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Read my lips. Don't watch my hands.
by Rick Stanley - May 31, 2002
Commentary on the actions of President George W. Bush


May 31, 2002


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The following statement of editorial opinion is offered for your use by Rick Stanley, Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate

by Rick Stanley

(DENVER, 3:00 PM) Despite paying lip service to patriotism, America, and liberty and justice for all -- not to mention the Second Amendment -- the Bush administration and W's appointees continue to ride roughshod over everyone's inalienable rights.

The latest act in this political saga, as reported in the Washington Post* today, was played out in D.C. Superior Court when the U.S. District Attorney's office argued that the District's handgun ban should be upheld. This argument contrasts starkly with Ashcroft's recent directive stating that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms.

Like father, like son.

Apparently the Bush family thinks we're still reading their lips and not paying any attention to their hands. This latest slap in the face of all American gun owners is just one of many ways the Bush administration is trying to fool the American people.

Last September Bush said he wants all Americans to be safe. He then proceeded to sign the "Patriot Act," which nullifies the Bill of Rights. This makes us safer?

Like father, like son. Please read my lips. Don't watch my hands.

Just two months ago the President said he wanted to encourage free trade and liberty. He then proceeded to slap a 30% tariff on some imported steel products, and a 29% tariff on imported softwood lumber from Canada. Now new home prices will rise, and the cost of some manufactured goods will rise as well. Again, how does that help you and me?

Like father, like son. Please read my lips. Don't watch my hands.

Just the other day Bush the younger said that the Constitution protects the individual's right to keep and bear arms, much to the relief of gun owners and gun rights supporters across the nation. Then what did he do? He ordered Ashcroft and the U.S. Attorney to support the D.C. handgun ban!

Like father, like son. Please read my lips. Don't watch my hands.

On the same day he slapped gun owners in the face with his lawyers Bush said, "We intend to honor our Constitution and respect the freedoms that we hold so dear."** Then he proceeded to grant broad new powers to the FBI, bypassing the Bill of Rights once again.

Do you still wonder why I don't trust our current government?

Well, America, I just gave you the proof. Your President -- like most politicians -- says one thing and does another.

Here in Colorado we have Benedict Allard - who lied to gun owners to get to Washington -- and Thomas Strickland, whose favorite pastime is victim disarmament. Their words ring hollow. They do not support the Second Amendment.

Are you going to sit back and take it? Are you going to applaud their deceitfulness by voting for them again?

Enough is enough. It's time to restore the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Republicans and Democrats feel completely comfortable lying to you, and to me, and to everybody else in America. They are stealing our rights, right out from under our noses -- and they're lying through their teeth to do it.

It's time for true Americans to stand together in defense of liberty. We can't let our President, the Attorney General, and Congress continue this charade.

Join me in the Second American Revolution. We'll use ballots -- not bullets -- to send these traitors packing.

Mr. President, we're watching your hands. Your lip service cannot hide them any longer.


* U.S. Backs district gun law in court, Washington Post, May 31, 2002 - http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A36100-2002

** FBI authority to monitor grows, The Associated Press, May 30, 2002


Rick Stanley is the Libertarian nominee for U.S. Senate from Colorado (www.stanley2002.org). Stanley is a Denver businessman with 27 years' experience serving the construction, plant maintenance and fleet maintenance industries. He is currently the owner and CEO of Stanley Fasteners and Shop Supply.

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