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|4/2/2003 7:02 PM|
|Matt in TX
||Our stupid leaders!!|
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.
Jessica Lange Dropped out college mid-freshman year.
Alec Baldwin Dropped out of George Washington U. after scandal
Julia Roberts Completed high school
Sean Penn Completed High school
Susan Sarandon Degree in Drama from Catholic University of America
in Washington, D.C.
Ed Asner Completed High school
George Clooney Dropped out of University of Kentucky
Michael Moore Dropped out first year University of Michigan.
Career: Movie Director
Sarah Jessica Parker: Completed High School
Jennifer Anniston: Completed High School
Mike Farrell Completed High school
Janeane Garofelo Dropped out of College.
Career: Stand up comedienne
Larry Hagman Attended Bard College for one year.
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.
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|4/2/2003 8:43 PM|
Yeah,I know where you are coming from I'm with you.
|4/2/2003 9:01 PM|
Didn't he get caught drinking and driving too?.
|4/2/2003 9:02 PM|
M Hewitt, I don't know what to say except: roflmao.
|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|
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, http://www.newamericancentury.org, 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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