August 5, 2009

CCPM ATTACKS VICTORY MOVEMENT – DISGRACEFUL LEADERSHIP REVEALS INSIGHTS TO THE HEART AND MIND OF THE “PEACE” PROTESTORS.

Filed under: Letters — Rich Davis @ 2:24 am

Karen Porter, the leader of the Chester County Peace Movement wrote a newsletter today.  In it she calls us “thugs, brown shirts, nazis, violent, that we are “faking our respectability” and more.   Why?  Because we dare to express our freedom of speech and we dare to come out on the corner to support our troops, flag, and country (notice she calls it their corner).  I guess she doesn’t notice that most of us are veterans or that many are military moms and dads.  The CCPM continues to believe we are paid and trained by “corporate interests”.  I guess seeing us sing the National Anthem and saying the Lord’s Prayer is too much for her.  Here’s an excerpt of what she wrote about us. 

  Almost two years ago, we faced a group of nothing less than thugs and bullies on our  (yes, “our”) street corner. We saw them for what they were – a violent, hate-filled, stop-at-nothing, truly fascist group controlled by the money powers in this country and egged on by the ignorant. Call it what it is: I called them for what they are, the “brown shirts” of our time – and that is exactly what they are.  
 and this excerpt: 
 What woke me up is the fabricated “town hall meeting” dramas that we are seeing play out with increasing intensity and frequency across the country on the health-care issue. They started with the crazed tea parties. Those tactics are truly frightening and sickening. The brown shirts are now coming to those meetings in great numbers - bought and paid for by corporate interests, which is exactly what fascism is all about.  Just as Hedges warns, I see a bunch of  fasicts, a bunch of Nazis in our midst – driven on a personal level by racism first and foremost..
Below are pictures of Porter and the CCPM, followed by her newsletter in its entirety.
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This is the newsletter Porter wrote.   It speaks volumes of the vitriol the CCPM has for anyone who disagrees with them.  This letter is unbelievable, astonishing that the leader of a “peace” movement would write such a thing.  (notice she titled the subject ”Frightening”).
 
Message: 1
Date: Tue, 04 Aug 2009 
From: ccpeacemovement
Subject: [Peace] Frightening.
 I’m b-a-a-a-a-a-c-k….

For the past several months, I have been a bit off-key,  folks. Some of you have asked where I’ve been. Well, I’ve been here, but sometimes life is what happens when you’re making your plans.

To write with inspiration, one must be inspired – and I have found the past few months anything but inspiring. On a personal level, I’ve had some – shall we say – “challenges.” No, my health is fine, no worry there. It just seems like a lot of other personal concerns have taken priority, as often happens with life. Additionally, like many of you, I’ve been in a wait-and-see mode during the first months of the Obama administration – as, unfortunately, the Obama’s Afghanistan Quagmire develops – whether through any fault of his, or not, remains to be seen. I am not sure what the answer is there – but it’s not war, I say, as we sink deeper and deeper into war there.

No, peace on earth is not here – so we stand on that street corner every Saturday (though I’ve even had to miss a few of those lately). As the weeks go by, I see an even greater need to be there on that corner.

We have never faced a more serious time. We are facing a time that requires that we be on that street corner now more than ever. If you have been reading recent essays by Chris Hedges, I think you’ll know exactly what I mean right now. Go back to the book I keep recommending to you – American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America. And also read Michelle Goldberg’s Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism. The horrors those books foresee are, I worry, happening before our eyes right now. Just because we elected Obama doesn’t mean these people have receded into the woodwork – they are coming out with guns-a-blazing – literally.

Recently, I have been totally turned off by “politics,” sickened by what is happening nationally. We elected the best President we could possibly have – and the dark forces, unfortunately, are doing every vile, hateful, nasty thing they can do to prevent any success on his part, to prevent any improvement in the plight of the American people. Hedges has been warning us of this all along – and I have tried to maintain optimism in spite of Hedges’ warnings – until last night.

Almost two years ago, we faced a group of nothing less than thugs and bullies on our (yes, “our”) street corner. We saw them for what they were – a violent, hate-filled, stop-at-nothing, truly fascist group controlled by the money powers in this country and egged on by the ignorant. Call it what it is: I called them for what they are, the “brown shirts” of our time – and that is exactly what they are. They have not changed in nature but cleaned up their act once their direct ties to the Republican Party became apparent and they entered the realm of formal party politics. Their signs are toned down, their most vicious dogs have been called off (at least, if they are there, they are relatively muzzled now out of nothing but political concerns), they make a great showing of faked “respectability.” But they still are what they are.

Now we see them on the evening news every night – we see the “tea parties,” and now we are seeing what I saw last night that inspired my “coming out” with this message to you – I woke up last night.

What woke me up is the fabricated “town hall meeting” dramas that we are seeing play out with increasing intensity and frequency across the country on the health-care issue. They started with the crazed tea parties. Those tactics are truly frightening and sickening. The brown shirts are now coming to those meetings in great numbers – bought and paid for by corporate interests, which is exactly what fascism is all about Just as Hedges warns, I see a bunch of fasicts, a bunch of Nazis in our midst – driven on a personal level by racism first and foremost (who the hell does that black President think he is, anyway, trying to fix “our” country?”). They are the crazed “birthers,” the Palin nuts, the ones warning of euthanasia of the elderly, the ones talking about “socialism” (who don’t even know what the word means), the ones now getting press locally for faked “Constitution” classes (where were these nuts when Bush was shredding the Constitution to ribbons?); they are the thugs we have faced for almost two years. I saw last night that, finally, Rachel Maddow had a line printed on the screen using the word I’ve used for two years to describe this group – THUGS. Thanks, Rachel, for stealing my term.

