Will Rogers delivers the Gettysburg Address
By Budd Saunders
Journal Contributing Writer
Oct 27, 2006, 00:41
I don't mind receiving mail from those who disagree with me,
but it would be nice if they had the strength of character to sign their
letters. The most recent started, "Like a babbling brook you make a
continuous noise, saying the same thing over and over but not making
sense." The writer then brings up the usual tired accusation: blaming
Clinton for everything corrupt Repubs got caught doing. These accusations are
offered whenever the Repubs get caught with their turpitudes hanging out and
dragging them down from their self-described "moral high ground."
The writer ends with this, "Abraham Lincoln said, 'I
never met a man I didn't like.' I say I never met a Democrat who wouldn't
lie." Yes, and Will Rogers said, "Four score and seven years ago, our
fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation conceived in Liberty, and
dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal . . . and that a
government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from
the earth." What a great idea!
I have an image of people like that letter writer, gathering
with friends each Saturday night. They all bring copies of our Constitution. As
one of them reads, "The Detainee Bill Bush signed into law which suspends
Habeas corpus . . . ," they laugh and tear their copies of the Bill of
Rights into small pieces. This is known as Repubs protecting America and
spreading democracy to the rest of the world.
(Repubs are what I will continue to call them so long as
they continue to call my party the Democrat Party.)
It took Repubs some years, but they succeeded in defining
Liberal as a pejorative. They have now been instructed, probably by Karl Rove,
to subvert the election and to use denigrating words to describe us Democrats
and Liberals. In recent letters to the editor in a daily paper, some used such
terms as, "uneducated morons," "intellectual midgets,"
"uninformed idiots" and "perverted Clintonites." (Gee, it
wasn't that long ago we were "effete intellectual snobs.") Someone
even wrote that Chelsea was the "tainted spawn" of Clinton blood.
But return to the messages I receive. I got one years ago
that accused me of treason because I end my weekly column with, "Question
authority. It's the American way." Another was from a Vietnam vet who had
survived horrors and felt he had lost his way. He tried different ways to
retrieve his humanity. But it was when he was alone by the Colorado River in
Arizona, after fasting, praying and reading the New Testament, that he found
peace. He wrote that he turned his life to God. I responded that this was
wonderful. Anything that brings peace. Both of these writers signed their
I appreciate that no one has yet called and threatened to
kill me since last February. Events like that tend to make you want to lock and
Lock and load reminds me of a funny incident that took place
here recently. The FBI has finally cleared up a burglary that occurred earlier
this year. An agent left his Crown Victoria at the airport for a week. A
"burglar" broke into the car and stole a Remington shotgun, two
bullet resistant vests and an assortment of other firearms and equipment. The
bureau spends millions to update their computers (which still don't work), they
get blamed for bungling intelligence, and an agent leaves his weapons unsecured
for a week and they are stolen. At least they sure are good at catching corrupt
Repubs. Bless their little pea pickin' hearts.
Yes, sir, they and their Repub bosses sure are good at
keeping us safe.
An editorial in the ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE, on 10ct. 21,
described Ramsey Clark, a defense attorney for Saddam Hussein, as
"tyranny's mouthpiece." I believe Clark is trying to defend the
accused. This was a basic principle of democracy, until Bush signed bills that
discarded habeas corpus and the right to a trial. Clark predicts some terrible
events if Saddam is convicted and hanged and is trying to prevent such
catastrophic violence. Sounds good to me. I can't believe the Democrat-Gazette
would accuse Mr. Clark of being "reduced to a mouthpiece for Iraq's former
gauleiter" and actually gloat over it.
Repubs conflate everything. For example, they take every
opportunity to disparage gay marriage. Yet, it's reported that there is a
proliferation of Repub gays in high places in the Bush administration. Rice
appointed one in the State Department. His male partner (wife/husband?) held
the Bible for the swearing in. What hypocrisy.
authority. It's the American way. (It's not treason.)
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