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A FORMER REPUBLICAN SENATOR FOR KERRY

 

'Frightened to death' of Bush

 

By Marlow W. Cook

 

Special to The Courier-Journal

 

 

I shall cast my vote for John Kerry come Nov 2.

 

I have been, and will continue to be, a Republican. But when we as a party send the wrong person to the White House, then it is our responsibility to send him home if our nation suffers as a result of his actions. I fall in the category of good conservative thinkers, like George F. Will, for instance, who wrote: "This administration cannot be trusted to govern if it cannot be counted on to think and having thought, to have second thoughts."

 

I say, well done George Will, or, even better, from the mouth of the numero uno of conservatives, William F. Buckley Jr.: "If I knew then what I know now about what kind of situation we would be in, I would have opposed the war."

 

First, let's talk about George Bush's moral standards.

 

In 2000, to defeat Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. — a man who was shot down in Vietnam and imprisoned for over five years — they used Carl Rove's "East Texas special." They started the rumor that he was gay, saying he had spent too much time in the Hanoi Hilton. They said he was crazy. They said his wife was on drugs. Then, to top it off, they spread pictures of his adopted daughter, who was born in Bangladesh and thus dark skinned, to the sons and daughters of the Confederacy in rural South Carolina.

 

To show he was not just picking on Republicans, he went after Sen. Max Cleland from Georgia, a Democrat seeking re-election. Bush henchmen said he wasn't patriotic because Cleland did not agree 100 percent on how to handle homeland security. They published his picture along with Cuba's Castro, questioning Cleland's patriotism and commitment to America's security. Never mind that his Republican challenger was a Vietnam deferment case and Cleland, who had served in Vietnam, came home in a wheel chair having lost three limbs fighting for his country. Anyone who wants to win an election and control of the legislative body that badly has no moral character at all.

 

We know his father got him in the Texas Air National Guard so he would not have to go to Vietnam. The religious right can have him with those moral standards. We also have Vice President Dick Cheney, who deferred his way out of Vietnam because, as he says, he "had more important things to do."

 

I have just turned 78. During my lifetime, we have sent 31,377,741 Americans to war, not including whatever will be the final figures for the Iraq fiasco. Of those, 502,722 died and 928,980 came home without legs, arms or what have you.

 

Those wars were to defend freedom throughout the free world from communism, dictators and tyrants. Now Americans are the aggressors — we start the wars, we blow up all the infrastructure in those countries, and then turn around and spend tax dollars denying our nation an excellent education system, medical and drug programs, and the list goes on. ...

 

I hope you all have noticed the Bush administration's style in the campaign so far. All negative, trashing Sen. John Kerry, Sen. John Edwards and Democrats in general. Not once have they said what they have done right, what they have done wrong or what they have not done at all.

 

Lyndon Johnson said America could have guns and butter at the same time. This administration says you can have guns, butter and no taxes at the same time. God help us if we are not smart enough to know that is wrong, and we live by it to our peril. We in this nation have a serious problem. Its almost worse than terrorism: We are broke. Our government is borrowing a billion dollars a day. They are now borrowing from the government pension program, for apparently they have gotten as much out of the Social Security Trust as it can take. Our House and Senate announce weekly grants for every kind of favorite local programs to save legislative seats, and it's all borrowed money.

 

If you listened to the President confirming the value of our war with Iraq, you heard him say, "If no weapons of mass destruction were found, at least we know we have stopped his future distribution of same to terrorists." If that is his justification, then, if he is re-elected our next war will be against Iran and at the same time North Korea, for indeed they have weapons of mass destruction, nuclear weapons, which they have readily admitted. Those wars will require a draft of men and women. ...

 

 

 

I am not enamored with John Kerry, but I am frightened to death of George Bush. I fear a secret government. I abhor a government that refuses to supply the Congress with requested information. I am against a government that refuses to tell the country with whom the leaders of our country sat down and determined our energy policy, and to prove how much they want to keep that secret, they took it all the way to the Supreme Court.

 

 

 

Those of you who are fiscal conservatives and abhor our staggering debt, tell your conservative friends, "Vote for Kerry," because without Bush to control the Congress, the first thing lawmakers will demand Kerry do is balance the budget.

