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>>> $104,655.60 Ad in the 2004 Washington Post--
>>> Here is someone with the money to fund a rebuttal to what
>>> Howard Dean, Democratic National Committee Chairman, said recently that
>>> 'many Republicans have never done an honest day's work in
>>> their life'. The following full-page ad was placed in the Washington Post by
>>> a businessman named George J. Esseff, Sr. He paid $104,655.60
>>> to run the ad and only did it because he is sick and tired of the
>>> way that 'the rich' are portrayed by liberals these days. It
>>> is a great read.
>>> Maybe you're a conservative Republican?
>>> In today's America, ask a growing number of high school
>>> and college students, their teachers and professors, the self-anointe d
>>> media elite and/or hard working men and women of all ethnicities, the
>>> question,'What is a Republican?' and you'll be told
>>> '... a rich, greedy,egotistical individual, motivated only by money and the
>>> desire to accumulate more and more of it, at the expense of the
>>> environment, the working poor....and all whom they exploit...'
>>> I am a Republican - and I am none of those things....and I
>>> don't know any Republicans who are!
>>> WHAT I AM, first and foremost, is a loving husband of some
>>> 52 plus years, the father of four, and an American who's proud
>>> of his country...and his country's heritage.
>>> WHAT I AM is the grandson of immigrants who risked
>>> everything,including their lives and those of their children, to
>>> escape tyranny in search of freedom.
>>> WHAT I AM is a man who grew up during the Depression and
>>> witnessed first hand the effects of the Stock Market crash and the
>>> soup lines that followed. I watched as both my parents and grand
>>> parents, who had very little themselves, shared what food they had with
>>> a half dozen other families who had even less.
>>> WHAT I AM is someone who worked his way through college by
>>> holding down three and four jobs at a time and then used that
>>> education to build a better life.
>>> WHAT I AM is a husband who, at age 24, started his own
>>> business for the 'privilege' of working 60, 70 and 80 hours
>>> a week, risking everything I had, including my health, in search of a
>>> better life for myself and my loved ones.
>>& gt; WHAT I AM is a businessman whose blood, sweat and
>>> tears....and plenty of them..., made it possible for me to provide a
>>> secure living,not only for my family and myself, but also for literally
>>> hundreds of my employees throughout the years, employees who in turn
>>> were able to buy their own homes, raise their own families and give back
>>> to their communities and their country.
>>> WHAT I AM is a man who believes in God; a God who has
>>> blessed this country ... and all for which it stands.
>>> WHAT I AM is someone who knows, if you doubt miracles exist
>>> in today's world, you need only to look into the face of
>>> those who received them ... and the eyes of those who give them.
>>> WHAT I AM is an American who's proud that his President
>>> emb races a belief in God; proud of a President who understands, as
>>> 'politically incorrect' as it may be, there is evil in this world,
>>> and for the security and safety of all freedom loving people
>>> everywhere, it must be confronted ... and it must be defeated.
>>> WHAT I AM is an American who takes comfort in the knowledge
>>> that our President refuses to allow decisions concerning the
>>> very safety and security of this nation to be governed by the political
>>> whims of foreign governments.
>>> WHAT I AM is tired of hearing from leading Democrats who
>>> see only negativity in America, racism in her people, class warfare
>>> in her society and 'political incorrectness' in her
>>> WHAT I AM is a former Democrat who now understands that it
>>> is the soldier and not the reporter that guarantees us our
>>> freedoms of the press, speech and dissent.
>>> WHAT I AM is a man who believes in the sanctity of life. A
>>> man who is repulsed by the pandering of the political left for
>>> votes, at the expense of the unborn.
>>> WHAT I AM is a husband and father who believes in the
>>> sanctity of marriage and the preservation of the family unit.
>>> WHAT I AM is a ex-movie goer who is repulsed by those
>>> insecure, socially inept, elementary thinking, ego-inflated
>>> 'entertainers' who have appointed themselves 'experts' in the fields
>>> of national security and geo-politics and then use their forum to attack this
>>> nation, its leaders and its actions, much to the delight and
>>> encouragement of our e nemies.
>>> WHAT I AM is an American who understands the difference
>>> between 'censorship' and 'choice.' Evidently, these
>>> individuals do not, because when these same 'celebrities' receive
>>> public ridicule fortheir offensive actions, the first thing they yell is
>>> What they seem incapable of understanding is that the right
>>> of free speech and dissent is shared equally by those offended, as
>>> well as those who offend. I support and will continue to support
>>> those films and performers whom I choose to and refuse to support those
>>> I don't.
>>> It is my right as an American, a right I will continue to
>>> enthusiastically exercise.
