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To the GOP: President Bush's legacy and war are not worth saving

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As a former Republican, I want to reach out to every single Republican within the House and Senate that this war and President Bush’s legacy is not worth saving.  To do so would be detrimental to the American people.

What is worth saving is our reputation and credibility in the eyes of our citizens and the world community.  In both cases this administration has done the complete opposite.  It used to be that one could hold their head up high and say, “I am an American” as one traveled the world and one wonders if travelers can do the same today.  That is if they can afford to travel.

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After the attacks on 9/11 when President Bush retaliated against those who attacked us namely al Qaeda, I was with him.  I wanted al Qaeda demolished as they demolished the World Trade Center, hit the Pentagon and took down an aircraft in Pennsylvania.

Days after those 9/11 attacks, President Bush said “I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you. And the people who knocked down these buildings will hear all of us soon," While never a fan of President Bush’s, I put the partisan feelings aside to support his retaliation.  I am still waiting like most Americans for President Bush to deliver that promise.

After those attacks, whatever label most Americans use to define themselves were stripped away and we all became Americans first and foremost.  We did so in honor and memory of those that lost their lives on that perilous day.  We did so as we saw innocent people leaping to their deaths choosing gravity over fire in both Twin Towers.  We believed that their deaths must be answered back.

The thing I do remember is when President Bush said this of Osama bin Laden that he would capture him “Dead or alive” which turned into, “I do not know where he is, he is not important and is not our priority” This is where you must hold President Bush’s feet to the fire to deliver his promise to every single American.  It was not Saddam Hussein that attacked us.  As I watched his complete execution, there was no pride, only disgust since we hung the wrong man.

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What really bothers me is that this president has broken our once strong military and one must ask; how many more do we send into the meat grinder known as Iraq.  Those that did attack us were not even in Iraq, but thanks to President Bush, al Qaeda is there.  A small percentage of their terrorist organization crossed the borders into Iraq from neighboring countries.

Speaking of al Qaeda, they are in Pakistan, Afghanistan and have networks clear across this world and we have yet to effectively demolish this terrorist organization. It leaves me wondering when the next attack will occur as our borders remain insecure.  Are there terrorist cells just waiting patiently within our own borders?

As a result of our actions in Iraq, we have displaced millions of Iraqis and they may become the next wave of those that will attack us.  It is called blow-back.  Will terrorist groups like al Qaeda exploit their pain and suffering for their self-serving desire to kill Americans?  I do believe so.

Are all of you trying to destroy America as one reads this portion of a Wall Street Journal article U.S. Infrastructure Found to Be in Disrepair? While I do not have a subscription to this newspaper, you will clearly read, “The report underscores the broader disrepair of transit, power and water systems in the U.S. In 2005, the American Society of Civil Engineers graded as "poor" the condition of the nation's transit infrastructure as well as power grids, dams and systems for drinking water and wastewater. The U.S. faces a $1.6 trillion deficit in needed infrastructure spending through 2010 for repairs and maintenance, today's report says.”

The floods in Missouri, the twisters that took out Greenville, Kansas, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita along with the wild fires that have taken place on the west coast clearly shows we need that money here at home to help our fellow Americans.  You were elected to represent your constituents and not elected to support a war in Iraq that has taken its toll on America’s blood and treasure.  You were not elected to send us into deficit spending.  True Republicanism is one that believes in strict fiscal responsibility.

You were also elected to help your fellow Americans as one reads where those whose homes have been foreclosed upon are now forced to live in their cars.  It is disgusting to read that this crisis is being reported in a foreign newspaper in which they wrote, “many are sleeping in their vehicles to ensure a roof over their head.” One must wonder how many of these people voted Republican.  If you truly want to speak of how voters are disenfranchised, no home means that these people have no legal address.

The list is endless of how America’s needs are not being attended to and have not been for years.  If one is to believe that this new Republican Party is controlled by evangelical Christians then all of you do need a come to Jesus realization that this war must be ended and protecting President Bush’s legacy goes against every Christian belief that I know.  If you are pro-life, the killings of innocent Iraqis especially children contradicts your moral standing that all life is precious.  Jesus would never say, only protect the life of the unborn.  Jesus would never say, kill innocent children within Iraq.  Jesus would never say, kill the mothers and fathers of American children left behind as President Bush sent their parents overseas to fight the wrong people.

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I am all for the separation of church and state, but some of the Ten Commandments speak to the heart of this very issue.  In this commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” at times, I do believe that many Republicans see Pres. Bush as a god of sorts in their blind faith to follow him wherever he leads us. 

President Bush has often invoked God’s name in the many speeches to support this immoral war and I do believe that counters this commandment, “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.” In fact the late Pope, John Paul II stated in advance of ‘Shock and Awe’ to President Bush, “You go without God”

In killing innocent Iraqis who had nothing to do with the attacks of 9/11, it goes against this commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.”

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