News and Opinion for Democrats Against Bush -- Part II
PT. II - HOME PAGE
PT. II - CONTENTS
BUSH and the MEDIA
CIVIL RIGHTS
-- Gay Rights
THE ECONOMY
-- The Real Deficit
---- Deficit Lies
-- International Debt
---- Children Will Pay
-- Tax Cut Con Game
---- Tax-Cut Lies
------ to Small Business
---- Phony Benefits
---- Hurting States
---- Why Accepted?
---- Cuts Will Backfire
-- Low-Tax Mania
-- Move toward Flat Tax
-- Corp. Tax Dodgers
-- Corporate Welfare
---- Halliburton
-- The SUV Boondoggle
-- Unemploym't Worse
------ Comp. Denied
---- Jobs Not Created
-- Widespread Poverty
-- False Recovery
-- Stock Market
EDUCATION
-- Texas Sch. Scandals
-- Broken Promises
-- Abandoned Youth
-- College Aid Cut
-- Aid to Rich Colleges
-- Textbooks Censored
-- Acad. Freedom Denied
ELECTRONIC VOTING -- --- A Crucial Issue
ENERGY
-- Monstrous Bill
---- Allows Blackouts
---- Bi-Part. Oppos'n
-- New Energy Bill
ENVIRONMENT
-- Bush's "Eco-Speak"
---- How to Tell Lies
-- Crimes v. Nature
---- Air Pollution
---- Global Warming
---- Ozone Depletion
---- Chemical Hazards
---- Loss of Wildlife
-- States Combat Bush
---- Power Plant Suits
-- Pension Funds, Too
LABOR ISSUES
-- Worker Safety
-- Real Jobless Stats
-- Overtime in Danger
--"Productivity"
PUBLIC HEALTH
-- Poor Ranking
-- Privatized Socialism
-- Health Insurance
---- The Uninsured
------ Middle Class
-- Cost of Drugs
-- Medicare
---- A Cynical Bill
---- Favoring HMOs
---- $$ to Drug Co.s
---- Bait and Switch
---- AARP Sells Out
---- Bullying to Win
---- Australian Critique
---- Some Good News
-- Chill on Research
TRANSPORTATION
-- Amtrak
-- Mars vs. Amtrak
WAR OF IDEAS
-- Use of Language
WAR on TERROR
--'Enemy Combatants'
-- Ultra-Secret Trials
-- Homeland Insecurity
---- Funds Miss Needs
WAR on CIVIL RIGHTS
-- FBI Prying Grows
---- Targeting Protests
------ & Anti-Bush Talk
-- Computer Privacy
-- Patriot Act
---- Excesses
------ Cure - SAFE Act
---- Dangers
---- Author's Fear
---- Librarians' Warning
--"Patriot Act II"
---- Death for Protest?
---- Sneak Enactments
-- CAPPS II
---- GAO Criticisms
---- EFF Concerns
-- Guantanamo
---- Conditions
---- Legal Status
---- UK Judge's Blast
-- Torture Condoned
---- Canadian's Ordeal
-- Yousef Yee
WAR on SCIENCE
-- Scientists Accuse
---- Admin. Can't Deny
WAR on WOMEN
-- Abortion Truths
-- Notorious Photo
WAR on WORKING FAMILIES
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Theodore Roosevelt
"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
  --  Theodore Roosevelt
 From "Quote DB"  http://www.quotedb.com/quotes/1730
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For reasons of space, the original website has been expanded onto several web addresses:

Pt. I a - Bush, His Administration, and the Radical Right ............................ Contents of Pt. I a

Pt. I b - Bush's Congress ................................................................ http://home.earthlink.net/~acisney6/index.html
Pt. II --- Domestic Issues (Civil Rights, Economy, etc.) ....... http://home.earthlink.net/~acisney2/id64.html
Pt. III -- Foreign Policies and Iraq ................................................. http://home.earthlink.net/~acisney3/id2.html
Pt. IV-- Electronic Voting - A Non-Partisan Issue ...........................http://home.earthlink.net/~acisney4/
 
Also --- Kitsap County Anti-Bush Rallies  ....................... http://home.earthlink.net/~acisney5/id3.html

Click here to search and access all the sites by keyword --         Combined Contents for All Sites

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The website you are now on is  Pt. II - Domestic Issues
     Click here for the complete contents ...http://home.earthlink.net/~acisney2/id1.html
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These websites are intended for myself and any other Kitsap County Democratic activists who might be interested.  Their purpose is to collect background information to supplement the signs that we carry in street rallies - and to help us answer anyone who might say, "What's so wrong with George Bush?  He's doing the best he can."
 
Please see "Fair Use Notice" at the foot of the page 
 
We are told that our signs should be short and punchy.  The problem is that passersby who look at the signs think that they understand what the words mean.
 
Someone who sees the sign "Bush Lied" may think only of those sixteen words in his pre-war State of the Union speech--when in fact there have been untruths, deceptions, and hidden agendas in almost every area of the Bush administration.  The lies are all-pervading, a central feature of his presidency.  How do we get this across?
 
Similarly, when people see "Stop Bush's War on Women" they may take it as meaning that we want to have abortions (absolutely not, in my case).  What it really means is that Bush's radical-right policies have led to sickness and death for thousands of women around the world.
 
I became aware of this problem at my very first demonstration this past August, the Seattle rally with the theme "Beat Back Bush." (Why so violent? I wondered.  I much preferred the button I bought that said "Re-Defeat Bush in 2004.") 
 
At that time I was one of those who thought that "Bush Lied" just referred to the infamous sixteen words.   It was the speeches at the rally that taught me what this slogan really means.
 
I am a believer in civil discourse.  I don't like name-calling or extremist statements that are certain to estrange anyone who disagrees with us.  I would like my signs to be an invitation to dialog, and I want to be able to back up each slogan with a written defense of my position.
 
As an inveterate news junkie, I troll the Internet for at least an hour each day looking for the best articles or documents I can find to explain our stand against the Bush administration.  Since my goal is to persuade the unconverted, I give preference to the mainstream media (the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, BBC.com, etc.), which I think will carry more weight than frankly partisan liberal sources.
 
"Bush Lied" is admittedly a rude way of putting things  (perhaps I should try to find some gentler expression) but it is by now a proven fact.  Bush has very often said--or allowed others on his staff to say--things that he had good reason to know were not true. 
 
As it stands, this slogan serves as a challenge that at least gets people's attention.  But I want more information to show to those who don't yet see what the fuss is about, or who think it's safe to just go on living their daily lives and hoping for the best.
 
Please send any comments on this website to acisney@earthlink.net.
 
Thank you,
Alene
 
PLEASE NOTE: When I started these sites I thought I was making them inaccessible through Google or any other search engine - they were intended only to share information with other local activists. Somehow they did get into the search engines, so now I'm in the process of reducing or eliminating many of the texts in favor of quoted passages, with links to the complete articles. 
 
If for any reason you believe that specific material on this site does not fall within the fair use guidelines (see "Fair Use Notice" below) then please notify me immediately and I will take corrective action.
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