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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 03:11 PM
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"If you don't like America, then you can leave."
It has been reported to me that Rep. Jo Bonner (R-AL) ("my" congressman) said this at a "town hall meeting" in Orange Beach, AL yesterday, March 22. I haven't seen it reported in MSM yet.

I'm working on a reply (below) to go out to major dailies in Alabama, but in the meantime, if you have seen a report of this happening please let me know where. Link if possible.
Thanks,
trof

Author's note: I do not like to write about occurrences when I don't have first-hand knowledge of them. The words of one of my journalism professors, many years ago, echo in my thoughts. He claimed it was wisdom passed to him by his childhood nursemaid. "It ain't what you DON'T know that gets you in trouble. It's what you DO know that ain't so." Indeed. Even so, the quote I write about below comes to me from an eyewitness whose recollection and truthfulness I trust implicitly.

America...love it or leave it?
Did Jo Bonner really say that?

I was out of town and unable to attend one of Rep. Josiah Bonner's (R-AL) "Town Hall Meetings" in Baldwin County on Tuesday, March 22. But I heard about them. Oh yes, I heard a lot about them.

I must commend Rep. Bonner. His town hall meetings are not nearly so controlled nor as scripted at George W. Bush's. Unlike the Bush "pep rallies", I understand attendees at Rep. Bonner's meetings are not required to obtain tickets beforehand, nor are they chosen from a roster of "approved" supporters. Evidently there's not even a list of "undesirables" who would be summarily turned away. Perhaps because of this, it's impossible for all questions or comments from the audience to be previously vetted and scripted.

Unfortunately, some of Tuesday's gatherings didn't go quite as smoothly as hoped. Again unlike the Bush public relations/propaganda shows, participants (both Democrat and Republican, I am told) did not go along with absolutely every action of the current Washington administration. Each and every of these actions are apparently wholeheartedly endorsed by Rep. Bonner.

Many citizens who attended questioned and commented on the Iraq invasion and subsequent aftermath, the cost and conduct of same, the record-breaking federal deficit, and, of course, the proposed privatization of Social Security. I understand how frustrating it can be to meet with constituents who do not completely share your opinions, especially constituents who may actually oppose and disapprove of what you want to do.

Maybe it was because of the frustration level, and maybe it was also just the end of a tiring day, but towards the conclusion of one meeting a member of the audience quoted Rep. Bonner as saying "If you don't like it in America, then you can leave!"

"America...love it or leave it." I thought we had gotten past this short-sighted, anti-democratic, and un-American bumper-sticker mentality after Viet Nam. Wiser and cooler heads prevailed. "If you don't like it, change it." is the remedy endorsed by the vast majority of freedom loving Americans. That's the great thing about living in a democratic republic. If we don't like the course our elected leaders have set out upon, we can change them and change that course of action.
Maybe it's time for such a change.


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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 03:12 PM
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1. "Hippy's, move to France!"
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deutsey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 03:15 PM
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3. The fascists' version of Lauel and Hardy
:eyes:
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MostlyLurks Donating Member (738 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 03:22 PM
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5. "We hate hippy's so much, it makes us not spell write!"
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HughBeaumont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 03:22 PM
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6. It's like . . . the ANTI-Hunter Thompson and Phil Margera
Let's see . . . stereotyping, CHECK. Bad grammar, CHECK. Bad spelling, CHECK. Microsoft-Paint-quality artwork, CHECK. Eternal lib-hatin' scowl, CHECK. Patriotic red, white and blue letters, CHECK. Polluting of an otherwise scenic rural setting, CHECK.

Ladies and Gentlemen, WE HAVE US A COUPLE'A NEOCONS!!!
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 03:47 PM
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8. Now THAT is funny!
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 03:57 PM
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9. What is it with freeper types and the apostrophe?
Yesterday an obnoxious truck zoomed passed me. At the next stop light I pulled up right behind him. Letters across his back window read: "Bad ass toy's for bad ass boy's." What a dumb ass.
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sarcasmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 03:13 PM
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2. "If you don't like it change it" well said I must say. The problem is that
those who wish to force their views on others seem to be louder than the silent majority.
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China_cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 03:22 PM
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4. America...love it or leave it?
America...change it or lose it.

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Dr.Phool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 03:25 PM
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7. America..... Fix it or Fuck it.
From an old Fablous Furry Freak Brothers cartoon in the early '70s.
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Berserker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 04:14 PM
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11. Fabulous Furry Freak Bros
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displacedtexan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 04:12 PM
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10. That's what King George III said. Didn't work in the 18th Century...
and it won't work today, Red Coats!
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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 04:17 PM
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12. How about...
.. we just kick out the morons instead. Or at least, shame them into shutting the f*ck up.
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deadparrot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 04:19 PM
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13. I fully intend to...
once I get out of college. I'll be planning a career around working in Europe. But I will also retain my American citizenship, so I can work for liberal causes and vote these religious whackjobs out of office.
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ailsagirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 04:21 PM
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14. Oh now that's original
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CindyDale Donating Member (941 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 04:27 PM
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15. Yeah, but it's the radical right who doesn't like America, not me n/t
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