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What happened to the UNITED in the United States of America? United we stand, devided we fall. The labels we have given ourselves is splitting this country into pieces. Hate is taking over. To hate is to be ignorant. Ignorance is the lack of knowledge. The right hate the left, the left hate the right, conservatist, liberals, democrats, republicans all hate each other. Listen to Rush Limbaugh sometime, if you can stand it. He has done more to split this country than any 100 men. 

Frankly, I don't know what I am. I like money as much as the next man. Does that make me a conservatist? I believe in saving  the environment. Does that make me a bleeding liberal? I'm registered and an independent. Does that make me a traitor? I believe women should be allowed to make their own decisions about their bodies. I don't know what that makes me. I believe war is stupid and can be avoided. I can't stand to see young boys and girls slaughtered. And I believe when it says "Thou shalt not kill" that it means everybody. I really don't want to be labeled. I want to work with everyone. I don't feel like hating anyone. I never did and don't want to start now. I am lost. 

Maybe I could start by hating the weather. Too damn hot, too friggin' cold. Or maybe I could hate cats, or hate dogs. That could be a starter. Then maybe in time I could learn to hate human beings. Then maybe I could get a label. Is the label that important? I guess it is if it helps you hate. I like people, I don't want to hate them. I don't need a label.

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Your Questions to the President

  1.  June 5, 2007 - Because of my last message to the pres., I was confronted by a staunch Bush supporter. His comment, "Donít you know we are fighting Ďterrorismí? Where have you been?"
    My reply, "Alcoholism, tobaccoism, and racism kill many more people than terrorism. Why arenít we at war with them?"
    He stormed off with some disgusting swear words; words I wonít honor in my writings. I hope people donít think I am practicing censorism.
    If there are any people left on this planet 200 years from now, and if our history is not re-written by well meaning people, those remaining people will see this time as the darkest of all ages. What are you going to do to help the planet?

  2. D., Albert. - Why are we sending our children to be killed for oil in Iraq when there is plenty of oil in the United States, Alaska, Mexico and South America?

  3. W., Cecil. - Are you planning to restart the draft?

  4. S., Mildred - Are there many service women serving in  Iraq? How many have been raped or killed?

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LETTERS TO THE PRESIDENT
The following letters are not necessarily the opinion of this webmaster, unless signed by him.

December 4, 2007 - Dear Pres:  In Reader's Digestís, November 2007 issue, an article by Michael Crowley  tells the story of health care and other benefits being provided to  members of Congress. I admit that I am quoting liberally from his  article, to wit:
Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. The ďCadillacĒ plan: $250  deductible and a plan which covers "everything." And you cannot be rejected due to age, existing medical conditions or bad habits like smoking. I would also like the benefit of being able to drop by any physicianís office I choose where an ample staff is at my service (like  the benefit Congress has with the Capitolís physicians), or choosing a top rated hospital in which to receive care from the most highly trained physicians, nurses, anesthesiologists, physical therapists, etc. The health care and prescription drug coverage provided to Congress is better than Medicare, with a prescription drug benefit of the most popular plan wroth 42% more than the standard Medicare drug plan. Oh, and I would also like to keep my generous health plan after I retire, or change jobs, just like Congress. And I would like the plan to include my choice of care - homeopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, etc. and I would like to have the privilege of unlimited visits, just like those that are afforded for traditional Western medicine. Because the way Western medicine, the FDA and pharmaceutical companies are going, I want choices.

This health care plan is provided to members of Congress courtesy of taxpayers. Seems to me that since I am paying for Congressí health plan, Congress can pay for an equal or better plan for me. I think thatís only fair, donít you ?

And while weíre on the subject of benefits, I would also like a comparable pension plan, just like members of Congress. After all, I have almost 40 years of service in the work force. I would like to retire at age 62 with a pension totaling around $53,500, with an automatic cost-of-living adjustment tied to inflation, just like members of Congress. Because according to the National Taxpayers Union, Congressional pensions are about twice as generous as that of a comparably paid corporate executive. And thereís basically zero chance that the federal government will ever break its pension promises, since it can borrow endlessly or simply raise taxes. And since Iím paying the taxes, I want the benefits.

