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Our stupid leaders!!

4/2/2003 7:02 PM
Matt in TX
Our stupid leaders!!
Who's Smarter?  
by Cindy Osborne  
The Hollywood group is at it again. Holding antiwar rallies, screaming  
about the Bush Administration, running ads in major newspapers, defaming  
the President and his Cabinet every chance they get, to  
anyone and everyone who will listen. They publicly defile them and call  
them names like "stupid" , "morons", and "idiots". Jessica Lange  
went so far as to tell a crowd in Spain that she hates President Bush  
and is embarrassed to be an American.  
So, just how ignorant are these people who are running the country?  
Let's look at the biographies of these "stupid", "ignorant" , "moronic"  
leaders, and then at the celebrities who are castigating them:  
President George W. Bush: Received a Bachelors Degree from Yale  
University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He served as an  
F-102 pilot for the Texas Air National Guard. He began his career  
in the oil and gas business in Midland in 1975 and worked in the energy  
industry until 1986. He was elected Governor on November 8, 1994, with  
53.5 percent of the vote. In a historic reelection victory, he  
became the first Texas Governor to be elected to consecutive four-year  
terms on November 3, 1998 winning 68.6 percent of the vote. In 1998  
Governor Bush won 49 percent of the Hispanic vote, 27 percent  
of the African-American vote, 27 percent of Democrats and 65 percent of  
women. He won more Texas counties, 240 of 254, than any modern  
Republican other that Richard Nixon in 1972 and is the first  
Republican gubernatorial candidate to win the heavily Hispanic and  
Democratic border counties of El Paso, Cameron and Hidalgo. (Someone  
began circulating a false story about his I.Q. being lower than any  
other President. If you believed it, you might want to go to  
URBANLEGENDS.COM and see the truth.)  
Vice President Dick Cheney earned a B.A. in 1965 and a M.A. in 1966,  
both in political science. Two years later, he won an American Political  
Science Association congressional fellowship. One of Vice  
President Cheney's primary duties is to share with individuals, members  
of Congress and foreign leaders, President Bush's vision to strengthen  
our economy, secure our homeland and win the War on  
Terrorism. In his official role as President of the Senate, Vice  
President Cheney regularly goes to Capital Hill to meet with Senators  
and members of the House of Representatives to work on the  
Administration's legislative goals. In his travels as Vice President, he  
has seen first hand the great demands the war on terrorism is placing on  
the men and women of our military, and he is proud of the  
tremendous job they are doing for the United States of America.  
Secretary of State Colin Powell was educated in the New York City public  
schools, graduating from the City College of New York (CCNY), where he  
earned a Bachelor's Degree in geology. He also  
participated in ROTC at CCNY and received a commission as an Army second  
lieutenant upon graduation in June 1958. His further academic  
achievements include a Master of Business Administration Degree  
from George Washington University. Secretary Powell is the recipient of  
numerous U.S. and foreign military awards and decorations. Secretary  
Powell's civilian awards include two Presidential Medals of  
Freedom, the President's Citizens Medal, the Congressional Gold Medal,  
the Secretary of State Distinguished Service Medal, and the Secretary of  
Energy Distinguished Service Medal. Several schools and  
other institutions have been named in his honor and he holds honorary  
degrees from universities and colleges across the country.  
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld: attended Princeton University on  
Scholarship (AB, 1954) and served in the U.S. Navy (1954-57) as a Naval  
aviator ; Congressional Assistant to Rep. Robert Griffin  
(R-MI), 1957-59; U.S. Representative, Illinois, 1962-69; Assistant to  
the President, Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, Director  
of the Cost of Living Council, 1969-74; U.S. Ambassador to  
NATO, 1973-74; head of Presidential Transition Team, 1974; Assistant to  
the President, Director of White House Office of Operations, White House  
Chief of Staff, 1974-77; Secretary of Defense, 1975-77  
Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge was raised in a working class  
family in veterans' public housing in Erie. He earned a scholarship to  
Harvard, graduating with honors in 1967. After his first year  
at The Dickinson School of Law, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where  
he served as an infantry staff sergeant in Vietnam, earning the Bronze  
Star for Valor. After returning to Pennsylvania, he earned  
his Law Degree and was in private practice before becoming Assistant  
District Attorney in Erie County. He was elected to Congress in 1982. He  
was the first enlisted Vietnam combat veteran elected to the  
U.S. House, and was overwhelmingly reelected six times.  
National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice earned her Bachelor's Degree in  
Political Science, Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of  
Denver in 1974; her Master's from the University of Notre Dame in 1975; and  
her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the  
University of Denver in 1981.  
(Note: Rice enrolled at the University of Denver at the age of 15,  
graduating at 19 with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science (Cum Laude).  
She earned a Master's Degree at the University of Notre Dame and a Doctorate  
from the University of Denver's Graduate School of International Studies.  
Both of her advanced degrees are also in Political Science.) She is a Fellow  
of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded Honorary  
Doctorates from Morehouse College in 1991, the  
University of Alabama in 1994, and the University of Notre Dame in 1995. At  
Stanford, she has been a member of the Center for International Security and  
Arms Control, a Senior Fellow of the Institute for International Studies,  
and a Fellow (by courtesy) of the Hoover Institution. Her books include  
Germany Unified and Europe Transformed (1995) with Philip Zelikow, The  
Gorbachev Era (1986) with Alexander Dallin, and Uncertain Allegiance: The  
Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army (1984). She also has written numerous  
articles on Soviet and East European foreign and defense policy, and has  
addressed audiences in settings ranging from the U.S. Ambassador's Residence  
in Moscow to the Commonwealth Club to the 1992 and 2000 Republican National  
Conventions. >From 1989 through March 1991, the period of German  
reunification and the final days of the Soviet Union, she served in the Bush  
Administration as Director, and then Senior Director, of Soviet and East  
European Affairs in the National Security Council, and a Special Assistant  
to the President for National Security Affairs. In 1986, while an  
international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, she served  
as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In 1997,  
she served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender -- Integrated  
Training in the Military. She was a member of the boards of directors for  
