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Marines are defenders of the republic and the Constitution. That is our oath, that is our purpose, that is our calling. Many are Democrats. This is the journal of one such Marine. This leatherneck's progressive perspective is as follows...

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U.S. Marine,0300 MOS,eight years in,honorably discharged,college-educated. To all the damned trolls, you better believe there are liberal Marines. Read "War Is A Racket" by 2-time Medal of Honor recipient Maj.Gen.S.D.Butler, plus Lewis B. Puller, Jr.'s "Fortunate Son" and maybe then you'll understand. Semper Fi!

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Friday, February 25, 2005

The Shame and Ugliness of Republican War Profiteering Posted by Hello
Good morning to all. Another late post due to circumstances beyond my control. I'm pleasantly reeling from a recent picture I saw of Dr. Condoleeza Rice while she was inspecting an Army airfield in Wiesbaden, Germany. You understand that I'm no fan of Secretary of State Rice to be sure, but she does look hot in the get-up she's sporting at the airfield (at least in my humble opinion). She's usually so school-marmish, so flavorless. But, geez, she certainly flipped the script in this outfit! Check out the "Washington Post" article concerning this matter and take a look at the photo, the link is as follows: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A51640-2005Feb24.html?nav=rss_politics. You might have to register to access the site, but it's worth it. Anyway, todays topic is the Republican Party and its' deep pockets. Republicans simply have access to too much money! Republicans are showing who they really are every time they raise millions of dollars in a single day. The Bush CREEP (Committe to Re-elect the President) raised millions upon millions of dollars in support of President Bush's re-election bid; in fact, the Republicans demonstrated their "money-grubbing" prowess by raising $5.7 million dollars in one day (on or about 23-24 June 2003), and over $2 million in North Carolina the following day http://www.wral.com/news/3496711/detail.html. Bush raised an unprecedented $100 million in the 2000 campaign and he raised an outrageous $100-200 million for the 2004 campaign, link is as follows http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2002-08-11-bush-usat_x.htm. This kind of fundraising simply dwarfs any and all attempts at fundraising by Democratic candidates and the Democratic Party as a whole. But, therein lies our advantage as Democrats, as the true party of the people…and we must stress this point. The Republican Party will always (underscore always) be able to out raise and out spend the Democrats because that’s what Republicans are all about…in short, Republicans are the money people. They are the party that represents the well-connected, they are the party that represents those Americans that are simply awash, saturated, and waterlogged in money, wealth and influence. Whether it be through legtimate means or war profiteering (http://bellaciao.org/en/article.php3?id_article=5326), the GOP has absolutely no scruples when it comes to financial acquisition. How can wealthy Republicans, who have access to such enormous sums of money, ever relate to the average working American? The "Sun News" op-ed article (http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/mld/sunnews/news/opinion by Susan Estrich (dated 11 February 2005) goes into more detail regarding this matter. The following is an excerpt from the article:

"...the richer you are, the more likely you are to be a Republican. Most very, very rich people are Republicans. Business PACs vastly outnumber labor PACs, and they favor Republicans."

Robert Scheer touches on the same subject matter in his "Sun News" op-ed article titled, "Reforms:
GOP makes gifts to big business" (dated 25 February 2005) at http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/mld/sunnews/news/opinion. Again, the question begs to be asked: how can Republicans truly relate to the American that’s struggling to make their car note, the American that’s struggling to pay their rent, the American that is desperately trying to keep food on the table…and keep their children clothed? How can they possibly relate? The answer is they can’t! This message must be hammered home over and over until it takes hold in the American voters psyche! In essence, the Republicans advantage in the financial realm can prove to be their most formidable disadvantage in the upcoming elections. Democrats MUST get about the business of "busting chops" and turning the GOP's financial advantage into that party's worst disadvantage by sound tactical political maneuvering. Like the great military genius Sun Tzu stated over 2,000 years ago in his treatise "The Art of War": "...After that, comes tactical maneuvering, than which there is nothing more difficult. The difficulty of tactical maneuvering consists in turning the devious into the direct, and misfortune into gain". Let's go Democrats. Semper Fidelis


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