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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

Pat Murphy Letter 9/13/04

As a hardworking member of the middle class, like so many other Americans, I am extremely concerned about the shortsighted and dangerous practices of the Bush administration and fear for the future of our country if Bush is re-elected. Consider the domestic state of our country. U.S. jobs continue to be “outsourced” to other nations or otherwise terminated. The rich, not the working poor or the middle class, have enjoyed the bulk of tax relief measures. We face a huge, record-setting federal deficit that threatens not only our security, but also that of future generations. We are witnessing the weakening of protections for clean air and water, as big industries see a rosy economic future at the expense of ordinary Americans. The oil producers continue to call the shots while prices skyrocket and alternative energy sources are virtually ignored. The Medicare prescription drug act benefits not our needy senior citizens, but the pharmaceutical companies that are already seeing huge profits. Our cherished rights as Americans are being slowly eroded. The Patriot Act, for instance, poses numerous serious threats to the liberties we have always held dear and that generations of Americans have died to uphold. Eminent U.S. scientists have pointed to the Administration’s failure to respect sound scientific practices. Highly-placed members of the president’s own administration have come forward and criticized deeply flawed proposals and programs. Billions of dollars that could help Americans at home are being diverted to an ill-advised war in Iraq.

Four more years under Bush? Why? Our prospects for the future are dismal if the false promises and reckless policies are allowed to continue. We need to act in our best interests as Americans and refuse to re-elect this seriously flawed administration.

Pat Murphy
Joplin

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