I would also like guaranteed pay raises, like members of Congress. Yessiree, an annual raise tied to inflation sounds great to me. After all, I work hard to keep this economy going - I deserve it.

If Congress is going to represent the people, at their expense, Congress should be willing to live more like the typical American. Or raise the bar so the typical American - me - can live like members of Congress.

I will be circulating this email widely, after which, I may decide to run for Congress.
How about it, Pres? Get with the people!

June 3, 2007 - Today, fourteen more of our boys died for you and your father's oil, and South America wants to blow up JFK. When are you going to stop this senseless, so called, war? How many more of our boys have to die before you realize that those people don't want us there?
              By the way, what country are we at war with?  In times, before 9/11, wars were between countries. One country won the other lost, since we won, most of the time, we helped the losers get back on their feet (It was a profitable solution for the big businesses,) Then that country could rebuild and go to war with us again. Who won? Big business! who lost? the people of the world.
             Come back to earth George, come back to the people. We will support you if you start caring for the people. Start with bringing back our young before they are killed or maimed.

January 11, 2007 - Dear President Bush: I am a Korean war veteran and I wish to volunteer to go to Iraq and fight. I wish to volunteer in order that the young people in this country may continue to live a long life. I, and guys my age, are responsible for what is happening, not the young guys. I am guilty through my lack of voting and lack of protesting this ridicules project of yours. I will at least know that I am fighting for your fatherís oil interests and for his business buddies who have interests in the far East, and not for reasons your writers or advisors invented. That wonít deter me from fighting. You wonít have to give me any of your pre-written rhetoric about patriotism or love of my country. I love my country.

At age 77, I am very active, I could easily march a couple of miles through the desert, I am a good marksman, I have experience and I would make a good target. And, when I get blown up, or wounded, give me a heavy a dose of morphine and then shovel me into a pit. You can save the expense of shipping me back to the states. I will sign a release. I donít even need pay. My social security will be enough. Think about it, there are thousands of old guys like me who would gladly give up their lives to save the young from being exposed to death and dismemberment.

You would be doing me a great favor. I cannot sit in a comfortable chair and read the paper or watch the TV news about our young being slaughtered for your ego. I remember WWII, when I was target practicing with my BB gun at age 12, knowing I would soon be going to war, and I remember how I felt. But it was a war to stop all wars and end oppression. And tears form in my eyes when I think of all of those people, including my friends and relatives who died or were maimed for that cause. A cause soon forgotten, as were the veterans.

Take me, Mr. President, take me!
Sincerely,
Sam Younghans

7/22/2006 Dixon, Lisa  - leeslynn@letters.com
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  Mr. President,
I have read very disturbing things about you today. I hope that they are not true.REMEMBER!!!! Jesus is our Lord and Savior. He is the only one who can save us. GOD IS LOVE.

10/02/2005 - Here is an open letter from the poet Sharon Olds to Laura Bush declining the invitation to read and speak at the National Book Critics Circle Award in Washington, DC. Forward it along if you feel more people should read it.

Sharon Olds is one of most widely read and critically acclaimed poets living in America today. Read to the end of the letter to experience her restrained, chilling eloquence.
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Laura Bush
First Lady
The White House

Dear Mrs. Bush,
I am writing to let you know why I am not able to accept your kind invitation to give a presentation at the National Book Festival on September 24, or to attend your dinner at the Library of Congress or the breakfast at the White House.

In one way, it's a very appealing invitation. The idea of speaking at a festival attended by 85,000 people is inspiring! The possibility of finding new readers is exciting for a poet in personal terms, and in terms of the desire that poetry serve its constituents--all of us who need the pleasure, and the inner and outer news, it delivers.

And the concept of a community of readers and writers has long been dear to my heart. As a professor of creative writing in the graduate school of a major university, I have had the chance to be a part of some magnificent outreach writing workshops in which our students have become teachers. Over the years, they have taught in a variety of settings: a women's prison, several New York City public high schools, an oncology ward for children.

