(PRWEB) September 30, 2004
As presidential candidates Bush and Kerry prepare to debate Thursday evening, a husband and wife activist team have compiled their own playing card decks identifying 54 reasons to vote against the President and the the top 54 politicians and pundits who dodged military service while hypocritically rallying for war. Known as the ÂHouse of Cards: Deck of BushÂ and the "Deck of Republican Chickenhawks", over 7,500 decks have been distributed through website sales, college bookstores and retail outlets like Tower Records.
ÂThe cards are especially popular on college campuses where young people are getting more involved in the political process because they know whoever wins this upcoming election will directly effect their futuresÂ says co-creator Jerry Vasilatos.
While the ÂDeck of BushÂ features the failed policies and crony corporate politics of the Bush Administration, the ÂDeck of Republican ChickenhawksÂ feature administration players like Ace of Spades Dick Cheney (who is quoted as having had Âother prioritiesÂ during Vietnam) to Joker card George W. Bush himself who is listed as having avoided Vietnam by joining the Texas Air National guard and then going AWOL. Other ÂchickenhawksÂ represented include Iraq policy makers Elliott Abrams, Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz, to pundits Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh and internet bottom feeder Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report. The controversial cards were featured in TIME Magazine last year.
ÂWe released the ÂRepublican ChickenhawkÂ decks last year during the start of the Iraq war to spotlight the hypocrisy of Republicans and conservatives who rallied for war, but avoided serving their country themselves, hence the nickname ÂchickenhawksÂ explains Lisa Vasilatos, who researched the deck with her husband. The couple updated the decks last month with new information and quotes for their second printing (their first printing sold out). They followed up the popularity of their ÂchickenhawkÂ decks with the ÂDeck of BushÂ cards earlier this year.
Jerry and his Lisa have also started donating a portion of online sales to the Armed Forces Relief Trust, in an effort to aid veterans and their families.
ÂWhile both of our card decks are satirical they are also completely factualÂ Jerry says. ÂWhen people review the facts weÂve compiled, we hope it inspires them to get out and vote in November for Senator Kerry because our country cannot afford the reckless direction we are being led in by the current administration.Â
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