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Saturday, January 24, 2004

Wednesday, January 14th, 2004
I'll Be Voting For Wesley Clark / Good-Bye Mr. Bush

Lets all remember Michael Moore for what he is, an extremist who is out of step with 99.9% of America. He made Bowling for Spinal Tap or did he call it, This is Columbine, and now he is at work at another mockumentary Fahrenheit 911. I am not sure why he isn't voting for Dean, their kooky conspiracy theories belong together. Maybe Dean knows enough not to accept the support of someone who Bill O'Reilly rightly called a "Bomb thrower." In Michael Moore's world, he isn't upset that 3,000 people were killed on 9/11, he is outraged that some of those people could have been Democrats. I will use the 99.9% figure again to say that no one cares who the people in WTC, and Pentagon voted for, they were AMERICANS, and we should all be outraged that they were murdered for because they went to work that morning. That says to me more than anything else as to where Michael Moore's allegiances lay, with the AMERICANS who will fight to defend freedom against all intrusions, or people who will appease terrorists in the hopes that they will not attack us. I stand with AMERICA, not with Michael Moore and the rest of his appeasement at any cost including our lives and freedoms to the Islamics.

Many of you have written to me in the past months asking, "Who are you going to vote for this year?"

I have decided to cast my vote in the primary for Wesley Clark. That's right, a peacenik is voting for a general. What a country!

I believe that Wesley Clark will end this war. He will make the rich pay their fair share of taxes. He will stand up for the rights of women, African Americans, and the working people of this country.

So you think so?

And he will cream George W. Bush.

He has to make it through the nomination process first, and most voters see through his phoniness and his inability to answer questions in a way that brings confidence in him and his polices.

I have met Clark and spoken to him on a number of occasions, feeling him out on the issues but, more importantly, getting a sense of him as a human being. And I have to tell you I have found him to be the real deal, someone whom I'm convinced all of you would like, both as a person and as the individual leading this country. He is an honest, decent, honorable man who would be a breath of fresh air in the White House. He is clearly not a professional politician. He is clearly not from Park Avenue. And he is clearly the absolute best hope we have of defeating George W. Bush.

This is not to say the other candidates won't be able to beat Bush, and I will work enthusiastically for any of the non-Lieberman 8 who might get the nomination. But I must tell you, after completing my recent 43-city tour of this country, I came to the conclusion that Clark has the best chance of beating Bush. He is going to inspire the independents and the undecided to come our way. The hard core (like us) already have their minds made up. It's the fence sitters who will decide this election.

The decision in November is going to come down to 15 states and just a few percentage points. So, I had to ask myself -- and I want you to honestly ask yourselves -- who has the BEST chance of winning Florida, West Virginia, Arizona, Nevada, Missouri, Ohio? Because THAT is the only thing that is going to matter in the end. You know the answer -- and it ain't you or me or our good internet doctor.

This is not about voting for who is more anti-war or who was anti-war first or who the media has already anointed. It is about backing a candidate that shares our values AND can communicate them to Middle America. I am convinced that the surest slam dunk to remove Bush is with a four-star-general-top-of-his-class-at-West-Point-Rhodes-Scholar-Medal-of-Freedom-winning-gun-owner-from-the-South -- who also, by chance, happens to be pro-choice, pro environment, and anti-war. You don't get handed a gift like this very often. I hope the liberal/left is wise enough to accept it. It's hard, when you're so used to losing, to think that this time you can actually win. It is Clark who stands the best chance -- maybe the only chance -- to win those Southern and Midwestern states that we MUST win in order to accomplish Bush Removal. And if what I have just said is true, then we have no choice but to get behind the one who can make this happen.

There are times to vote to make a statement, there are times to vote for the underdog and there are times to vote to save the country from catastrophe. This time we can and must do all three. I still believe that each one of us must vote his or her heart and conscience. If we fail to do that, we will continue to be stuck with spineless politicians who stand for nothing and no one (except those who write them the biggest checks).

