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Posted on Sep 1, 2006
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Salt Lake City Mayor Ross “Rocky” Anderson at an anti-Bush rally Wednesday, Aug. 30, in Salt Lake City. Anderson, a Democrat in a city that is considered liberal by heavily Republican Utah’s standards, has accused the Bush administration of lying about the rationale for war.

Truthdig salutes Rocky Anderson, the Salt Lake City mayor who spoke out against the war and reminded the world that “blind faith in bad leaders is not patriotism.” Anderson welcomed Bush to his city with a fiery protest speech and these searing lines: “A patriot does not tell people who are intensely concerned about their country to just sit down and be quiet; to refrain from speaking out in the name of politeness or for the sake of being a good host; to show slavish, blind obedience and deference to a dishonest, war-mongering, human-rights-violating president.”

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the two-term mayor has been outspoken on a wide range of topics, including genocide in Sudan, nuclear-waste storage, marijuana laws, the Iraq war, President Bush, HIV testing, healthcare, abstinence-only education, gay marriage, living wages and sprawl. He has also been an outspoken gay rights advocate and has signed executive orders on behalf of the gay community.

Anderson recently announced that he will not seek a third term as mayor of Salt Lake City. Rather, he will pursue grass-roots organizing on human rights issues and climate change.

Address by Mayor Rocky Anderson
Washington Square
Salt Lake City, Utah
August 30, 2006
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By Pat Hartman, August 12, 2007 at 2:11 am Link to this comment
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Can’t always say that I tell the truth.  My aka:  Muckraker.

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By jaxl07, March 24, 2007 at 5:21 am Link to this comment
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Rocky Anderson is your typical arrogant and condescending liberal - like a lot of people here - and he does little to mask his contempt for people who are religious.  Fortunately he doesn’t represent the majority of people here in Utah, but only the radical left in the city that got him elected after he spent his years as a lawyer for the ACLU (what a shock) and on the board of Planned Parenthood (another shocker).  Thankfully, he’s not running for a third term and we won’t have to tolerate his sorry butt much longer.  Then he can waste his time going to all the pointless “impeach-Bush/anti-Iraq war” rallies he wants.  But he’ll be doing it on his own time instead of when he’s supposed to be running a city.  Seriously, what a pompous ass.  All his speeches, as well as sites like this that praise people like him, will never amount to a hill of beans.  Dig that truth.

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By sovereign_nation, September 9, 2006 at 9:14 am Link to this comment
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This government is accusing any and all dissenters of their foreign policies of being fascists! “Dissent and disagreement with government is the lifes blood of human freedom.” Dissent does not equal disloyalty.This administration reminds me of the British government under Neville Chamberlain in the 30’s.

check out this link, keith olberman blasts rumsfeld.. http://thatvideosite.com/view/3200.html

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By Marcella Perry, September 8, 2006 at 11:36 am Link to this comment
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Rocky rocks.  So does everyone who wrote in.  When GW speaks it scares the you know what out of me.  People actually believe him.  You all have restored my faith in Americans.  Lets all vote and take our country back.

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By saul2006, September 6, 2006 at 2:12 pm Link to this comment
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Rocky should have reminded the people that those that follow the President blindly are no different then were the members of Hitler’s Youth.
>>The man has no clue as to what reality is<<
How could he living amongst Mormons?

For what your rabbi, minister and priest will never tell you go to http://www.religionquestioned.com where there is an offer to shut down based on bad info given Christians about the OT Messiah message

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By Pat Hartman, September 6, 2006 at 11:00 am Link to this comment
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I want to send flowers to Rocky Anderson. How sweet it is to hear somebody tell the truth.

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By Tamino, September 6, 2006 at 9:48 am Link to this comment
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Comment #21659 by HiveRadical

If you are going to try to denigrate Rocky Anderson, why don’t you stop stumbling over so many superfluous words and write at least one coherent sentence. We used to call that diarrhea of the mouth when I was a student.
Have a good day, HiveRadical!

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By Robert Nelson, September 6, 2006 at 9:35 am Link to this comment
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Boy, am I confused.  Isn’t Utah one of the most conservative, not to say reactionary, places in the country?  How did Rocky ever get elected in the first place?
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I live in Salt Lake. It’s more than 50% non-Mormon in the city limits. Populated by progressives or at least left of center; lots of us moved here from other states b/c of the university, good climate, affordability, low taxes, skiing and outdoors activities etc.

Since the Legislature is 90% Republican, Salt Lake acts as the only Democratic counterweight in the state.

