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Testimonials from Women for Clark Supporters
Draft Clark veteran's letter to New Hampshire for Clark
Representative Sanford Bishop Endorses Wesley Clark
I'll Be Voting For Wesley Clark/Good-Bye Mr. Bush - by Michael Moore
'...Even McCaine on hardball predicted Dean the democratic nomination...'
Fed-Up Republican joining Clark - added 2 Feb. 2004
Dinkins Supports Wesley Clark
'Can you imagine what the Republicans would do in the general election with Kerry's vote against that [Gulf] war?'

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Testimonials from Women for Clark Supporters

"I endorse Wesley Clark (and discovered that nearly all my feminist friends had individually decided to endorse him) because he is the Democratic candidate who would make by far the best President as well as the best campaigner against George W. Bush. Clark offers America proven leadership ability and worldwide stature; and I especially admire his brains, his sincerity and integrity and his moral courage. He has championed women and families throughout his career, and I agree 100% with his proposals on women's issues. Not incidentally, I'm glad he taught Economics and also Philosophy--two crucial subjects for dealing with complex problems facing America today."

Muriel Fox
One of the founding members of the National Organization for Women (NOW), she served in several positions: vice president (1967-1970), chair of the board (1971-1973), and chair of the national advisory committee (1973-1974).

"I support Wes Clark because I know he will be a powerful advocate for all women, both in the United States and abroad, by making sure that we have access to affordable health care and child care. I know that Wes Clark will expand economic opportunities for women and use his expertise in foreign policy to make the world safer for women everywhere. Finally, I know Wes Clark will protect our reproductive rights. As a young woman, there is nothing more important to me, and there is no other candidate as well-suited to do so than Wes Clark."

Aimee Boone
graduate student at American University

"I saw Wes Clark being interviewed a couple of weeks before he announced his candidacy. I was so taken with his clarity, leadership and vision for America that I immediately thought 'this man should be President of the United States". Since that time, I have done extensive research on him, particularly on issues that are important to me and other women.

As I have learned more about Wes Clark and his platform, I am deeply committed to helping him become President. He has re-kindled my patriotism and belief that we can have a President who will treat the office with respect and always put the best interest of America before his own. Thank you Wes!"

Teray Stephens
CEO Invision Group LLC

"Thankfully, there is now a candidate running for President who is committed to ensuring that our country lives up to its promise and its people. He is a decorated soldier and a respected diplomatic leader, who has already given 34 years to his country. He is smart and he is good. He has worked hard to get where he is and he is a national hero."

Madonna
entertainer and mother

"Wes Clark inspires women with his confidence and credentials and the strong positions he has taken on issues of concern to women. For women, Wes Clark represents dignity, honesty and a keen understanding of leadership. Wes Clark will make our children and families safer, and our world more secure. That is why I am endorsing him for President."

Tara Sonenshine
Journalist and former White House official

"There are so many reasons to like Wes Clark, but for me it comes down to the fact that he's is a good, decent human being. Someone who says with compassion and resolute conviction, "because when you can do good, you should." He knows that diplomacy is most effective when backed by a credible threat of force, but will exhaust every diplomatic means possible first. He knows first-hand the true consequences of sending men and women in to battle. He's an officer, a gentleman, and a Rhodes scholar who's got the ability and experience to be a great leader of our country.

There's nothing special about me nor the kind of life I want to lead. I want to live in a country of opportunities, where I can pursue my dreams, just as my parents and their parents did before them. I'm a pragmatic idealist who believes our best years are ahead of us and can say with all my heart that, Wes Clark will make an extraordinary President."

Mona S.
Los Angeles

"First, as a leader in the military who instituted Head Start for all kids on the military bases, made housing more affordable, and made sure every person had health insurance; second, as Supreme NATO Commander who recognized the outcome of the successful campaign to stop Slobodan Milosevic's ethnic cleansing of Kosovo "was not just the weapons of war;" and third, because Clark's experience clearly shows us, that he is a listener who can lessen our conflicts and link us again to what makes America great."

Cindy McDaniel
Women For Clark, Delaware

"I'm enthusiastically supporting Wesley Clark because I am convinced that he will be a strong, visionary, ethical leader who can rebuild our international alliances while addressing our critical domestic challenges in health care, the economy and national security."

