Thursday, September 3, 2004 --
Candlelight vigils were held around the country last night - to coincide with the Bush speech inside Madison Square Garden. President Pinnochio made his case for another four years. If you got up to get a beer from the fridge, you would have missed any discussion of jobs, health care, education and other critical issues. That was the length of time he spent talking about real problems and what he would do about it. "Check my website if you want to know more." But actions speak louder than soundbites and four years of this President have resulted in a stumbling economy with joblessness and poverty on the rise. A million more Americans have joined the ranks of the uninsured. There are three million more unemployed and his No Child Left Behind has left millions of kids behind with an underfunded and crumbling public school system. Never mind, that's not important. What is important according to Bush, is pursuing his glorious, God-inspired (according to him) war on Iraq.
Staten Island had its own vigil. It was called for 9 o'clock on the steps of the Borough Hall and several hundred gathered there, candles held aloft. The view of the city across the harbor was magnificent. Speaker after speaker excoriated Bush and his policies as being poison for working class Staten Islanders. The featured speaker was Frank Barbaro, who, as readers of this Blog well know, is running to defeat 3-term Republican congressman, Vito Fossella, who was quoted today mocking Bill Clinton's heart attack and impending surgery. Said Vicious Veto, "Who knows? It could be the result of a successful Republican convention." This Bush clone is as nasty and uncaring as his father-figure in the White House. All the more reason to make sure that both are ejected on November 2nd. Contributions are definitely needed (so are volunteers). Send your checks made out to Friends Of Frank Barbaro • 36 Richmond Terrace Rm 215 • Staten Island NY 10301. To volunteer call: (718) 442-4448 and ask for Ray or Mike.
Frank Barbaro with several hundred supporters on the steps of
Borough Hall in Staten Island last night.
George MacNanama of Veterans For Peace - "if you believe that Bush was telling the truth about WMD's then I have a bridge over there you can have for a couple of bucks."
Frank addressing the vigil. Blasting Bush and the Republicans.
The Staten Island Advance wrote: The main speaker of the evening was Democratic congressional candidate Frank Barbaro, who ripped the Bush administration on every front -- from the weakening economy to fewer decent jobs and higher costs for health care and prescription drugs."
"I'm here with the people and I feel safe here with the people."
If you want to read the Staten Island Advance story on the vigil just click here.
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