to a CLG visitor who asks us "Are you serious?"
[in our opposition to the Bush regime]
CLG visitor J. K. sent the Citizens for
Legitimate Government a letter on January 26, 2003, asking our staff
if we were serious about our criticism of and opposition to the Bush
dictatorship, noting that we were certainly privileged to be able to
protest the impending W-ar in Iraq
on January 18, 2003. One of the gems from the letter: "George Bush's
vision for this nation is one of the things that makes him great. It
is interesting that people like you have so quickly forgotten the events
of September 11, 2001 - you are content to just let it happen again."
The text below is Michael Rectenwald's
reply to J.K.'s letter, which was written after Mike originally replied
Here is Michael Rectenwald's reply:
Of course, you fail to address a single charge we've made. Until
you answer these charges, we consider your responses to be nothing but
rhetorical hot-air, typical rightwing bluster, full of nothing but threats,
ad hominem remarks and epithets, and rhetorically-charged nothings.
Answer these charges, one by one, or you have said NOTHING to us, or
any of our readers, who will be waiting for your answer. We highly
doubt you will have a single articulate utterance that will actually
address these issues. So far, all you have done has been to make empty
rhetorical sounds, much the ditto head follower of the rightwing mouthpieces
of lies and propaganda.
You fail to address the charges we have made and to answer to this Resident's
failings and commissions of wrongdoing in the following counts:
1. the 6.5 TRILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT, after having been handed RECORD
surpluses from the HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL Clinton era;
2. the failing economy, with more bankruptcies than in ANY TIME IN
US HISTORY, the highest unemployment rate in thirty years, and the worst
recession in decades, at least;
3. the complete reversals in environmental protection, including
but not limited to:
- Produced new rules to speed up logging
in national forests,
- Rolled back protections of 58 million
acres from roads and developments,
- Eased pollution controls for power
plants and factories,
- Rejected new fuel-efficiency standards,
- Sped up permit-granting for power
- Lifted a ban on snowmobiles in parks,
- Proposed 51,000 new natural gas wells,
- Removed limits on coal producers
for dumping mountaintop fill in streams,
- Reduced EPA fines of polluters by
- Opened up Padre Island to drilling,
- Halted funding for several superfund
- Replaced scientists who dont
support the administrations views,
- Rejected the Kyoto global warming
- And much, much more;
4. the connections to and participation in corporate crime, including
insider trading at Harken and Halliburton, including the Enron multi-billion
dollar rip-off of California whilst Cheney held closed-door meetings
with the very same company to discuss his "energy policy,"
a complete rip-off; for this complicity alone, Cheney belongs behind
5. The acknowledged erosion of personal rights otherwise guaranteed
by the Constitution's first ten amendments, with the (un)Patriot Act
and the Homeland (in)Security bill; to wit:
the mass-round-up and incarceration of foreigners;
kangaroo courts; depriving at least two United States citizens of their
constitutional rights by means of military incarceration; interference
with the constitutional right of defendants in criminal cases to lawyers;
violating and subverting the Posse Comitatus Act; unlawful and unreasonable
searches and seizures; violating the First Amendments rights of the
free exercise of religion, freedom of speech, peaceable assembly, and
to petition the government for redress of grievances;
6. The FAILURE of Bush to heed THE DOCUMENTED WARNINGS THAT BIN LADEN'S
NETWORK WOULD HIJACK DOMESTIC AIRLINERS--INSTEAD OF DOING ANYTHING
AT ALL, THIS RESIDENT STAYED ON ****VACATION*** FOR THREE ADDITIONAL
WEEKS AND FAILED TO RETURN TO HIS F*CKING JOB! A CEO WHO DID THE
SAME WOULD BE FIRED AND SUED BY HIS STOCKHOLDERS! Bush is AT LEAST criminally
negligent, and his own family's connections to the bin Laden family
vis a vis the Carlyle group attracted the attention of even the legal
rightwing watchdog group, Judicial Watch!
7. THE FACT THAT THIS RESIDENT IS PREPARED AND READY TO WAGE AN ILLEGAL
UNPROVOKED WAR! ILLEGAL ON THE FOLLOWING COUNTS AND ACCORDING TO THE
FOLLOWING INTERNATIONAL LAWS AND domestic laws:
the Hague Regulations on land warfare, the rules
of customary international law set forth in the Hague Rules of Air Warfare,
the Four Geneva Conventions of 1949 and Protocol: thereto, the Nuremberg
Charter, Judgment, and Principles, the Genocide Convention, the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, and U.S. Army Field Manual 27-10 (1956).
These and other charges are pending your response.
Again, we highly doubt that you can really contest us on the grounds
we have set out. You are incapable of doing so, not because you are
stupid, but because there ARE NO GROUNDS ON WHICH YOU CAN CONTEST US!!
WE NEVER LOSE IN OUR ARGUMENTS WITH THE RIGHTWING!
CLG Founder and Chair
January 26, 2003
[Letter below, from J.K., that prompted Mike Rectenwald's response:]
Again, I support your right to
voice your opinions; but I also have the right to voice mine. I don't
have much tolerance for stupidity - and your message reeks of stupidity.
This goes way, way beyond disagreement. To accuse Bush of criminal negligence
because of the attacks of September 11, 2001, proves beyond any shadow
of a doubt that people like you do not want to know the truth - you
spew forth such ridiculous notions that I simply won't waste my words
or intelligence on people who won't even fake listening.
I pity you and your like. As for the picture in my e-mail - why would
you think that a republican, conservative and lover of freedom and decency
wouldn't want a nature scene? This is where the propaganda machine of
the liberal left is failing - right now the majority of this nation
support our president and the direction this nation is taking. Eight
years of the Clinton/Gore debacle is over - we now move forward. With
you or without you. Frankly, I don't care if you come along for the
ride or not.
Write back if you like - but you'll just be wasting your words because
I just can't stand stupid people.
January 26, 2003
Price responds to a CLG visitor who asks us "Are you serious?" [in
our opposition to the Bush regime]