I can vouch that Rocky, while certainly not perfect, has never flinched from his ideals unlike the DINO (Dem in Name Only) we have in Congress the feckless Jim Matheson who is a joke.

Rocky should go help Ned Lamont beat Lieberman in Connecticut.

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By jackiesue, September 6, 2006 at 7:24 am Link to this comment
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may the goddess bless rocky…and lets run his ass for president…i like him better than the picks of the liter we have now..

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By Gloria, September 6, 2006 at 6:52 am Link to this comment
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Let us compare & contrast Mayor Anderson & Mayor Daley of Chicago. Rocky tells it like it is. Mayor D had the dictator come in for his dictator birthday & put up an event tent to the restaurant entrance so pesty protestors would not disturb his larger than all that exists ego.
I wish Rocky were my Mayor.

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By John Earl, September 5, 2006 at 2:21 pm Link to this comment
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...when, on this fifth anniversary week, we look back on the horrendous attacks of 9/11, we should think of what the supposedly national-security consciousness Bush administration has really done to undermine not only the safety, but possibly the long-term viability of this can-do country. Maybe it’s time that we gave the Republicans of Bush’s Washington the name they actually deserve—the Republicants. ~TomDispatch
http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?emx=x&pid=118304

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By Roger vanFrank, September 5, 2006 at 1:03 pm Link to this comment
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Perhaps you people do not understand.
The Neo-Cons declared on 9/11/01 an unprovoked false flag war against the American people. Their later unprovoked naked aggressions against Afghanistan and Iraq have served to disguise this fact. In this Six Year War they have given no quarter, nor must we give them any. We simply must understand that what we have deemed fellow citizens, mistakenly criticizing us as unpatriotic, are in fact the treasonous cabal assaulting our Constitution and freedoms by force of arms. They say the terrorists hate our freedoms. It is true. They are the terrorists and indeed it is our freedom they hate that stands in their way of the dictatorship they are striving so strenuously to create.
Do not for a moment absolve others in Bubba’s party. They have been the enablers. Should guillotine time ever arrive they should and will be summoned also. Democrats must speak up loudly now or risk being included with the rest as “Store Brought Politicos”.
Be certain that we oust the GOP this November. We may never get another opportunity short of a bloody French-style revolution.
And just think how stupid we have been!! Six long years, our money and Armed Forces being used against us and we never knew we were the targets of “The New American Century”. Well kids, it’s about time you found out and did something real Americans are famous for—- WIN

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By Sondra, September 5, 2006 at 11:57 am Link to this comment
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This is the kind of guy we need in the Whitehouse!
SIGN HIM UP!

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By Mary Weinmann, September 5, 2006 at 10:23 am Link to this comment
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Where are all the young people in colleges? During the Viet Nam war there were protests, and now the young are sitting back and letting this president ruin are country and turn it into a facist state. I agree with the writer who said we should be like the groups in Mexico who want to change the election outcome. We should march on Washington before the crazy president starts bombing Iran and bringing the whole of the Moslem world down on our heads.

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By Tomack, September 5, 2006 at 6:51 am Link to this comment
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Rocky’s comment is akin to what a great writer—and patriot—said in the 19th century: “Loyalty to your country—always. Loyalty to your government—when they deserve it.”
-Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)

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By zenseeker, September 5, 2006 at 5:26 am Link to this comment
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I just love Rocky!  You can see the entire big screen speech on Flash at:
http://zenwire.com/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=34&Itemid=32

I am proud to be an American today, what a way to kick off the week.  Take Care.

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By Barry Smith, September 5, 2006 at 3:10 am Link to this comment
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Yeah, Rocky for President…or at least his Speech Writer.

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By Spinoza, September 4, 2006 at 3:58 pm Link to this comment
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IMPORTANT TO REPEAT


We need to take a lesson from Mexican patriots and shut down this country to demand the removal and prosecution of this administration. It’s time to take our country back.

Visit
http://www.worldcantwait.org
and organize to take back this country

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By Hilding Lindquist, September 4, 2006 at 2:36 pm Link to this comment
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Re: Comment #21682 by Dakota on 9/04 at 5:53 am

I agree with you that we need change at the top ... but I do not buy into the “one voice” or “one leader” siren song of bridling our prespectives. What we need is a more parliamentary form of activism in Congress from our elected representatives ... and the active practice of our throwing the bums out of either stripe when they become more interested in what special interest groups want rather than in what we the people need.

