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Absurdity No. 1:

On May 24, 2007, just a day after returning from Russia, I received my fifth consecutive invitation to the annual President's Dinner, held in Washington, D.C. Signed by Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican Leader, and John "crybaby" Boehner, the House Republican Leader, the form letter invitation opened as follows:

"Dear Walter,

They'll be talking about this one for years.

The 2007 President's Dinner will mark the turning point for our Republican Party.

On June 13th the most dedicated GOP leaders nationwide will gather under one banner and pledge a total commitment to victory in next year's elections.

Walter, will you join President Bush for dinner in Washington?"

Judging by their form letter, Messrs. McConnell and Boehner are "betting" that I've "had enough" of Democrats (now in power), who "are appeasing the worst elements of their Party in a pathetic display of retribution and cowardice." Such Democrats are "more interested in embarrassing President Bush than solving problems." Worse, "Democrats in Congress are introducing socialist, far-left legislation and using vitriolic rhetoric."

Thus, unless people like me support President Bush - by reserving a table for eight ($25,000) or purchasing an individual ticket ($2,500) - we'll soon "have a new President who, instead of vetoing liberal bills that raise taxes, expand welfare programs and cut military spending….could sign them all into law and take our nation in a disastrous new direction."

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It was their words about a "disastrous new direction" that prompted me to RSVP this time. You see, virtually any new direction, including virtually any disastrous new direction, would resemble a utopia, when compared with the Bush administration's disastrous "old" direction that has brought our once great country to its knees. But rather than submit the RSVP as printed, I made a slight change to it.

Thus, whereas the original RSVP read:

Dear Senator McConnell and Congressman Boehner,

Thank you for inviting me to The 2007 President's Dinner. I understand the importance of the upcoming elections, and I'm committed to recapturing our Republican majority and maintaining a Republican White House. To do my part:

0 YES! I/We wi1l attend The 2007 President's Dinner on Wednesday, June 13, 2007. I am enclosing:

0 $25,000 for a table of eight. 0 $2,500 for a single ticket

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My amended RSVP read as follows:

Dear Senator McConnell and Congressman Boehner, Thank you for inviting me to The 2007 President's Dinner. I understand the importance of the upcoming elections, and I'm committed to assuring that not one Republican wins election who still supports the illegal, immoral Bush/Cheney war in Iraq. Which means:

0 NO! I would not attend The 2007 President's Dinner on Wednesday, June 13, 2007, even if you paid me $2,500. I am not enclosing:

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Walter C. Uhler is an independent scholar and freelance writer whose work has been published in numerous publications, including The Nation, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the Journal of Military History, the Moscow Times and the San (more...)
 

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