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My Rant

Posted by justjoe on September 10, 2004

Theodore Roosevelt


“To announce that there should be no criticism
of the president, or that we are to stand by the president,
right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile,
but is morally treasonable to the American people.”

As a Citizen, Viet Nam Veteran and US Senate Candidate from Utah I am in a state of disbelief that any citizen or veteran has fallen sway to the duplicity of George W. Bush and company.

First we suffered the many fraudulent and manipulative elections of 2000 that brought about the selection of a president by the Supreme Court for the first time in the history of the United States of America
Secondly the manipulation and fabrication of documents that created a pretext for us to “Preemptively Strike a sovereign nation. Such action has been the cause of death and injury to tens of thousands of Human Beings and fomenting such hate and revile for our nation that we might never fully recover a reasonable standing in the world community. I could not fairly conclude on this point without recognizing the great Hemorrhaging of our financial and social resources: Industry, Jobs, Healthcare, Education and Environment through a corporate cronyism that rivals any other scandalous time in our history
Thirdly is incorporated in the following articles in which we find that which was suspected born out. That this man who occupies the Presidency was absent and negligent to his duties as an officer in the US Military and through a position of wealth and power was never held accountable.
That a nation suffers such shallow, unscrupulous individuals goes with out saying, but not in the highest office of the land where his presence is a mockery of all who have served, suffered and died with such courage and resolve to duty. Most baffling to me is that there would be even one veteran who would not hold this man in such utter disdain and revulsion that a demand for a summary court-martial would be the very least response.

WAKE UP AMERICA WHILE THERE IS

STILL AN AMERICA TO WAKE UP TO
Records Say Bush Balked at Order
National Guard Commander Suspended Him From Flying, Papers Show
By Michael Dobbs and Thomas B. Edsall
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, September 9, 2004; Page A01
President Bush failed to carry out a direct order from his superior in the Texas Air National Guard in May 1972 to undertake a medical examination that was necessary for him to remain a qualified pilot, according to documents obtained by the CBS News program “60 Minutes.”
Bush’s squadron commander, Lt. Col. Jerry B. Killian, ordered Bush “to be suspended from flight status for failure to perform” to U.S. Air Force and National Guard standards and failure to take his annual physical “as ordered.”
Bush’s transfer to non-flight duties in Alabama was the subject of arguments among his National Guard superiors. Texans for Truth, unveiled a TV ad to be screened in swing states asserting that Bush failed to show up for Guard duty in Alabama.
“Phone call from Bush,” Killian recorded in a “memo to file” dated May 19, 1972. “Discussed options of how Bush can get out of coming to drill from now through November.” According to “60 Minutes,” Killian’s personal files show that he ordered Bush “suspended from flight status” on Aug. 1, 1972.
In another “memo to file,” dated Aug. 18, 1973, Killian complained that he was under pressure from his superior, Col. Walter B. “Buck” Staudt, to “sugar coat” Bush’s officer evaluations. “I’m having trouble running interference and doing my job,” he wrote in a memo titled “CYA.” “I will not rate.”
Former Texas lieutenant governor Ben Barnes (D) interviewed on 60 minutes stated that he intervened with the head of the Texas Air National Guard to secure a position for Bush there at the request of a Bush family friend.
Bob Mintz, who served as a lieutenant in the Alabama Air National Guard at the same time Bush was supposed to be serving, speaking to the camera said:
“I heard George W. Bush get up there and say, ‘I served in the 187th Air National Guard in Montgomery, Alabama.’ I said, ‘Really? That was my unit. And I don’t remember seeing you there.”
Staff writers James Grimaldi and Howard Kurtz and researcher Alice Crites contributed to this report.

For 1,000 Troops, There Is No Going Home

“More than 70 percent of the dead were soldiers in the Army, and more than 20 percent were marines. More than half were in the lowest-paid enlisted ranks. About 12 percent were officers. Three-quarters of the troops died in hostile incidents: most often, homemade-bomb explosions, small-arms fire, rocket attacks. A quarter died in illnesses or accidents: truck and helicopter crashes and gun discharges. On average, the service members who died were about 26. The youngest was 18; the oldest, 59.” Read the New York Times report.



“I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of their way and let them have it.”

–Dwight D. Eisenhower,
U.S. president and general

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3 Responses to “My Rant”

  1. David said

    Although I am removed from having a say in what America does, my life as a student in a Canadian university was forever altered by the protests and growth of horror over the War in Vietnam.

    To wage a war- the ultimate act of power committing the population to a sacrifice for some hoped for gain, – requires that a leader have the moral authority to judge and lead the citizenry to such a violent action that offends all humanity. Bush lost his moral authority this week with the evasion of responsibility and this mistake of youth….like inhaling or some other predictive and predictable failure of character will haunt this campaign from this day forward.

    Appreciate the sentiment,

  2. Anonymous said

    Joe, I am not sure why people choose this type of blog. I would recommend that you have one that you don’t have to chase words down a page. I just read your Bio and am impressed by your apparent sincereity and would like to be able to ask more questions of you. Ed

  3. Anonymous said

    Okay Joe, I’ve heard you a couple times on Air America (Malloy) You can make a difference in Utah and possibly the rest of the country. I like the way your website is shaping up. Put in more new stuff and more looking at current US and world problems (and their solutions) by observating our own historical successes and failures.
    Keep up the good fight!–>

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