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Doug Gamble is a former writer for President Ronald Reagan and resides in Carmel. [go to Gamble index]

Hating Bush fuels ...

[Doug Gamble] 9/2/04

It should come as no surprise that the ultra-liberal, backers of some of the most hateful anti-Bush ads on TV and the internet, is based in Berkeley. Rumor has it that Berkeley was once part of the Soviet Union, but broke off in an earthquake many years ago and drifted to northern California with its communist ideology intact.

It was MoveOn, you may recall, that posted an internet ad comparing President Bush to Hitler, before finally bowing to pressure and pulling it off. The organization last week released a series of 10 new ads, featuring the “talent” of such Hollywood lefties as Martin Sheen, Ed Asner, Matt Damon, Kevin Bacon and Rob Reiner. One ad a week is being released until the election.

The first, directed by hip-hop video director Benny Boom, shows young African-Americans approaching a polling place, their voting cards in hand, only to be confronted by a white policeman who blocks their way. “We’ve got to get George W. Bush out of office, and it’s very important that kids understand what a serious condition the world is in with this madman,” Boom said in what passes for political analysis from the showbiz crowd these days.

Another spot has a flight attendant affixing parachutes to businessmen celebrating over war profits, before pushing them out of the plane over Iraq. A voiceover asks, “What if the same men who profited from the war were asked to fight it?”

Not asked, of course, is what if a company such as Halliburton pulled out of Iraq? The company has been re-building war-ravaged countries going back to World War II, under both Democratic and Republican administrations, and to the extent any comforts of home can be found in a war zone, Halliburton supplies them to the troops in the form of food, shelter and clothing. The company, which takes no position on the war but is carrying out an assigned mission, has suffered over 30 employee deaths in Iraq since the war began.

While some of the MoveOn ads will be seen only on the internet, the organization is committed to a multi-million dollar TV campaign through the fall. It will test market the spots and air those it believes will have the greatest impact on voters.

MoveOn was started six years ago by Berkleyites Wes Boyd and Joan Blades, who made a fortune after creating the flying toaster screen saver. Republicans would have them take a flying leap. The web site started modestly as an on-line petition during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, urging Congress to censure President Bill Clinton, not impeach him, and move on.

The group now boasts almost two and a half million members, a political action committee and a so-called 527 fundraising effort. This has translated into a bulging war chest for Bush-bashing ads, with much of the funding coming from two individuals, Progressive Corporation Chairman Peter Lewis and his business partner, billionaire mogul George Soros.

My Democratic friends would disagree, but MoveOn and like-minded liberal groups have injected more anti-Bush venom into the political bloodstream than was ever directed at Clinton even during the height of Republicans’ animosity toward him. Suggesting, for example, that Republicans are linked to Bull Connor-type racist cops who would use force to keep African-Americans from voting is despicable.

Many Democrats have never accepted the result of the last presidential election, ironically refusing to move on. It is because they harbor so much hatred toward Bush that things are going to get even uglier in this country if he is reelected. So deep is their animosity, they will not accept the will of the people any more than they accepted the December 12, 2000 decision of the Supreme Court.

With Iraq removed from the axis of evil abroad, a reelected Bush will have his hands full with a Berkeley, San Francisco, Hollywood axis of enmity at home. CRO

California-based Doug Gamble contributed speech material to Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and writes a twice-monthly column for the Orange County Register and

Copyright 2004 Doug Gamble




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