The ongoing Political Musings of a former (now Stray) Yellar Dawg Dem.
This is a Feminist Blog, in the tradition of Susan B. Anthony.
"Just Tell Them...
I have worked 40 years to make the Women's Suffrage platform broad enough for Atheists and Agnostics to stand upon, and now if need be I will fight the next 40 to keep it Catholic enough to permit the straightest Orthodox religionist to speak or pray and count her beads upon."
Susan B. Anthony
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Every Once in a While I Find Out Something New About a Former President That Makes Me Proud (even if I did not vote for him.)
Dear Mr. Washington,
I was outraged when, even in the wake of the Oklahoma City tragedy, Mr.
Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of N.R.A., defended his attack
on federal agents as “jack-booted thugs.” To attack Secret Service
agents or A.T.F. people or any government
law enforcement people as “wearing Nazi bucket helmets and black storm
trooper uniforms” wanting to “attack law abiding citizens” is a vicious
slander on good people.
Al Whicher, who served on my [ United
States Secret Service ] detail when I was Vice President and President,
was killed in Oklahoma City. He was no Nazi. He was a kind man, a loving
parent, a man dedicated to serving his country — and serve it well he
In 1993, I attended the wake for A.T.F. agent Steve
Willis, another dedicated officer who did his duty. I can assure you
that this honorable man, killed by weird cultists, was no Nazi.
John Magaw, who used to head the U.S.S.S. and now heads A.T.F., is one
of the most principled, decent men I have ever known. He would be the
last to condone the kind of illegal behavior your ugly letter charges.
The same is true for the F.B.I.’s able Director Louis Freeh. I appointed
Mr. Freeh to the Federal Bench. His integrity and honor are beyond
Both John Magaw and Judge Freeh were in office when I
was President. They both now serve in the current administration. They
both have badges. Neither of them would ever give the government’s “go
ahead to harass, intimidate, even murder law abiding citizens.” (Your
I am a gun owner and an avid hunter. Over the years I
have agreed with most of N.R.A.’s objectives, particularly your
educational and training efforts, and your fundamental stance in favor
of owning guns.
However, your broadside against Federal agents
deeply offends my own sense of decency and honor; and it offends my
concept of service to country. It indirectly slanders a wide array of
government law enforcement officials, who are out there, day and night,
laying their lives on the line for all of us.
You have not
repudiated Mr. LaPierre’s unwarranted attack. Therefore, I resign as a
Life Member of N.R.A., said resignation to be effective upon your
receipt of this letter. Please remove my name from your membership list.
[ signed ] George Bush
Thank you President Bush, for standing up to extremists.
In "real life" Dawg is a mom, a nurse, a pet rescuer and a tireless advocate for animal rights.
Dawg is happily married for thirty years and has raised three awesome children. She holds an advanced degree in Family Science, wherein her research was focused on women's support circles during parturition. Her dedication to Women's Rights is directly affected by her belief that motherhood should not be a sentence to isolation and disenfranchisement.
Dawg is on hiatus from political bloggery d/t the intense demands of her engagement in the No Kill movement at this time. However, she remains influenced by PUMA politics and reads the blogs of her fellow PUMAs (at right) regularly.
Thanks for the Visit, all you Stray Dogs and PUMAs!
"Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave.