likely -- nor should they be expected -- to show deference."

I will not isolate myself from my fellow Americans by pretending an attack on the USS Cole in Yemen was not an attack on the United States of America.

I will not forget the Clinton administration equipped Islamic terrorists and their supporters with the world's most sophisticated telecommunications equipment and encryption technology, thereby compromising America's ability to trace terrorist radio, cell phone, land lines, faxes and modem communications.

I will not be appeased with pointless, quick retaliatory strikes like those perfected by the previous administration.
I will not be comforted by "feel-good, do nothing" regulations like the silly "Have your bags been under your control?" question at the airport.

I will not be influenced by so called,"antiwar demonstrators" who exploit the right of expression to chant anti-American obscenities.

I will not forget the moral victory handed the North Vietnamese by American war protesters who reviled and spat upon the returning soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines.

I will not be softened by the wishful thinking of pacifists who chose reassurance over reality.
I will embrace the wise words of Prime Minister Tony Blair who told Labor Party conference, "They have no moral inhibition on the slaughter of the innocent. If they could have murdered not 7,000 but 70,000, does anyone doubt they would have done so and rejoiced in it?

There is no compromise possible with such people, no meeting of minds, no point of understanding with such terror. Just a choice: defeat it or be defeated by it. And defeat it we must!"

I will force myself to:
-hear the weeping
-feel the helplessness
-imagine the terror
-sense the panic
-smell the burning flesh
- experience the loss
- remember the hatred.
I sat in a movie theater, watching "Private Ryan" and asked myself, "Where did they find the courage?"
Now I know.
We have no choice. Living without liberty is not living.
-- Ed Evans, MGySgt., USMC (Ret.)
Not as lean, Not as mean, But still a Marine.
Keep this going until every living American has read it and memorized it so we don't make the same mistake again

Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Who our allies?

This whole situation has made clearer and clearer who of the other nations we can really trust and
rely upon. We know for a fact that it isn't France, Germany, Russia or china. Because they are either
supporters of our enemies or our the enemies of America.

It comes down to Israel and England. Israel because because we have mutual enemies, The
Radical Islamist who use religion as a tool for terror. And British, because they are already seeing
the signs of their own self-destruction thru their border and terrorism incidents.

This war has nothing to do with Israel or Britain specifically. It's mainly because we are perceived
as the Evil Westerners and since we are not Islam faith, we must be killed.

Sidenote: Explanation of other country tyrannies. Such as China's massive amount of human rights
violations,Russia's overwhelming and total corruption by their Mafia. Iraq's testing of their weapons
and torturing their own people. Palestine Terrorists attempting to kill women and children of Israel,
instead of going after military targets only. Or Former President Bill Clinton's actions in Somalia.

Every action should have reasons, like we are going after Saddam Hussein and his regime specifically
because of their being a supplier to terrorists and having worked with Osama Bin Laden in his efforts and all the
others efforts to attack and kill Americans. Of course the fact, that he hadn't abided by any of the
regulations that they agreed to, after Desert Storm.

Now again, our goal is not to destroy Iraq, it's to take down the regime, so that we can disarm their
biologic, chemical and nuclear weapons. Since they have not demonstrated any real effort towards doing
that, and we have to protect ourselves, we must remove the regime, so as to more easily disarm them.

New Cultures are okay, as long as it is a good culture, not a culture dedicated to our destruction or
towards unethical or inhumane activities. Culture is not good, just because it is different, it depends on
the people and what kind of character or integrity they have.

That's one of the reason for America's greatness. All of us came from different parts of the world, to form
a melting pot. It may not be perfect, but we made it work, we are one nation, made from the cast offs of
other nations.

Patriots are not about hurting or dissing other nations, but we have to take care of our business first
before we can be worried about other nations.

Right now we are in extreme danger from being attacked by terrorists. This is not a calm situation. So our
number one goal is to protect ourselves. After that we can worry about being nice.

Survival always comes first.

Let's list the rights that come with the Bill of Rights, and name what nations have the same rights.


Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise
thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to
assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.


Amendment II
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep
and bear arms, shall not be infringed.


Amendment III
No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time
of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.


Amendment IV
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects,
against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants
shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly
describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.


Amendment V
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or
indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in
actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be
twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against
himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private
property be taken for public use, without just compensation.


Amendment VI
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an
impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall
have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to
be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his
favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.


Amendment VII
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by
jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the
United States, than according to the rules of the common law.


Amendment VIII
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments
inflicted.


Amendment IX
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others
retained by the people.


Amendment X
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are
reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

This was taken from http://memory.loc.gov/const/bor.html

Let's go over the list:

  1. Freedom of Religion: This means we can belive what we want for a specific religion or
    not believe a religion. That our government wouldn't establish a specific one, like England has.

  2. Freedom to Bear Arms: In times where the government gets evil, we citizens have the
    right to bear arms to protect ourselves and fight against that tyranny.

  3. Freedom from Soldiers being placed in your home: You can't be coerced to having
    some military in your home to coerce or intimate you.