Our initial program, at a 900-bed state hospital for the severely physically challenged, has been running now for twenty years, creating along the way lasting friendships between young MFA candidates and
their students - long-term residents at the hospital who, in their humor, courage and wisdom, become our teachers.

When you have witnessed someone nonspeaking and almost nonmoving spell out, with a toe, on a big plastic alphabet chart, letter by letter, his new poem, you have experienced, close up, the passion and
essentialness of writing.

When you have held up a small cardboard alphabet card for a writer who is completely nonspeaking and nonmoving (except for the eyes), and pointed first to the A, then the B, then C, then D, until you get to
the first letter of the first word of the first line of the poem she has been composing in her head all week, and she lifts her eyes when that letter is touched to say yes, you feel with a fresh immediacy
the human drive for creation, self-expression, accuracy, honesty and wit--and the importance of writing, which celebrates the value of each person's unique story and song.

So the prospect of a festival of books seemed wonderful to me. I thought of the opportunity to talk about how to start up an outreach program. I thought of the chance to sell some books, sign some books and meet some of the citizens of Washington, DC. I thought that I could try to find a way, even as your guest, with respect, to speak about my deep feeling that we should not have invaded Iraq, and to declare my belief that the wish to invade another culture and another
country--with the resultant loss of life and limb for our brave soldiers, and for the noncombatants in their home terrain--did not come out

of our democracy but was instead a decision made "at the top" and forced on the people by distorted language, and by untruths. I hoped to express the fear that we have begun to live in the shadows of tyranny and religious chauvinism--the opposites of the liberty, tolerance and diversity our nation aspires to.

I tried to see my way clear to attend the festival in order to bear witness--as an American who loves her country and its principles and its writing-against this undeclared and devastating war.

But I could not face the idea of breaking bread with you. I knew that if I sat down to eat with you, it would feel to me as if I were condoning what I see to be the wild, highhanded actions of the Bush Administration.

What kept coming to the fore of my mind was that I would be taking food from the hand of the First Lady who represents the Administration that unleashed this war and that wills its continuation, even to the extent of permitting "extraordinary rendition": flying
people to other countries where they will be tortured for us.

So many Americans who had felt pride in our country now feel anguish and shame, for the current regime of blood, wounds and fire. I thought of the clean linens at your table, the shining knives and the flames of  
the candles, and I could not stomach it.
Sincerely,

SHARON OLDS

11/08/2004 - chapman, mike - mikesluggo@special.com
MT. HOPE, WV, U.S.A - 373 davis cemetery rd
  Dear MR PRESIDENT I would like to thank you for a great job I voted for you Iknow you will get the job done thank you for coming to Beckley this summer gave a good boost to the town  hope you get to come back soon I didnt get to go inside that day I had to work but I got off for afew hours to take my mom out to see you walk in to the building that day we listened to your speech on the radio you had people in this town talking loved the message you gave to Beckley wish I could of met you that day I would love to get a sign picture from you hope I didnt take up to much of your time I just wanted you to know that were praying for you to make the right decision Hope you and your wife have nice holiday season  mike chapman Beckley WV   373 davis cemetery rd mt hope wv 25880    thank you mike

10/27/2004 - Coleman, Hubert - Cole904@Yahoo.com
Allenhurst, GA, United States - 
Dear President:  I would like to know if you can give a waiver for those of us who has served for 20 plus years in the US Army to get jobs with the State Dept, US Marshall, or DSS.  I would like to continue to serve this great nation but because of my age of 42 I am not eligible.  I retired 30 Jun 04 with 22 years of service in the US Army and wish to continue to protect this great nation.  Why do we after retirement not get that chance because of our age?  Can you help with this>