And we the people should vote for our principles instead of for the lesser of two evils.

This politicians credo of getting elected first so he or she can THEN serve the public is cow manure.

Pogo said it a long time ago, “Yep, son, we have met the enemy and he is us.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pogo#.22We_have_met_the_enemy…..22

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By jon b, September 4, 2006 at 1:58 pm Link to this comment
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Since 9/11, Bush rating steadily decline, “defense” spending continously goes up at $50 billion a year every year, and hate crime goes up sharply. See link from BBC. I don’t see anythinbg good come out from this administration no matter what their rhetorics are.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/629/629/5305868.stm

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By cognitorex, September 4, 2006 at 12:22 pm Link to this comment
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RE:“BLIND FAITH IN BAD LEADERS IS NOT PATRIOTISM”

RUMMY’S ULULATION OF WWIII FAVORS DEMS

Consider that Rummy et al have resoundingly earned an “inept” rating for motive, planning and execution of the war in Iraq.

Then consider that they deem practically the entire Middle East to be their expanded war zone.

It then follows logically that a leadership that failed miserably in a piss-ant small mission such as Iraq (with a population sans Kurds equal to metropolitan New York City and an area just twice the size of Idaho) is ludicrously ill prepared to take on an enormously expanded endeavor.

To check this inept leadership voters must establish a countervailing force, a force for reason, diplomacy and honest and open accountability by voting in sufficient Democrats this fall to control one or both Houses of Congress.

EXORCISE YOUR RIGHT, VOTE FOR NEW LEADERSHIP AND ACCOUNTABILITY !!

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By Rocky Fan, September 4, 2006 at 11:27 am Link to this comment
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Regarding Comment #21659 by HiveRadical:

If Rocky can count on all of the attacks from his political enemies to be as well reasoned and articulate as this one, he has nothing to fear.

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By teachpeace, September 4, 2006 at 8:21 am Link to this comment
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It was a day to remmember!  The rally and march was so rich and colorful. Spent the day after forwarding the transcript of the speech all over the place.  I encourage everyone, everywhere to do the same.  Spread the words of Mayor Anderson’s. He is a real Patriot. Forward the Transcript!
Forward the Transcript! Forward the Transcript!

” I mean, Salt Lake City, that black hole of regressive politics and cultural backwaterism? “

On the contrary, SLC, Ut. is rich with diversity,
culture, and those who are still capable of independant thought. There are many citizen here who work hard to make this so.  It may be easy in other places but “Behind the Zion Curtain” so many have the heart and soul to struggle….
Some funky re-districting has made things a little harder on the political front.

Regards from “behind the zion curtain”,
Teachpeace

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By Jaded Prole, September 4, 2006 at 8:21 am Link to this comment
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Mayor Anderson’s comments are on the mark. It is gratifying to hear him and we need to hear much more. We need to take a lesson from Mexican patriots and shut down this country to demand the removal and prosecution of this administration. It’s time to take our country back.

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By chris, September 4, 2006 at 7:43 am Link to this comment
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Finally someone unafraid to step up to the plate, take a risk, and tell the truth. The test will come when those on the Right will try to dismiss his comments as those of a a traitor and non-patriot. He is the greatest patriot and must be wholly supported as he will face a “rocky” road. May more just like him come forth and be heard!

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By Maureen Young, September 4, 2006 at 7:19 am Link to this comment
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I was thrilled and inspired by Rockey Anderson’s speech.  Finally someone telling it like it is.  Too bad our democratic representatives in DC can’t do the same.  By the way I printed out his speech and gave it to some of my coworkers.  Thanks so much Rockey.  You make me proud to be a democrat.

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By Dakota, September 4, 2006 at 5:53 am Link to this comment
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What if we all spoke with one voice?  RogervanFrank said it:  “It’s virtually an atrocity a day designed to scatter the protests into little neat packages for groups of citizens to focus upon…”  So even though the mainstream press now acknowledges that a solid majority opposes Bush and the war; even though it’s hard now to find Bush supporters outside the hard Republican core; even though most Americans are disgusted and afraid of what this admin is doing, the president and his men are able to create the impression that we are small and fragmented, and even accuse the opposition of being fascists or terrorists, and we have no voice with which to respond.  I’m convinced that it is time all of the opposition joined forces behind some sort of single banner.  We need a united force to fight the illegal power wielded by the admin.  I think of the concept as “Here We Stand:  One Voice.”  Because what we need now is virtually a new declaration of independence—call it a declaration of opposition, to take back our country as surely as the original patriots had to claim it.  I’m not talking about a war or violence, of course.  What’s needed is a voice powerful enough to change the perception and make it impossible for the administration to continue to fragment the opposition and minimize its numbers.  And the goal?  Change NOW.  We cannot wait, the world cannot wait, through another two years of this; and it’s our responsibility.