  4. Freedom from Unjust Search/Seizure: You can't be suddenly picked up for no reason
    and have you or your home searched.

  5. Freedom of Due Process: If you commit a crime, you have the right to due process,
    to make sure you have had every attempt to defend yourself.

  6. Freedom of Speedy Trials: You have the right to a speedy trial, which means the
    prosecutor can't hold you up forever. They must move as fast as possible.

  7. Freedom for Trial by Jury: For all crimes above $20, you have the right to be tried
    by your peers, rather than some judge that may be corrupt or not.

  8. Freedom for Reasonable Bail: All bail amounts must be reasonable.

  9. Freedom from Rights being taken away: These laws apply to all people, and can
    not be denied to any citizen.

  10. Any rights not assigned to the government by the constitution are reserved for the
    people. In other words, the government can't give itself more rights than the people.



Back in the day, and I am sure still goes on to some extant, is unjust and unrighteous judicial
proceedings.

We have a system, where someone is presumed innocent until proven guilty. It sounds like
just semantics, but it's what protects the accused,up until the point they are proven guilty.
In some societies, you are assumed guilty at the drop of the hat, and must work very hard
to prove innocence.

All of this in subtle and un-subtle terms is about protecting our rights, from tyranny. And it
leaves the people with the power and right to change any unjust situation.

Is any of this unreasonable?

Monday, February 17, 2003

What it means to be a Patriot

911 was an important date in american history. But it marked the start of a change, a change of recognizing all that was lost in our search for equality, we actually went the other direction.

We saw a resurgence of those common american values. We stand for freedom, liberty and the pursuit of property.

It's actually people like Todd Beamer that speak so loudly what it means to be a patriot and to be a hero. Because I think in our hearts that's what we'd like to be, at least that's what I want.

He like many others faced a choice, a choice to die a victim or to purposefully use his life in the protection of others. It wasn't something blind or automatically or easily done. But with his words, Let's Roll, he sparked a nation.

It's something I believe, that in every man, woman and child, lies the heart of a hero.

Some people think patriots are blind-idiots who believe the government totally represents them. Patriots are not about the government, they are about the dream, the ideas and the ideals.

America was created from an idea, an ideal. That all men are created equal, and that we shall form a perfect union, to help protect our rights from those of tyranny. (I may not be quoting exactly, but I am quoting what's in my heart. )

We all came here from tyrannies, in russia, china, japan, germany, all over the world. Where evil exists, and we can't live our lives the way we reasonably want.

We can have our own beliefs, do our own rituals without being force to have a universal belief system.

We can work to own property or businesses, where in tyrannies it was all created and run and ruled by the governments/rulers.

We get fairly taxed, so we can enjoy the profits of our own labor, where in tyrannies, especially communism, all money was equalized, so the harder you worked had no effect on your amount of money.

People all over, want something to go towards, some goal or objective. If we are free to pursue these, then we don't have to so focused on survival and can focus on growth, development and planning for our future.

There is something good and special about capitalism, it isn't perfect, but it's one of the most equalizing systems anywhere. Because everyone has an equal shot to make it big.

The scary part of socialism in America. Is because it's not about equalizing it's about taking from those who want to work hard, and get the benefits of that work, and giving it to those who refuse to work. There are always going to be poor. But our poor have it a lot better than elsewhere in the world.

We can try our best to help them, but ultimately it is up to each individual to rescue themselves.

We simply and honestly do not have endless resources, so we must spend them wisely.

Like we each pay our bills, and pay our taxes, as a nation we must live within our budget.

That's it for tonight.

Sunday, February 16, 2003

Book Review: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

This really changed my whole perspective in life. Changed me from trying to be a victim, and a looter. Made me understand the virtues of the work ethic and the dreams of the American Dream.

My grandfather came from Russia, just like Ayn Rand does. She empirically knows what tyranny is, tyranny of the mind and soul. That is what we call communism or socialism. Where the individual means nothing other than their contribution to society.

This book also taught about responsibility that at every age we have different responsibilities.

We also have rights, to have the full benefit of the work we do, that no one has the right to demand work from us, without giving us full value of that work.

That idea, is the core behind America's Creation, our desire for taxation without representation.

And yet the man, John Galt what a spiritual icon of America, the hard inventive man, who dreams and works towards a better world. But instead of rewarding him for his great ideas and great work. Instead the looters take away that reward, and just demand and demand more work, more results. So instead of him working for his own enjoyment and rewards, he gets turned into a worker slave.

Well John Galt like many American's refuse to be a slave for any man or woman. And so Atlas Shrugs his shoulders rather than to take the burden for one looter/ slave master. He seeks the hills with other atlas's as the world goes to hell in a hand basket.

The looters have less and less slaves to provide the work that makes the world go round, and as John Galt goes to free more and more atlases, the world gets very crazy as the looters feed upon each other.

It is one of the most poignant books of all time.

We are free men and women, here to enjoy the fruit of our own labor, as we work to create a better world for ourselves and our children.




Atlas Shrugged