Dear Mr. Politex, I am a 25-year-old female child. Some of my little friends say Governor Bush has yet to say if he took drugs as a child, so the process says he will never be President. Papa says, "If you see it on Bush Watch (www.bushwatch.com), it is so." Please tell me the truth, will Governor Bush deal with questions of drug use as a child? Virgrinia O.
Virgrinia, your little friends are wrong. They have been blighted by fear of the process. They do not believe that a good man can live within the bubble. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. Yes, Virgrinia, there are men who can live in D.C. and not be sullied by the meat grinder of media attention. They exist as certainly as spin and hidden profit exists, and you know that they exist and give to political life its greatest rewards. Alas, how dreary would the world be if there were no politicians able to deal with questions of drug use as children. It would be as dreary as if there were no endless miles of shopping mega-malls or vast entertainment multiplexes. There would be no faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence.
Not believe that Governor Bush would want to deal with questions of drug use as a child? You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch the grounds of the Governor's mansion. Will they ever see fairies dance on the Governor's lawn? They might miss them, but that doesn't mean they aren't there. The Governor and his backers can imagine all of the circumstances of the seen, the unseen, and the unseeable in the world that cry out for his attention. And that is why he has proposed the policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." If the Governor were to be elected president, under his "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, he would remove all questions dealing with drug use from federal employment.
You may tear apart the politician's head and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil there covering his thoughts which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could uncover. If elected, only Governor Bush can expose his "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy when his head is ripe. Is his policy for real? Ah, Virgrinia, in all his world there is nothing else as real and abiding.
Governor Bush not dealing with questions of drug use as a child? Thank God, he will be dealing with these questions forever. A thousand years from now, Virgrinia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to be dealing with such questions as we humble children stand by with gladdened hearts!!! --Mr. Politex, Christmas 2000
Dear Mr. Bush:
If Christ is in your heart...
"* Why did you fight to keep 200,000 poor Texas children from getting medical insurance through a program that would not have cost the taxpayers of Texas a bean -- and this in the state with the highest rate of uninsured kids in the country?
* Why did you veto the bill that would have assured poor people being held in jail a chance to see a lawyer within 20 days? Is 20 days too soon?
* Why did you oppose the James Byrd Jr. hate-crimes bill to give protection to Texans who are attacked because of their race or sexual orientation?
* Why does the state of Texas discourage people who qualify for Medicaid from applying for it?
* Why have you signed more than 100 death warrants -- including those of people who were clearly insane or profoundly retarded, and including that of Karla Faye Tucker, whose heart was also changed by Jesus Christ and who was a walk-the-walk Christian?
* Why did you oppose the bill that would have stopped the execution of the profoundly retarded, even though it has wide public approval in your pro-death penalty state?
* Why have you never even met with Valley Interfaith, the most effective Hispanic organization in the Rio Grande Valley (the poorest part of America), about which you have done essentially nothing?
* Why did you support the cruelest and most retrograde welfare reform regulations, punishing entire families for the minor offense of one member?
* Why have you consistently favored the interests of big corporations and big polluters over the interests and health of Texans?" --Molly Ivins, 12/21/99
*Why do you support a legal system that puts first-time drug offenders in prison for microscopic amounts of drugs, why do you refuse to install a drug rehabilitation program in prisons, and why do you tell the nation that Texas has a lenient system for non-dealers and non-heavy users when it does not? --Politex
*Based on numerous government reports on hunger in Texas during your administration, Texas ranked third in its percentage of hungry citizens, now it's ranked second. Why is there a growing number of hungry people in Texas during your administration, why did you veto a study of hunger in Texas, and why have you done so little for those who are hungry? --Politex
*Anything to add, Bush watchers?
*Why did you insist upon tax cuts that 9 out of 10 Texans did not request and willingly cut a quarter of a million children out of mandatory kindergarten in order to gain it? While the citizens of Texas wanted additional money to go to schools and teachers, why did you spend it for your own personal political gain? --Wes Powell
*Why did you tell reporters that Jews are going to hell and why did you actively seek the support of anti-Semite Patrick Buchanan and his followers? You then told reporters in all seriousness that you are not God, but as a Christian do you believe that other religions are entitiled to the same rights and protections as yours? --Conrad Sawyer
* Why did you "let die" a bill in the last Texas legislature providing much needed funding for the infrastructure of the poor Hispanic-populated border towns, the "colonias"? --Kate Deckard
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