the Chevron Corporation, the Charles Schwab Corporation, the William and  
Flora Hewlett Foundation, the University of Notre Dame, the International  
Advisory Council of J.P. Morgan and the San Francisco Symphony Board of  
Governors. She was a Founding Board member of the Center for a New  
Generation, an educational support fund for schools in East Palo Alto and  
East Menlo Park, California and was Vice President of the Boys and Girls  
Club of the Peninsula. In addition, her past board service has encompassed  
such organizations as Transamerica Corporation, Hewlett Packard, the  
Carnegie Corporation, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Rand  
Corporation, the National Council for Soviet and East European Studies, the  
Mid-Peninsula Urban Coalition and KQED, public broadcasting for San  
--So who are these celebrities? What is their education? What is their  
experience in affairs of State  
or in National Security? While I will defend to the death their right to  
express their opinions, I  
think that if they are going to call into question the intelligence of  
our leaders, we should also  
have all the facts on their educations and background:  
Barbra Streisand : Completed high school  
Career: Singing and acting  
Cher: Dropped out of school in 9th grade.  
Career: Singing and acting  
Martin Sheen Flunked exam to enter University of Dayton.  
Career: Acting  
Jessica Lange Dropped out college mid-freshman year.  
Career: Acting  
Alec Baldwin Dropped out of George Washington U. after scandal  
Career: Acting  
Julia Roberts Completed high school  
Career: Acting  
Sean Penn Completed High school  
Career: Acting  
Susan Sarandon Degree in Drama from Catholic University of America  
in Washington, D.C.  
Career: Acting  
Ed Asner Completed High school  
Career: Acting  
George Clooney Dropped out of University of Kentucky  
Career: Acting  
Michael Moore Dropped out first year University of Michigan.  
Career: Movie Director  
Sarah Jessica Parker: Completed High School  
Career: Acting  
Jennifer Anniston: Completed High School  
Career: Acting  
Mike Farrell Completed High school  
Career: Acting  
Janeane Garofelo Dropped out of College.  
Career: Stand up comedienne  
Larry Hagman Attended Bard College for one year.  
Career: Acting  
While comparing the education and experience of these two groups, we should  
also remember that President Bush and his cabinet are briefed daily, even  
hourly, on the War on Terror and threats to our security. They are privy to  
information gathered around the world concerning the Middle East, the  
threats to America, the intentions of  
terrorists and terrorist-supporting governments. They are in constant  
communication with the CIA, the FBI, Interpol, NATO, The United Nations, our  
own military, and that of our allies around the world. We cannot simply  
believe that we have full knowledge of the threats because we watch CNN!! We  
cannot believe that we are in any way as informed as our leaders.  
These celebrities have no intelligence-gathering agents, no fact-finding  
groups, no insight into the minds of those who would destroy our country.  
They only have a deep seated hatred for all things Republican. By nature,  
and no one knows quite why, the Hollywood elitists detest Conservative views  
and anything that supports or uplifts  
the United States of America. The silence was deafening from the Left when  
Bill Clinton bombed a pharmaceutical factory outside of Khartoum, or when he  
attacked the Bosnian Serbs in 1995 and 1999. He bombed Serbia itself to get  
Slobodan Milosevic out of Kosovo, and not a single peace rally was held.  
When our Rangers were ambushed in Somalia and 18 young American lives were  
lost, not a peep was heard from Hollywood. Yet now, after our nation has  
been attacked on its own soil, after 3,000 Americans were killed by  
freedom-hating terrorists while going about their routine lives, they want  
to hold rallies against the war. Why the change? Because an honest,  
God-fearing Republican sits in the White House.  
Another irony is that in 1987, when Ronald Reagan was in office, the  
Hollywood group aligned themselves with disarmament groups like SANE, FREEZE  
and PEACE ACTION, urging our own government to disarm and freeze the  
manufacturing of any further nuclear weapons, in order to promote world  
peace. It is curious that now, even after we have heard all the evidence  
that Saddam Hussein has chemical, biological and is very close to obtaining  
nuclear weapons, their is no cry from this group for HIM to disarm. They  
believe we should leave him alone in his quest for these weapons of mass  
destruction, even though it is certain that these deadly weapons will  
eventually be used against us in our own cities.  
So why the hype out of Hollywood? Could these celebrities believe that since  
they draw such astronomical salaries, they are entitled to also determine  
the course of our Nation? That they can make viable decisions concerning war  
and peace? Did Michael Moore have the backing of the Nation when he recently  
thanked France, on our behalf, for being a "good enough friend to tell us we  
were wrong"? I know for certain he was not speaking for me. Does Sean Penn  
fancy himself a Diplomat, in going to Iraq when we are just weeks away from  
war? Does he believe that his High School Diploma gives him the knowledge  
(and the right) to go to a country that is controlled by a maniacal  
dictator, and speak on behalf of the American people? Or is it the fact that  
he pulls in more money per year than the average American worker will see in  
a lifetime? Does his bank account give him clout?  
The ultimate irony is that many of these celebrities have made a shambles of  
their own lives, with drug abuse, alcoholism, numerous marriages and  
divorces, scrapes with the law, publicized temper tantrums, etc. How dare  
they pretend to know what is best for an entire nation! What is even more  
bizarre is how many people in this country will listen and accept their  
views, simply because they liked them in a certain movie, or have fond  
memories of an old television sitcom! It is time for us, as citizens of the  
United States, to educate ourselves about the world around us. If future  
generations are going to enjoy the freedoms that our forefathers bequeathed  
us, if they are ever to know peace in their own country and their world, to  
live without fear of terrorism striking in their own cities, we must assure  
that this nation  
remains strong. We must make certain that those who would destroy us are  
made aware of the severe consequences that will befall them.  
Yes, it is a wonderful dream to sit down with dictators and terrorists and  
join hands, singing Cumbaya and talking of world peace. But it is not real.  
We did not stop Adolf Hitler from taking over the entire continent of Europe  
by simply talking to him. We sent our best and brightest, with the strength  
and determination that this Country is known for, and defeated the Nazi  
regime. President John F. Kennedy did not stop the Soviet ships from  
unloading their nuclear missiles in Cuba in 1962 with mere words. He stopped  
them with action, and threat of immediate war if the ships did not turn  
around. We did not end the Cold War with conferences. It ended with the  
strong belief of President Ronald Reagan... PEACE through STRENGTH.
4/2/2003 8:43 PM
M Hewitt