Mary Rauh
1998 Democratic Nominee for Congress, NH 2nd District
Former Chair, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, and PPFA Affiliates Presidents' Council

"We do grant, however, that some women are wary of a President who is a military man and we ourselves had to overcome such a feeling of wariness--too macho, too authoritarian....That's the stereotype of the military, even though many of the military are now women. But we had to abandon our stereotype when a general came along who is, astonishingly, gentle and nurturing as well as tough and brave, who is of liberal spirit and who calls for "a new American patriotism," defined as insisting that citizens have a right--indeed, a duty--to express dissent in a democracy.

But is there anything here that doesn't benefit men as well as women? We have similar goals. Wes Clark's presidency would help human beings, whoever and wherever they are, and not only Americans."

Dudley Dudley and Jeanette Hopkins
NH voters

"Wesley Clark approaches problems with honesty, intelligence and integrity. He understands the power and potential of the United States and the opportunity to use that power for good. He has experience, rarely found, in working with allies and opponents to try to find common ground despite significant differences. His commitment to racial and gender equity is consistently demonstrated in his professional and personal behavior. Whether one focuses on reproductive health, civil rights and liberties, privacy, or war as the least desirable and last alternative, Wesley Clark's values reflect the best of what this nation could -and should - be."

Marjorie Smith
Marjorie Smith is a member of the Democratic leadership in the New Hampshire House of Representatives and chairs the New Hampshire Women's Policy Institute.

"By the way, I think people who meet and spend time with Clark do have an unusual reaction to him. He's so unlike most politicians that I've met. He actually is an idealist in the best sense of the word - and it's genuine (remember I'm also a shrink and I am quite good at knowing when someone is being genuine). He reminds me of the Jimmy Stewart movie - Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. I think many of us folks who were active politically in the 60's have been so disheartened by politicians since those days and lots of us have stopped being involved very actively in campaigns for exactly those reasons. Then, after being so unbelievably appalled by Bush that we start thinking we have to do something, the question becomes which Democrat do we support.

Do we pick the one who most agrees with us on all we care about? Do we pick the person who makes us feel more powerful because he is so good at expressing the anger we've felt since the last election? Do we do the one thing that the Republicans are really good at and pick a candidate who can actually get elected - someone who we can live with and will appeal to our fellow democrats and independents in the red states and maybe even some disenchanted Republicans? So, many of the Clark supporters got to Clark pragmatically - looking solely at electability with the goal of getting rid of Bush. Then, we go about meeting this guy - his optimism is contagious - he actually has his own vision for the country - is extremely intelligent with Masters degrees in philosophy, economics, government - yet, comes across as a down to earth regular guy - it's pretty unusual.

I'm not sure that I would put my life on the line for my country but I kind of like the idea of having a president who wouldn't ask anyone to do anything that he/she hasn't done themselves. I think this may have a great deal of appeal in the red states and we need some red states to rid the country of Bush."

Janet Lindner Spielberg
Attorney in Los Angeles

"I support Wesley Clark because of the exciting prospect of having someone in the White House who combines a shining intelligence, compassion and a real, as opposed to a false, moral integrity."

Mary Gordon
Author

"I believe that with Wesley Clark, we have a man who can give integrity back to the United States - make us respected, make us respect ourselves... and help us rebuild a world we want our children to grow up in...

I also trust him to see that the next Supreme Court Justices named will not turn back civil liberties 30 to 50 years, and perhaps, for the world as a whole, that's the most important thing..."

Lucy Laederich

In looking at Wesley Clark's resume, many people are impressed with the fact that he was a general. I am too. He is a superb tactician. Even more important than that, he rejects war except as a last resort. But I am equally impressed with the fact that as Clark worked his way through the ranks, he provided for his family on a tight military salary. There is glory in that, too, though it is easily overlooked.

Wesley Clark is often compared to Dwight D. Eisenhower: sure, they were both generals who ran for the presidency, but I think of Clark in the tradition of Harry S. Truman. He doesn't look on Americans from the vantage point of privilege, holding them at arm's length and reading about their problems in some report. He stands eye-to-eye with voters. Whether he is talking about advanced over-the-horizon radar defense systems or the pitfalls of home finance, Clark knows first-hand what he is talking about.

Looking at the future, I believe that Wesley Clark is the one candidate from either major party who can bridge the widening ideological gulf that threatens to tear this country apart. With his appeal to a wide spectrum of Americans, he is the best hope for a return to a united United States.

