Top Bush Fundraiser Goes on Warpath Against Evil Bush

"George Bush is not a Christian, Karl Schwarz tells you. He is a liar, and Christians don't lie. Schwarz is telling this to anyone who might listen, including President Bush, to whom he fired off a smoking email entitled 'An American Demands the Truth From You.' Other listeners are adding up quickly. First he sent to his stockholders--300,000 people or so--a PowerPoint presentation daylighting the greed, deception, and stupefying corruption of the Bush Administration. Lately he is making the rounds of the talk show circuit, and the wild book of outrage will soon be on the streets. It is a formidable read. 810 pages. And a comprehensive title to match: One Way Ticket to Crawford, Texas: A Conservative Republican Speaks Out on September 11, 2001; Afghanistan; Iraq; Bush-Cheney 2004; Imperial Oil 'Strategeries'." Schwarz believes the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq was all about stealing the region's oil.

Dwight Eisenhower's Son is Voting for Kerry

John Eisenhower writes, "As son of a Republican President, it is automatically expected by many that I am a Republican. For 50 years, through the election of 2000, I was. With the current administration's decision to invade Iraq unilaterally, however, I changed my voter registration to independent, and barring some utterly unforeseen development, I intend to vote for the Democratic Presidential candidate, Sen. John Kerry... To me, the word 'Republican' has always been synonymous with the word 'responsibility,' which has meant limiting our governmental obligations to those we can afford in human and financial terms. Today's whopping budget deficit of some $440 billion does not meet that criterion... Leadership involves setting a direction and building consensus, not viewing other countries as practically devoid of significance. Recent developments indicate that the current Republican Party leadership has confused confident leadership with hubris and arrogance. "

Angry GOP Voters And Candidates Abandon Bush in Droves

"Publicly, Republican strategists say they are not worried about dissension in the GOP ranks but privately they admit real concern. 'The fallout is significant,' admits one GOP pollster. 'We could be seeing as much as 15% of Republicans who won't vote for the President.' This jibes with a CBS News poll that shows 11% of those who voted for Bush in 2000 now say they will support the Democrat. Another poll by Princeton Survey Associates finds 19% of Republicans and 56% of independents say they can't support Bush... [And] in the last two months, a dozen Republican members of Congress have told me they will distance themselves from Bush in their reelection campaign. At a recent GOP retreat, Dennis Hastert faced hostile Republican conservatives, led by Rep. Chris Cox. At one point during a heated closed-door debate, one angry GOP house member told Hastert: 'We might as well have a Democrat in the White House. At least we know what to expect from a Democratic President.'"

Another Republican Wakes Up to GOP Betrayal

Schoolteacher Daniel Lee writes, "I have been a Republican my whole life and beliefs of liberty, small government, reverence for the Constitution and a fiscal discipline are typical among people who think like I do. But the politicians who said they believed in these concepts are nowhere to be seen. Above all, President Bush, who ran on the platform of 'Not Believing in Nation Building,' is currently building two, and no Republican seems to care. We are in the midst of a media blitz that will last until the next election, and this Republican has some questions he would like answered... I've been a Republican my whole life but when you pass a so-called Patriot Act that authorizes the government to hold American citizens suspected of terrorist acts in confinement, indefinitely, without legal representation ... how is this patriotic ... how does it ensure freedom and liberty ... how does this display reverence for the Constitution?"

Georgia Republican Vows to Vote 'Straight Democratic Ticket'

Carol Harris of Georgia writes, "I have always voted straight Republican ticket until this last election. I would NOT vote for Bush, because he's not what he presents himself to be. I'd rather vote for the devil! I will vote straight Democratic [to be] sure we don't elect any of Bush's 'friends'! I do not agree with PROCHOICE! I am against all abortions. It's being used as a form of birth control, and I still believe it is murder. However, that's just a small thing as far as I'm concerned, because people are going to do what they want to do anyway. Bush only 'says' he's prolife to get people's eyes on that issue and off of what he's really doing. Just like the war issue, it's a smoke screen! His own wife is a murderer, and why protect unborn babies if you're going to send their parents out to be killed in some ridiculous war? He's leaving a path of broken families and parentless children across this country, and it doesn't make any difference to him... I literally hate that man!"