 

 

 

The wonderful thing about this country is its gift of citizenship, then it's freedom to register as one sees fit. For me, as a Republican, I feel that when my party gives me a dangerous leader who flouts the truth, takes the country into an undeclared war and then adds a war on terrorism to it without debate by the Congress, we have a duty to rid ourselves of those who are taking our country on a perilous ride in the wrong direction.

 

If we are indeed the party of Lincoln (I paraphrase his words), a president who deems to have the right to declare war at will without the consent of the Congress is a president who far exceeds his power under our Constitution.

 

I will take John Kerry for four years to put our country on the right path.

 

The writer, a Republican formerly of Louisville, was Jefferson County judge from 1962-1968 and U.S. senator from Kentucky from 1968-1975.

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Have you been reading about the self-destruction and unraveling of KY Sen. Bunning? They say he is mentally incompetent, and he has done nothing to counter it...other than lying to avoid debating his opponent (Dr. Dan Mongiardo), reading from a teleprompter when he did debate from a remote TV studio in DC, saying Dr. Mongiardo resembled one of Saddam's sons, and now this from the Courier Journal:

 

U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning said yesterday that he was unaware of reports that a unit of Army Reserve soldiers in Iraq had refused an order to deliver fuel for reasons including that their trucks were lightly armored.

"I don't know anything about that," Bunning said during a news conference after a speech he gave to the Rotary Club of Louisville.

 

Bunning added that Congress had approved money to upgrade body and vehicle armor. "And I believe that has all been accomplished. And I don't know about your reservists," he said. "Unfortunately, we've had some reports, but I don't know the one you're specifically talking about."

 

When reporters told him that the unit's refusal was a national news story and involved a soldier from Louisville, Bunning said, "Let me explain something: I don't watch the national news, and I don't read the paper. I haven't done that for the last six weeks. I watch Fox News to get my information."

 

(but even Fox News reported that story!) :7

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he refuses to debate,(he did the teleprompter one from d.c. under his controlled conditions) face to face with dr.dan.

 

accused the democrats of beating on his wife at fancy farms, (fancy farms is a ky. tradition where all candidates get to speak at a picnic like setting) makes no public appearances,etc:,etc:.

 

the sad thing is he will probably win,the yokels seem to like people they can feel superior to...plus he does have more teeth than the average right wing voter in ky.

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>Have you been reading about the self-destruction and

>unraveling of KY Sen. Bunning? They say he is mentally

>incompetent, and he has done nothing to counter it...other

>than lying to avoid debating his opponent (Dr. Dan Mongiardo),

>reading from a teleprompter when he did debate from a remote

>TV studio in DC, saying Dr. Mongiardo resembled one of

>Saddam's sons, and now this from the Courier Journal:

>

 

Bunning did not make that comment during the debate. He apologized (called it a bad joke), during the debate, for having made the comment a few weeks earlier.

 

Unfortunately Mr Mongiardo is a light weight candidate and some of his comments during the debate did not set too well with me either. But I do plan to vote for Mongiardo because I have had a meeting with poor Senator Bunnning a few months ago. He most definitely has a physical problem of some sort. I would guess some form of dementia. During the meeting everytime the Senator opened his mouth an aide would cut him off and take over the conversation. The Senator is kept from many public comments because he will make a stupid comment almost everytime.

 

I still expect Bunning to win (He has a double digit poll lead and a big financial advantage). Then in all honesty I expect him to resign sometime shortly into his next term so our Republican Governor can name his replacement.

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>Bunning did not make that comment during the debate. He

>apologized (called it a bad joke), during the debate, for

>having made the comment a few weeks earlier.

 

I didn't mean to imply that he'd said it during the "debate;" I was just listing some of his recent dubious achievements.

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The Republicans seem to be shooting themselves in the foot with their Oklahoma senate candidate, also. And Alaska has been a problem ever since Daddy's Girl was appointed to the position by her father. Of course, it will be difficult to beat Alan Keyes in Illinois, for laughing-stock candidate of the century -- although the GOP has 48 more elections to try.

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