Mayor Anderson Speaks for America
Few politicians are willing to denounce the terrorist baby killer in the White House.
Text of Mayor Anderson's speech
Address by Mayor Ross C. "Rocky" Anderson
Salt Lake City, Utah
August 30, 2006
A patriot is a person who loves his or her country.
Who among you loves your country so much that you have come
here today to raise your voice out of deep concern for our
nation -- and our world?
And who among you loves your country so much that you insist
that our nation's leaders tell us the truth?
So let's hear it: "Give us the truth! Give us the truth! Give
us the truth! Give us the truth! Give us the truth!" Because
if we had had the truth, we wouldn't be here today.
Let no one deny we are patriots. We support our nation's troops.
Let's hear it for our nation's troops! We have so many veterans
here today. Let's here it for the veterans! We are grateful to
our veterans who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms.
We love our country, we hold dear the values upon which our
nation was founded, and we are distressed at what our President,
our administration, and our Congress are doing to, and in the
name of, our nation.
So to James Evans and these folks who financed this massive
radio campaign these last few days, let them understand that
blind faith in bad leaders is not patriotism.
A patriot does not tell people who are intensely concerned
about their country to just sit down and be quiet; to refrain
from speaking out in the name of politeness or for the sake of
being a good host; to show slavish, blind obedience and
deference to a dishonest, war-mongering, human-rights-violating
That is not a patriot. Rather, that person is a sycophant.
That person is a member of a frightening culture of obedience --
a culture where falling in line with authority is more important
than choosing what is right, even if it is not easy, safe, or
popular. And, I suspect, that person is afraid -- afraid we are
right, afraid of the truth (even to the point of denying it),
afraid he or she has put in with an oppressive, inhumane, regime
that does not respect the laws and traditions of our country,
and that history will rank as the worst presidency our nation
has ever had to endure.
In response to those who believe we should blindly support this
disastrous president, his administration, and the complacent,
complicit Congress, listen to the words of Theodore Roosevelt,
a great president and, I might remind everyone, a Republican,
"The President is merely the most important among a
large number of public servants. He should be supported
or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by
his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or
inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested
service to the Nation as a whole.
"Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should
be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and
this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him
when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right."
President Roosevelt continued:
"Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base
and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism
of the President,"
-- listen up Utah Republicans and James Evans, and all the
good Republicans listening today --
"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. Nothing"
-- President Roosevelt didn't stop there--
"but the truth should be spoken about him or any one
else. But it is even more important to tell the truth,
pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one
Those were the words of Teddy Roosevelt, a great president
who knew the true meaning of patriotism.
We are here today as truth-tellers.
And we are here to demand: "Give us the truth! Give us the
truth! Give us the truth! Give us the truth!"
We are here today to insist that those who were elected to be
our leaders must tell us the truth.
We are here today to insist that our news media live up to
its sacred responsibility to ascertain and report the truth,
that our news media live up to its sacred responsibility to
ascertain and report the truth rather than acting like nothing
more than a bulletin board for the lies and propaganda of a
manipulative, dishonest federal government.
We have been getting just about everything but the truth on
matters of life and death, on matters upon which our nation's
reputation hinges, on matters that directly relate to our
nation's most fundamental values, and on matters relating
to the survival of our planet.
In the process, our nation has engaged in a tragic,
unnecessary war, based upon categorically false justifications.
More than a hundred thousand people have been killed -- and
many more have been seriously maimed, brain damaged, or
rendered mentally ill.
Our nation's reputation throughout much of the world has been
We have many more enemies bent on our destruction than before
our invasion of Iraq.
And the hatred toward us has grown to the point that it will
take many years, perhaps generations, to overcome the
loathing created by our unjustified, illegal invasion and
occupation of a Muslim nation.
What incredible ineptitude and callousness for our President to
talk about a Crusade while lying to us to make a case for the
invasion and occupation of a Muslim country!
Our children and later generations will pay the price of the
lies, the violence, the cruelty, the incompetence, and the
inhumanity of the Bush administration and the lackey Congress
that has so cowardly abrogated its responsibility and
authority under our checks-and-balances system of government.
We are here to say, "We will not stand for it any more. No
more lies. No more pre-emptive, illegal war, based on false
information. No more God-is-on-our-side religious nonsense
to justify this immoral, illegal war. We are here to say most
fundamentally, no more inhumanity in the name of our nation."
Let's raise our voices, and demand to the administration and
our news media, "Give us the truth! Give us the truth! Give
us the truth!"
Let's consider some of the most monstrous lies -- lies that
have led us, like a nation of sheep, to this tragic war.
Following September 11, 2001, the world knew that Osama bin
Laden and al Qaeda were responsible for the horrific attacks
on our country. Our long-time allies were sympathetic and
supportive. But our president transformed that support into
international disdain for the United States, choosing to
illegally invade and occupy Iraq, rather than focus on and
capture the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks.
Why invade and occupy Iraq when it was bin Laden and al Qaeda
who attacked our country and still haven't been brought to
Vice President Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice represented
to us, without qualification, that there were strong ties
between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda.
