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(Ralph) Bush’s View of the World

Ralph Bush is an interesting guy down in Arroyo Grande, a proud Republican who has been active in promoting the infamous No Child Left Behind education program. Not suprisingly, Ralph is a staunch defender of the president and one of his top cheerleaders locally.

What I’ve posted below is typical of what Ralph sends me from time to time. Thought I might post it for your comment. Also, some good segments coming up on Hometown Radio this week. On Thursday, District II supervisor Bruce Gibson makes his first appearance with us since being sworn in and Adam Hill visits on Monday to discuss the flap over a UN designation for the Carrizo Plain monument.

Made in the USA : Spoiled brats

The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some poll data I found rather hard to believe. It must be true given the source, right?

The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed and 69 percent of the country is unhappy with the performance of the president. In essence 2/3s of the citizenry just ain’t happy and want a change.

So being the knuckle dragger I am, I starting thinking, ”What we are so unhappy about?” Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter? Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy folks have a job? Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery store at any time and see more food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year?

Maybe it is the ability to drive from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean without having to present identification papers as we move through each state? Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find along the way that can provide temporary shelter? I guess having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just not good enough. Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide services to help all and even send a helicopter to take you to the hospital.

Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home. You may be upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames thus saving you, your family and your belongings. Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar or prowler intrudes , an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your family against attack or loss. This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90 percent of teenagers own cell phones and computers.

How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world? Maybe that is what has 67 percent of you folks unhappy.

Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever seen. No wonder the world loves the U.S. , yet has a great disdain for its citizens. They see us for what we are. The most blessed people in the world who do nothing but complain about what we don’t have , and what we hate about the country instead of thanking the good Lord we live here.

I know, I know. What about the president who to ok us into war and has no plan to get us out? The president who has a measly 31 percent approval rating? Is th i s the same president who guided the nation in the dark days after 9/11? The president that cut taxes to bring an economy out of recession? Could this be the same guy who has been called every name in the book for succeeding in keeping all the spoiled ungrateful brats safe from terrorist attacks? The commander in chief of an all-volunteer army that is out there defending you and me? Did you hear how bad the President is on the news or talk
show? Did this news affect you so much, make you so unhappy you couldn’t take a look around for yourself and see all the good things and be glad? _Think about it_……are you upset at the President because he actually caused you personal pain OR is it because the “Media” told you he was failing to kiss your sorry ungrateful behind every day.

Make no mistake about it. The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have volunteered to serve, and in many cases may have died for your freedom. There is currently no draft in this country. They didn’t have to go. They are able to refuse to go and end up with either a “‘general” discharge, an ”other than honorable” discharge or, worst case scenario, a ”dishonorable” discharge after a few days in the brig.

So why then the flat-out discontentment in the minds of 69 percent of Americans? Say what you want but I blame it on the media. If it bleeds it leads and they specialize in bad news. Everybody wil watch a car crash with blood and guts. How many will watch kids selling lemonade at the corner? The media knows this and media outlets are for-profit corporations. They offer what sells , and when criticized, try to defend their actions by “justifying” them in one way or another. Just ask why they tried to allow a murderer like O.J. Simpson to write a book about how he didn’t kill his wife, but if he did he would have done it this way…… Insane!

Stop buying the negativism you are fed everyday by the media. Shut off the TV, burn Newsweek, and use the New York Times for the bottom of your bird cage. Then start being grateful for all we have as country. There is exponentially more good than bad.

WE ARE THE MOST BLESSED PEOPLES ON EARTH, WE SHOULD

THANK GOD SEVERAL TIMES PER DAY…..

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  1. Marilyn
    March 26, 2007 at 6:58 am

    I would say to Mr. Ralph Bush that he is comparing apples with oranges.

    The fact that most Americans are dissatisfied with the Bush administration does not imply that they are ungrateful. I would argue it is those who support him are because they are supporting a tyrant for personal and their own ideological motives, not for just motives and what is good for all.