09/04/2004 - Richards, Jana - richards57@msn.com
Dear President,
 I have been reading up on the Civil War and I read that even President Lincoln had problems with people loosing faith in him during the war. He turned out to be one of the great presidents of our time. I don't like violence but I don't believe in sitting by and letting other countries destroy our families and our lives. How would Americans feel if you just blew off this terrorist thing and let it go just to have them attack again in 1 or 2 years....or even 20 years! A lot of people can sit by and say many things about how you handled this whole terrorist problem but what if it was their families in those towers, would they think different? War has been a part of this country for so long and it probably will remain part of this country for many more, but I fully support this war and I don't want the next victim to be my family or my daughter. Families who loose their loved ones during this war are no different than families many years ago, their family member(s) knew the risk in being in the military and took it because they believed in this country and loved it. I think this country is not what it used to be and many people don't believe in this country anymore so they begin to "hate" because their loved one fought and died for a country they lost faith in.
 I may not believe in everything you support but there is more I don't believe in in the oppsite parties campaign. So hopfully this year the vote will be "legal" and we can rest in the fact that the country will be lead by the most efficient leader

08/21/2004 - Wm. Mcphearson, Iowa, USA - Dear Mr. President
This email came to me today. What do you make of it?
If you can't get through this list without wanting to throw up, I'll understand. But pass it around anyway. This is the nail in the Iraq War's coffin for any sane, thinking individual, regardless of their political stripe.
(Thanks to Tom Paine.com and the Center for American Progress.)
To get some perspective, here are some real-life comparisons about what $87 billion means:
$87 Billion is more than the combined total of all State budget  deficits in the United States. The Bush administration proposed absolutely zero funds to help states deal with these deficits, despite the fact that  their tax cuts drove down state revenues. [Source: Center on Budget and  Policy Priorities].
$87 Billion is enough to pay the 3.3 million people who have lost jobs under George W. Bush $26,363.00 each! The unemployment benefits extension passed by Congress at the beginning of this year provides zero benefits to workers who exhausted their regular, state unemployment benefits and cannot find work [Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities].
$87 Billion is more than double the total amount the government spends on Homeland Security. The U.S. spends about $36 billion on homeland security.Yet, Sen. Warren Rudman (R- N.H.) wrote, America will fall approximately $98.4 billion short of meeting critical emergency responder needs for homeland security without a funding increase. [Source: Council on ForeignRelations].
$87 Billion is 87 times the amount the Federal Government spends on After-School Programs. George W. Bush proposed a budget that reduces the $1billion for after-school programs to $600 million cutting off about 475,000 children from the program. [Source: The Republican-dominated  House Appropriations Committee].
$87 Billion is more that 10 times what the Government spends on all environmental Protection. The Bush administration requested just $7.6 billion for the entire Environmental Protection Agency. This included a 32 percent cut to water quality grants, a 6 percent reduction in enforcement staff, and a 50 percent cut to land acquisition and conservation. [Source: Natural Resources Defense Council].
There you go. In black and white. A few million of you will receive this letter. Please share it. I, like you, do not want to see another approval rating over 50 percent.

I read this the other day through a link in an email. How do you intelligently respond to it. shinning it on or discounting it, as not true, doesn't work.

Is a good percentage of the American population the victim of mass hysteria, when all semblance of common sense vanishes for a large percentage of the population?

It would certainly appear so after reading "Deserter." Bush, as any BuzzFlash reader knows, evaded service in Vietnam by using family connections to leapfrog over a waiting list to get into the Texas Air National Guard. Then, among other improprieties, he didn't show up for his annual physical one year and was permanently grounded, thus wasting millions of taxpayer dollars spent on his training. Of course, then there's the AWOL thing, which was long enough to be considered desertion if....well, if his name were Juan Gonzalez instead of Bush!

Oh boy, but don't get the author of "Deserter" going! The above paragraph is just for starters in making the case that Bush is a military fraud, a rich kid popinjay who showed his support for the Vietnam War by making sure that he didn't get any closer to risking his life than a swimming pool in Corpus Christi. 

08/08/2004 - Smith, Rachel - DrumMonkey05@hotmial.com USA - 
Dear Mr. President,
    I'll start off by saying that i'm only 17, so, technically, I can't vote, but beleive it or not, childrens' opinions can have an affect on their parents opinions. I fully respect and support our president, and our troops, and I don't think anyone could be more proud to live in the USA than I am, but i personally don't understand why you have such a gruge against gay marrage. Okay, while I can understand your point, that doesn't mean I agree with it.  And you are right, marrage is sacred, but if two people love each other enough to commit to being together for the rest of their lives, why shouldn't they be allowed to? Would you rather a "normal" marrage end in divorce?Perhaps they should just have different benifits than a "standard" couple.
 Again, i will say that i am only 17, and i am not gay, but i understand both ends of the argument, and personally, disagree with your's. Please do not take offense to anything i've said, and i hope you can answer my questions. Thank you.