Julie Fenster
Published Author and Historian

When Wes Clark was my age, he had already earned a Silver Star for his service in Vietnam and was meeting his infant son for the first time. This commitment to serving his country was derived not just from a desire to provide a more secure future for his young family, but to ensure that America was a standard bearer for professionalism on the battlefield, responsible foreign policy, and civic pride. As the youngest female city councilor, and with a child of my own, I have the utmost respect for General Clark's dedication to his community, his country, and its place in the world.

Never have we needed a leader with this national and global vision more than we do now. Our country has suffered from haphazard domestic policies regarding employment, the environment, and national security and our ability to serve as a model for other countries has been seriously undermined by a bullying foreign policy. General Clark's direct, detailed, and reasonable policy proposals represent the hopes and dreams of American families. We want things to be better not just for ourselves, but for our neighbors, not just for our country, but for our world.

General Clark brings a seasoned hand to foreign policy with a respect for international law. He also brings a rational approach to remedying our domestic woes from tax cuts to higher education. Wesley Clark understands that the world will be safer when America's people are stronger, and that strength comes from a sense of personal well-being, from pride in our communities, and from respect for our commander in chief to lead us in the right direction. I am so glad that General Clark has decided to share his strength with us, and to help us find our way to better tomorrows!

Jacqueline Augustine
City Councilor, Geneva, NY

I, as a liberal, support General Clark because I'm confident that his military experience will keep him from going to war on a whim, and putting our young American men and women at risk without due reason. General Clark's experience has shown that he can reach peaceful solutions to threatening international strife. That, in combination with his first hand experience with the horror of war, gives me the confidence in the belief that armed confllict would truly be a last resort in a Clark administration.

Lynda Garner Goldstein, MS. Ed.
Monroe County Legislator, District 14

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Draft Clark veteran's letter to New Hampshire for Clark

I just returned from New Hampshire. There is no question that magical moments await this Presidential candidate.

Boy - was there a DRAFT in New Hampshire this weekend. With temperatures dipping below 0, and the wind chill factor contributing to temperatures resembling -15 degrees, there was no question. A DRAFT was in the air. The grassroots movement that propelled General Wesley K. Clark onto the political stage made their presence felt.

With thousands of NH voters undecided, many are taking a closer look at General Clark and recognizing the message of hope he brings to the political landscape. Drafted by over 30,000 volunteers less than 4 months ago, Clark's message is taking hold.

"I am not a politician, I am a leader." Clark entered this race to end divisive politics by underscoring the importance of multilateral decision-making; both domestically and globally. Leaders bring people together. Politicians divide them. Initially without political ambition, Clark united Americans who were looking for a rational leader who recognized that whether the United States likes it or not, we MUST interact with the global community. He also attracted those who recognize that, ultimately, ANGER is not the solution. The absence of communication within the international community creates cavernous divides and polarizing positions. Zero sum politics inflicts unnecessary damage. The United States can take the LEAD without taking LIVES.

And yet, this General with military experience and international perspective, can relate all too well to the middle class. By-passing a career in the privatesector, General Clark applied his Rhodes Scholar education to protecting the United States. During the post-Vietnam era, military service did not always evoke the feelings of patriotism once known to WWII veterans. Turning else where would have been convenient and acceptable, yet General Clark recognized the importance of remaining in the military. He KNEW that leadership could reshape the perception of the military and U.S. foreign policy. General Clark is ALL patriot---with NO act. His devotion to our country is without question.

When it comes to domestic issues, Clark appreciates that complex problems require complex answers. He understands that what matters most to America cannot be answered by convenient sound bites. His leadership and intelligence will attract the kind of public servants who are committed to the greater good, and are willing to set aside personal gain.

As the primary season unfolds, Americans have a rare opportunity to select their own president, not one manufactured by the political process. Clark graciously and willingly accepted over 30,000 Americans' cry for leadership. I hope you will join me in supporting General Wesley K. Clark.

May the force be with us,

Georgia V. Sullivan

Washington, DC

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For Immediate Release
Date: January 14, 2004

Representative Sanford Bishop Endorses Wesley Clark

Little Rock - Representative Sanford Bishop (D-GA), held a press conference in Atlanta today announcing his endorsement of General Clark's candidacy.

"I believe that General Clark will bring leadership and expertise that we so sorely need," Bishop said in his remarks before Clark supporters.

"Its an honor to receive the endorsement of Congressman Bishop," Wes Clark said. "Sanford Bishop is a champion for the people of southwest Georgia and a true Democrat: the kind of Democrat that fights for the rights of working Americans, who's fiscally responsible, who's strong on defense and veterans' rights. I'm proud to have his endorsement."

