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Posted on Dec 5, 2006
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
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In a surprisingly frank and irresponsible statement, Florida Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen calls for Fidel Castro’s death: “I welcome the opportunity of having anyone assassinate Fidel Castro and any leader who is oppressing, oppressing the people.”

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    By Abdul, February 5, 2007 at 9:50 am Link to this comment
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    We know that Bush has invented lies as a pretext to invade Iraq etc. And we know that the US regime had invented lies to invade Cuba:

    INVASION at Bay of Pigs…. Richard M. Nixon proposed it | Dwight D. Eisenhower planned it | Robert F. Kennedy championed it | John F. Kennedy approved it | The CIA carried it out | 1,197 invaders were captured | 200 of them had been soldiers in Batista’s army (14 of those were wanted for murder in Cuba) | One CIA soldier fired the first shot | A volunteer teacher was the first Cuban casualty | 4 American pilots and over 100 Cuban invaders were killed in battle | 1,400 Cuban invaders felt betrayed by their sponsor | One U.S. senator lied to the United Nations | One U.S. president was embarrassed in front of the world.

    And now Florida Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen calls for Fidel Castro’s death. She is an immoral woman!!

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    By Abdul, February 4, 2007 at 7:10 pm Link to this comment
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    In a surprisingly frank and irresponsible statement, Florida Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen calls for Fidel Castro’s death: “I welcome the opportunity of having anyone assassinate Fidel Castro and any leader who is oppressing, oppressing the people.”

    .................................................
    ......... Florida Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is acting like a Nazi by ordering someone to be murdered just because she don’t like Fidel Castro for he is a national hero of Cuba who had saved Cuba from the illegal American invasion of Cuba. Fidel Castro is loved by Cuban people. Does she like to be killed because someone hate her? Her behaviour is immoral, corrupt and brutal! How do you feel if someone say “I welcome the opportunity of having anyone assassinate Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Bush and any leader who is oppressing, oppressing the people all over the world.”?

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    By Skruff, December 15, 2006 at 8:12 am Link to this comment
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    Comment #42175 by Lu on 12/14 at 10:14 am says:

    “I think most people agree that Castro has been, at the very least, a mild lunatic”

    Thats the U.S. line Different from us = lunatic!

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    By Lu, December 14, 2006 at 11:14 am Link to this comment
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    I think most people agree that Castro has been, at the very least, a mild lunatic. As we know here, power hungry politicians are proned to do very bad things. But the main point OD did not acknowledge is that our Cuban policy, since Castro came into power, has always been based on the fact that we want to control everything that happens in the Americas.
    Maybe if we hadn’t promoted political assisinations in the past, the Castros and the Chaves’s of Latin America wouldn’t be as paranoid and have itchy trigger fingers.

    But I suppose Cuba would be a little more fun if Castro dies, and our Miami faithful reign in their Calle Ocho democracy.
    Spring Break Havana!!! Here I COME!!!!

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    By John Carusso, December 11, 2006 at 7:36 pm Link to this comment
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    I wish Mrs. lehtinen would share with the public the list of hits she shares with their mobster patrons. We, Cubans deserve her becasue we like the mafia way of living and power. God save the Lehtinen!!! Viva Miami and our mobster society!!!

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    By Bluestocking, December 10, 2006 at 9:17 am Link to this comment
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    Why is it all right for an American governmental official to call for the death of a governmental figure in another country, but it’s not okay for the latter to call for the death of the former? It can’t simply be because we’re (supposedly) the “good guys” and they’re the “bad guys”—that argument’s just too simplistic and too convenient. No…if we’re going to advocate the assassination of a foreign governmental official, we should hardly be surprised if and when they call for the death of one of our leaders. What goes around, comes around!

    Besides, specifically with regard to any putative assassination plots against Castro, three words come to mind:

    BAY OF PIGS

    ‘Nuff said…

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    By Skruff, December 9, 2006 at 2:57 pm Link to this comment
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    Comment #41504 by OD on 12/09 at 7:48 am says:

    I’m truly amazed by the level of ignorance displayed on this forum.

