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Bravo! No one has yet said it better! Your testament to the abuses of George II was certainly worth the read. You have phrased almost perfectly the sentiments expressed by numerous Americans.
The simple fact is, if citizens don't act soon, any notion of rights we may have will be left as mere residue on the memory; ghosts of our former republic. However, as Americans try to stand and grouse their dissent, they're labeled as heretics by the government.
One of the most beautiful elements of our nation, of this idea of freedom that we've for so long embraced, was the fact that everyone was entitled to protection and equal treatment, even those who sought to destroy that nation. If an individual did not agree, then it was their every right to disagree. Now, to rise against the official sanitized opinion of the federal government is to risk incarceration.
-- Tony Montcalm, Douglasville
Beautiful piece! I think it's incumbent upon whites (and I'm assuming you are) to take these kinds of courageous stands to right this nation's wrongs, or the nation is truly doomed. (Any other racial group uttering these sentiments, they're just whining or bitter or whatever.) You and your ilk -- the courageous few -- are the true patriots, because you want to see this country live up to those lofty ideals in that famous document.
-- Lee Haven, Stone Mountain
I realize that as a writer for Creative Loafing, that you are not required to make even a paltry attempt at being objective, but you go too far with this last piece. We have an electoral college system for presidential elections. Under certain circumstances, it is not necessary for a candidate to win an overall majority. This was designed to prevent large states and cities from canceling out the votes of sparse rural areas. Or, in other words, to keep large concentrations of liberal assholes like yourself in California, New York, and apparently Atlanta, from running away with every election.
If I were a logic or debate instructor, I would red-line the majority of your piece with the annotation "ad hominem" attack.
Since you like ad hominem attacks so much, this is for you: Why don't you move to Texas? So you and Molly Ivins can sit around all day licking each others' poopers and complaining how unfair it is that Al Gore isn't president.
Fuck you and hope you get a tumor in your ass,
-- Bret Bryon, Marietta
Great column on the usurper and evildoer at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
I was Creative Loafing's first news editor and after a career in journalism in Atlanta, I found myself teaching English in South Central Los Angeles.
The difference as I see it, between 1776 and now, is the somnolent silence of the press and citizenry of the present nation. Bush and his corporate/military junta post far more threat to "lives, fortunes and sacred honor" of Americans than did the hapless George III. And yet there's this red herring of the War on Terrorism that silences debate more fully than any British soldier's bayonet and musket.
The press is whipped into shape to support this failed rich kid and the oil-egarchy and their intent on turning the U.S.A. into a dictatorial gorilla at war with the world and its own people. Where are the voices of outrage we once counted on in the press? The Edward R. Murrows, H.L. Menckens, "muckrakers" and Woodward-Bernsteins? Silenced by corporate media interests.
Dissent gives comfort to the enemy. Protest becomes terrorism. That's the mantra.
You, brave lad, read up on your Thomas Paine, Jefferson and Sam Adams (the revolutionary, not the overpriced beer). And be fierce in the face of the brickbats and howls of "traitor" sure to come your way. Play the patriot till the end.
-- Boyd Lewis, Altadena, Calif.
Your cover story "The Declaration of Independence ... From Dubya" is one of the slimiest pieces of garbage I've laid eyes on in a long time.
-- John C. Sullivan, Suwanee
It is time that you and your hate-filled liberal friends accept the fact that it may be decades before your side regains the White House. Get over it!
-- James Lyle, Clearwater, Fla.
At the end of your eloquent essay, you wrote, Mr. Bush, for the good of the nation: Resign. To which I would append, if I were a religious person (which I am not and no Act of the Supreme Congress can make me one), AMEN.
-- Linda Ann Wheeler Hilton, Buckeye, Ariz.
Don't we get the government we deserve when the public, still reeling in shock, doesn't really understand what patriotism is all about as it wraps itself in the flag and in apathy, giving astronomical approval ratings to those responsible for the implementation of a police state, all the while the mainstream media give this administration a pass, no matter what?
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