07/21/2004 -  Olmstead, John - jaksprat1@comcast.net Tucson, AZ, USA - 
  Dear President Bush.  I stumbled upon this site accidentally, and was sickened to read what these left-wing morons wrote.  Thank you for being the strong President who was needed during these critical times -- times when we are fighting an enemy who doesn't mind blowing himself/herself up, just so Americans will die.  Don't worry.  Most people know you are doing the right thing, and we continue to pray for you and our young men fighting for Iraqis, and even for the morons that wrote these emails.

04/18/2004 - Abel Cranstin - Omaha, NE, USA
Please put this on the letters to president, I got his email and thought he should read it.
George Bush wants John Kerry to name the foreign heads of state Kerry says told him privately they'd like to see an end to the Bush administration. That's fascinating, don't you think? Bush wants Kerry to name names.
I'm dreaming this, right?
"If you're going to make an accusation in the course of a presidential campaign," Bush told reporters in Washington this week, "you've got to back it up with facts."
Really?
If Bush wants to know which foreign leaders might have confided that they wouldn't mind seeing the Bush Doctrine end in November, all he has to do is pay attention to world affairs for a few minutes. Even before the abominable Madrid train bombing 10 days ago, distrust and outrage at U.S. policies had been shown to be reaching new levels of hostility from France to Morocco, from Germany to Jordan, from Russia to Pakistan.
"The wounds have not healed among the allied publics since the end of the war and, in fact, things are a little worse," Andrew Kohut told The New York Times the other day. Kohut directs the Pew Research Center for the People and Press, which surveyed world opinion on the matter. He then added, "there are trends that speak to a more long-term and continuing disconnect between the old allies."
Maybe Kerry ought to comply with Dubya's request, if only to save him the mental effort of figuring this stuff out for himself. The greater challenge to Kerry is restraining himself from firing some questions back. Unlike Kerry, I don't have the requisite restraint.
So, for the chief executive who suddenly wants names named, who suddenly flirts with some understanding of the merits of full disclosure and transparency after more than three years of running the most secretive government in American history, a few similar questions:
Who met with Dick Cheney in the first days of this administration to formulate America's energy policy?
Name names.
Which corporate titans wielded the key influences that have resulted in the most enviro-hostile administration in memory, the highest gas prices in memory and a myopic oil-junky foreign policy?
Name names.
(Oh, that's right, I've got to wait until the Supreme Court rules on this one. In the meantime, Cheney can go duck hunting with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, so they can get their story straight on why I don't need to know this.) Who was on board for the notorious Saudi airlift?
Name names.
Who allowed a planeload of influential Saudis to fly out of the country Sept. 13, 2001, with all commercial air traffic grounded and before any formal investigation into the hijackings had fully begun?
Name names.
Who outed Valerie Plame, the CIA operative whose terrorist tracking operation was destroyed because her husband had the nerve to say part of your State of the Union address was a fiction designed to build support for Bush War II?
Name names.
Who decided not to allow soldiers returning from Iraq at Walter Reed Hospital to be interviewed by representatives of the Disabled American Veterans unless agovernment official was present?
Name names.
Who directed Thomas Scully, the Medicare administrator, to tell Richard Foster he'd be fired if he didn't withhold the actual cost of the prescription drug benefit package that passed Congress with a $400 billion price tag, some $130 billion less than Foster knew it would cost?
Name names.
Whom is National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice protecting by not testifying publicly before the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks?
Name names.
Who came up with the idea that your own testimony before the commission should not exceed one hour, the amount of time you generally spend working out every day?
Name names.
Who actually saw you complete your National Guard obligations in Alabama during the Vietnam War?
Name names.
Who, at any level of any government agency, has received any form of discipline, let alone been fired, as a direct result of the massive intelligence failures that led to Sept. 11?
Name names.
Who forgot to restrain you from repeating the fiction that you watched on television from a Florida schoolhouse as the first plane hit the World Trade Center building the morning of Sept. 11, even though no video of the first plane hitting was discovered until the next day?
Name names.
OK, I'm out of space. If he cares to, John Kerry can take it from here.