    I says:

    Yaw’l is just so darn right!

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    By OD, December 9, 2006 at 8:48 am Link to this comment
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    I’m truly amazed by the level of ignorance displayed on this forum. When I read things like “Admiration for Castro” and “We called his revolution a Communist revolution.  It wasn’t….it was a revolution by the Cuban people”, it makes me want to puke.

    First of all, the US did not “call” the Cuban revolution Communist. Fidel Castro declared himself a communist and backed it up with his actions. Find some reliable sources and read up on some history.

    Things were bad in Cuba before 1959 and a change was needed. This is why, at the beginning, it was a revolution by the Cuban people. But the people soon realized that it was all a big lie. Castro promised elections, he never delivered. He assassinated thousands, including some of his own (i.e. Camilo Cienfuegos). He imprisoned many, because of different political views (i.e. Huber Matos, one of his own who realized what Castro was up to). Castro was not alone, the now very popular Ernesto “Che” Guevara was by his side. Che Guevara single handedly killed hundreds when he was in charge of La Cabana, a prison in Havana, and killed many other innocent ones in the rest of Latin America. Today the picture of Che Guevara is on the front of many t-shirts. Ninety-nine percent of the people that wear them don’t know what it really means.

    As far as Ros-Letihnen, she was wrong. But tyrants don’t give up power, the must be forced out. Just look at Chavez. Did you really think he would have risked it all by having legitimate elections ? It was all fixed and everyone knows it. Chavez thinks of himself as the next Castro, I can only feel compassion for the Venezuelan people.

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    By Chaseme, December 8, 2006 at 10:34 pm Link to this comment
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    Maybe we can ask the people of New Orleans and those in Mississippi who are still suffering through the hurricane disaster if they feel “oppressed”?

    Maybe we can ask those family members of the people who died when those in this administration ordered the WTC disaster if they feel “oppressed”?

    Maybe we can ask those soldiers who are fighting this senseless war if they feel “oppressed”? Shall I go on?

    If we start publically calling for “assasinations” of “oppressive” regimes maybe we should get some practice in our own backyard before moving elsewhere.

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    By Ga, December 8, 2006 at 11:36 am Link to this comment
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    “I might be naive, but I only see stupidity in our Cuban policy. Can someone explain?”

    Two things: Stubborn arrogance and votes.

    American leaders, most of whom are old white men (and a few old white women), see Castro as a “bad dictator” who refuses to bow down to the U.S. This “picture in their heads” means that they could never lift sanctions nor allow trade etc. in fear of being perceived as “weak” in the eyes of their peers (the rest of their old white people freinds).

    And there is a large anti-Castro population in Florida who will gladly support any anti-Castro rhetoric spewing pol.

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    By mill, December 8, 2006 at 9:01 am Link to this comment
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    who wants to live in a world where assassination is the method of choice for political change?

    should we change Florida Congressional Representatives that way?

    One pragmatic reason to not attempt murder of other country’s rulers is that it invites retaliation - and ours are simply more vulnerable

    ...  it is good that the Constitution gives Congress the power of the purse, but hands the gun bought by that purse to the executive branch ... if only we could again elect wise people to that executive branch, instead of the current shoot-first-plan-later crowd ... the Representative advocates death ... maybe she should strap on a weapon and walk dismount patrols in Fallujah for a bit, cure her interest in promoting violent death as a political tool

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    By Shirl, December 8, 2006 at 2:49 am Link to this comment
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    Rebuttal to HeadlessHessian’s rebuttal to my comments re. my admiration for Castro.

    Castro was anti the part of the U.S.A.that exploited the Cuban people in the Mafia run playgrounds there….not the entire U.S.A.

    Yes, I know he wasn’t a saint.  There aren’t any.

    Yes, I admire Venezuela’s Chavez, too.