    Secondly, our affluence is built upon the bodies of the citizens of many developing and underdeveloped nations, nations whose resources we helped exploit so we can have cheap oil and cheap clothing.

    Thirdly, the statement that we should just support the president because we have so much implies that there is no true understanding of justice and freedom and the rule of law.

    Democracy and peace cannot exist without justice and there can be no justice when officials who usurp the law to get elected violate the constitution to push a war. Freedom cannot exist if you have idiots in Congress with no grasp of the history of the places and the people whose lives they are dispensing with freely, including the poor of this country.

    We have no freedom when those same Congressmen allow the Neo-Con criminals to hijack the “largest democracy” in the world out of fear because they have neither the moral base nor the level of knowledge that goes with formulating and implementing legislation that impacts people across the world.

    It still amazes me how the war supporters continue to come up with reasons to blame those against the war for all the ills that are befalling this “democracy.”

    Why do we want to trek around the world trying to change people for the better and “impose” “democracy” and “freedom” on them when we refuse to practice what we preach and when our corporations are making billions in profits over the dead bodies of our soldiers and the people of the Middle East?

    I say, let Halliburton, Caci, Blackwater and the rest of the marauding mob of corporations contribute 80% of the profits to the war effort and to the maimed soldiers and their families. THAT is true gratefulness.

    But, no. I just saw an ad on craiglist today for translators in Iraq for $185,000 a year. Why can’t we pay our soldiers that kind of money and why can’t we fix the water and electricity in Iraq? How about the health care system in the US that is very broken?

    I think Mr. Ralph Bush should write a letter to Halliburton and ask them to contribute money to all the soldiers without arms and legs and the soldiers with no eyes or noses or whose faces are mutilated beyond recognition. I think his countrymen and women would really appreciate that gesture on his part. I am sure the veterans in the mental health hospitals would too. Maybe that money can prevent a suicide or two.

  2. Sewerman
    March 26, 2007 at 7:12 am

    Finally a post by Dave that I can agree with! Way to go, Ralph Bush!

  3. Atascadero Chuck
    March 26, 2007 at 9:08 am

    This is typical conservative fluff, designed to take our attention off the real issues that matter. Use the old Ronald Reagan standard: “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?”

    Speaking for our country, WE’RE not. This simplistic essay states the obvious, but carefully ignores all the problems we’re having, too numerous to list here.

    So this claptrapcrap is basically saying, quit your whining.

    No thanks. Whatever we have now can definitely be made better — and it will, starting on January 20, 2009.

  4. The New Tone of San Luis Obispo
    March 26, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    Marilyn,

    Too bad you are too cowardly to answer the direct questions poised to you in the last thread. Were do you stand on those issues? Why would you use those photos for your own personal gain and empowerment? How can you support a group responsible for killing thousands of innocent children and civilians for nothing other than political and personal power? Do you condone the use of human shields and the provoking of innocent deaths to try and influence public opinion against Israel? Cone on Marilyn, your good at attacking, answer some simple questions?

    P.S. Love the photo! You look really nice! Take care, New Tone.

  5. Anonymous
    March 26, 2007 at 6:14 pm

    When Marilyn begins sawing your head off you’ll get your answers Jerry

  6. Dave Congalton
    March 26, 2007 at 6:16 pm

    Gee New Tone,

    Not only are you a coward, but you’re also sexist. You’re great at attacking other people, but when given the opportunity to appear in a public forum, you deftly dodge the issue altogether.

    Still enjoying KPRL?

  7. golfingslo
    March 26, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    Dave …Play nice. I think Ralph make some very good points, we forget how good we have it here and why people around the wolrd are dying to get here. Ralph does mix a little apples and oranges regarding the Presidential approval. But on the direction of the country, what are we willing to give up for some of the points Marilyn laid out. Most Americans care more about who was voted of Amrican Idol than who is running the government from the White House to your City Council. Our elected leaders know this and market themselves with this lack of understanding. Even the posts on this small town blog proves my point of lack of understanding.