Bill Buck, National Press Secretary for the Clark Campaign said, "Sanford Bishop shares the values of General Clark and is an effective, family oriented Southern legislator. His endorsement is one more example of General Clark's strength in the South and across the country."

Congressman Bishop is currently serving his sixth term in the House of Representatives.


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I'll Be Voting For Wesley Clark/Good-Bye Mr. Bush

by Michael Moore


Michael Moore

Michael Moore

January 14, 2004

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.

And he will cream George W. Bush.

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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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!"

  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.

  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.

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 a 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. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll083.xml). 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" (http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/09/politics/campaigns/09DEAN.html)? 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: http://www.votesmart.org/election_president_state_primary_dates.php.

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

www.michaelmoore.com
mmflint@aol.com
mike@michaelmoore.com

P.S. To register to vote visit www.yourvotematters.org.

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'...Even McCaine on hardball predicted Dean the democratic nomination and in the same sentence republicans gaining more seats.  We will prove them wrong...'

(#312) by NapervilleClarkie (NapervilleClarkie at forclark dot com) on 12/17/2003 01:35:01 AM EST
(Re: Re: 'Drudge Garbage' (#5) by kurt(kurt at forclark dot com) on 12/16/2003)

hi Kurt,  thanks for your post.  I am also concerned with the extreme gravitation in this country to the far right.  The republicans seem to have been hell bent on a deep divide since Clinton beat Bush 1.  They were absolutely out for blood. All they could scrape up was hanky panky so the divide had to be based on moral indignation.  Your either with us or against us.  Your either a righteous moral republican or a disgusting immoral democrat.  I am still so mad at what they put this country through.  They took a skilled President and great world leader and turned the office of President into a joke.  I don't condone what he did but I didn't need to know about it either!  I don't think it effected his job performance, he was a great President.  And this comes from an independent whom voted Reagan, Bush 1, then Clinton 2nd term.  But I will NEVER vote republican again!!  Sorry I really needed to get that out of my system.  I had to take my mother-in-law Christmas shopping in my 3 Clark bumper-stickered car,  another driver pulled along side of me gave me a toot and a thumbs up.  She wanted to know what that was all about so I thought it was a good time to tell her about the General.  I talked from the heart for 10 minutes and all she had to say was "but he's a democrat and that Clinton was the worst president we ever had."  I would be better off banging my head on the dashboard.  I told her, "well I guess it's good that he isn't running cause Bush is terrible and we need a new leader.  Point by point I laid out the reasons why, which she could not argue.  But it still came down to her thinking...Bush-not that great but moral vs Democrat immoral liars.

I really wanted to understand this thinking, you know...know your enemy.  So I spent some time  looking into republican websights and even, though it was hard, listening to Rush and Shawn.  The radio is a bunch of misguided patriotic hype and bashing those immoral and unpatriotic liberals.  Their defense of Bush is comical.   But the websights are down right frightning.  How can Americans hate their fellow citizens so much  and for what?  From the Linda Tripp defense fund, to the call for contributing to Deans campaign and the various other "freeping calls".  These people hate so much they sound like nazis.  And no I don't mean all republicans, just these far right wingers I observed. 

       If you read carefully you get the message that Bush isn't the goal here.  They really don't defend him to much.  What does seem to be the important message is the control of the house and senate and the current administration being able to appoint judicial seats.  This is really frightning people!  This campaign is not just about 4 more years of Bush,  but how this rightwing republican party wants to shape this country for decades to come.

    The democratic party really must come together to be strong.  The republican rant is Dean has the worst coattails.  Dean wins the nomination the general election is in the bag for Bush and the upcomming supreme court vacancies come with it.  This is their rant.  When I read how much their contributing to Dean, and then the media practically proclaiming Dean the nominee,  I truly have to fight the feelings of despair.  But fight I will!  This is our Country too and we can't let them steal it from us, all of us... republicans and democrats and everyone in between.  They see a great leader in Clark.  They know that an outsider can bring the parties together where the majority of Americans are...in the middle!  With General Clark we are no longer the immoral party to the left and we attract middle of the road republicans unhappy with Bush by the boat load!  We can do this.  I beleive Wes Clark sells himself.  We just have to get the middle majority to look and listen.  Fight to get the message out!  But also important, we must work and watch our lesser elections also.  We can not afford to loose anymore seats.  Even McCaine on hardball predicted Dean the democratic nomination and in the same sentence republicans gaining more seats.  We will prove them wrong.   We have to.  Now get to work. 