    No, I won’t move to Cuba or Venezuela.  I was born in America and I love it here.  I wish the people of these other countries could have as nice a life as I’ve had.

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    By Lefty, December 7, 2006 at 8:37 pm Link to this comment
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    Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is an imbecile.  And Bush is worse than Castro.  Much worse.

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    By Skruff, December 7, 2006 at 2:50 pm Link to this comment
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    Comment #41192 by HeadlessHessian on 12/07 at 10:55 am

    You say “read history.”

    How about lived it?

    Went to Cuba when Batista was in charge, he did business with the American Mafia who owned all the strip joints, bars and gamimg casinos in Havana.  An American could kill an unimprotant cuban, and leave the island with nothing but a $50 fine. A working class Cuban couldn’t afford a drink in the “American” hotels.

    The rich folks who now live in exile in Miami were the exploiters, and the friends of the dictator whom Castro replaced.

    History is a funny subject.  It is always written by the rich and powerfull…. the winners.

    The living history (those of us who saw) is more difficult to minipulate.

    I’m not totally enamored with Castro, He banned gambling from the island, than let it back in when he learned he could not run the government without the gaming revenue His friendship with the Soviets was another type of exploitation of his people, his incursions into Angola, and Equdor are repulsive,

    Still I can see how Cuban people whold choose the pride Castro offers over the sell out Batistia gave.

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    By Nguen, December 7, 2006 at 1:06 pm Link to this comment
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    I am curious about the different policies applied to Cuba and Vietnam.

    We were directly involved in Vietnam and got badly defeated by Viet Cong. We lost 60K+ men there. But nonetherless, after less than 30 years, we are shaking hands with them (POW McCain, Clinton, Bush, and many S&P 500 companies). The Vietnamese boat people hated and might still hate Viet Cong, but most of them participate in Vietnam’s new booming economy. The Vietnamese in exile look pass the grivance and move forward. Because of that, the American reap the benefit in terms of both economy and regional military stragegic interest.

    The conflict with Cuba was much less than that of Vietnam. But how come the Cuban exile in Florida cannot move on? Because of that, the US lose big in terms of both economic and strategic interest.

    The foreign policy of the this country should be purely based on the (long term) national interest of the country. Nothing else.

    I might be naive, but I only see stupidity in our Cuban policy.

    Can someone explain?

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    By HeadlessHessian, December 7, 2006 at 11:55 am Link to this comment
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    rebuttle to: Comment #41136 by shirl on 12/07 at 12:36 am.
    A couple of things…Castro was already anti-USA before he came to the USA…read your history.  if you like Castro so much…then move there.  If his misery is too much, then move to Venezuela..Chavez is headed in the same direction.

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    By viva anyone contra, December 7, 2006 at 7:33 am Link to this comment
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    Ans why exactly is she advocating MURDER? What is that? What sort of ignorant people do we have in politics.

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    By Boggs, December 7, 2006 at 6:22 am Link to this comment
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    And my dear Ileana, aka, (combat boots), I wish the same for you that you wish for Castro…!
    We don’t need representatives who advocate killing, and assissination. I suppose you are a pro-life advocate?
    Do you realize the biggest oppression brought on the people of Cuba has been brought about by our governments sanctions against the Cuban trade for many years.
    Do you realize that we, the U.S. have many med students who go to Cuba for their medical schooling, because it is affordable?

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    By shirl, December 7, 2006 at 1:36 am Link to this comment
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    I’ve admired Castro since I first heard of his heroic efforts to free his country from a real despot.  That was before he came to the U.S. for help and was rebuffed.  We preferred a Cuba for our wealthy players and mobsters; no interest in a Cuba for the citizens.  After he accepted Soviet help, our “Cold War” mentality made Castro a target….the spin was on.  We called his revolution a Communist revolution.  It wasn’t….it was a revolution by the Cuban people.  The Soviets merely helped him maintain the revolution that had already taken place.