  8. Dave Congalton
    March 26, 2007 at 6:48 pm

    Golfingslo,

    You know I try to play nice, but I don’t like to see the way Marilyn (and other women) are belittled on this blog.

    And I do believe I have a legitimate point with New Tone — He attacks Larry Martinez again and again, but when I offer him the opportunity to confront Larry….well, gee, shucks, ahem.

    And if I didn’t think Ralph had a few legitimate points with this essay, I wouldn’t have posted it.

  9. Anonymous
    March 26, 2007 at 10:48 pm

    I agree with Marilyn; ungrateful and unhappy are too different things.

    Am I grateful to live in the U.S.? Of course I am. But we had running hot and cold water, electricity, a fine educational system, a good economy, etc long before Bush came into office–please do not honor this man with things other people have given us!

    I’m unhappy because the Bush administration has chosen to use the Constitution as toilet paper–disregarding even the most basic tenents of our nation’s most sacred document.

    I’m unhappy because Bush takes credit for anything positive and refuses to acknowledge when he’s made a mistake.

    And do I feel that he’s kept us safe from terrorist attacks? NO! I hear all this crap about how we haven’t had a terrorist attack since 9/11 and how wonderful it is that Bush is keeping us safe. If he’s so damn good at protecting American citizens, how did 9/11 happen at all? Tell me, please, without blaming liberals and Clinton, how did 9/11 happen under Bush’s careful watch?

  10. The New Tone of San Luis Obispo
    March 27, 2007 at 12:48 am

    Dave, Dave, Dave,

    The first two “invitations” were “trolls” pretending to be you. I am a sexist? How so? I think Marilyn looks nice. I was being complimentary. Oh, I get it, you think she does not look nice in her photo so you think I am being sarcastic. It that it? I have made comments about Guy Murray, You and your smiling face in the last thread, and now Marilyn, and I am under attack. If I were her, I think it is a good picture and apparently shows her with her jail jumpsuit on that the Israelites made her wear when she was in their prison.

    I just want Marilyn to comment. She has loads of praise for the terrorist organization Hezbolla when she writes, but has no answer when I have a few simple questions. She waits until a new subject is chosen, and then writes her comments and will not respond to any questions after that.

    Attacking Dr. Martinez? Don’t say Martinez too loud otherwise Marilyn the racist will tell him to go to his scum country like that last time. Yeah, it was ugly. I just wondered if the smartest person that you know would have thought it strange that the sun is heating up other planets as well as earth. I wondered if he considered that CO2 man made world wide CO2 emissions account for 4% of all CO2 produced including exhaling the air we breath. I wondered if the Dr. has considered that if the USA quit emitting all CO2 this moment, it would make about 1% difference in the CO2 level.

    “Dr. Martinez is one of the smartest people I know” -Dave
    Being an introvert socially, I doubt you know many people and the list must be short. Besides, you don’t know me.

    Take it easy, New Tone.

    P.S. KPRL in the mornings has great commentary by regular people discussing the issues! I call in all the time!

  11. Marilyn
    March 27, 2007 at 4:00 am

    New Tone,

    Those who cannot take it should not be dishing it out.

    You and Mr. Martinez give yourselves the right to tell me to go back to Lebanon and you show the pictures of burning effigies but I cannot do the same. Who do you think YOU are?

    Tell me, are the wooden mannequins and the piece of cloth you so much admire worth more than the lives of women and children and soldiers who are incinerated in war?

    You people have been at it with Hezbollah since the vicious war on the people of Lebanon started in 2006. You are obsessed with them and that obsession has caused you to excuse the death of innocent people. You were so smug in your belief that Israel was trying to “defend” itself and only wanted its soldiers back when I was saying that they were lying. I also said we should judge people not by what they say they are going to do but by what they have done in the past. Well, recent history has proven me right. The Israeli military was lying through its teeth when it invaded Lebanon.

    The Israeli government has acknowledged that the assault on Lebanon had been in the planning for months before the soldier abductions and the 2 kidnapped Israeli soldiers are still not home yet.

