by PoorBensJournal, Tue Jan 23, 2007 at 12:51:22 PM EST
Words of advice to George Bush for State of the Union Address (+)
Tue Jan 23, 2007 at 16:41:22 PM CST
America has said "No" to sending more troops to Iraq.
In 2000, after your swearing in ceremony, you from then on, were entrusted with the stewardship of this great nation and the well-being of the American people for the duration of your presidency. You told the American people you were a uniter but instead went right ahead with the full support of your Republican controlled Congress to reward your Republican political base, the wealthy corporations and the well-to-do who heavily contributed to your presidency. Bill after bill called for tax relief or drastic changes to our inheritance laws. Your pledge of unity went by the wayside and with the Republican Congress to do your bidding the past six years, each of your initiatives passed into law.
Mr. President, you took it upon yourelf to take us to war with Iraq in spite of there not being any concrete evidence of WMD.
Both you together with Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Chaney authorized the full fire power of our military upon this
small country resulting in large scale death and destruction of their vital infrastructure.
You and Donald Rumsfeld, your Secretary of Defense, apparently did not think ahead, or plan for the most essential needs of
food, water. electricity and disposal of sewage. There was absolutely no policing or security in the capital city of Baghdad as
looters plundered the nation's museums, government offices and unprotected homes and stores. It was reported that while our troops marched through the city, there were looters carrying treasured works of art, furniture, televisions, etc., in full sight of our troops.
Our Intelligence people didn't seem to prepare us for the tribal groups throughout the country and the fighting that broke out between them. It is on record that our lower rank officers carried with them suitcases filled with money to "buy-off" tribal chieftans, to gain their cooperation and get them to stop fighting. Then Dick Chaney's former company, Haliburton came on the scene as our prime contractor with the assignment of rebuilding the destroyed infrastructure, the schools, government buidings, etc., and with Haliburton's future profits running in the billions.
Mr. President, it was soley your own choice to keep Secretary Rumsfeld in charge even though our military leaders and the American public demanded change. Even up to a week before the 2006 elections took place, you were adamant in your decision to support Rumsfeld.
And now, all of a sudden, with Rumsfeld having resigned and with your having to face a Democratic majority in Congress, you have come up with another "last minute" rallying plan; ie, sending an additional 21,000 troops to Iraq! Sir, this plan has no more chance of succeeding than all the others you authorized these past several years! The American people don't think so nor do your own generals. Yet, frighteningly for the American people, you still persist with your decision.
The American people want a new direction taken at home:
Point #2 In your State of the Union address, this evening you are planning to surprise the American people, once again, with your own plan of health insurance in spite of the American majority wanting full health care for all Americans. Your program still leaves 44 million Americans uninsured! This is unacceptible.
Point #3 Katrina remains a national dissaster and the federal government has to show the leadership to resolve the problem.
Point #4 American workers need to have their ability to earn a living protected by the federal government. Free markets and job outsourcing are fine as long as America's working families can still maintain an attainable standard of living without the fear of having their lives destroyed.
Point #5 The American people want our government to take the lead in promoting conservation of our resources and protecting the environment, land sea and air, from unrestricted contamination.
Point #6 The United States does not live in a vacuum. We need to do more in nurturing friendships in every continent on the planet. Our efforts to date have only harmed our nations' image around the world. We have failed because we cannot tell other nations what to do or how to live. We can, however, give our support by helping them to upgrade/ modernize their industries in order to improve the lives of their people.
Mr. President, with all due respect, a majority of the American people are convinced that you are out of touch with our needs at home and what's out there in the world. There's still a chance for you to work things out with the new Democratic Congress. These people seem to be in touch and sincerely want to work together with you.
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