My vote for Clark is one of conscience. I feel so strongly about this that I'm going to devote the next few weeks of my life to do everything I can to help Wesley Clark win. I would love it if you would join me on this mission.

Here are just a few of the reasons why I feel this way about Wes Clark:

1. Clark has committed to ensuring that every family of four who makes under $50,000 a year pays NO federal income tax. None. Zip. This is the most incredible helping hand offered by a major party presidential candidate to the working class and the working poor in my lifetime. He will make up the difference by socking it to the rich with a 5% tax increase on anything they make over a million bucks. He will make sure corporations pay ALL of the taxes they should be paying. Clark has fired a broadside at greed. When the New York Times last week wrote that Wes Clark has been “positioning himself slightly to Dean’s left," this is what they meant, and it sure sounded good to me.

If Wes Clark is really running to the left of Howie Dean who has already said that he is going to raise taxes on everyone, then can we really trust Clark to not raise taxes? Incidentally the vast majority of the people who make over a million bucks earn that money; it is not given to them, and they hapen to be the people who create jobs. The most idiotic thing about this is raising cooperateate taxes, corporations go off shore to get out of taxes, and if their taxes are raised, then more corporationsons will leave, and jobs with them. Wes Clark's fiscal policy is reckless and ant-growth.

2. He is 100% opposed to the draft. If you are 18-25 years old and reading this right now, I have news for you -- if Bush wins, he's going to bring back the draft. He will be forced to. Because, thanks to his crazy war, recruitment is going to be at an all-time low. And many of the troops stuck over there are NOT going to re-enlist. The only way Bush is going to be able to staff the military is to draft you and your friends. Parents, make no mistake about it -- Bush's second term will see your sons taken from you and sent to fight wars for the oily rich. Only an ex-general who knows first-hand that a draft is a sure-fire way to wreck an army will be able to avert the inevitable.

This is an accustion that is totally groundless. The all volunteer army that we have now is better educated and motivated then conscripted armies of the past. Never mind the fact that 51 senaters and 218 congressmen would have to vote yea and commit politcal suicide. Incidentally, recruitment in the army is up. Moore-on needs to check his facts.

3. He is anti-war. Have you heard his latest attacks on Bush over the Iraq War? They are stunning and brilliant. I want to see him on that stage in a debate with Bush -- the General vs. the Deserter! General Clark told me that it's people like him who are truly anti-war because it's people like him who have to die if there is a war. "War must be the absolute last resort," he told me. "Once you've seen young people die, you never want to see that again, and you want to avoid it whenever and wherever possible." I believe him. And my ex-Army relatives believe him, too. It's their votes we need.

The General ran an excellent war in the Balkans, so excellent that he was relieved of his command as the Supreme Leader of NATO. Clark ordered a British general to intercept Russian forces who were to take an airport. The British general refused, saying "I'm not going to start WW III." Former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, Hugh Shelton said that Clark was relieved of this command for issues relating to character and integrity. Shelton did not say what politcal affilation that he held, only that "Wes will not have my vote." Ann Coulter wrote an excellent column on this matter.

4. He walks the walk. On issues like racism, he just doesn't mouth liberal platitudes -- he does something about it. On his own volition, he joined in and filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in support of the University of Michigan's case in favor of affirmative action. He spoke about his own insistence on affirmative action in the Army and how giving a hand to those who have traditionally been shut out has made our society a better place. He didn't have to get involved in that struggle. He's a middle-aged white guy -- affirmative action personally does him no good. But that is not the way he thinks. He grew up in Little Rock, one of the birthplaces of the civil rights movement, and he knows that African Americans still occupy the lowest rungs of the ladder in a country where everyone is supposed to have "a chance." That is why he has been endorsed by one of the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Charlie Rangel, and former Atlanta Mayor and aide to Martin Luther King, Jr., Andrew Young.