    Why does anyone care now?  Bush 43 is offended by Castro…..say what?  And now this silly politician is spewing about him…..again, say what?  JFK wanted to kill him.  So did our goofy televangelist.  Clinton’s people even considered not returning the surviving boat boy to his Cuban father.  This vehemence about Castro mystifies me.

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    By Jon B, December 6, 2006 at 9:27 pm Link to this comment
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    Assassination, child molestation, torture, incomeptence, false WMD evidence….......are all part of right wing republican values.

    Some values.

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    By Jeanne, December 6, 2006 at 9:23 pm Link to this comment
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    Karl Hiaasen lives in a state where the charaters in his books are less odd then the characters in real life. It’s ok to be nuts and run for elected office. His newspaper clipping drawer must be as big as a warehouse.

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    By Marv, December 6, 2006 at 7:37 pm Link to this comment
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    If she feels that strongley. Why doesn’t she catch a plane and go to Cuba.

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    By RAE, December 6, 2006 at 7:11 pm Link to this comment
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    Castro didn’t and hasn’t committed “dictatorship” by himself. He’s had the help and complicity of countless numbers of others who shared his values and views.

    Do you want them dead also, Lehtinen?

    Anyone with the mindless, murderous attitude that clearly inhabits your pathetic spirit is AT LEAST as onerous and offensive as Castro ever was.

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    By Arun, December 6, 2006 at 5:08 pm Link to this comment
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    Why all this hue and cry. Don’t all republicans talk in the same line and tone ? Bush does that all the time.
    Arun
    Canada

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    By kevin99999, December 6, 2006 at 5:03 pm Link to this comment
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    This woman is either stupid or insane or both, and is ,thus, more harmful to this nation than Castro. If we want to get rid of anyone in power, it is women like her.

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    By Lu, December 6, 2006 at 3:09 pm Link to this comment
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    I guess she wishes that Baptista would have stayed in power so the Cubans that were happy to have Cuba as a banana republic would have stayed.

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    By HeadlessHessian, December 6, 2006 at 2:43 pm Link to this comment
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    Lets not knock the appearance of the woman.  But lets expose her wrongful idea.  This is just plain pandering to the cuban right wing, goose..nevermind.  ah…aha…careful..I am a cuban, but hell this idea, its not new, failed, its the wrong time.  so it must be a right wing idea!

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    By Alejandro, December 5, 2006 at 10:34 pm Link to this comment
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    What a dope, but what concerns me the most is how many people in this idiots district voted for her. Insanity to be sure.

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    By ib, December 5, 2006 at 9:54 pm Link to this comment
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    As a Cuban-American all I can say she is xxxxxx moron

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    By Matt, December 5, 2006 at 6:34 pm Link to this comment
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    I think the vile Congresswoman from Florida (what a wonderful state for sociopathic politicians!) should consider that statements like the one she made against Castro are actually illegal…below is an article by John Dean regarding something similar that Pat Robertson did some months ago (he called for the assassination of Hugo Chavez). Dean makes a good argument, and backs it up with the legal statutes that prove that this sort of rhetoric is actually illegal…

    http://writ.news.findlaw.com/dean/20050826.html

    ...not that illegality is likely to stop any neo-con Repugnican these days. You see, it’s about the end, and the means is whatever it takes. It’s as Karl Rove said (and I paraphrase), people worry to much about process and not enough about results. So don’t worry bout that pesky old assassination as unlawful thing…concentrate on how cool it would be to be without Castro! That’s what counts to this miserable Congresswoman…and she doesn’t care what laws are broken getting there.

    So, don’t worry about torture, or spying on Americans, or even assassinating Castro, cause it’s all about results, not process. Despots love that the end justifies the means, cause it allows them to excel in areas that normally, under law, require intelligence, discipline and creativity…only one of which is present in the current crop of miscreant criminal Pugs. That would be discipline…it’s the only thing they’ve got. Creative, intelligent and law abiding people find other ways than torture to get information, and those same people simply don’t dismiss law as inconvenient speedbumps to be avoided at all cost, the way Bush and his minions do.

    With Congresswomen like Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in office, it’s clear that we still have a very long way to go to re-establish the rule of law in this country.

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    By Spinoza, December 5, 2006 at 6:27 pm Link to this comment
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    The best commie is a dead commie?

    No, The best right winger is a dead right winger!

    The left needs to arm.

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    By barrelhse, December 5, 2006 at 6:20 pm Link to this comment
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    I fully concur with the sentiments of the (R-FL, natch) congresswoman and strongly suggest that any such activity begin here in the USA, where it would do the most good. Also, she’s fat.

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    By Quy Tran, December 5, 2006 at 6:17 pm Link to this comment
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    A big fart ever made by a heavy weight women !

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    By Kookum, December 5, 2006 at 6:16 pm Link to this comment
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    To CK. What do you mean unfortunately. What gives you president the right or powere to try to assassinate any other country’s leader. It’s that kind of thinking that got your country in the mess it is in today. I thank the goddess every day that i am not an american.

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    By Jeanne, December 5, 2006 at 4:26 pm Link to this comment
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    Good God. Who elected this nut? If someone said those same words about Bush they’d be thrown in jail and the key would be tossed. If a leader in another nation uttered those words about Bush it would be considered an international incident. She doesn’t like Castro. So what. There are so many countries with leadership that oppress their people worse than Castro but they don’t get mentioned. This woman has an agenda and it isn’t healthy.

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    By Sirius99, December 5, 2006 at 4:25 pm Link to this comment
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    I thought it was a criminal offense to publically advocate a hit or an assassination; particularly by an official of the government.

    Of course, in reality… that’s exactly what they do. 

    It’s called protecting Freedom and Democracy when we do it.

    It’s called Terrorism when someone does it to us.

    Ah, we are such a superior people.

    We should be grateful for such courageous and outspoken leaders.

    Now, I go puke!

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    By B, December 5, 2006 at 11:14 am Link to this comment
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    Why is it that we take in all these people from foreign nations that come here, get into office or find backers who are, and then we go after their nations? We don’t have enough problems? We need to import more war rhetoric? assassination rhetoric?

    Can we give assylum to someone from New Orleans next? Maybe then they can actually get some federal help. It is time to look inward and fix this nation. This is the last thing EITHER party wants.

    We have so many major issues here yet we ignore these and move on with more and more foreign spending. Bring the bucks back! Cut back on def. spending. Cut back on foreign policy aid, primarily the military sort. Stop the insanity of the drug war. Stop the subsidization of highly profitable businesses. Subsidization should be used to grow necessary industries that would otherwise suffer, not as a “Bread and Circus” for the politically connected. Kill the drive to privatize. Kill self regulation. Kill cronyism. Kill special interests, lobbying, pacs, and all the other various forms of legalized corruption.

    But for God’s sake STOP killing foreign nationals that have NO impact within our borders. Stop calling for these killings. Stop shopping for assassins. DO YOUR JOB! You are a U.S. Rep. not a mouthpiece for extremist activity.

    B

    http://b-political.blogspot.com/

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    By Bill W Vogt, December 5, 2006 at 11:09 am Link to this comment
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    Could she also be advocating the asassination of our own President? He is, after all, a leader who is definitely oppressing people.

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    By Quy Tran, December 5, 2006 at 10:22 am Link to this comment
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    Not only irresponsbile but also a filthiest statement from the mouth of an elected person. She pollutes our clean air with her breath. Sorry for those who voted for her !

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    By Skruff, December 5, 2006 at 7:12 am Link to this comment
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    The congresswoman is a Christian no doubt!

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    By CK, December 5, 2006 at 6:40 am Link to this comment
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    She only said it.

    President JFK actually tried it via the CIA several times, and unfortunately failed.

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