Yeah,I know where you are coming from I'm with you.  
Read this:
4/2/2003 9:01 PM
A Colman

Didn't he get caught drinking and driving too?.  
4/2/2003 9:02 PM
Rob J

M Hewitt, I don't know what to say except: roflmao.  
And thanks!  
4/2/2003 9:19 PM
I don't doubt that the current government is smart.  
They were smart enough to fool you into thinking  
this war is about liberating Iraq and not oil.
4/8/2003 1:25 PM
I don't doubt that the current government is smart.  
They were smart enough to fool you into thinking  
this war is about liberating Iraq and not oil.  
You keep thinking that, jackass
4/2/2003 9:39 PM
Rob J

There are serious points here though.  
1) Anyone who looks to Hollywood for political guidance is a couple of tubes short of the complement. Particularly when we have this wonderful resource called the Internet which allows busy people to quickly find facts supporting or destroying pretty much any argument that's presented to us by our politicians. See, for example, M Hewitt above.  
2) Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld et al aren't stupid (although Bush could have fooled me). They've been planning all these things for a LONG time and have cleverly taken the great opportunity presented to them by the atrocity of 9/11 to sway a modicum of public support toward their plans. See, for example,, the website of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC). See particularly the Statement of Principles signed by, amongst others, Jeb Bush, Dick Cheney, Dan Quayle, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz. And there's plenty more to find if you spend some time with the said wonderful Internet.  
3) It's not really surprising that so many politicians have such fantastic educations, since many of them come from extremely rich families who would die from shame if said politicians did not attend Harvard, Yale, Princeton or wherever (with apologies to Colin Powell and the other scholarship/state school kids).  
4) Actually I would kind of hope that to hold public office you would require some kind of qualification more involved than being able to give good TV face and being able to cry convincingly at will. However, I think I would support your right to speak freely and criticise your government regardless of what qualifications you hold.  
I'm not going to bother to tackle the rest of the stuff ... e.g., that because 'our leaders' have access to information that we do not that this then invalidates any comment we may choose to make on the actions they take on the basis of said information; that 'the Left' (presumably this means Hollywood?) was silent through the gory injustices of the Clinton era; that 9/11 has anything to do with Iraq (although apparently a recent poll suggested that almost 50% of Americans believe Iraq was responsible for the atrocity); that anti-nuke campaigners have never campaigned for the disarmament of countries other than the US; and finally the insinutation that Saddam Hussein and his regime can in any way be compared with Adolf Hitler and his.  
btw, just as a small aside: In between rallying in support of US troops, the Republicans are trying to push through a budget which will cut at least $14 billion from Veterans' benefits. Clever, eh?  
(search google news for 'veterans benefits cut')

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