Wes Clark is not a Democrat. Nor is a he a Republican. He is an oppertunist, that is to say that he is not a Republican because there is no chance he could beat Bush in the primaries. That leaves the Democrats where he has to go as far to the left as he can to show that he is a real Democrat an not just a pretender. Everything he does is calculated to that effect.

5. On the issue of gun control, this hunter and gun owner will close the gun show loophole (which would have helped prevent the massacre at Columbine) and he will sign into law a bill to create a federal ballistics fingerprinting database for every gun in America (the DC sniper, who bought his rifle in his own name, would have been identified after the FIRST day of his killing spree). He is not afraid, as many Democrats are, of the NRA. His message to them: "You like to fire assault weapons? I have a place for you. It's not in the homes and streets of America. It's called the Army, and you can join any time!"

We already have too many gun laws. What loophole would he close that would have stopped the killings at Columbine? Would he make it illegal to buy guns for someone else? It is illegal to buy guns for someone else. they also do that with beer and cigerettes, and that hasn't worked. Washington D.C. has the most restrictive guns laws and the highest crime rates. Does anyone else see a corelation? Samething with London. Restrictive gun laws take guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens, and keeps them in the hands of criminals; if someone is going to break a law already, making guns illegal is not going to stop them. The solution to crime is to allow law abiding ctizens acces to guns so that they may protect themselves.

6. He will gut and overhaul the Patriot Act and restore our constitutional rights to privacy and free speech. He will demand stronger environmental laws. He will insist that trade agreements do not cost Americans their jobs and do not exploit the workers or environment of third world countries. He will expand the Family Leave Act. He will guarantee universal pre-school throughout America. He opposes all discrimination against gays and lesbians (and he opposes the constitutional amendment outlawing gay marriage). All of this is why Time magazine this week referred to Clark as "Dean 2.0" -- an improvement over the original (1.0, Dean himself), a better version of a good thing: stronger, faster, and easier for the mainstream to understand and use.

The USA PATRIOT Act is the bogeyman to the left. The ACLU has reported that there have been no complaints against the PATRIOT Act. The PATRIOT Act uses laws that are used to prosecute organized crime to prosecute terrorists. So these laws are good enough to prosecute organized crime, but too intrusive to prosecute terrorists. If the ACLU, an organizastion which hates America can live with prosecuting terrorists, so should other people who hate America, or they should just join the terrorist. The other issues here are just to show that he is a Democrat, and not a Republican.

7. He will cut the Pentagon budget, use the money thus saved for education and health care, and he will STILL make us safer than we are now. Only the former commander of NATO could get away with such a statement. Dean says he will not cut a dime out of the Pentagon. Clark knows where the waste and the boondoggles are and he knows that nutty ideas like Star Wars must be put to pasture. His health plan will cover at least 30 million people who now have no coverage at all, including 13 million children. He's a general who will tell those swing voters, "We can take this Pentagon waste and put it to good use to fix that school in your neighborhood." My friends, those words, coming from the mouth of General Clark, are going to turn this country around.

Not only is Wes Clark not a Republican, but he is a Euorpean eliteist socialist Democrat. They can take him as far as I am concerned. In this age of terrorism we need someone who is not afraid to defend America, not reduce the funding of the people defending us.

Now, before those of you who are Dean or Kucinich supporters start cloggin' my box with emails tearing Clark down with some of the stuff I've seen floating around the web ("Mike! He voted for Reagan! He bombed Kosovo!"), let me respond by pointing out that Dennis Kucinich refused to vote against the war resolution in Congress on March 21 (two days after the war started) which stated "unequivocal support" for Bush and the war (only 11 Democrats voted against this--Dennis abstained). Or, need I quote Dr. Dean who, the month after Bush "won" the election, said he wasn't too worried about Bush because Bush "in his soul, is a moderate"? What's the point of this ridiculous tit-for-tat sniping? I applaud Dennis for all his other stands against the war, and I am certain Howard no longer believes we have nothing to fear about Bush. They are good people.