In September, 2002, President Bush made the incredible and
absolutely false claim that "You can't distinguish between
al Qaeda and Saddam."
President Bush represented to Congress, without any factual
basis whatsoever, that Iraq planned, authorized, committed,
or aided the 9/11 attacks.
Our President and Vice-President, along with an unquestioning
news media, repeatedly led our nation to believe that there
was a working relationship between al Qaeda and the Iraqi
government, a relationship that threatened the United States.
Even last week, when I met with Thomas Bock, the National
Commander of the American Legion, I asked him why we are
engaged in the war in Iraq. Why did we invade and occupy
Iraq? He said, "Why, of course, because of the 9/11 attacks
on our country."
I asked, "What did Iraq have to do with those attacks?" He
looked puzzled, and said, "Well, the connection between al
Qaeda and Iraq."
I was shocked. I was stunned. Here is a man who has criticized
us for opposing the war in Iraq -- and he is so completely
wrong about the underlying facts to justify this war.
Not only has there never been any evidence of any involvement
by Saddam or Iraq with the attacks on 9/11, but there has never
been any evidence of any operational connection whatsoever
between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda.
And Colin Powell finally conceded that there is, and these are
his words, no "concrete evidence about the connection." "The
chairman of the monitoring group appointed by the United
Nations Security Council to track al Qaeda" disclosed that
"his team had found no evidence linking al Qaeda to Saddam
And the top investigator for our European allies has said,
'If there were (any) such links, we would have found them.
But we have found no serious connections whatsoever.'"
President Bush, by the way, finally admitted nine days ago on
Aug. 21 during a press conference that there was no connection
between the attacks on 9/11 and Iraq.
It's terrific that the President has now admitted what others
have known for so long -- but where is the accountability for
the tragic war we were led into on the basis of his earlier
Beside the fictions of Saddam Hussein somehow being linked to
the 9/11 attacks and his supposed connections with al Qaeda,
what was the principal justification for forgoing additional
weapons inspections, working with our allies toward a solution,
refraining from seeking additional resolutions from the United
Nations consistent with international law, and hurrying to
war -- a so-called "pre-emptive" war â€" in which we would
attack and occupy a Muslim nation that posed no security risk
to the United States, and cause the deaths of so many thousands
of innocent men, women, and children -- and the deaths and
lifetime injuries to so many thousands of our own servicemen
The principal claim was that Saddam Hussein had weapons of
mass destruction -- biological and chemical weapons -- and
was seeking to build up a nuclear weapons capability.
As we now know, there was nothing -- no evidence whatsoever
-- to support those false claims.
President Bush represented to us -- and to people around the
world -- that one of the reasons we needed to make war in
Iraq -- and to do it right away â€" was because Saddam
Hussein was seeking to build nuclear weapons. His assertions
about Saddam Hussein trying to purchase nuclear materials
from an African nation and about Iraq seeking to obtain
aluminum tubes for the enrichment of uranium were challenged
at the time by our own intelligence agency and by our own
scientists, yet President Bush failed to tell us that!
Ten days, 10 days, before the invasion of Iraq, it was proven
that the documents upon which President Bush's claim about
Saddam Hussein trying to obtain uranium was based were forgeries.
That was found 10 days before we invaded Iraq. However,
President Bush did not disclose that to the American people.
By that failure, he betrayed each of us, he betrayed our
country, and he betrayed the cause of world peace.
Neither did the vast majority of the news media in this country
disclose the forgeries -- until it was far too late. It took
our local newspapers here in Salt Lake City four months -- until
after the war was commenced and until after President Bush
declared that major combat in Iraq was over -- to report the
discovery that the documents were forgeries â€" and, therefore,
that there was no basis for the false claims about Saddam
Hussein trying to build up a nuclear capability.
By its failure to promptly disclose those forgeries, our news
media betrayed us as well.
Had the American people known we were being lied to -- had
President Bush informed us that the documents were forged and
that he had no other basis for his claim -- had our nation's
media done its job, rather than slavishly repeating to us the
lies being fed to it by the Bush administration -- our nation
very well may not have allowed the commencement of this
outrageous, illegal, unjustified war.
Then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice said that
high-strength aluminum tubes acquired by Iraq were "only really
suited for nuclear weapons programs," warning "we don't want
the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud."
Undisclosed by President Bush or Condoleezza Rice was the fact
that top nuclear scientists had informed the Administration
that those tubes were "too narrow, too heavy, too long" to be
useful in developing nuclear weapons and could be used for
Dr. Mohamed El Baradei, director general of the International
Atomic Energy Agency, agreed.
So, so much for the phony claims of Saddam Hussein building
nuclear weapons, which were the primary claims justifying the
rush to war, without working with the United Nations, without
working with our long-time allies, without giving the weapons
inspectors an opportunity to do their job, which if they had
that opportunity they would have disclosed what we know
now -- and that is there were no weapons of mass destruction.
What were we told about chemical and biological weapons of
mass destruction? These claims were as baseless and fraudulent
as the claims about nuclear weapons.