4/11/2004 - K., Sharon -
kalkaska, mi, USA - 
I support our president, I support our troops and I support the USA,You can't support one without the other.Nobodys wants a war or to send their children to their possible deaths, but our country is a free country because of the sacrifaces our brave men and women have made over hundreds of years.How would you feel if your country was ruled as the Iraqi people have lived for years? So I say, Dear Mr. President, you have a very tough job in front of you, I believe you will do the very best to your ability to insure our country remains free,our security is insured,and our homeland remains ours. Good Luck because I don't belive I would want your job. 

04/01/2004 - W., Allan -
Dear President Bush: First, I served in the Army during the during the Korean War. It was a war, a lot of people are dead or maimed because of it. I was fortunate. I just received a letter from Medicare about some up and coming benefits. That's nice, but what a cheap shot on your part to put your name at the head of the letter as if it was your idea. And why did you wait for an election year to do it, when it has been needed for years? Do Government officials receive Medicare or do they have their own benefits like their full salaried pensions. What makes them so important that the people have to pay them after they do their term? Put them on the same level with us and we will have better Social Security and Better Medicare. You don't have to answer this.

03/28/2004 - P. J  Kokomo, in, USA - 
 Dear President Bush I'm married to a first grade teacher. I'm one of the people that listens to the woos of professionals that have little control of how they can run a classroom with all the mandates, lack of corpral punishment and a work load that goes way past the classroom. Their president says let no child be left behind, but about 50% of today's children are being raised by parents who are children themselves, It seems that if all our children are to get an education more attention should be spent on how to give the classroom back to the teacher. They now spend to much time keeping track of unruly children. I think you are one of the best presidents we've had. Please support our teachers so they can do their best. Yours truly J Pohlman

03/21/2004 - B., Heather , IN, United States - 
       I feel that this war in Iraq shouldn't have started..and now that things are going beyond that, lives being lost on both sides, and information NOT being correct from what we were initially told by the president p/his VERY reliable sources.  We as a country (and bush as the instigator and president of this country) should own up to the mistake and get out as quickly as we can.  I have tried to find a website that I can voice my opinions for bush to read easily (or at least he public opinion advisors who are supposed to monitoring public opinion of things), but I couldn't find anything.  If anyone knows of one I would SOOO appreciate the information b/c I want to voice my opinion that continues to be proven right as things go on.  We are losing lives, money, world support, etc based on this "reliable source" and "revenge over 9/11"...let us be mature and say "I'm sorry I made a mistake, let me try to help you get back on your feet w/"orders, do it my way attitude, and less funds that we can't really afford." Like we tell all our upcoming children to do when they find they make a mistake.  To at least own up to their own mistake and correct it immediately.  When will America or the president do that.

WAR!

03/26/2003 - War has come to us. It was predicted by some a long time before Bush said he would run for president. I heard fear in people, who said they knew he was going to run for president. I didn't laugh because these were responsible people who had their fingers on the pulse of this nation. 
       A year or so later, when I heard that he planned to run, I remembered my friends warnings. They said he was evil, coming to take over. So far their predictions have come true. I fear for and pray for our troops over there, who are blindly doing his bidding.
        I fully support our troops, as does all Americans. I don't support any government, who puts our children at risk in a war for power and wealth, using terrorism as a guise to do as they please. 
       When will we learn?? 

