Skip to comments.RUSH TO DUB: IT'S GUT CHECK TIME ( Stand up for free speech. Veto this bill Mr. President)
Posted on 02/16/2002 7:27:55 AM PST by TLBSHOW
Today, ladies and gentlemen, you cannot shout "Freedom!" in a crowded election. That's what this phony campaign finance reform bill will mean if it becomes law, which is why there is a huge debate going on inside the Bush White House over whether the president should veto or sign the bill. It appears right now the president is going to sign the thing - and this is what's troubling.
Mr. President, remember the brilliant address you made to the nation explaining our course of action in fighting world terrorism? I say the same kind of approach is called for with this deceptively named campaign finance reform bill. You enjoy an amazing level of trust with the American people. They trust you. They believe in your honesty and integrity. You could explain to them just why this bill is unconstitutional, and why it ought not ever see the light of day. The First Amendment has just been amended here in wanton violation of the Constitution.
Folks, when John McCain was running for president in the Republican primary, I said, "If Russia passed a new law that restricted free speech and competitive elections in the way that the McCain-Feingold bill does, and then claimed it was reform, our state department and human rights groups would denounce it as repression of the Russian people. The New York Times and Washington Post editorial pages would rail against these efforts as anti-Democratic - which they are." This bill is un-American, wrong and against freedom, and I say this knowing that it would make me even more powerful than I am now. Think about that.
President Bush has demonstrated that he has the resolve and the courage and the principle to face down the evil of terrorism. He's shown that he is committed to doing what's right regardless of what the European Union, congressional Democrats or even the media has to say about it. He's doing the right thing. He's following his instincts. Well, let me suggest that this assault on the Bill of Rights requires no less resolve and courage by the president to prevent a severe blow to our liberty.
To me, this is gut-check time, Mr. President. One of the major reasons you were supported over McCain back in the primary season in the year 2000 was your stand against this very bill. Stand up for free speech. Veto this bill.
W knows how many people listen to Rush.....I bet they monitor his programs, a great way to hear the people and get a feel for where the grass roots are at, politically and intellectually. I already called the White House the other day. I read on another thread that he is, apparently, getting lots of calls from the people to veto this bill. I sure hope he does.
as Rush has said up above
What is wrong with President Bush? It's not just that he's being a weenie on this issue. I've just finished my morning conservative reading and it is amazing how uniformly main-stream conservatives are disparaging Bush. From his big-government, deficit-spending budget to his socialized education bills, he's losing credibility.
Also Bush and his administration continue to dis conservatives any chance they get. This is of course a well-established Bush theme that started well before he was President with his compassionate conservative slur (Meaning that the rest of us were not compassionate). It continued throughout the campaign and included such shining moments as apologizing to the pinkos of the NAACP for Republican prejudice (conveniently ignoring the fact that Lincoln was a Republican, the civil rights act was passed by a republican majority - but not a democratic majority - and blacks in prominent positions such as Justice Thomas were appointed by Republicans).
Unbelievably Bush just snubbed the CPAC - one of the premier and most powerful Republican organizations by ignoring their latest conference. Since the conference set a new record for attendance, what was Bush thinking? One sub-cabinet staffer who ignored the Bush marching orders to ignore this conference was reportedly sent with instructions not to mention that he was part of the Bush organization.
Other important recent slurs include Sec. of State/condom distribution Powell urging more sexual activity among unmarried teens.
It's time to hold Bush's feet to the fire and start getting a little respect.
Go Rush, Go!
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