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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Ann Courtney Letter 9/03/04

“Respecting America”

Mr. George W. Bush has repeatedly sneered at our Constitution and our way of life. Have we forgotten that the validity of his election was never really established? For that reason I have been concerned by this President from the beginning of his term, and as a loyal American citizen, I am not reassured by what he has done since. His Patriot Act, which allows Federal agencies access to every scrap of knowledge available about us, is a complete suspension of our freedom as American citizens. His practice of giving tax cuts to the rich while giving “tax cuts” to the rest of us that (did you read the fine print?) our children will have to pay back in another ten years or so is not the American way. His practice of allowing his vice president to continue receiving dividends for energy company Halliburton and award them an $8 billion dollar postwar Iraq contract is clearly unconstitutional. His practice of arresting representatives of the Democratic Party and other legitimate protesters at conventions and rallies is a clear misuse of our law enforcement agencies to violate freedom of speech. How is it that we as Americans have not undertaken impeachment proceedings against Mr. Bush, who declared war without the appropriate act of Congress? He is NOT a true representative of the Republican Party, he is NOT a true representative of Christianity, and he is CERTAINLY NOT a representative of the values I as an American hold dear. Please, please, folks, hold Mr. Bush accountable for his actions. Remember, there is still a Republican Congress. If Mr. Kerry is elected, that same Republican Congress will stonewall any of his more radical ideas. Mr. Kerry has proven that he is able to work constructively with several of the politicians we most honor, including Mr. John McCain and Mr. Bob Dole, and these gentlemen will help him reach compromise agreements with Congress that will protect our jobs and our industry. But you have seen that in the past four years that same Republican Congress has done nothing to stop Mr. Bush from selling our industry out of the country for the benefit of his wealthy friends. Do you realize that our water company, the so-called Missouri-American Water Company, was permitted to be sold to a German company? We don’t even own our water rights any more, folks! Let’s use the system of checks-and-balances provided by our wonderful political system to prevent Mr. Bush from tearing more holes in our Constitution and from selling any more of our country down the river.

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