Thoughts by Intelligent People

There can be no high civility without a deep morality. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am very doubtful whether history shows us one example of a man who, having stepped outside rational morality and attained power, has used that power benevolently. Clive Staples Lewis

Political surrender leads almost inevitably to moral surrender also, -Jawaharlal Nehru

Men are not made religious by performing certain actions which are externally good, but they must first have righteous principles; and then they will not fail to perform virtuous actions. Martin Luther

As soon as we lose the moral basis, we cease to be religious. There is no such thing as religion overriding morality. Man, for instance, cannot be untruthful, cruel or incontinent and claim to have God on his side.- Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi

Increase of material comforts, it may be generally laid known, does not in any way whatsoever conduce to moral growth.- Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi

Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. - George Washington

Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of morality. - Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi

Right and wrong

I would rather be right than president. - Henry Clay.

Whatever is physiologically right is morally right; and whatever is physiologically wrong is morally wrong. - Mark Hopkins

I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into hell of thermonuclear destruction. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rectitude

A straight line is the shortest in morals as in Mathematics. - Maria Edgeworth

If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see. Let them see. - Henry David Thoreau

The man who is so conscious of the rectitude of his intentions a to be willing to open his bosom to the inspection of the world, is in possession of one of the strongest pillars of a decided character. The course of such a man will be firm and steady, because he has nothing to fear from the world, and is sure of the approbation and support of Heaven.- William Wirt.

IT MATTERS
Words to think about from a Benedictine Nun


National Catholic Reporter
Is There Anything Left That Matters?

by Joan Chittister, OSB 05/29/03

A Benedictine Sister of Erie, Sister Joan is a best-selling author and well-known international lecturer. She is founder and executive director of Benetvision: A Resource and  Research Center for Contemporary Spirituality www.benetvision.org, and past president of the Conference of American Benedictine  Prioresses and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Sister Joan has been recognized by universities and national organizations for her work for justice, peace and equality for women in the Church and society.She is an active member of the International Peace Council.

This is what I don't understand: All of a sudden nothing seems to matter.
      First, they said they wanted Bin Laden "dead or alive." But they didn't get him. So now they tell us that it doesn't matter. Our mission is greater than one man. Then they said they wanted Saddam Hussein, "dead or alive." He's  apparently alive but we haven't got him yet, either. However, President Bush told reporters recently, "It doesn't matter. Our mission is greater  than one man."
      Finally, they told us that we were invading Iraq to destroy their  weapons of mass destruction. Now they say those weapons probably  don't exist. Maybe never existed. Apparently that doesn't matter either. - Except that it does matter. I know we're not supposed to say that. I know it's called "unpatriotic." But it's also called honesty. And dishonesty matters.
     It matters that the infrastructure of a foreign nation that couldn't defend itself against us has been destroyed on the grounds that it was a  military threat to the world.
     It matters that it was destroyed by us under a new doctrine of  "pre-emptive war" when there was apparently nothing worth pre-empting. It surely matters to the families here whose sons went to war to make the world safe from weapons of mass destruction and will never come home. 
     It matters to families in the United States whose life support programs were ended, whose medical insurance ran out, whose food stamps were cut off, whose day care programs were eliminated so we could spend the money on sending an army to do what did not need to be done.
     It matters to the Iraqi girl whose face was burned by a lamp that toppled over as a result of a U.S. bombing run.
It matters to Ali, the Iraqi boy who lost his family - and both his arms - in a U.S. air attack.
     It matters to the people in Baghdad whose water supply is now fetid,  whose electricity is gone, whose streets are unsafe, whose 158 government ministries' buildings and all their records have been destroyed, whose cultural heritage and social system has been looted and whose cities teem with anti-American protests.
     It matters that the people we say we "liberated" do not feel liberated in the midst of the lawlessness, destruction and wholesale social suffering that so-called liberation created.
     It matters to the United Nations whose integrity was impugned, whose  authority was denied, whose inspection teams are even now still being overlooked in the process of technical evaluation and disarmament.
     It matters to the reputation of the United States in the eyes of the world, both now and for decades to come, perhaps.
     And surely it matters to the integrity of this nation whether or not its intelligence gathering agencies have any real intelligence or not  before we launch a military armada on its say-so.
     And it should matter whether or not our government is either incompetent and didn't know what they were doing or were dishonest and refused to say.
     The unspoken truth is that either as a people we were misled, or we were lied to, about the real reason for this war. Either we made a huge - and unforgivable -  mistake, an arrogant or ignorant mistake, or we are swaggering around the world like a blind giant, flailing in all directions while the rest of the world watches in horror or in ridicule.
     If Bill Clinton's definition of "is" matters, surely this matters. If a president's sex life matters, surely a president's use of global force against some of the weakest people in the world matters. If a president's word in a court of law about a private indiscretion matters, surely a president's word to the community of nations and the security of  millions of people matters.
     And if not, why not? If not, surely there is something as wrong with us as citizens, as thinkers, as Christians as there must be with some facet of the government. If wars that the public says are wrong yesterday - as over 70% of U.S. citizens did before the attack on Iraq - suddenly become "right" the minute the first bombs drop, what kind of national morality is that?
     Of what are we really capable as a nation if the considered judgment of politicians and people around the world means nothing to us as a  people?
     What is the depth of the American soul if we can allow destruction to be done in our name and the name of "liberation" and never even demand an accounting of its costs, both personal and public, when it is over?
     We like to take comfort in the notion that people make a distinction between our government and ourselves. We like to say that the people of the  world love Americans, they simply mistrust our government. But excoriating a distant and anonymous "government" for wreaking rubble on a nation in pretense of good requires very little of either character or intelligence.
     What may count most, however, is that we may well be the ones Proverbs warns when it reminds us: "Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value the one who speaks the truth."
     The point is clear: If the people speak and the king doesn't listen, there is something wrong with the king. If the king acts precipitously and the people say nothing, something is wrong with the people.
      It may be time for us to realize that in a country that prides itself on being democratic, we are our government. And the rest of the world is figuring that out very quickly.
      From where I stand, that matters.