These people are (1) not going to surrender power to a black man and (2) fanatics who will stop at nothing. I mean nothing. Got that?

Nothing.

It’s time that all of you understand that if you didn’t before. Some of you probably still don’t have the ability to understand how dark certain forces can be – if you can’t understand it, please go back and read some pre-World War II German history. Then maybe you’ll understand the gravity of this situation we face. Hard economic times. Scapegoating. Racial and ethnic hatred. Violence. Paranoia. Anti-intellectualism. Religious fanatacism. Sexism. Powerful money interests pulling so-called “populist” strings. What I see happening right now in this country has happened before – about 70 years ago in Germany, friends.

It’s time for you to decide where and when YOU will stand up against it. The fact that Barack Obama was elected President was not the end of the story of the difficulties we face in this country – it was only the beginning. And, if you don’t believe me, google and read the writings of Chris Hedges. He’s the Jeremiah you should be reading right now.

Karen Porter, Esq., Director

The Chester County Peace Movement

 

April 26, 2009

THE LETTER WE ALL WANT TO SEND THE IRS

Filed under: Letters — Rich Davis @ 9:14 am

Dear IRS,
       I’m sorry to inform you that I’m not going to be able to pay the taxes owed on April 15th, but all is not lost because I did pay all of these taxes:  accounts receivable tax, building permit tax, CDL tax, corporate income tax, dog license tax, federal income tax, unemployment tax, gas tax, hunting license tax, fishing license tax, waterfowl stamp tax, inheritance tax, inventory tax, liquor tax, luxury tax, Medicare tax, city tax, school and county property tax up to 33% the last four years. Real estate tax, Social Security tax, road use tax, toll road tax, state and city sales tax, recreational vehicle tax, sales franchise tax, state unemployment tax, federal excise tax, telephone tax, telephone federal state and local surcharge tax, telephone minimum usage surcharge tax, telephone state and local tax, utility tax, vehicle tax, registration tax, capital gains tax, lease severance tax, oil and gas assessment tax, Colorado property tax, Texas, Colorado, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Mexico sales tax and many more I can’t recall and I’ve run out of space and money.

     When you do not receive my check April 15th, just know that it was an honest mistake. Please treat me the same as the way you’ve treated Congressman Charlie Rangel, Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, ex-congressman Tom Daschle and, of course, your boss, Timothy Geithner. No penalties, no interest. PS, I’ll make at least a partial payment as soon as I get my stimulus check.

Ed B, Wichita Falls.

April 25, 2009

LETTER TO THE WHITE HOUSE

Filed under: Letters,Obama's Change — Rich Davis @ 3:54 pm

A citizen from Maryland sent the following letter to the White House.

Mr. Obama:
I have had it with you and your administration, sir.  Your conduct on your recent trip overseas has convinced me that you are not an adequate representative of the United States of America collectively or of me personally.

You are so obsessed with appeasing the Europeans and the Muslim world that you have abdicated the responsibilities of the President of the United States of America.  You are responsible to the citizens of the United States.  You are not responsible to the peoples of any other country on earth.

I personally resent that you go around the world apologizing for the United States telling Europeans that we are arrogant and do not care about their status in the world.  Sir, what do you think the First World War and the Second World War were all about if not the consideration of the peoples of Europe?  Are you brain dead?  What do you think the Marshall Plan was all about?  Do you not understand or know the history of the 20th century?

Where do you get off telling a Muslim country that the United States does not consider itself a Christian country?  Have you not read the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution of the United States?  This country was founded on Judeo-Christian ethics and the principles governing this country, at least until you came along, come directly from this heritage.  Do you not understand this?

Your bowing to the king of Saudi Arabia is an affront to all Americans.  Our President does not bow down to anyone, let alone the king of Saudi Arabia.  You don’t show Great Britain, our best and one of our oldest allies, the respect they deserve yet you bow down to the king of Saudi Arabia.  How dare you, sir!  How dare you!

You can’t find the time to visit the graves of our greatest generation because you don’t want to offend the Germans but make time to visit a mosque in Turkey.  You offended our dead and every veteran when you give the Germans more respect than the people who saved the German people from themselves.  What’s the matter with you?

I am convinced that you and the members of your administration have the historical and intellectual depth of a mud puddle and should be ashamed of yourselves, all of you.

You are so self-righteously offended by the big bankers and the American automobile manufacturers yet do nothing about the real thieves in this situation, Mr. Dodd, Mr. Frank, Franklin Raines, Jamie Gorelic, the Fannie Mae bonuses, and the Freddie Mac bonuses.  What do you intend to do about them?  Anything?  I seriously doubt it.

What about the U.S. House members passing out $9.1 million in bonuses to their staff members – on top of the $2.5 million in automatic pay raises that lawmakers gave themselves?  I understand the average House aide got a 17% bonus.  I took a 5% cut in my pay to save jobs with my employer. You haven’t said anything about that.  Who authorized that?  I surely didn’t!

Executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be receiving $210 million in bonuses over an eighteen-month period, that’s $45 million more than the AIG bonuses..  In fact, Fannie and Freddie executives have already been awarded $51 million – not a bad take.   Who authorized that and why haven’t you expressed your outrage at this group who are largely responsible for the economic mess we have right now.

I resent that you take me and my fellow citizens as brain-dead and not caring about what you idiots do.  We are watching what you are doing and we are getting increasingly fed up with all of you.  I also want you to know that I personally find just about everything you do and say to be offensive to every one of my sensibilities.  I promise you that I will work tirelessly to see that you do not get a chance to spend two terms destroying my beautiful country.

Sincerely,
Frank from Maryland

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