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Whose Values are Superior?
Date: Jul 27, 2004
While Democrats run away from the word "liberal," Bill Clinton
delineated the distinction between the liberal values of the
Democratic Party and the conservative values of today's Republican
By Regis T. Sabol
What has infuriated me for years is the way the word "liberal" has
become a dirty word to Republicans and Democrats alike. Republicans
use it as the equivalent of "Communist" or "Satan worshipper" or,
most damning of all, "wimp, weakling, wuss." Democrats, afraid of
being seen as wimps, weaklings, or wusses, have shied away from the
word as if it were the scarlet letter.
With all the talk of values during the current presidential campaign,
George Bush and Dick Cheney use the word "liberal" like a red flag to
enflame the electoral. John Kerry has the most liberal voting record
in the Senate, Bush tells his adoring followers, and John Edwards has
the fourth highest liberal voting record. I often wonder who has
established the criteria for determining what a liberal voting record
When the first George Bush ran for president, he gave Democratic
challenger Michael Dukakis the unkindest cut of all, calling him
a "card-carrying member of the ACLU." I couldn't help but think of
Joseph McCarthy waving around sheets of paper that, he declared,
revealed the names of 247 card-carrying members of the Communist
Party working in the State Department? Or was it 161? Or 239? The
number changed every time McCarthy got in front of an audience or a
Now, its 1988 all over again, or 2000 when son George W. used the
dreaded L-word to attack his Democratic opponent, Vice President Al
Gore. Perhaps that's why the Kerry campaign keeps throwing around the
words "strength" and "values." as if they were some kind of counter-
mantra. It's almost as if two kids are shouting back at each
other, "My strength and values can beat your strength and values."
Bush rode around rural America in a bus these past few weeks telling
folks that he represents the mainstream moral values of the heartland
while John Kerry is a Massachusetts liberal who does not hold their
moral values. The inference is clear: conservatives are moral and
liberals are immoral. It's typical of the black/white dichotomy
through which Bush views the world.
That's why it was so refreshing to hear former President Bill
Clinton, in his prime-time speech before the Democratic Convention,
clearly delineate the sharp distinctions between the values of the
Democratic and Republican Parties. In a performance that Washington
Post columnist Tom Shales called "simply magnificent, "Clinton made
clear that the Democratic Party, for the most part, has been the
Party committed to what the Founding Fathers called "the common good."
Referring to the Preamble to the Constitution that said the nation's
purpose was "to create a more perfect union," Clinton cited a litany
of examples of what the paradoxical notion of "a more perfect union"
really means. And what it means is a nation committed to the common
good, a nation that is committed to the democratic ideal of a better
world for all its citizens, not just the wealthiest and the most
While Clinton never once used the L-word, the inference was clear.
While Democrats may avoid the word "liberal," they continue to be the
voice of liberal values.
And that started me thinking about the difference between the liberal
values that Clinton alluded to and the "moral values of the
heartland" so dearly cherished by the Bush crowd. We should take a
close look at the moral values of the heartland as they have been
practiced in the history of this nation.
Mainstream moral values of the heartland condoned the practice of
Mainstream moral values of the heartland encouraged the genocide of
Mainstream moral values of the heartland held that men had a right to
beat women but women were not allowed to hold property or have other
legal protections and were denied the right to vote.
Mainstream moral values of the heartland allowed parents to beat
their children and to punish them by denying them food.
Mainstream moral values of the heartland demeaned Jews and other non-
Christians, an attitude best expressed in the epithet "New York Jew."
Mainstream moral values of the heartland held that the poor were to
blame for their plight in life, even children and the elderly.
Mainstream moral values of the heartland saw nothing wrong with child
Mainstream moral values expected coal miners, steel workers, and
other laborers to work twelve hours a day for wages that kept them
and their families powerless and mired in poverty.
By contrast, it was liberal values that ended slavery and forced an
end to slavery's spawn, segregation. Ironically, the liberal values
opposed to slavery were espoused by America's first Republican
president, Abraham Lincoln, while segregation was created by Southern
Democrats. On the other hand, it was a Southern Democrat, President
Lyndon B. Johnson, following the lead of John F. Kennedy, another
Massachusetts Democrat, who put a stake in the heart of segregation.
It was liberal values that put a halt to the wholesale slaughter of
It was liberal values that gave women equal protection under the law
and the right to vote.