Why expend energy on the past when we have such grave danger facing us in the present and in the near future? I don't feel bad nor do I care that Clark -- or anyone -- voted for Reagan over 20 years ago. Let's face it, the vast majority of Americans voted for Reagan -- and I want every single one of them to be WELCOMED into our tent this year. The message to these voters -- and many of them are from the working class -- should not be, "You voted for Reagan? Well, to hell with you!" Every time you attack Clark for that, that is the message you are sending to all the people who at one time liked Reagan. If they have now changed their minds (just as Kucinich has done by going from anti-choice to pro-choice, and Dean has done by wanting to cut Medicare to now not wanting to cut it) and if Clark has become a liberal Democrat, is that not something to cheer?

In fact, having made that political journey and metamorphosis, is he not the best candidate to bring millions of other former Reagan supporters to our side -- blue collar people who have now learned the hard way just how bad Reagan and the Republicans were (and are) for them?

We need to take that big DO NOT ENTER sign off our tent and reach out to the vast majority who have been snookered by these right-wingers. And we have a better chance of winning in November with one of their own leading them to the promised land.

There is much more to discuss and, in the days and weeks ahead, I will continue to send you my thoughts. In the coming months, I will also be initiating a number of efforts on my website to make sure we get out the vote for the Democratic nominee in November.

In addition to voting for Wesley Clark, I will also be spending part of my Bush tax cut to help him out. You can join me, if you like, by going to his website to learn more about him, to volunteer, or to donate. To find out about when your state’s presidential primaries are, visit Vote Smart.

I strongly urge you to vote for Wes Clark. Let's join together to ensure that we are putting forth our BEST chance to defeat Bush on the November ballot. It is, at this point, for the sake of the world, a moral imperative.

Yours,

Michael Moore


This is the reason why no one should listen to Michael Moore. Not only is Michaele Moore not a the great American leader the Wes Clark claims that he is, but Michael Moore is anti-American, and he should move to France were he acan join the EU intellctuals in hating AMERICA.


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Monday, January 19, 2004

The day of the Iowa Caucus has arrived. Who cares who wins? I know that all of the Demos say that they will win, but it is really that big of an honor to see who wins only to have to lose to GWB? I'm incredibly sick of Howie Dean's "anger." Dick Gephardt is the only candidate running ads here in Michigan, but he has no chance of making it this far. I hate this guy more and more everyday. I saw the clip of him saying that when he debates GWB, and tells us that when he raises our taxes and then GWB accuses him of raising our taxes, he'll say that that is fuzzy math. So telling us that he is going to raise our taxes, and then being called on it is fuzzy math. Here's hoping that Dickie gets nominated so that he can raise the taxes of the middle class people who he claims to want to fight for. Hey Dickie, you can't have it both ways. At least he is smart enough to try to hide his tax raising platform unlike Howie Dean. Dean's idea of helping the working families include tax increases that for someone like me who is in the lowest tax bracket would take and addition $1500 out of my pocket. I'm glad that the Demos think so much of the working people that they want to take more money from them. Having been forced to join a union (I live in MI which is not a right to work state) I don't know why the rank and file of union members agree with the radical union leaders, I mean the workers are the ones that earn their paychecks not the leaders who leach off of us. In all fairness though I will admit that after being fired from my job stemming from problems with health and having informed management about my problems, the union didn't step in until they were about to lose a dues paying member. Getting back on point, I'm glad that the union leadership thinks so much of me that they would have told me who to vote for. As for me, I vote for who represents my interests, and not the unions interests.
To conclude, whenever some Demo starts trying to tell us who the Demos are the only ones who have our interests at heart, I remember a quote from the great Sir Winston Churchill, "Anyone under thirty who is not a liberal has no hear, anyone over thirty who is not a conservative has no brain." I have so much more I could say about this. I'll just say that for the next five years I would rather be heartless than have no brain in five years.

Mr. Madison
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