Afterword --by Michael Rectenwald, CLG Founder and Chair
"Afterword" is Mike Rectenwald's addendum to his Voter March speech, made on the West Steps of the Capital, Washington, D.C. on May 19, 2001. Mike's May 19th speech can be read here...
This speech was written for the occasion of the Voter March of May 19th in Washington D.C., well before the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center Towers and the Pentagon. That it sees its publication come after the tragedies of September 11th is a misfortune that I could never have foreseen. With the nation, and indeed, most of the world, I extend my sincerest sympathies to the families of victims of this senseless act of inhumanity.
At a time when leadership could not be more dear, I also wish to express my sense of a double disaster at this the present moment. Despite urgings from all quarters, including the Democratic leadership, it is impossible for me to trust that the current administration, which owes its existence to deception and fraud, will not use this tragedy duplicitously, to further its own repressive agendas, both at home and abroad. Likewise, we at Citizens for Legitimate Government fight a battle on two fronts: against misguided and diabolical terrorism that only serves to legitimize the most oppressive elements in our nation's government, and against those oppressive elements themselves. We believe that we can both stand with our fellow Americans in unity, while also continuing to oppose the Bush regime. Furthermore, we strongly believe that the best interests of our countrymen are served by this double stand.
In a way, recent events serve to underscore the prescience of my speech. As is becoming more obvious by the minute, despite the claim that he will only be fighting terrorism, Bush "raids the national treasury and the national forests [and now, the Middle East] for one group only: Big Business Owners" and their military industrial counterparts. Our interests were not served by the Bush administration in peace, and they will not be served by him in war. The illegitimacy of his objectives will become ever clearer as events unfold.
Finally, it is patriotic, not unpatriotic, to oppose an un-elected official now granted unparalleled executive power due to election theft and an act of enormous violence perpetrated by terrorists. At the heart of the project of the United States of America are democracy, liberty, and freedom for all: GW Bush is not the leader of these United States.
*Note: "Afterword," by Michael Rectenwald, was published in We Will Not Get Over It: Restoring a Legitimate White House, by journalist Jackson Thoreau and social worker Sharon Thoreau. Foreword and Afterword by Michael Rectenwald, CLG Founder and Chair
-Lori Price, Assistant to Michael Rectenwald
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