    Your arguments are illogical and are based on racist premises. As I said, if you cannot take it, don’t dish it out and I have just as much right as you or Mr. Martinez to say what I want or to live here no matter what views I hold. I need neither your permission nor his to say what I want.

    What is it with you people? Instead of discussing topics, you start laying it into those you do not agree with. I am going to say to you the same thing I said to Jerry. BACK OFF and cease the personal comments.

    And if Mr. Martinez did not want me to say to him to go back to whatever “scum country” he came from, he should not have targeted me personally and asked me to go back to Lebanon in the first place.

    At least I EARNED the right and the privilege to live in this country. You and Mr. Martinez, on the other hand, are here because of an accident of birth.

    I know nothing about Mr. Martinez’s political views aside from his personal attack on and comment to me, so I cannot comment on his politics. But, to you I say: the reality is there in front of you. The deceit of this government with its Neo-Con element, the Zionist lobby, and the stupid people in Congress, as well as the corrupt monarchies in the Middle East are flying by you because you cannot see the forest for the trees. You are so entrenched in your hatred and “proving” others wrong you do not see the disaster that is about to befall this world and the worse suffering to come.

    But maybe that is what the “rapture” gang is all about and don’t discount them. They are out there pushing for a final war in the Middle East.

    Blaming the peace movement and liberals is really running away from the real problem. It must be so painful to realize that the Moron in Chief in the White House did not turn out to be the Knight in Shining Armor you guys are trying to make him out to be.

    The world is on to the deceit of the criminal Neo-Cons and they will not stay silent for long. The real question to ask is: how far do you think your Neo-Con government is willing to go to get its agenda of world domination through and how willing do you think the racist and zionist state of Israel is to sacrifice every American man, woman, or child for its “survival?”

    The reality is the people most in danger of being annihilated right now are the Palestinians.

    No one will “destroy” the state of Israel. It will implode on itself one day because it was an unnatural creation in the first place. However, do not even think that they will hesitate to use nuclear weapons, even on the United States, if they have to. They are already using phosophorous, uranium, cluster bombs, and nerve gas on Lebanese and Palestinian civilians. But you knew that, didn’t you. You just don’t give a damn. Those lives deserve to be snuffed in such a horrible way.

    I believe there is hope for coexistence in the Middle East, and specifically between the Israelis and Palestinians in one democratic state, not one based on racism, colonialism, and a preferential ideology that is based on land grabbing and denying the humanity of a whole group of people, the Palestinians. The peace movement in Israel and Palestine is trying, but they have a long way to go because of the prejudice of colonialism firstly and because of the extremists on both sides.

    How can you have a democracy in a society that has not even drafted a written constitution and that does not give equal rights to one fifth of it population?

    Have you read about the scandals in “the only democracy” in the Middle East? Israel’s president has stepped down because of sex scandals.

    Are you following the news about Olmert and his corruption? But you are an adult, so I will leave it to you to research if you have the interest. But maybe bashing me is more fun than fighting for justice.

    I wish you could go and live in a war zone for just one month, one month, where you will be forced to hide in corners and run for your life without the ability to defend yourself while you watch those around you blown to pieces. Then come back here and brag to me how tough and patriotic you and your other racist war mongers are

    You wouldn’t last a day.

  12. The New Tone of San Luis Obispo
    March 27, 2007 at 4:26 am

    Marilyn,

    Thank you for your thoughtful response. I think that is the only way to create a dialog. I do not have any thoughts negative about any citizens of this world that we live in, whether from America or Persia. You have no idea who you are talking to in that I would not last a day. From what I remember, Mr. Martinez told you that if you did not like our country and the people who live in it, you should move to a place where you would feel welcomed and happy. I happen to agree with him. I really do not like people like you that want children to be killed to help them gain power. It makes me sick to my stomach, then very angry.

    The effergy burning. Soldiers have fought in this country for that right, but we don’t have to agree with them or praise them for their actions. You can’t do that in China, Iran, or against the Yassur Arofat regine in Palistine without being shot.

