Friday, March 05, 2004

Bush's Re-election Advertising Disgrace

In January, 2003, while discussing the tragedies of September 11, 2001, President Bush said "I have no ambition whatsoever to use this as a political issue."

Like every other promise this man and his fundamentalist posse has made, it is broken.

Bush has released an election ad that uses footage of firefighters emerging from the ruins of the World Trade Center. After spending the past three years de-funding fire fighting agencies from coast to coast, even after so many firefighters voted for him in 2000, Bush is now using their precious and heroic images for his own personal gain.

Fire fighters are the bravest Americans. We rely on them for so much. While they battle to protect us, we undermine them by electing fundamentalists who take away their funding and jeopardize their safety. It is time to pay homage and respect to our fire fighters by getting Bush out of office and embarking on a campaign to take control of our country away from the Republicans and the fundamentalists who would have all of your public services privatized and failing.

The General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, Harold Schaitberger, has condemned Bush's campaign.

"Bush is calling on the biggest disaster in our country's history, and indeed in the history of the fire service, to win sympathy for his campaign. Since the attacks, Bush has been using images of himself putting his arm around a retired FDNY fire fighter on the pile of rubble at ground zero. But for two and a half years he has basically shortchanged fire fighters and the safety of our homeland by not providing fire fighters the resources needed to do the job that America deserves. . . ."

Read Schaitberger's eloquent words at the IAFF website.

George Bush and the fundamentalists he fronts are the most despicable human beings on the planet. They protect scum like Henry Kissinger, Osama binLaden, Neal Bush, Ken Lay, and corporate raiders coast to coast, while dismantling the social programs that maintain our infrastructure and human services. They line their pockets with your tax dollars while we fight about athletes on steroids, gay marriage, and Janet Jackson's breasts.

Stop them now!

I am angry about Bush's exploitation of America's 9/11 tragedy, and if you are, I hope you will take action. Speaking-out is the most powerful tool Americans possess. Our Consitution guarantees us the right to speak-out whenever we want, and you should try it before Bush and his crew abridge that freedom.

Every community has at least one newspaper that serves it. suggests writing to the editor of your local newspaper to express your outrage at Bush's ad campaign and his mistreatment of fire fighters; and offers these tips on writing an effective letter:

- Brevity is the soul of wit. 250 words is the absolute maximum, 150 words is even better.

- The key to publication is to pounce on something specific you've seen in the newspaper -- such as a story on the Bush advertising.

- Be sure to include your name and address, and especially your phone number when submitting your letter. Editors need to call you to verify authorship before they can print your letter. They don't print your phone number.

- Your newspaper's letters page should give you an email address or fax number to use, or you can try's website

After you mail the letter, visit and tell them you have done it.

Get active. Start writing. Make noise. Save your nation from the fundamentalists who want to silence you!


The IAFF website

You can see the despicable "Safer, Stronger" ad at Bush's own website