August 31, 2004

Email I received today

It's difficult to be a Republican in 2004, because you have to simultaneously believe that:

1. Jesus loves you, but shares your deep hatred of homosexuals.

2. The United States should get out of the United Nations, but our /highest national priority is to enforce UN resolutions against Iraq.

3. Standing Tall for America means firing your workers and moving their jobs to India.

4. A woman can't be trusted with decisions about her own body, but multinational corporations can make decisions affecting all humankind without regulation.

5. Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you're a conservative radio host. Then it's an illness and you need our prayers for your recovery.

6. The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in speeches, while slashing combat pay and veterans benefits.

7. Group sex and drug use are degenerate sins, unless you someday run for governor of California as a Republican.

8. If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won't have sex.

9. A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle and alienate our long-time allies, then demand their cooperation and money.

10. HMOs and insurance companies can make huge profits while having the interest of the public at heart.

11. Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy. Providing health care to all Americans is socialism.

12. Global warming and tobacco's link to cancer are junk science, but creationism should be taught in schools.

13. It's okay that the Bush family's Carlisle Group has done millions of dollars worth of business with the Bin Laden family.

14. Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him and Rumsfeld reassured him he was our buddy; a bad guy when Bush's daddy made war on him; a good guy when Cheney did business with him; but then a bad guy again when Bush junior needed a prop for his re-election campaign as the War President.

15. A president lying about an extramarital affair is an impeachable offense. A president lying about the existence of WMDs to enlist support for an unprovoked, undeclared war and occupation, in which thousands of soldiers and civilians die, is solid defense policy in a War against Terrorism.

16. Government should limit itself to the powers named in the Constitution, which apparently include banning gay marriages and censoring the Internet.

17. The public has a right to know about Hillary's cattle trades, but George Bush's Harken Oil stock trade and his conviction for drunk driving should be sealed in his Daddy's library, and is none of our business.

18. What Bill Clinton or John Kerry did in the 1960s was of vital national interest but what Bush did in the 80's is irrelevant.

19. Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is communist, but trade with China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of international harmony.

20. Affirmative Action is wrong, but it's OK for your Daddy and his friends to help you graduate from Yale without studying very much, to dodge the draft in the Texas Air National Guard, to bail out your poorly run companies (Harken Oil and the Texas Rangers), to get you the governorship of Texas and to have the Supreme Court appoint you President of the USA.

21. You're a conservative, but it's OK to spend like there's no tomorrow and run up deficits that your grandchildren will have to pay, while at the same time, refunding as much tax money as possible to the richest 5% of Americans.

22. Call Senator Edwards a "rookie" that doesn't have the experience necessary to run the country, when our current President was a one term
governor and had never traveled outside the US. Contemplating these
illogical paradoxes can take a toll on a healthy mind. So if a friend
of yours has been acting a bit dazed and confused lately, be nice. He or she may be a Republican.


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