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Fed-Up Republican joining Clark

By GP Boisse
Posted to Republicans For Clark (Endorsements)
on Tue Jan 20th, 2004 at 06:01:00 PM EST

Lame accusations from Kerry's camp and opponents finalized my decision: Clark for President in '04.

Years ago I was a Reagan fan, like many Americans. Heck, last election I even favored George W. Bush over Al Gore. But following worldwide devastating results of the Reganomics in people's life and the outrageous deceptions of the Bush administration, I have now, for the first time in my life at fifty, had enough and decided to get involved politically. Observations and maturity have made a Democrat out of me. America is at a no return stage if we follow the present administration's policy (please note that I did not say Bush's policy, or lack thereof). Americans will be the most hated country in the world. Terrorism will increase. Old allies will go to great lengths to retaliate against our government's blatant disrespect for their sovereignty and the "you do as told NOW" policy or you are our enemy, ignoring centuries of amicable relationship. Liberties will be mutilated in the name of security and worst of all we will forgive the American dream as our Elitist administration will provide heaven for multinationals, minimum wages "jobs", with only poverty in between.

I was a Republican, I loved John McCain and still do. I felt betrayed when the Bush puppeteers attacked McCain's credibility and then won the Republican nomination. I will not sit in silence and allow the same to happen to General Wesley Clark.

I don't care if Clark supported Nixon or Regan. In fact, that's why he can swing votes from Republicans where others can't. I don't even care if he made money as a lobbyist after a venerable and dedicated career defending our Country. I admire the fact that he might have changed opinions about the war after receiving unknown or additional truthful and reliable information. After all, only fools do not change their minds, insanity is repeating the same actions expecting a different outcome, and finally, he who has never sinned throw the first stone.

Here are my own 10 reasons to see General Wesley Clark as President of the United States of America in 2004.

  1. He is a man of honor and integrity: He received the Medal of Freedom from the President of United States and numerous other medals, commendations, and badges, including a Silver Star, Legions of Merit, and a Purple Heart. To quote Colonel Lester E. Bennett: "He exhibits absolute integrity of word, deed... he establishes and observes scrupulous ethical and moral standards."
  2. He is not a career politician: I am sick and tired of "professional liars", vote traders and special interest representatives. Here in Denver, we have recently elected a new Mayor, John W. Hickenlooper, a total outsider that brings his business experience to the office. He has brought numerous contentious issues to a close and improved efficiency and quality of life to the city to an overwhelming satisfaction of the population. No doubt Clark, with its extraordinary organizational and leadership skills, can do the same and even better at a national level.
  3. He is intelligent: Coming from a modest background, he graduated first in his class in 1966, US Military Academy at West Point. He studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar from 1966 to 1968, receiving a Masters Degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Here is what James T. Lynn, Director, Office of Management and Budget had to say in, July 8, 1976: "Major Clark is the most able White House Fellow I have known during my seven years in Washington...He brought to his work a brilliant mind and rare common sense. He has initiative, style, imagination, moral courage, and integrity-each in extraordinary degree...He has a rare sensitivity to others and a remarkable ability to motivate and lead them...He is totally dedicated to public service as a military officer."
  4. He has a proven track record: See http://clark04.com/records/.
  5. He is a savvy diplomat: As Supreme Allied Commander, General Clark commanded NATO forces during the war in Kosovo and won the war in a way few thought possible; with air power alone, without a single allied combat death, while holding together the alliance of 19 nations.
  6. He is a family man: "Wes Clark is also a champion of America's working families, because he knows that you can't be strong abroad unless you're strong at home. Wes Clark understands the problems facing ordinary Americans, especially the three million Americans who've lost their job since George W. Bush arrived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. And the 44 million Americans don't have health care, and the thousands who can't afford the sky-rocketing costs of education." Senator George McGovern. See also Clark's family, life-long friends and the men and women who served under his command in Award-winning producer Linda Blood worth film. The biopic, "American Son" at http://clark04.com/americanson/.
  7. He has ideas of his own: Take as example his Families First Tax Reform, or Economic Vision, Government Openness Policy, Remarks on Restoring America's Alliances, Success Strategy in Iraq, his Health Care Plan and much more at: http://clark04.com/issues/.
  8. He has respect for his fellow human beings, our country, our allies and our planet: Major Patricia Williams testifying about her own experience saying "Even though he was the commanding General, you were never left to feel less than, regardless of your rank, your gender or your race." Wes dedicated 38-years to public service in the United States Army, where he became a four-star general, a trainer of soldiers, and a leader of troops, equally accomplished in war and in peace, for a fraction of the pay he would command in the private sector. As President, he is committed to halt the Bush Administration's unprecedented assault on the environment. He will safeguard the health of our children and families by cleaning our air, water, and soils, protecting our public lands, restoring U.S. leadership on global environmental and energy security issues, and building a broad coalition of nations to protect our shared values.
  9. He is the Leader we are looking for: One of my favorite sayings is, `You lead people and manage things'. Here what General Edwin Burba, Jr. had to say about Wes in the mid-nineties,  "Professional and moral attributes are impeccable... Strong in all areas. Best leader-thinker in the Army... a great leader who takes care of soldiers and families... He has it all and has done it better than anyone else."
  10. He will win the next election and become President: Senator George McGovern did put it this way, "Running for president is no easy task. And I have the battle scars to show it. I, too, was the subject of a few dirty tricks during my day. But I'll tell you, there is no better man to withstand the Republican attacks then Wes Clark. And the Republicans know that - they're running scared. The last thing they want is a four star general on their hands."
Wes Clark doesn't need a negative campaign, he can run on his own merits. Michael Moore, which I used to hate for his far left standings, said, "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."