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By HiveRadical, September 4, 2006 at 2:56 am Link to this comment
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Rocky thrives in the bastion of anti-Mormon sentiment that has long had a root in the liberal entrenchment that is most acute in Salt Lake City. The man’s terms have revolved around fighting the LDS Church at any conceivable moment.

He’s little more than a savy polititican who’s heading out and has nothing to loose and everything to gain from his stunt.

I love the way he ‘renovated’ the city offices then took all the projected energy savings over the next couple of decades from the new lighting fixtures and presented such savings to the populace under a format that gave the illusion that he’d saved the city some massive amount of money that year when all he’d done was deeply raided the budget for his renovations and then masked such with the ‘friendly’ numbers his projections allowed.

Or the advocacy of light rail. Now we have a pretty train like so many other cities so we can pretend we’re saving the environment with the placebo cure who’s degree of motor vehichle displacement equaled the growth the wasatch front receives in motor vehichle ‘population’ growth in a single month only at a cost that has us sucking 4-7 dollars PER RIDER in governmental subsidies. Never mind our bussing system could have been quadrupled with the amount of money it took just to build the initial two lines. Like so many things it’s a placebo pill for the environmentally minded. Everyone forgets about any smog produced in the production and maintainance of the vehichles and infrastructure all the public sees is the electrical lines, not the electrical plant belching off it’s emissions, that’s far away from the reality that we have a transit ‘solution’ that’s limited infrastructure is both uneconomical, environmentally questionable when the background and set up costs are factored in and very very energy intensive per rider as is indicated when one looks at the high subsidy demands DESPITE the fact that it’s ridership is often streatching the limits of it’s infrastructure and capacity. Here we have something that under about any other economic set up would be a winner, yet this still demands massive subsidies. Rocky would like to see Utah as big as LA only with just one or two freeways, for some reason stalled cars and continual gridlock, as long as we have our light rail and commuter rail, is the best thing for the environment.

The man has no clue as to what reality is. He’s simply playing off the fact that to the liberal community he looks like the newest brand of lighting that’s being displayed in the darkest setting possible and issolated from any real comparisons to his competition, thus he engenders visions of bravery and is attributed a progressive persona that is perceived to be far more illuminated than it actually is.

I suppose it’s working. So many here are treating him like he’s the best thing since the invention of reactionary liberal centric media.

Sadly so many of you are so ready to couch all Utahns who don’t toe Rockey’s line as mere bumbling morons who just blindly follow the script given us. When that’s what you’re dead set on believing what could one like myself possibly do to change that?

Rocky for president would land you an airforce one that runs on natural gas and a massive library shaped like an offramp and some knock down drag out court fights with churches over property rights. Beyond that the man is just run of the mill. He only seems so brave and daring to you because he long ago offended everyone in Utah that would be put off by such and remained in office, even if he were running again this act wouldn’t have changed the results. He’s just setting himself up as a progresive crusader trying to pretend that protesting Bush brings him on to the national stage. I’d love it if the man ran for president, then the whole of the nation could see what a pompus ass we’ve had to deal with here. Run Rocky Run!

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By TryingToHope, September 3, 2006 at 10:02 pm Link to this comment
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Roger van Frank asks: “Do you think for a single moment that any deed is too unthinkable for them to commit to avoid prosecution?”

Aye, Roger, that very thought is what so discourages me about the upcoming elections. I literally cannot imagine Bush allowing America to elect a Congress with a non-GOP majority in either house. We already know that Bush is utterly immoral, and now, given what he has done in office, he is in potentially mortal danger if he allows himself to become vulnerable to impeachment, prosecution, and punishment.

More election fraud, a false-flag incident, whatever it takes — Bush and Rove wouldn’t hesitate.

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By Phantamage, September 3, 2006 at 8:12 pm Link to this comment
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Perhaps he will, Stuart..  I see he’s not running for another term as mayor.

Here’s his website..

http://www.slcgov.com/mayor/

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By Kevin, September 3, 2006 at 5:15 pm Link to this comment
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Salt Lake City is an oasis in Utah.  The rest of the state is full of non-thinking, non-questioning right-wing nutcakes but Salt Lake is like landing in some California town.  Seriously.  Except for the screwed-up liquor laws (which Rocky has fought to change from the get-go).

