Welcome to North Carolina, Mr. President

From the diaries--Chris

Jerry Meek is chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party.

As Chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party, I welcome George Bush to North Carolina and to my home county, Cumberland County.   President Bush will be speaking at Fort Bragg Tuesday night.

Maybe during this trip, North Carolinians will finally get some honest answers.

Maybe he'll tell us the real reasons we went to war and if the administration ever had a plan for winning the peace. Maybe he'll tell us how long we can expect to be in Iraq and how much we'll spend beyond the $200 billion we've already spent. Perhaps he'll tell us why Osama Bin Ladin - the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks - is still at large and never mentioned by his administration. Maybe he'll tell us why he pushed through tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans while our troops lack the armor they need to protect themselves. Maybe he'll explain why his 2006 budget slashes local impact funding -- money used by military communities across North Carolina to educate the children of our men and women in uniform. Maybe he'll finally tell us why thousands of North Carolina's veterans are on waiting lists to receive health care from the Veterans' Administration. Maybe he'll explain why he talks tough on homeland defense, yet refuses to adequately fund first responders -- the police officers, firefighters, and emegency medical providers upon whom we will rely in the event of future terrorist attacks. Maybe he'll tell us why, at a time when oil money funds so many terrorist activities, he has no plan to eliminate America's dependence on foreign oil, by working to build an economy based upon alternative, sustainable sources of energy.

While we are unwavering in our support for our men in women in harm's way, their Commander-in-Chief's leadership is lacking.

Yes, Mr. President. Welcome to North Carolina. North Carolinians are eager for honest answers.

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You sound like a Democrat
Excellent questions for Fearless Leader. Please don't hold your breath waiting for answers. The Democratic wing of the Democratic party needs all the help we can get.

Keep on keeping on Jerry.

by Gary Boatwright 2005-06-27 04:45PM | 0 recs
Re: You sound like a Democrat
Well said, Gary ... we need the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party to stand proud and tall every chance we get.

I haven't a clue about the state of affairs for the Democratic Party in North Carolina ... but, I for one am glad that Mr. Meeks is laying out some real questions that all of us have wanted answered ever since the Crowning of King George II in January, 2001.

Will it make it to the national media?  I doubt it.  Will it make it to the local media?  I haven't a clue.  Are they the right questions to ask?  Absolutely.  Is it time to show a difference between the Bush Administration and what Democrats would do?  Absolutely.  Is it high time that a Democratic State Chair actually point out how the Bush Administration policies hurt real people?  I don't think there can be any doubt.

So, I thank you Mr. Meeks -- and wish you all the success in the world with the Democratic Party in North Carolina.

by Intellectually Curious 2005-06-27 06:27PM | 0 recs
such a succint and stinging indictiment of the current administration.
by annatopia 2005-06-27 05:01PM | 0 recs
If you are so eager
Maybe you can once, break the scripted
events and loyalty oaths that this
president does.

Why is it that you present yourself as an
alternative? Will the event be non-scripted?

So what are you? An entertaining diversion tactic?
A shill?

Get out of here.

by turnerbroadcasting 2005-06-27 05:54PM | 0 recs
Re: If you are so eager
I assume Mr. Meek will NOT be invited to the event, any more than the rest of us NC Democrats.
by Robert P 2005-06-27 06:12PM | 0 recs
I am not gonna lie...
I really don't think he's gonna answer any of those questions; however, he might spew out some Bull Shit about how well things are going in Iraq.
by schwompa 2005-06-27 06:06PM | 0 recs
Are there any organized protests?
Any Democratic Party outreach programs for the week?
by Robert P 2005-06-27 06:14PM | 0 recs
If wishes were horses...
Dear Carolinians:
  Please don't hold your breath.  Straight and honest answers don't grow on trees, you know.  

  Keep the faith.  Trust, but verify.

Good luck, y'all.  :)

by donkef 2005-06-27 06:26PM | 0 recs
Liveblogging Bush tonight
I have invited the soldiers and vets at Taking the Fight to Karl to Liveblog the speech tonight.

Here is the announcement.  

by Garemko 2005-06-27 09:31PM | 0 recs
Jerry, excellent!
Can you get this into a newspaper or handouts at the Bushco wavetheflagathon?
by Doc Allen 2005-06-28 11:03AM | 0 recs


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