It was liberal values that protected children from abuse and
It was liberal values that ended the legal practice of anti-Semitism.
It was liberal values that gave us Social Security and Medicare to
protect the elderly.
It was liberal values that gave working men and women the right to
organize into unions to fight for decent wages and decent working
Why, then, do George Bush and his supporters believe that the
purported moral values of the heartland are superior to what they see
as the corrupt liberal moral values of urban America?
That other so-called Massachusetts liberal, when he was elected
president, required every member of his cabinet to read The Guns of
August, Barbara Tuchman's analysis of how the European powers
blundered into World War I. He told his cabinet that such
catastrophic blunders would not occur during his presidency.
George Bush, by contrast, proudly said that the only book he ever
reads is the Bible. Now he says he will read the 9/11 Commission
Report. Or will Andrew Card and Condi Rice tell him what the report
says? And the cornerstone of Bush's foreign policy, "the Bush
Doctrine," is the belief that the United States has the right to
start a pre-emptive war against any nation it views as a threat.
Kennedy prevented the Cuban missile crisis from escalating into World
Bush started a war under false pretenses that has now made the world
a much more dangerous place.
So whose values are morally superior? And is "liberal" such a dirty
word, after all. As Clinton so aptly put it, "Strength and wisdom are
not opposing values."
Frederick Sweet is Professor of Reproductive Biology in Obstetrics
and Gynecology at Washington University School of Medicine in St.
Louis. You can email your comments to Fred@...
Posted Tuesday, July 27, 2004
Capitol Hill Blue
Bush Using Drugs to Control Depression, Erratic Behavior
By TERESA HAMPTON
Editor, Capitol Hill Blue
Jul 28, 2004, 08:09
President George W. Bush is taking powerful anti-depressant drugs to
control his erratic behavior, depression and paranoia, Capitol Hill
Blue has learned.
The prescription drugs, administered by Col. Richard J. Tubb, the
White House physician, can impair the President's mental faculties
and decrease both his physical capabilities and his ability to
respond to a crisis, administration aides admit privately.
"It's a double-edged sword," says one aide. "We can't have him flying
off the handle at the slightest provocation but we also need a
President who is alert mentally."
Angry Bush walked away from reporter's questions.
Tubb prescribed the anti-depressants after a clearly-upset Bush
stormed off stage on July 8, refusing to answer reporters' questions
about his relationship with indicted Enron executive Kenneth J. Lay.
"Keep those motherfuckers away from me," he screamed at an aide
backstage. "If you can't, I'll find someone who can."
Bush's mental stability has become the topic of Washington whispers
in recent months. Capitol Hill Blue first reported on June 4 about
increasing concern among White House aides over the President's wide
mood swings and obscene outbursts.
Although GOP loyalists dismissed the reports an anti-Bush propaganda,
the reports were later confirmed by prominent George Washington
University psychiatrist Dr. Justin Frank in his book Bush on the
Couch: Inside the Mind of the President. Dr. Frank diagnosed the
President as a "paranoid meglomaniac" and "untreated alcoholic"
whose "lifelong streak of sadism, ranging from childhood pranks
(using firecrackers to explode frogs) to insulting journalists,
gloating over state executions and pumping his hand gleefully before
the bombing of Baghdad" showcase Bush's instabilities.
"I was really very unsettled by him and I started watching everything
he did and reading what he wrote and watching him on videotape. I
felt he was disturbed," Dr. Frank said. "He fits the profile of a
former drinker whose alcoholism has been arrested but not treated."
Dr. Frank's conclusions have been praised by other prominent
psychiatrists, including Dr. James Grotstein, Professor at UCLA
Medical Center, and Dr. Irvin Yalom, MD, Professor Emeritus at
Stanford University Medical School.
The doctors also worry about the wisdom of giving powerful anti-
depressant drugs to a person with a history of chemical dependency.
Bush is an admitted alcoholic, although he never sought treatment in
a formal program, and stories about his cocaine use as a younger man
haunted his campaigns for Texas governor and his first campaign for
"President Bush is an untreated alcoholic with paranoid and
megalomaniac tendencies," Dr. Frank adds.
The White House did not return phone calls seeking comment on this
Although the exact drugs Bush takes to control his depression and
behavior are not known, White House sources say they are "powerful
medications" designed to bring his erratic actions under control.
While Col. Tubb regularly releases a synopsis of the President's
annual physical, details of the President's health and any drugs or
treatment he may receive are not public record and are guarded
zealously by the secretive cadre of aides that surround the President.
Veteran White House watchers say the ability to control information
about Bush's health, either physical or mental, is similar to Ronald
Reagan's second term when aides managed to conceal the President's
increasing memory lapses that signaled the onslaught of Alzheimer's
It also brings back memories of Richard Nixon's final days when the
soon-to-resign President wondered the halls and talked to portraits
of former Presidents. The stories didn't emerge until after Nixon
One long-time GOP political consultant who - for obvious reasons -
asked not to be identified said he is advising his Republican
Congressional candidates to keep their distance from Bush.
"We have to face the very real possibility that the President of the
United States is loony tunes," he says sadly. "That's not good for my
candidates, it's not good for the party and it's certainly not good
for the country."
Lesbian Action Doll
Goes On Sale
The Sunday Herald - UK
An action figure described as the world's first lesbian action doll
went on sale in the US [recently].
Bobbie Doll is the first of the dolls from the DYKEdolls series to go
on sale. The 12-inch tall toy wears a leather jacket, muscle T-shirt
and a tattoo.
The dolls are the brainchild of New Yorker Stephanie Prod. The 36-
year-old came up with the idea while writing her Masters thesis on
the under-representation of lesbians in popular culture.
The DYKEdoll figures will sell for $49.95 (about £28) each. But only
people over 21 can buy the full package priced at $65 (£37). It
includes accessories such as tiny leather harnesses and miniature
Bobbie - or Bobbie Rockabilly DYKEdoll, to give her full title - will
launch on the dykedolls.com website along with her friends, Doc
Holliday and Diesel Dyke.
Dr. Len Horowitz' New Book Announced
From Tetrahedron, LLC
Health Science Communications for People Around the World
Date Mailed: Aug. 7, 2004
For Immediate Release
Contact: Elaine Zacky-208/265-2575; 800/336-9266
Experts Link Evolution of the Species to Spiritual Renaissance: DNA
Called "Antennae to God"
Sandpoint, ID - More than a map of life, DNA processes spirituality
according to the latest research. A lengthy review of scientific
achievements in the field of genetics compiled by a team of experts
indicates that life evolved from spiritual, more than physical,
Three years of multidisciplinary study by a team of health science,
mathematics, genetics, and physics experts, indicates that DNA,
traditionally considered the "blueprint of life," appears more like
an "antennae to God." Led by internationally known public health
authority and award winning author, Dr. Leonard Horowitz, the group's
research, to be published in October, shows that DNA's coiled design,
vibrating action, and "electrogenetic" function makes spiritual as
well as physical evolution possible.
Life's genomes are empowered by waves and particles of energized
sound and light which, more than chemicals or drugs, switch
genes "on" or "off." Likewise, genetic inheritance is energetically
transmitted "bioacoustically and electromagnetically" through special
water molecules that form the electrogenetic matrix of the "Sacred
Spiral." These hydroelectric geometric structures-most shaped like
pyramids, hexagons, and pentagons-direct physical as well as
spiritual development, according to researchers.
Metaphysically, water molecules shaped like pyramids relay energy
messages to and from DNA. These signals are carried from the
environment to every cell in your body; far more rapidly than
scientists once believed based solely on chemical analyses.
These findings raise important questions concerning theories
underlying modern medicine, spirituality, and even reincarnation
according to Dr. Horowitz. The realization that energy messages,
including ancient ancestral memories, may be relayed electro-
genetically can help in healing, lending spiritual meaning to life,
and reconciling "past life" experiences.
The science reported in DNA: Pirates of the Sacred Spiral, published
by the not-for-profit Tetrahedron Publishing Group ($29.15; 1-888-508-
4787), links the genetic revolution to a "spiritual renaissance."
After polling nearly 10,000 people internationally for background
research, the Harvard-trained Dr. Horowitz concludes "more and more
people are experiencing increased synchronicities and even miracles
in their lives. . . . Working on special projects, they suddenly and
inexplicably manifest everything they need to facilitate their
service, purpose, or unique calling. This is a form of genetic
expression as much as eye color," he says.
Their soon to be published, meticulously documented, book is written
for "intelligent lay readers and above." It argues that quantum
energy, often called spirituality, animates evolution of the species,
genetic expression, and life. The authors believe such awareness and
growing social consciousness bodes well for the entire planet.
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