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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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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Bush Administration Like A Bad Episode of 'Green Acres': The American Republic, Our Rich Tradition of Leaders with Vision and the Need to Earnestly Focus on the Re-Establishment of America's Liberal Political Leadership Posted by Hello
Good morning to all. It's a little overcast here, but hopefully the sun will come out later. By the by, I'm going to get the new book, 'The Survivor' (authored by 'Washington Post' national correspondent John F. Harris, http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/31/books/31kaku.html) as soon as I can. In the book, Harris reports that Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY and future Democratic candidate for President of the United States), as First Lady at the time, told then President Clinton that his advisors were "...wimps..." for not going on the offensive and sticking it to the GOP at every turn during what can only be called the 'Whitewater Inquisitions' (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitewater_scandal), or, the pathetic and fruitless attempt by the conservative establishment to bring down and discredit a young, vigorous, brilliant and popular Democratic President through manipulation, distortion of facts and just downright lying in terms of an old land deal that (in the end) proved unwarranted and without merit. Sen. Clinton also went on to say that "...JFK had real men for advisors..." (http://www.nysun.com/article/14612). When I heard about the comments, I have to admit...I got motivated (as any red-blooded American liberal should)...this lady is hard as nails...she's awesome. I'm a Clark guy (www.securingamerica.com), and I hope he secures the 2008 Democratic nomination (and I will give all that I've got in that endeavor); but, I would love to help Hillary Clinton win the White House in 2008. She's talking about fixing bayonets and going on the offensive...she understands, like so many other Democrats/Liberals, that going on the offensive and taking the fight to the enemy is the only way we're going to win elections! Shifting gears and FYI, looks like the President is going to have a press conference this morning in the Rose Garden around 1045 hrs (http://msnbc.msn.com/id/8046041/). Wow, a press conference...a rarity in terms of this President. However, I must say it's certainly interesting he's having the press conference in the late morning when most people are at work or on their way to work. The funny thing is this guy really thinks he's fooling people. Well, based on the 2004 election he is certainly fooling some, but definitely not all, of the American electorate (51 million for GWB versus 49 million anti-GWB respectively, http://www.princeton.edu/~rvdb/JAVA/election2004/). With that said, I'm really getting sick and tired of the current Administration's sad practice of "blowing smoke" and trying (oh so deperately) to bamboozle the American public; in other words, talking a whole lot of baseless and factless smack (directly or through their "official" mouth-pieces) in a disturbing and failed effort to placate the American people into a somatic intellectual slumber. Examples run the gamut: from saying Bin Laden will be captured soon (http://talkleft.com/new_archives/007787.html) to obnoxiously playing up the story Iraqi insurrgency leader al-Zarqawi has been seriously wounded (http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/05/29/zarqawi/; quite frankly, I still can't make heads or tails of this story...because now, it's being reported the injuries al-Zarqai were "minor" and not at all as serious as had been previously reported, http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/world/3204250) to Saddam Hussein will be put on trial in the near future (http://www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=3411210 ...two years have gone by and still no trial date set), etc. The latest one to come down the pike is Vice-President Cheney saying that the Iraq War will be over by 2009 (http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/05/30/cheney.iraq/index.html). This is outrageous! What is he talking about? Can anyone please explain to me how Dick Cheney (or any mortal for that matter) can possibly predict when the war is going to end? Folks, is it me or is this just the absolute height and pinnacle of arrogance and hubris? This Administration will say and do anything in their sad, misguided and pitiful attempt to keep the bad poll numbers away. However, based on recent data and evidence, it's looking more and more like the American people aren't buying it (http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0505/052405op.htm). Now, with that said, on with the topic of discussion today which is actually a series of questions concerning homeland security and it's inadequate funding and the GOP/conservative establishments inability to lead. How can we protect "the Homeland", when the country is broke, and the economy wrecked thanks to the Presidents massive tax cuts? The President continues to fumble the ball when it comes to adequate funding, and here we are almost four years removed from the attacks on 9/11. Here is a link from the 'Bangor Daily News' that addresses the issue in more detail, http://www.bangornews.com/news/templates/?a=108936. Here is a portion from the article:

"...President Bush's proposed budget worsens this problem by not specifically allocating money to the security of U.S. ports, rail lines and other non-aviation infrastructure".

Former U.S. Senator Warren Rudman’s think-tank released information, as far back as 28 June 2003-29 June 2003, stating that state and local authorities are sorely lacking the funds needed to adequately prepare for and counter any forthcoming terrorist attack or attacks on the United States; CNN link is as follows, http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/06/29/rudman.report/. So, how can the Bush Administration promote unneeded and unwarranted tax cuts, while homeland security programs at the state/local level (seriously lacking in revenue) continue to languish in neglect? The two main questions (in my humble opinion) are these: (1) how can President Bush can give away billions/trillions of dollars in tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans, while the homeland security program (especially at the state/local level, something the Bush Administration pushed when it realized how much political capital the concept was worth) is left languishing and dangerously under-funded? (2) Why is the Bush Administration shoveling, at break-neck speed, money into the bank accounts of the wealthy instead of passing those financial resources on to the police officers and firefighters that are in desperate need of funding? The 'Seattle Times' has syndicated columnist E.J. Dionne's op-ed article which examines these very questions, titled 'President's Compassionate Conservatism Gone Astray', at http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion. Really Mr. President, what’s more important in these perilous times? A huge tax cut for the wealthiest Americans, or protective equipment and gear for state and local authorities? Democrats must start asking these questions loudly and with great strength and vigor. If we slam these questions home to the American public, they’ll see the inconsistencies, get the point and (hopefully) begin asking the very same questions themselves! Semper Fidelis


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