The over-reaction by the far right crowd in Utah was expected.  Because Rocky scares them to death!

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By Joanie, September 3, 2006 at 4:11 pm Link to this comment
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I can’t add anything to the previous comments, other than it is indeed a sad in America when people can’t be anywhere near where Bush is appearing if they have anti-Bush apparal on.  For that matter we aren’t even supposed to say anything against the administration.

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By Sally, September 3, 2006 at 3:00 pm Link to this comment
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Rocky Anderson is a courageous man and his voice and the voice of the Keith Olbermanns will hopefully grow louder and stronger. I have wondered for over 6 years “where are the leaders for justice, right, for the American voice” and now they are standing up for us all. I would absolutely vote for this man for President, and to think he came from Utah.

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By Duckzilla, September 3, 2006 at 2:11 pm Link to this comment
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Rocky!  Rocky!  Rocky!

You go man!  I used to live in Utah, and from what my parents told me, it was not that pretty.  So, when I read that he was from there, I was flabbergasted! 

Still flabbergasted!

If he did run for president, I would totally vote for him.

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By Vic Anderson, September 3, 2006 at 1:17 pm Link to this comment
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A Sense of Decency: He’s the Joseph Nye Welch of our times.

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By Roger vanFrank, September 3, 2006 at 1:11 pm Link to this comment
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As a supplement to Mayor Andersons truths, consider the following.
I believe it has become guillotine time for the entire GOP machine : Courts, Congress, and the Administration. It is inconceivable to me that the American public can sit back and allow this criminal enterprise to continue such an incredibly long time. Abe Lincoln was certainly right about fooling the public.

  I think however that our on Truthdigger speakers missed a telling point. These assaults upon our Constitution and the lives of our servicemen and people are all part of a deliberately organized plan to change the parameters, direction and structure of our government. It’s virtually an atrocity a day designed to scatter the protests into little neat packages for groups of citizens to focus upon. (See Rocky’s list of abuses for starters) Should any of these groups gain any traction, the game plan is then to launch circular arguments in order to finally claim “Old News, complaints that have been previously rebutted” It is the Machiavellian game that Rove is famously successful at designing and executing, and that we have been famously foolish and stupid for buying into.

  Look for another False Flag operation for one is surely due either as a “Missile Attack”, a “Bridge Bombing”, a “Nuclear Incident” or other such imaginative abuse between now and election day. If these are all foiled, count on massive vote manipulation. These pirates have deliberately murdered tens if not hundreds of thousands of ours and our purported enemies, and have plundered hundreds of billions of dollars from our treasury. Do you think for a single moment that any deed is too unthinkable for them to commit to avoid prosecution? When Special Forces General Iker said “We are not the Enemy Mr. President.” I think he missed a point for indeed we are the enemy of those who would seek to stifle dissent, subvert our laws and institutions of government, subverting also our values and morals, and disgracing us in the eyes of the world community. 

  We dissenters have also fallen into the trap of diffusing the blame. We suppose that Cheney is really the monster and as Godfather can be blamed for the criminal enterprise in addidition to the horror we can expect as successor to a impeached superior (when he os only a willing stooge). We suppose that Rumsfeld has really any control over the military and can be blamed for its failures (When he is but another willing stooge). We suppose that Powell first, then Rice are somehow to blame for the shambles of international relations, another pair of willing stooges). (note: both are Black thus at the policy making worst, an error of racial trust.) Such compartmentalized assigning of blame is designed to confuse the public and to shield Bubba from the onus of failure. Behind that awkward, fumble-mouthed clown’s public persona is a man so evil as to defy description. None of these atrocities is accidental, each is designed by Bubba and his buddy Rove to inflict maximum damage to everything for which we patriots stand. His supporters are both mesmerized by his success and fearful of retribution. The Mussolini farewell is a most appropriate ending for such a monster - but only if a black stake can also impale his black and evil heart.

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By lugnut, September 3, 2006 at 12:53 pm Link to this comment
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I join the call for ROCKY ANDERSON FOR PRESIDENT.

All i ask for, is a true american with backbone.

I am tired of politeness. We can’t afford to be polite, to these disgusting traitors.