Forgive Me. I Voted for George W. Bush.

James C. Moore is co-author of "Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W.Bush Presidential". He writes, "Bush and Rove are deploying a political style that transcends cynicism. They have begun a new American campaign, where the only constituency of merit is the gigantic corporation, which supplies the money for an overwhelming marketing campaign. The resident is now, more than ever in our history, a product to be branded and sold. Unfortunately, there is no lemon law governing the presidency. We can't get our money or our votes back when we discover we've bought something defective. We're stuck until the next election. This approach works because Mr. Rove relies on Americans to be too busy with their daily lives to pay attention to the details. The resident can land on an aircraft carrier, and comport himself as a warrior leader without fear of accusations of hypocrisy because the media has been cowed, and the public has a short memory."

Ex-Republican Urges GOP to Show Its True Color: Greed

Linda Ann Wheeler Hilton writes, "I used to be a Republican, but not this kind of Republican. I believed in working for one's pay, in obeying the law, in not taking unnecessary hand-outs. Those were, to me, the cornerstones of the 'conservative' Republican agenda. But these are no longer the planks in the GOP platform. Workers are disdained, taxed until they can't cough up another dime, laid off and then kicked when they're down. The only people who 'earn' a living wage are the corporate crooks who pillage left and right and then pillage even after the corporations are bankrupt. There are far too few arrests for corporate malfeasance, or even just simple out and out greed, and even when there are indictments, there is no punishment... It's not lazy welfare cheats who are suckling fat at the government teat: it's people like Gary Winnick... who collected millions of tax dollars in farm subsidies, or Dennis Kozlowski who tapped his frozen Tyco assets to pay the crew of his racing yacht."

Republican Voters Feel Betrayed by Bush

Bob Herbert writes, "Karelia Escobar's situation is extremely precarious. Her savings are gone. She received help from a local charity when her electric service was about to be discontinued. 'I cannot even pay my car insurance,' she said... Her biggest concern is February's rent. 'I don't have it,' she said. The centerpiece of the economic plan proposed by Mr. Bush on Tuesday is the elimination of taxes on stock dividends, an unconscionable giveaway to the rich at a time when so many working Americans are struggling merely to survive. The plan contained no job creation program, no investment in the nation's critical infrastructure needs, and no assistance for the many states sinking in the quicksand of mammoth budget deficits. Ms. Escobar has taken Bush's policies somewhat personally. 'I'm a Republican and I'm not ashamed to say it. But I'm very upset that they have done nothing for us.' I asked if she had voted for Mr. Bush. 'I sure did,' she said, then added, 'I feel very betrayed.'"

Co-chairman of GOP Campaign for Arizona Governor Is Considering Switching Parties

Grant Woods, one of Arizona's most popular Republicans, a protege of John McCain and co-chairman of the GOP candidate for governor, has said he's increasingly upset by the conservative wing's domination of the GOP's agenda. "It's the party of Lincoln. But I don't know that Lincoln would recognize it. I'm trying to remember why I became a Republican in the first place."

Ex-Republican Report: GOP Lies About California Polls

M.E. Lower writes, "It is absolutely amazing to me that there are no people in the Republican Party who can think for themselves! Not one challenges the daily lies that are presented for their consumption. Actually, it frightens me that the future of our nation could be in the hands of so many people who are incapable of independent thought and who cannot discern truth from spin (if not out right lying)... Being a registered Republican who refused to vote for George Bush and remains incensed at the selling of the 2000 election, I continue to receive all of the propaganda put out by the party. I therefore have daily access to the pathetic tactics used by the leaders of that cult to influence the thinking of its mindless minions. The leaders of the once great party are nothing more than momma birds who regurgitate twisted and false information to the baby Republican birds who lap up the vomit because they are incapable of nourishing their own minds."