Side Bar Article in the "British Weekly"

Saturday, June 21,2003 - Number 954

TO ANYONE who takes at least a passing interest in American politics it comes as no surprise that the publication of Hillary Clinton's memoirs has unleashed a flood of anti-Clinton criticism in the media.
    Using the former President as a pinata has long been a favored pastime of this country's conservative pundits, but it was something of a shock to see a similar diatribe against Clinton published in the London Times this week.
     Perhaps prompted by George W Bush's failure to revive the American economy, the article's author, Stephen Pollard, a fellow at a right-wing European think tank, joined a growing chorus of like-minded pundits in claiming that Clinton enjoyed 'astonishingly good fortune with the economy'.
     This increasingly widespread revisionist approach to history gives no credit to Clinton's economic policies. Using the same rationale one could also assert that Ronald Reagan also got lucky, while Jimmy Carter was catastrophically unlucky. whenever success is ascribed to luck, it is tempting to remember the famous retort: "the harder I work, the luckier I get".
      Clinton's failings were many. But his detractors insult our intelligence when they fail to mention his enormous intellect, his huge capacity for work or his undoubted skills as a politician. Clinton is considered by many impartial observers to be among the brightest Americans of his generation. You don't become a Rhodes Scholar through luck. You don't win election to the White House (twice) by luck And you certainly don't preside over the longest peacetime boom in American history by luck.
     Clinton's detractors, of course, prefer to obsess on his womanizing and adultery. It seems they just can't forgive Clinton for twice winning a presidential election and doing such a better job than his successor. Whenever the present incumbent of the White House starts to feel the heat on any issue, Republicans launch into a familiar refrain, the gist of which is, 'things may be bad, but 'aint you glad you've got a President who doesn't cheat on his wife?"
      Actually, no. Nor should we be happy to have in the Oval Office a self-described C student who quits work every day at 6pm, even in time of war. A man who was arrested four times during a prolonged spell of 'youthful irresponsibility'. And a man who dodged the Vietnam War by enrolling in the Texas Air National Guard, and who failed to show up even for that duty during his final year of service, perhaps because it coincided with the introduction of random drug testing.
     Politics aside, the best way to judge a president is by what he delivered for his country. Under Clinton, we had a budget surplus, peace, prosperity and sex. Under Bush we have a ballooning deficit, war, recession and Christian fundamentalism.
       We know which we prefer.