(PRWEB) September 8, 2004
Brussels, Belgium September 4, 2004 It was four oÂclock in the morning. Christian de Fouloy, a Republican and former Chairman of Republicans Abroad, sat with eyes glued to his computer, watching BushÂs acceptance speech. In 2000, de Fouloy enthusiastically supported George W. BushÂs candidacy, and has offered a fervent defense of Bush administration policies for European TV cameras on numerous occasions. But beginning in 2002, de Fouloy grew disillusioned with BushÂs international policies, especially the invasion of Iraq. Writing in March 2004 de Fouloy said, ÂI thought that I was defending the right cause but I was wrong. I am leaving President Bush because I believe in a balanced budget, environmental conservation, and most important, a foreign policy that is strong without being needlessly belligerent.Â De Fouloy went on to found Republicans for Kerry, Europe, and was quickly joined by other Republicans living abroad.
ÂHis lofty claims about international affairs are completely contradictory to reality,Â de Fouloy told Republicans for Kerry Â04 recently. In three and a half short years Bush has managed to destroy the trust and image that we have built with our allies since World War II, and he has enraged our friends in the Middle East, de Fouloy noted. The invasion of Iraq and especially the incompetence and misconduct since the end of Âmajor combat operationsÂ has fueled hatred among Islamic nations towards America; many more young people have joined terrorist groups. ÂI have been living abroad for years and I have seen with my own eyes everyday how frightened is the rest world, looking at America and the Bush Presidency,Â said de Fouloy. ÂThe scariest when he says ÂTrust me and I will make a safer world.ÂÂ
Thousands of miles away, across the Atlantic Ocean, Allan Tweddle an environmental engineer and business owner in Charleston, WV listened to BushÂs speech with a heavy heart. ÂHis claim that he is Âexpanding libertyÂ is totally contradicted by his actions during his presidency, and maybe especially his four visits to West Virginia,Â Tweddle said. Noting repeated incidents in which dissenters at Bush-Cheney campaign events have been detained or harassed, Tweddle complains, ÂFreedom of expression is not allowed in the Bush-Cheney campaign.Â A Texas couple who had worked for FEMA in the flood areas of WV were taken by the Charleston police from the state capitol grounds in handcuffs because they wore T-shirts with an anti-Bush symbol. A professor was ejected from a Bush Cheney rally because Âhe wasnÂt a Bush supporter.Â At another rally a young man who spoke out in disagreement with BushÂs remarks was escorted from the event and then fired from his job. ÂWhen you add to these stories that we heard that a loyalty pledge was required to get into the RNC, how can Bush say he is Âexpanding libertyÂ,Â Tweddle asked in exasperation. ÂI have been in the Republican party since 1985 and I have never seen this level of hypocrisy in a presidential speechÂ . In his brief term in office Bush has taken away more liberties than any other president in US historyÂ .Â
[For a copy of Allan TweddleÂs ÂTo Bush Dissent Seems to be Un-American Â and Christian de FouloyÂs ÂWhy IÂm leaving President BushÂ and ÂDear AmericaÂ, contact firstname.lastname@example.org]