The only thing we need to do until October is let America know who Wesley Clark is, what he stands for and what he will do as 44th President of the United States of America, for the people and for the world to be a better place for children of all nations to grow. Please do yourself a favor and lean more about this great human being, he will fire you up and make you believe that this time it's not politic as usual. We can take our Country back,

G. Pierre Boisse
71 W. Sylvestor Pl.
Littleton, CO 80129
303-830-2001
gpboisse@qwest.net

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Dinkins Supports Wesley Clark

By SARA KUGLER
Associated Press Writer

January 21, 2004, 4:50 PM EST

Former mayor David Dinkins will campaign this weekend with Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark, he said on Wednesday after endorsing the retired general because "he can win."

Dinkins, the city's first black mayor, was elected in 1989 and lost his re-election bid to Rudolph Giuliani four years later.

Dinkins told reporters he began looking seriously at Clark after learning that he was among a group of retired military officials who filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of affirmative action at the University of Michigan.

He said Clark "has values ... that are consistent and congruent with things that I deem to be important."

"It's also important to win, and I think he can win," Dinkins added, speaking to reporters on a conference call.

Lara Bergthold, the Clark campaign's political director, said the endorsement was "another example of our broad base of support."

Dinkins said he plans to join Clark this weekend in New Hampshire, which holds its primary on Tuesday, and hopes to campaign for him in South Carolina.

A crucial first test of the Democratic contest in the South is the Feb. 3 South Carolina primary, where black voters are expected to make up as much as half of the electorate.

Clark has campaigned in the South with two close friends of Dinkins: former Atlanta mayor and U.S. ambassador Andrew Young, and Rep. Charles Rangel, a New York congressman who voiced his support for Clark at the beginning of his campaign.

Rangel, a Korean War veteran, has worked behind the scenes in his home district of Harlem, around the state and in the Congressional Black Caucus on Capitol Hill to win support for Clark, based largely on Clark's opposition to the war in Iraq.

On Monday, Dinkins attended a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event with longtime friend Al Sharpton, also one of Clark's opponents in the presidential race. Dinkins said he had not spoken with Sharpton about endorsing Clark, and Sharpton's campaign declined to immediately comment.

During his remarks at the King event, Dinkins said as long as an administration picks people like "arch conservative Charles Pickering," the Mississippi federal judge recently appointed to an appeals court, "justice will be denied and it will be our job to choose other powers to make those choices."

"If we do our part, that day may come as soon as the November presidential election," he added.

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'Can you imagine what the Republicans would do in the general election with Kerry's vote against that [Gulf] war?'

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by DrFudge on 01/23/2004 02:46:35 PM EST
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Michael Moore's site has everything you need about Bush being AWOL.

Also there is a streaming video and audio file of Moore's appearance today on a liberal talk radio show - I'm watching it myself right now - it's great!

Both are linked on the Clark Start Page:

http://www.clarkstart.de

PS  Without getting personal, we need to remind veterans that John Kerry voted against the first Gulf War resolution - an action sanctioned by the UN, supported by the world community, and financed by the G7.  This time we're electing a commander-in-chief more than a president, can you imagine what the Republicans would do in the general election with Kerry's vote against that war?

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