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Bush - Fraternity President and Beyond

by Messenger Sunday, Jan. 02, 2005 at 5:49 PM

President Bush was a Fraternity President......do you know what that means?

I joined a fraternity in my first year of college, and it was

one heck of a lot of fun, week after week......keg parties....

purple passion parties.....TGIFs.....and much more. Another

rather remarkable thing about frat life was a file cabinet

they each had which contained the mid-term and final exams

for almost every course in the schools curriculum. I used the

stolen exams once and received an A+, but it didn't feel right

and I never used them again. (By the way, other notable

fraternity presidents who graduated at the top of their classes are

Kenneth Lay and Andrew Fastow.)



Our fraternity President (along with all the other fraternity Presidents)

made a run for election to the Student Body President, and we

frat brothers had specific, tried and true strategies to "sway" the

campus election. We had tricks to stuff the ballot boxes and it was

all great fun - and a needed diversion from drinking all that beer. But

quite frankly, it was nothing like the dirty tricks that have been exposed

in our past two National Elections.

These frat boys are a lot of fun, but not actually the noblest, most

moral or ethical citizens we have in our society. In fact, I would

have to say that it's incredibly appalling that this type of "frat

brother ethos" has forced upon the American people this Bush

Administration.

When news reports started appearing in 2000 of the voter fraud

that took place in Florida, I knew immediately where it came from-

his brother Jeb being the Florida Governor and Katherine Harris

being the Co-Chair of the Republican Party in Florida. You need

to realize, though, that in 2000 they had no idea that it would

come down to one state. When all the cameras and reporters

turned towards Florida, these "fraternity-like" voter fraud pranks

began emerging. It was so obvious to me that I sort of laughed it

off at the time. But these people in Florida were expecting to

get away with it un-noticed. Their pants were pulled down in 2000,

but remarkably, that hasn't stopped them - indeed the fraud has

escalated in 2004 since there was nothing done about 2000.

In 2000, Harris took 57,700 democrats off the voting rolls (and

by the way, those people were not allowed to vote in

2004 either). In Ohio, Kenneth Blackwell (Republican Chairman

of Ohio) almost tripled that number - 155,000 Ohioans had to

vote provisional ballots for a host of conjured up reasons.... plus

there looks to be massive irregularities in the electronic voting

systems.....and they had to wait in line in the rain sometimes six

hours or more.

The American people grumbled a bit in 2000, then sat back and

waited patiently for the 2004 election to vote this Administration

out of office, who seem to work on the theory that "Hey, Clinton

lied to the people....and a grand jury....and you let him get away

with it! Well, darlin, we'll show you some lyin....Texas style".

It is for the American people to decide whether they will allow a

severely adolescent phenomenon like "fraternity brotherhood" to

illegally place a President of the United States into office for a

second time, one who has taken this great nation to a status it has

never been before.

One can't help but wonder if the Supreme Court Judges have a

different opinion now of who they should have chosen in 2000.

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I must submit this anonymously because the ritual of the fraternity

into active membership was basically KKK style intimidation to

keep our mouths shut.



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