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jefferson had it right

From the letters of Thomas Jefferson --
A little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. . . . It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government. (To Madison, 1787)

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure. (To Colonel Smith, 1787)

What country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. (Ibid.)

Bush's 'sacrifice' can't be matched

As we head for war with Iraq, Americans should reflect and be grateful for combat sacrifices
made by our veterans, such as Sen. Inouye (lost an arm), Sen. John McCain (six years as a POW),
Bob Kerrey (lost a leg) and Max Cleland (lost both legs and an arm).

However, we veterans are most impressed by the sacrifices of Vietnam-era veteran George W. Bush,
who lost his memory for nearly a whole year concerning where he was and what he was doing from
mid-1972 to mid-1973 when he was supposed to be serving in the Texas Air National Guard.

Loss of limbs pale in comparison with our president's unique personal sacrifice.
We are fortunate to have such a selfless and patriotic man leading us to war.

Chris Riser,
a veteran of Desert Storm.
Hey now 19.Feb.2003 10:54

Stepford Bush Admirer

He did what he had to do. He did what his kind always do. I personally believe he was on a secret mission to save the cocaine trade from the Sicilian Mafia. He may also have been deep deep under cover in North Viet Nam actually saving the world from the pop in fresh dough boy. Of course, he may have been whacked out on meth and locked in a motel room with 200 porno mags the whole AWOL time. But either way, he is a hero to us here at Stepford's Freep and Sheep bowling alley.