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By xargaw, September 2, 2006 at 10:46 pm Link to this comment
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Having lived a number of years in Utah, I can indeed testify that “Hell does freeze over.” (Every Winter) Salt Lake has always been the candle in the cave of the state. In Utah, you are born a republican as surely as you are born a morman. It is the state where Stepford Wives are abundant and thinking will get you ex-communicated. Utah is the best argument for being a blue state there is. Rocky Anderson gave a great speech, long overdue in America. Where are the rest of the patriots like Rocky? We surely need them.

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By GratefulToRocky, September 2, 2006 at 7:28 pm Link to this comment
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Now I finally know who to vote for in 2006. I will write in for senator: Rocky Anderson.  For congressperson: Rocky Anderson. For governor: Rocky Anderson. For school board: Rocky Anderson.

I am so grateful for the existence of this person. He is beautiful.

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By K. St. Angelo, September 2, 2006 at 4:55 pm Link to this comment
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Rocky Anderson for President 2008!

Great speech, courageous, visionary and inspiring, like the speeches once given by JFK and MLK. Rocky Anderson’s speech will not go un-noticed by the BUSHTHUGS.

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By Liz, September 2, 2006 at 1:14 pm Link to this comment
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go rocky go!!! I would vote for you as pres!!!

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By jp, September 2, 2006 at 12:58 pm Link to this comment
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The best speech I have heard since I immigrated to this country 31 years ago.

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By rachelle, September 2, 2006 at 12:07 pm Link to this comment
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Yeaaa! I haven’t read something so undaunted and uplifting in what seems an eternity… Will someone out there in Salt Lake City please thank him for the likes of me.

Rocky Anderson rocks!

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By Kent Abplanalp, September 2, 2006 at 11:29 am Link to this comment
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Rocky Anderson is a hero in my estimation.  Living in the reddest of red states it takes a lot of guts to stand up to the people with their heads in the sand and the Bush administration and say it like it is.  If all leaders would speak with honest convictions and tell the truth and protest when lies are being ignored this country would far better off.  Blind faith followers who do not listen to facts are destroyng this country.

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By paul kibble, September 2, 2006 at 10:54 am Link to this comment
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Like a rose blooming in the middle of an arid desert, Rocky’s speech is one of those miracles of nature that defy all known laws of physics. I mean, Salt Lake City, that black hole of regressive politics and cultural backwaterism? The space-time continuum just did a double back flip and will never look quite the same again. Even Einstein would be stumped by this one.

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By OCPatriot, September 2, 2006 at 9:52 am Link to this comment
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There seems to be a movement to finally put Bush & Co. in the proper perspective as bullies, liars and braggarts who pretend to defend our country and instead muck it up.  Hopefully it will continue to spread beyond this one good mayor.  For an astute article that gives me some hope that the military establishment is very much in touch with what’s going on, here’s an article by Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of the Navy, well worth reading.  The article was summarized in the Washington Post and can be found at:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/30/AR2006083002730.html

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By John Earl, September 2, 2006 at 9:51 am Link to this comment
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Rocky Rocks!

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By Gerald Vest, September 2, 2006 at 7:50 am Link to this comment
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This is a great talk and we should pass it on to our friends and others, especially the “R’s” who continue to support this ‘band of liars.’

“Let’s raise our voices, and demand, “Give us the truth! Give us the truth! Give us the truth!

Let’s consider some of the most monstrous lies - lies that have led us, like a nation of sheep, to this tragic war.”

Way to go, Rocky!!!

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By John, September 2, 2006 at 7:49 am Link to this comment
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I salute Rocky for speaking out the truth. He has the courage & dares to speak out against the lies of Bush & his war gang (Cheyney, Rumsfeld,Wolfowitz,Douglas Feith,Elliot Abrams, Ari Fleisher,Scooter Libby & many more). Bush & his gang are back to their scare the American people tactics again.The tactics worked well in the past;especially, for 2004 election, and they are betting that it will happen for this year mid-term elections. CNN & FOX news are cheering Bush & his gang on to get involved into another conflict. The American taxpayers are paying $8 billion a month for the war in Iraq so far.The war was about WMD. Have we all forgotten “WMD”? Look at the destruction,chaos,all the thousands of innocent lives & deaths,all the US soldiers & much more. All because of Bush & his war gang’s lies. $300 billion dollars spent on a war for pure lies. $300 billion dollars would have done a lot for the US’s national debt,education system,healthcare,gasoline prices,and much more.We the American people must not sit silent & believe the lies of Bush & gang,CNN, FOX News & the mainstream US news media. We should speak out the truth. We should speak out against lies & peopaganda.

