Letter to the Editor
Reasons for change in Congress
Thursday, July 13, 2006
To the editor:
When considering candidates in the fall federal election, voters should avoid returning a Bush rubber stamp unless they want to endorse the:
* Invasion of Iraq creating a terrorist haven where none previously existed.
* 2,500 American deaths, thousands of irrecoverably maimed Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilian deaths (more than caused by dictator Hussein) resulting from the Iraq debacle.
* Administration that remains disconnected with events in Iraq and unable to resolve the disastrous civil war it generated.
* Destruction of environmental protections that serve all Americans and took decades to develop.
* Culture of congressional corruption that defends representatives engaged in illegal behavior rather than drums them out of office.
* Rejection or suppression of scientific evidence when it denies Bush policy.
* Increased government and its interference in the lives of Americans.
* Increased national debt that future generations will have to pay off,.
* Illegal abuse of unconvicted prisoners that destroys this nation's reputation around the world as a defender of freedom, liberty and justice.
* Redistributing wealth from lower and middle income to affluent Americans.
* Destruction of the health-care system.
Reject: The U.S. Constitution, the rule of law and our freedom and liberty -- the essence of this great nation.
It is impossible for anyone with social justice, human health or environmental concerns to support retaining a Republican Congress. It should be as difficult for anyone with genuine conservative or pro-life principles.
ALAN R.P. JOURNET, Cape Girardeau