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    From: WWW.AfricanCrisis.Org [Take note at the bottom of this article about Laura Bush, at how the Republicans are triumphing over the Democrats, and also how
    Message 1 of 1 , May 3, 2005
      From: WWW.AfricanCrisis.Org
      [Take note at the bottom of this article about Laura Bush, at how the
      Republicans are triumphing over the Democrats, and also how people are
      moving from "Blue" to "Red" states. It appears to me, that the Left wing
      is becoming more and more and more unstuck especially.

      It could be due to a combination of: (a) People tired of just hearing the
      Left's nonsense version of life (b) The Internet breaking the Mass Media
      monopoly held by the Liberals (secretly aided by the Communists), for
      DECADES. Now that this DECADES' OLD monopoly is being broken, the entire
      World may be shifting away from the left and more to the right.

      Some weeks ago, I mentioned too, that for the first time in living
      memory, Intellectuals are turning away from Athiesm.

      I believe these mega-trends are preparing the way for the Left to be
      pushed backwards ACROSS THE PLANET, and the Left will not be able to
      contain it. This move is occurring at a grass roots level, and is
      unstoppable. The Truth is finally starting to come out... Jan]

      Laura Bush Talks Naughty
      Published: May 3, 2005

      When King Agamemnon and his fleet of warships were becalmed in the Aegean
      Sea, he ordered his wife to fetch their daughter so she could be
      sacrificed to the gods. It worked, sort of. The winds picked up and blew
      the Greek ships to triumph at Troy, although Agamemnon's wife did murder
      him later.

      Republican presidents rely on a slightly less cruel sacrificial ritual
      for their problems. Their wives appease the media gods with comedy

      Each spring, when politicians and reporters convene for formal dinners
      that are supposed to be funny and are often compared to root canals, they
      talk about Nancy Reagan's "Second Hand Clothes" the way fans talk about
      the 1927 Yankees. The Reagans' image for conspicuous consumption was
      never the same after Mrs. Reagan put on rags in 1982 to sing a lampoon of
      her spending habits.

      But on Saturday night, Laura Bush set a new standard. After interrupting
      her husband and telling him to sit down, she did a stand-up routine that
      included what was probably the first joke told in earshot of a president
      that involved him and a horse's phallus.

      Mrs. Bush called her husband Mr. Excitement for going to bed by 9 o'clock
      and turning her into a "desperate housewife." She said that Lynne
      Cheney's Secret Service code name became Dollar Bill after they both went
      to Chippendales (where they ran into Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader
      Ginsburg). Noting that Andover and Yale did not have "real strong
      ranching programs," she said Mr. Bush had started his ranching career by
      trying to milk a horse - a male horse.

      Her timing had the audience howling, and the edgier lines had them
      gasping. Jokes about pent-up sexual frustration from a prim librarian?
      With her born-again husband sitting there and enjoying it? And cameras
      recording it for Republican preachers who are determined to get sex out
      of schools and off television?

      For the mainly Democratic audience - this was a crowd of Washington
      journalists and luminaries from Hollywood and Manhattan - it was an
      evening of cognitive dissonance. How to reconcile this charming image on
      stage with the Bush they love to bash?

      Mrs. Bush's performance, and her husband's reaction, wasn't a shock to
      the reporters who cover the White House. For years they have tried to
      convince their friends outside Washington that Mr. Bush is actually not a
      close-minded dolt, and Mrs. Bush is no Stepford Wife or Church Lady. Yes,
      they're Texans who go to church and preach family values, but they're not
      yahoos or religious zealots.

      The coverage of Mrs. Bush's comic debut may change some minds, but for
      devout Bush-bashers, it's much easier to stay the course. If you live in
      a blue-state stronghold, a coastal city where you can go 24 hours without
      meeting any Republicans, it's consoling to think of the red staters as an
      alien bunch of straight-laced Bible thumpers.

      Otherwise, how do you explain why they're Republican? Or answer the
      question Democrats asked in astonishment when they saw Mr. Bush's vote
      totals: Who are these people?

      The favorite Democratic explanation is that the red staters are hicks who
      have been blinded by righteousness, as Thomas Frank argues in "What's the
      Matter With Kansas?" He laments that middle-class Kansans are so
      bamboozled by moral issues like abortion and school prayer that they vote
      for Republicans even though the Republican tax-cutting policies are
      against their self-interest.

      But middle-class Americans don't simply cast ballots for Republicans.
      They also vote with their feet, which is why blue states and old
      Democratic cities are losing population to red states and Republican
      exurbs. People are moving there precisely because of economic reasons -
      more jobs, affordable houses, and the lower taxes offered by Republican

      They're not moving for the churches, and they don't vote for Mr. Bush
      simply because he reads the Bible every day. One of the main reasons they
      like him is that he gets bashed so often. When Jon Stewart sneers at him,
      they empathize because they're used to being sneered at themselves.

      They know what their image is in Manhattan and Hollywood, and they know
      they're not all that different from the Democrats in those places. They,
      too, watch "Desperate Housewives," and they're not surprised to hear
      Laura Bush doing Chippendales jokes. They've spent their own dollar bills
      there. They don't see anything the matter with that - or with themselves.

      Source: New York Times

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