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By Glen Camomile, September 2, 2006 at 7:06 am Link to this comment
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Re: the address by Rocky Anderson, Mayor of Salt Lake City.  Some of his remarks were directed toward those locally who felt his actions were unworthy of a Mayor who should be deligheted to receive a President in his city.  There was a huge group of obedient Utahns who met the President’s plane later that day at the National Guard airport and dutifully genuflected.  Rocky Anderson is in office because he kicks some serious ass and is not obedient.  A Democrat can win as Mayor here in Salt Lake City (and often does), because the Mayoral race is non-partisan.  I am proud of our Mayor for having the stones to stand his ground on this matter and the others you mention.  Even the local “liberal” newspaper, The Salt Lake Tribune takes swipes at him and endorsed Bush in’04.

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By jon, September 2, 2006 at 7:06 am Link to this comment
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The good mayor pretty much summerized the legacy of Bush’s presidency. Incompetency is the word i would like to add to Mayor’s statement.

>>>>>>>>Mayor Rocky Anderson gave a speech to a crowd of thousands calling Bush a “dishonest, war-mongering, human-rights-violating president” whose time in office would “rank as the worst presidency our nation has ever had to endure.” <<<<<<

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By KISS, September 2, 2006 at 5:44 am Link to this comment
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Yea Rocky. Please run for congress and there you can pursue your Human Rights issues and climate change with substance. One must work in the system..laborious as it is. I hope someone sends Hatch a copy of this speech.

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By Paul M Smith, September 2, 2006 at 3:31 am Link to this comment
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What I find flabbergasting is how this Administration can continually ‘flip the script’; how they have the gall to try to twist reality by accusing everyone else of being fascists, when it is they who should be standing in the dcket as the accused. Then again our president, who prides himself on not being one who takes the iniative of reading on current events, probably wouldn’t even understand what the actual definition of fascist is…IF he ever took the time to look it up. I wonder how long it will take him & his stooges to cram an ammendment down our throats regarding Webster’s way of defining it.(Break the law? Getting in trouble? No problem…hell, just change the law/definition!)

The main ingredients of classical fascism - 1) monopolistic capitalism; 2) erosion of democracy; and 3) militant nationalism - are coming together in the United States. It’s a vile, creeping, insidious disease that sneaks up on a people much the same as in pre WWII Germany.

Despite the neo-con/fascist entrenchment in all branches of our current government there is still reason for hope. As the man said, “You can fool some of the people…”. It’s a long slow process toward de-construction & obliteration of the neo-con/fascist adgenda, but we have a tool pre-war Germans never had—-the internet. Through this means of leaking truth to the citizenry there are now indications the pendulum has slowed somewhat, even if it hasn’t quite changed direction—-YET. With our seriously compromised election system we are still in danger from the worst kind of terrorist, that being vote thieves. Like Stalin said, “It’s not a matter of who votes;it’s a matter of who COUNTS the votes.” and, with a basic ‘ends justify the means’ ideology, neo-con/fascists delusionally rationalize manipulation of the vote as acceptable behavior, as long as they are the manipulators rather than the manipulated, that is.

The greatest threats to neo-con/fascists are an un-controlled un-biased media and an honest vote. Attainment of both are a matter of national security and demands for them should be treated as true patriotic endeavors.

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By Ellis Wohlner, Stockhom, Sweden, September 2, 2006 at 3:02 am Link to this comment
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The best political news I’ve seen from the United States in many years! And from Salt Lake City, Utah, of all places. Hope he runs for president (but I see that neither the New York Times or Los Angeles Times have any mention of Anderson’s fantastic speech).

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By lester vestal, September 2, 2006 at 2:30 am Link to this comment
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I am all for this Rocky guy, Impeach Bush and try him for war crimes.

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By mimi, September 2, 2006 at 2:12 am Link to this comment
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Boy, am I confused.  Isn’t Utah one of the most conservative, not to say reactionary, places in the country?  How did Rocky ever get elected in the first place?

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By William Timberman, September 2, 2006 at 12:30 am Link to this comment
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Salt Lake City?  Why surely I’ve died and gone to heaven.  What’s next—Birmingham, Tallahassee, Crawford?  Thank you, Jesus. Thank you.

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By David Reed, September 1, 2006 at 11:59 pm Link to this comment
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I was there.  Our mayor spoke the truth to power and thrilled our 4000 in attendance.  Meanwhile the pro-Bush rally garnered some 300 hapless dimwits.

