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|05-10-2003, 09:48 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jun 2001
BUSH'S BOY FEELS THE STING....
President Bush's Boy Feels the Sting of His Boss' Mistake
by Sam Cohen
May 8, 2003
KeepAndBearArms.com -- The New Hampshire State Republican
Committee is sponsoring a series of in-state visits from
party bigwigs. Last night, Karl Rove, advisor to the
President, and a friend of George W. Bush for 30 years,
spoke at a lecture hall at Southern New Hampshire
University, in Manchester. The hall was full, with several
hundred people there, including a state senator, a recent
Congressional candidate, and a number of other people I
knew. (New Hampshire's a small state.) I sat in the front
row, and after Rove's speech, was the last of a half-dozen
people to be recognized for questions.
I introduced myself as a director of Gun Owners of New
Hampshire, the NRA state affiliate, noting -- for the
benefit of the audience -- that even Bill Clinton admitted
that the country's 83 million gun owners, and the NRA,
delivered the electoral votes of Arkansas, Tennessee, and
West Virginia in the 2000 election. I then told of
assistant White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan's
statement a couple of weeks ago that President Bush had
joined Democrat senators Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Schumer
in calling for renewal of the so-called Assault Weapons Ban
of 1994, due to sunset after ten years in 2004.
My question was whether President Bush was aware that many
thousands of gun-rights activists around the country felt so
strongly about this that we had drawn a line in the sand (my
exact words), and would not support ANY politician -- even
President Bush himself -- who supported this atrocious
Rove began his answer by referring to the tremendous amount
of email that the White House had received on this subject,
but then he shot back the question of whether we supported
Bush in the 2000 elections.
I said "absolutely." His follow-up was that Bush had
publicly campaigned on his position of "enforcing existing
gun laws," and his position hasn't changed; he was just
being consistent. Rove then closed the session and walked
off the stage.
Just a few minutes later, I approached him to continue in
private as he was leaving the building; I was the last to do
so before he got into his car. This is where it got
interesting: Rove took my arm and literally got in my face,
using the old drill sergeant intimidation trick of speaking
through clenched teeth with his nose an inch from mine. It
didn't work, because I'm taller (and older, and uglier) than
he is, and I took HIS arm in turn. He told me that Bush was
sticking to his position, but that Congress would never pass
the legislation. I told him that there were a lot of us,
that we were dead serious, and that if Bush let the ban get
renewed he'd lose the election, because freedom is more
important than politics. He looked at me -- still with
clenched teeth -- turned, and walked to his car, obviously
GOOD! First, his anger told me that he knew that the
hypocritical strategy was dangerous. More importantly, it
tells me he'll remember the exchange.
Sam Cohen http://www.thespiritof76.com/rkba.html
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|05-10-2003, 10:53 PM||#5|
Advanced Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2002
I hope ol' GW has an empty feeling in his gut right now. I'm hoping that he is seriously reconsidering changing his position on this matter. I'm hoping it's becoming a key issue for him.
I do admire a man who sticks to his guns, so to speak. He made a campaign promise and it appears that he intends to stick with it, right or wrong. That does say something about character. But on the other hand, I believe that he picked the wrong side of the fence to be on. He really needs to find a graceful way to change sides on this one.
All he needs to say is that he is sticking with his original position of supporting existing laws. That would include the existing date of sunset for the AW ban. Simple enough, case closed, end of story. Instead, he's going to butt the proverbial stump by sticking to his position of supporting renewal. I, for one, will not support re-election for Bush if he continues to encourage unconstitutional laws. His ramrodding of the USA Patriot Act, Homeland Security, and other questionable acts have pretty destroyed any faith I had in him, and this one will be the straw that broke the camel's back.
I have come to the clear conclusion that Bush deeply cares about the strength of America as a nation, but doesn't give a rip about the rights, liberties, or welfare of the individual people of America.
|05-11-2003, 10:51 PM||#7|
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If he rolls over on us, then he sure as hell gets no support
from me, and if there's no other choice, than I'll vote for
|05-12-2003, 12:41 PM||#9|
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Just west of " You sure do live a long way from town"
Great job shiz!!! Time to get personal with all our elected represenatives. Lets all try to put a face on the gun owners of America. Individual rights are what make this a great country. We need to let the population know that if "we don't hang togeather we shall all hang seperately".
"I'm not anti-government, I'm anti-slavery."