    I laughed out loud when you told me that I wouldn’t last a day with those mama’s boys that are the terrorists in your old neighborhood. Screw them. I would enjoy the fight and burn their bodies in the sewer. Screw muslim customs. That is their destination anyways, hell. They resort to sending innocent children and women to fight their battles. They deserve no respect and have never earned one ounce.

  13. Bob from San Luis
    March 27, 2007 at 6:42 am

    New Tone: My God- you are a complete moron. It is real nice of you to talk so tough here on the blog, in such an anonymous manner. I’ll bet your favorite radio “personality” is Michael Weiner, uh, Savage. What little I have been able to stomach listening to sounds just about like how you write. The only thing I would like to see you do is, if possible, grow up; you know, act like an adult.

    As for those who agree with the letter from Ralph Bush as the topic of this thread, I would have you refer to Dave’s very first blog entry and tell me where I got it wrong concerning the so called leadership of the Bush Administration.

    As for responding to Ralph’s letter, the second anonymous commentator nailed it pretty well. One thing I would like to address is the statement I have heard about how the freedoms we enjoy here in America are hard fought won by those in uniform. While I agree that the continuation of those freedoms is preserved by the determination and work that the military does for us, the pledge that they take when they join the is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. The very same oath of office that President pledges to when he takes office, the very same oath that President Bush has violated by his deeds, intentions and results. Spying on US citizens, rewriting legislation right before it is voted on in Congress, torturing, denying legal rights, rendering… etc, etc,… ad nauseam.

    I have heard some on the left stating that impeaching Bush and Cheney is not going to accomplish anything, and since it would take about the same time that they have left in office that there would be no real gain by pursuing this course of action. I for one could not disagree more. In my humble opinion the single most distinguishing trait that has been the ideal that made America great and different from all other countries in the world is a strict adherence to the rule of law. The Bush Administration has systematically violated every single tenet of what the rule of law proscribes. I don’t care that many who read this will believe that I “have it out” for President Bush et al; my point is that if all of the law breaking that has been done by this administration goes unnoticed and not acted upon by those who have the duty of providing oversight of the executive branch, the message is left out there that whoever gets into the Oval Office can do absolutely anything they want to do, wrap it up in the flag and point out that anyone who questions them is somehow “unpatriotic”. When the true facts of how many laws have been broken by this administration is proven, I firmly believe that the American public will demand that the Bush Administration be removed from office.

  14. bill
    March 27, 2007 at 2:03 pm

    Bob
    Hugo Chavez is taking private property now in Venezuela. Maybe this not a socialist enough for you but it would be a good place for you to take a very long vacation.
    Bob adds “President Bush has violated by his deeds, intentions and results. Spying on US citizens, rewriting legislation right before it is voted on in Congress, torturing, denying legal rights, rendering… etc, etc,… ad nauseam.”
    Do you get your facts from Codepink or Moveon or Air America?

  15. Bob from San Luis
    March 28, 2007 at 6:17 am

    bill: I don’t want to live under any dictator, be they socialist like Hugo Chavez is turning into, nor a fascist like George W. Bush would like to be. Grounds for impeachment, you ask? Where do I get my facts? In the news, as you can see, and yes, Air America does have actual facts as part of their programs. Randi Rhodes in particular is really good at sourcing her facts and presenting them for anyone to look at for themselves. CodePink is an organization that certainly does have an agenda, one which has as an ideal the notion that all of us have the right to speak out when we see injustice being perpetrated by our political leaders. As for the reason why we are staying in Iraq, even that is being dispelled as being another “smoke and mirrors” deception by the administration. MoveON is another organization that is trying to keep our leaders from hiding what they are trying to do, but they have many other issues they are addressing as well. The “facts” about the criminal misconduct this administration has committed are all over the place, if you are awake enough to see them. What I commented on was how when those facts are tallied up and confirmed as proof, the American public will, overwhelmingly, demand that the Bush Administration be removed from office, period.

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