This is Salt Lake City?  Thank you, Rocky!

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By mannysr@ridingbicycles.com, September 1, 2006 at 7:05 pm Link to this comment
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A rare animal indeed; a politician with integrity and the “cojones” to speak his mind.  I’m fed up with politicians of both parties that don’t have the gonads to stand up for what is fair and just.  All they care about is scoring points at home, never mind that we are making enemies abroad at an alarming rate.  We need another crop of politicians like the ones of the 60’s and early 70’s that campaigned for civil rights and an end to an unprovoked war.

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By Rocky Anderson For President, September 1, 2006 at 5:58 pm Link to this comment
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Rocky Anderson for president!

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By kevin99999, September 1, 2006 at 4:31 pm Link to this comment
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I salute Mr. Anderson’s honesty and courageous words.

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By John C. Bonser, September 1, 2006 at 4:20 pm Link to this comment
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He hit the nail on the head! “Blind faith is bad leaders in not patriotism.” Yesss!

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By ruben, September 1, 2006 at 4:19 pm Link to this comment
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Roger that’s not a bad idea. Or maybe we can have some soldiers take the whole Bush family into a room and tell them they’re gonna have their picture taken and then just open fire on them!

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By Jim Morehouse, September 1, 2006 at 4:14 pm Link to this comment
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Regarding comment 21172 by Roger van Frank:  may I please bring the rope?

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By Roger vanFrank, September 1, 2006 at 2:01 pm Link to this comment
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As a fifteen battle starred naval veteran of WWII the disgrace Bubba Bush has brought upon America I find intolorable. This Butcher of Baghdad has made our nation an agressor in a current mime of the Axis powers of WWII. The time for retribution is fast approaching. A Mussolini farewell would seem most appropriate.

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By Hilding Lindquist, September 1, 2006 at 2:01 pm Link to this comment
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” ... to a dishonest, war-mongering, human-rights-violating, [incompetent] president.”

I’ve been watching “When the Levees Broke” today ... and I am sickened by the ineptitude shown by my federal government under GW’s leadership.

The statement by one of the presenters that FEMA and the Homeland Security Department acted as if the levees had NOT breeched, was particularly insightful. The top echelons of the federal government—yes, including President Bush as was obvious from his itinerary during the first few days of the disaster—did not have a clue as to what had happened, nor its severity.

And while the hurricane itself was an “act of God”—as we designate natural events, usually disasters—the aftermath was not.

I can think of no other situation where a “crew” failed so miserably that they would then be allowed to continue doing ANYTHING of importance. I mean, get real, when the ship sails onto the reef, don’t we blame the captain? The captain of Exxon Valdez, John Hazelwood, wasn’t even on the bridge when it stuck Prince William Sound’s Bligh Reef ... but we all knew it was his responsibility.

You see, the hurricane wasn’t the “reef” we hit ... our “reef” as a nation was the aftermath and our running into it was our failure to send the help the people obviously needed ... obvious to even the most causal observer on the ground at the time.

Brownie’s resumé was that of a “valet to the oil industry” before being appointed to head FEMA.

The problem with the Bushie’s is that they equate loyalty to the Bush family as competence.

And Bush is saying, in effect, “Trust me to make a silk purse out of the pig’s ear I have bitten off in Iraq.” Isn’t OBVIOUS GW has bitten off more than he can chew? (to mix metaphors a tad)

Why do I wish I could be voting for a leader like Rocky Anderson in 2008?

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By Leo Belldaere, September 1, 2006 at 1:45 pm Link to this comment
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Rocky Anderson totally deserved props for his speech!  The blatant insult to the faces of those veterans were Rummy and Junior pointing fingers in every direction and conflating every evil they could think of and standing there looking scared and yelling, “That’s not us!”

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By Stuart H, September 1, 2006 at 1:00 pm Link to this comment
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Yes, Rocky is really a profile in courage. 

The West supposedly has a tradition of Gary Cooper like heroic individualism, with the ability to see the truth and the courage to say what is true.

But, we see all too little of that.  You’d think that this tradition would have produced a great presidential leader by now.  Instead we see a lot of short sighted localism with selling out to developers, an all too common contradiction to the mythology of Hollywood’s westerns.

I hope Rocky gets a lot of support and develops a grassroots movement.  What most people who do not live out West don’t realize is that there is a huge amount of growth in states like Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Idaho.  And, there are really more gutsy progressives like Rocky than one might immediately assume.

How about Rocky for President?

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