>>> WHAT I AM is a voter, tired of politicians who, every time
>>> their voting records are subjected to public scrutiny, try to
>>> divert attention from their political and legislative failures by
>>> accusing their opponents of 'attack ads' and 'negative
>>> campaigning;' and the news media who allow them to get away with it.
>>> WHAT I AM is a Catholic who loves his God and his Faith,
>>> and who's been taught to respect all religions whose teachings are
>>> based in love, peace and charity. As such, I am embarrassed and
>>> ashamed of those individuals in both private and public life whose
>>> decisions and actions are devoid of any sense of character or morals;
>>> individuals who are only driven by what's best for them, rather
>>> than what's right, often times at the expense of many, including our national
>>> WHAT I AM is a realist who understands that the terrorist
>>> attack that murdered hundreds of innocent Russian children could
>>> have occurred here, in our heartland. That's why I sincerely
>>> believe America needs, now more than ever, a President who sees
>>> with a clear and focused vision and who speaks with a voice, when heard
>>> by both friend and foe alike, is understood, respected and
>>> WHAT I AM is eternally grateful to Ronald Reagan for having
>>> the bravery to speak out against Communism and the courage of
>>> his convictions in leading the fight to defeat it; and to
>>> George W. Bush for the vision, courage, conviction and leadership he has shown in
>>> America's war on terrorism amidst both the constant and
>>> vicious personal and political attacks both he and his family ar made to< BR>>>> endure.
>>> WHAT I AM is a human being, full of numerous faults and
>>> failures, but a man, nonetheless, who though not always successful,
>>> has continually strived to do 'what's right' instead of 'what's easy.' A
>>> man who is challenging the religious leaders of all faiths
>>> to not only preach to their congregations the fundamentals of
>>> 'what's right' and 'what's wrong,' but to also then hold them
>>> accountable for their actions in both the public and private sectors.
>>> WHAT I AM is disgusted with the Courts who, on one hand,
>>> call the murder of a pregnant woman a 'double homicide,"
>>> but then refer to the abortion of her baby as 'pro-choice.'
>>> WHAT I AM is someone deeply troubled by a political party
>>> which embr aces a candidate whose primary 'leadership'
>>> qualities center around his protesting of the Vietnam war and his labeling
>>> the honorable men and women who fought in it, (50,000 of whom
>>> gave their lives in that action), as rapists and war criminals (John
>>> Kerry). That same political party then stepped forward this year to
>>> block the appearance of a true Vietnam war hero, retired Admiral and
>>> former United States Senator, Jeremiah Denton, (a man who spent
>>> seven years and seven torturous months in a North Vietnamese prison),
>>> from speaking before an open session of the California
>>> Legislature as part of that state's 4th of July celebration. The reason
>>> Democrats gave for refusing to allow this American hero to speak before
>>> their state legislature was because of the 'conservative'
>>> natu re of his views. As an American, that troubles me deeply....as well it should
>>> you. (Are you listening Mr. D?)
>>> WHAT I AM is a man who feels the need to spend ONE HUNDRED
>>> & FOUR THOUSAND, SIX HUNDRED & FIFTY FIVE DOLLARS
>>> ($104,655.60, tax paid) of his own money, to purchase this advertisement in order to
>>> set the story straight. Some may say this money would have been
>>> better spent feeding the world's poor. At the risk of sounding
>>> self-serving, as an American and as a Republican, for the last six decades of
>>> my life, I have done exactly that ... and more. Following the examples
>>> of my parents and grandparents, I have used my earnings to feed
>>> the poor, shelter the homeless, provide housing for the elderly and
>>> medical care for the sick ... and continue to do so ... and I'm not
>>> alone in that work.
>>> WHAT I AM is someone who is paying for this announcement at
>>> my sole expense in hopes of opening the eyes of those led
>>> blindly by ill-informed elements of our great nation, who through
>>> either ignorance or malicious intent, repeatedly attack and
>>> belittle those ofus who belong to a political party that holds true to the
>>> belief, 'The rights of the governed exceed the power of the
>>> government.' For those interested, I am speaking only as a tax-paying individual
>>> who is in no way associated with the Republican National Committee, nor
>>> with any of its directors or delegates.
>>> WHAT I AM is a man who understands, 'the American way
>>> of life' is a message of self-empowerment f or all.
>>> WHAT I AM is an American who is grateful our nation gives
>>> each of us the opportunity of self-determination and the
>>> right to benefit from the fruits of self achievement.
>>> WHAT I AM is an American who wants to preserve that way of
>>> life for all who seek it.
>>> WHAT I AM is blessed to be an American .... and proud to be
>>> a conservative Republican.
>>> WOW!!! ......AMEN