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Re: "good" Republicans
by Tim Jones
05 December 2003 20:21 UTC
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Dear Paul from <http://www.nhmccd.edu/>,

Well, I liked your first sentence. "Based upon the guidelines of what it means to be a "good" Republican, and what I know about these people, there is no such thing!" But then you make a lot of erroneous assumptions about me as if you were talking about someone that said something I did not.

Exactly what is false about the ironies that appear in my rather humorous post? The contradictions enfolded within the Republican envelope of ideas are matters
of fact. (Letter re-posted at bottom of page,)

I don't hate George W. Bush and his neocon minions.....or is it the other way around? I do detest and despise the unelected miscreant for his nonstop duplicity and for how he and his party are rolling back 30 years of environmental progress by selling out America through slavishly serving their deep pocket political contributors.

That doesn't make me a Democrat - very much big money corrupted slackers in their own rights. But not on the order of what Bush and Co. are doing. And utterly LYING about how they're doing it!

GWB lied about WMD to trick Americans into supporting an illegal foreign war, then turned around to justify this war for regional hegemony and, uh, the OIL, as
a noble act of liberation and the creation of democracy in Iraq. (While he and his Republicans subvert democracy in America.)

I've seen the repugs in action here in Austin, Texas with Governor Perry licking Tom DeLay's boots to screw the capitol city of Texas out of any representative in Congress at all. The big blatant lie says it's for an increase in minority representation.
[Their Republican dominated legislature exercised congressional redistricting by gerrymandering one third of Travis County in Central Texas with a county on the border with Mexico! Another third includes the suburbs of Houston! - your neighborhood. The other third is represented by a republican from San Antonio! (Let's hope Tom DeLay's political power grab won't pass muster in the courthouse.)]

GWB has corrupted the EPA with his proposed "Clear Skies" Act of 2003.

He effectively vetoed the his studied ignorance regarding climate change?

How about his subversions of the Endangered Species Act and exempting the military from the Marine Mammals protection Act? We need to fight rag head terrorists with nuclear submarines?

How about his subversions of the Clean Water Act with mountaintop mining and dumping?

How about his industry cronies bailout Energy bill by for example exempting industry liability for MTBE water pollution.

How about subverting the CAFE standards for SUVs?

Etc. etc., etc.

Every environmental initiative proposed by the Bushies are in fact a polluting industry bailout.

How about his Republican cronies (Diebold) e-voting machine scandal where voter verifiable paper audits for an accurate recount have been left out of the procedure?
That's a whole new level of deception.

I've seen a good man, my biologist friend with the USFWS get back stabbed by Bush appointees to the point he had to resign from the Service for doing the right thing for the environment. As a city official I have personal experience with how Bush and his Texas Republican's are gutting local environmental law.

You can be a "good" Democrat or Republican ....or whatever political persuasion you choose by waking up to the fact that the current administration's policies are destroying the world's environment for short term gains for polluting industries while they bankrupt the future for our children gratifying their own sense of greed.

It is disingenuous to try to rebut legitimate concerns by crying about how what I posted is all just politically motivated hate rhetoric. You've fallen into the trap of adopting RNC buzzwords to defuse dissent. If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen.

Tim Jones
Austin, Texas

At 11:02 AM -0600 12/05/2003, Paul wrote:
Based upon the guidelines of what it means to be a "good" Republican, and what I know about these people, there is no such thing!
I wonder though, since you find it offensive or inappropriate when all Democrats are portrayed as cowardly, family-hating socialists by conservative demagogues, why is it acceptable to apply grossly oversimplified, and equally false, labels to Republicans?

Please tell me that there is more to being a "good" Democrat than simply hating and demeaning everyone who disagrees with the official party line. Otherwise, the average American will become even more disenchanted with politics and politicians and we will witness the continuing collapse of Roosevelt's party. In other words, if Democrats don't shape up now we will soon live in a political system that is thoroughly dominated by a single political party--the one that you obviously hate.

Being a good Republican means believing that:

*  Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you're a
conservative radio host. Then it's an illness and you need our prayers
for your recovery.

*  The United States should get out of the United Nations, and our
highest national priority is enforcing U.N. resolutions against Iraq.

*  Government should relax regulation of Big Business and Big Money
but crack down on individuals who use marijuana to relieve the pain of

*  "Standing Tall for America" means firing your workers and moving
their jobs to India.

*  A woman can't be trusted with decisions about her own body, but
multi-national corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind
without regulation.

*  Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of homosexuals and Hillary

*  The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in
speeches while slashing veterans' benefits and combat pay.

*  Group sex and drug use are degenerate sins unless you someday run
for governor of California as a Republican.

*  If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won't have sex.

*  A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our long-time allies,
then demand their cooperation and money.

*  HMOs and insurance companies have the interest of the public at

*  Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy. Providing
health care to all Americans is socialism.

*  Global warming and tobacco's link to cancer are junk science, but
creationism should be taught in schools.

*  Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush's
daddy made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him
and a bad guy when Bush needed a "we can't find Bin Laden" diversion.

*  A president lying about an extramarital affair is an impeachable
offense. A president lying to enlist support for a war in which
thousands die is solid defense policy.

*  Government should limit itself to the powers named in the
Constitution, which include banning gay marriages and censoring the

*  The public has a right to know about Hillary's cattle trades, but
George Bush's driving record is none of our business.

*  You support states' rights, which means Attorney General John
Ashcroft can tell states what local voter initiatives they have a
right to adopt.

*  What Bill Clinton did in the 1960s is of vital national interest,
but what Bush did in the '80s is irrelevant.

*  Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is communist, but
trade with China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of international

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