President Bush told us in his January 2003 State of the Union
address that Hussein had the materials to produce as much as
500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent. Then, in May
of 2003, he made the outlandish statement that, it turns out
to be totally false, "We found the weapons of mass destruction.
We found biological laboratories."
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, the (same) secretary of
defense who assured us that the war would take maybe six days,
maybe six weeks, but he doubted as long as six months. He told
us at that time, "We know where the weapons of mass destruction
Vice President Cheney and then-Secretary of State Powell also
joined in the chorus of lies and misinformation about weapons
of mass destruction.
Of course, no stockpiles of biological or chemical weapons
were found. Bush Administration Weapons Inspector David Kay,
appointed by the Bush administration, noted that Iraq did not
have an ongoing chemical weapons program after 1991 -- a
conclusion remarkably similar to statements made by Colin
Powell and Condoleezza Rice just months before the 9/11
attacks -- and before they sacrificed the truth in the service
of promoting the Bush administration's case for war against Iraq.
On February 24, 2001, less than 7 months before 9/11, Colin
Powell said that Saddam Hussein, and these were his words,
"has not developed any significant capability with respect to
weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional
power against his neighbors," said Colin Powell, some seven
months before 9/11.
And in July 2001, two months before 9/11, Condoleezza Rice said,
and these were her words: "We are able to keep his arms from him.
His military forces have not been rebuilt." She told us two
months before 9/11.
It is astounding how they changed their claims after the
President decided to make a case for the invasion and
occupation of Iraq!
To think that we could be lied to by so many members of the
Bush administration with such impunity is frightening --
chilling. Yet these imperious, arrogant, dishonest people think
we should continue to just fall in line with them and continue
to take them at their word after we have been lied to time
after time after time by these people.
The truth has been established. It is the established truth.
Iraq had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks on the United
States. There is no evidence of any operational ties between
Iraq and al Qaeda. And there were no weapons of mass
destruction in Iraq.
What a tragedy, leading to greater tragedy. We are fed lie
after lie, our media reinforces those lies, and we are a
nation that has been led to a tragic, illegal, unprovoked war.
We are here today because of our values. We love our country.
We cherish the freedoms and liberties of our country. We don't
call those who speak out against our nation's leaders
unpatriotic or un-American or appeasers of fascists, as we
heard from our nation's secretary of defense yesterday.
We have good, wholesome family values. In our families, we
teach honesty, we teach kindness and compassion toward others,
we teach that violence, if ever justified, must be an
absolutely last resort.
In our families, we teach that our nation's constitutional
values are to be upheld, and that they are worth standing
up, as we are here today, and fighting for. Our family
values promote respect and equal rights toward everyone,
regardless of race, regardless of ethnic origin, and
regardless of sexual orientation.
In our families, we teach the value of hard work and competence
-- and we are left to wonder about a President who, after
receiving an intelligence memo about the threat posed by al
Qaeda, decides to continue his month-long vacation -- just
before the 9/11 attacks on our country.
As we demand the truth from others, let us also face the truth.
Our government all too often has not cared at all about the
human rights of people in other nations -- and it doesn't
really care about democracy, unless it leads to the election
of those who will do our bidding.
Consider the irony regarding the claims that Saddam had chemical
weapons and, because of that, we needed to rush to war in Iraq.
When Saddam Hussein was using chemical weapons -- first against
Iranians, then against his own people, the Kurds --- our country
provided him with biological and chemical agents and equipment
to make the weapons.
Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush refused even to support
economic sanctions, let alone go to war against him, against
Hussein for his use of weapons of mass destruction.
What did our nation do in response to Hussein's use of chemical
weapons, killing tens of thousand of people, when he actually
had them and we knew that he had them? We befriended, coddled,
and rewarded him -- with government-guaranteed loans totaling
$5 billion since 1983, freeing up currency for Hussein to
modernize his military assets.
Perhaps those in the United States government who aided and
abetted Saddam Hussein to further US business interests, while
he was gassing the Kurds, should be sharing his courtroom
dock as he is now being tried for crimes against humanity.
No more lies, no more hiding of the truth -- we can stand the
truth -- no more wars that more than triple the value of stock
in Dick Cheney's prior employer, Halliburton -- and which as
of last September, has increased the value of the Halliburton
CEO's stock by $78 million -- are patriots.
We are deeply concerned. And we demand change, now.
I want to hear from you.
No more lies from Condoleezza Rice about whether she and
President Bush were advised before 9/11 of the possibility
of planes being flown into buildings by terrorists.
No more gross incompetence in the office of the Secretary
No more torture of human beings.
No more disregard of the basic human rights enshrined in
the Geneva Convention.
No more kidnapping of people and sending them off to secret
prisons in nations where they will be tortured.
No more unconstitutional wiretapping of Americans.
No more proposed amendments to the United States Constitution
that would, for the first time in our nation's history, limit
fundamental rights and liberties for entire classes of people
simply on the basis of sexual orientation.
No more federal land giveaways to developers.
No more increases in mercury emissions from old, dirty,
dangerous coalburning power plants.
No more backroom deals that deprive protection for millions of
acres of wild lands in our nation.
No more attacks on immigrants who work so hard to build better
lives in this nation.
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