Bush Vision, Do Not Bend
October 25, 2002
Welcome to the life of Samie Dozor, A.K.A. samie decker and
This particular day began with the news that an exasperating
business deal went sour. My mate, Mitchell and I were returning
from a depressing breakfast when we decided to pick up our
mail. While flipping through the bills, there was a large
envelope addressed to a Mr. Sammy Dozor from the Republican
National Committee. I had previously received letters, of
course, asking for donations. But, you see this one, was different.
It said, PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO ENCLOSED, DO NOT BEND.
When I saw the picture, I busted out laughing! I really needed
comic relief and this did it.
First, I am not a Mr. - I'm a Mrs., and my name is spelled
Samie. Furthermore, I have no idea why they consider me to
be a supporter... I have always been registered as a Democrat.
In fact, I have been disgusted with Bush since he came to
power, stripping away our civil rights, pounding the war drums
to attack Iraq, totally avoiding our social, economic, environmental
and healthcare problems - just to name a few of his character
I continually call, fax, write letters and email our Representatives
in protest to STOP Bush's war machine. So, as the letter suggested
- though I don't agree with the part about Bush being a symbol
for a positive vision of a better future for every American
- I would like to take this opportunity to display this personalized
photograph of President Bush...
are some highlights from the letter:
In recognition of your unwavering commitment to President
Bush as a Sustaining Member of the Republican National committee,
I am honored to present you with this enclosed photograph.
(Hey, I thought, I could use this photo to do an art project!)
The stakes are high. Control of Congress, 36 governorships,
thousands of state and local races are all on the line - not
to mention the future of President Bush's agenda! ("Global
markets are being made to support a totalitarian government.")
It means a lot to me to know your commemorative photograph
arrived in good condition, and is suitable for framing and
display. (Some friends asked me to blow up the photo to
use as a dartboard.)
The RNC must raise $4.1 million over the last month of
Campaign 2002 to ensure we have the necessary funds to carry
out the vital campaign services our candidates are counting
on to win. (When asked to donate money to the Democratic
campaign, My Mom responded, "Nobody ever paid me to
get a job!")
But now some not so funny news. Here are some examples of
Bush's vision of a better future for every American:
Attorney General John Ashcroft announced that records
of Brady gun law background checks will be destroyed one
day after a gun is sold. FBI states that it needs to withhold
records for at least 90 days to guarantee integrity of the
background check system.
Mr. Ashcroft informed us that the Justice Department
will change the interpretation of the 2nd Amendment. In a
nutshell, this means that any restrictions on the private
ownership of even military-style assault weapons violated
the supposed individual right to bear arms.
Also, Mr. Ashcroft prohibits the FBI from looking
through the gun background check files to see if any of the
19 hijackers or associates purchased weapons prior to 9/11.
We are told that this would violate these terrorists' 2nd
Where's Cheney? It has been 16 months since he has
refused to release documents related to current U.S. energy
A controversial 304 page "Trade" bill which few have
read is forced through Congress. The main agenda is promoting
massive global deregulation in basic consumer, environmental
and other public standards.
President Bush issued an executive order that blocks
assess to the Reagan White House and potentially that of all
other recent presidents. Bush's order obstructs the opening
of 68,000 pages of confidential Reagan communications with
his advisors. The 1978 Presidential Records Act, was to assure
the timely release of presidential materials that would serve
the government's and the public's understanding of the country's
Bush signed a 355.4 billion defense bill. More than
34 billion over previous year.
On October 26, 2001, President Bush signed the USA
Patriot Act (USAPA) into law. The civil liberties of ordinary
Americans have taken a tremendous blow with this law, especially
the right to privacy in our online communications and activities.
Yet there is no evidence that our previous civil liberties
posed a barrier to the effective tracking or prosecution of
The Bush administration has suspended the following
1. Regulations minimizing raw sewage discharges and requiring
public notice of overflows.
2. Requirements that mining companies protect waterways and
clean up mine-related pollution.
3. Army Corps regulations stating that rivers and streams
may not be used for dumping industrial waste.
4. A rule prohibiting government from awarding contracts to
companies that violate federal laws, including environmental
In the Nuclear Posture Review document, options emphasized
are the considered use of nuclear weapons in conventional
conflicts and the resumption of nuclear testing. Bush's fiscal
2003 budget earmarks funds for development of a new, "usable"
...and the list goes on and on and the beat goes on.