| Schwarzenegger praises PC before convention|
This month Governor Schwarzenegger praised the Peace Corps before the Republican National Convention: "We're the America that sends out Peace Corps volunteers to teach village children." Schwarzenegger has previously acknowledged his debt to his father-in-law, Peace Corps Founding Director Sargent Shriver, for teaching him "the joy of public service" and Arnold is encouraging volunteerism by creating California Service Corps and tapping his wife, Maria Shriver, to lead it. Leave your comments and who can come up with the best Current Events Funny?
|By Admin1 (admin) (pool-151-196-239-147.balt.east.verizon.net - 220.127.116.11) on Wednesday, September 01, 2004 - 12:18 am: Edit Post|
Governor Schwarzenegger praises Peace Corps before Republican Convention
Governor Schwarzenegger praises Peace Corps before Republican Convention
Excerpts of Remarks by Governor Schwarzenegger as Prepared for Delivery at the 2004 Republican National Convention on Tuesday, August 31, 2004
'Fulfilling America's Promise: Building a Safer World and a More Hopeful America'
NEW YORK, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the convention will pay tribute to the compassion of the American people.
The following are excerpts from remarks by Governor Schwarzenegger to the 2004 Republican National Convention.
Governor Schwarzenegger on the Republican Party:
"I'm proud to belong to the party of Abraham Lincoln, the party of Teddy Roosevelt, the party of Ronald Reagan - and the party of George W. Bush. To my fellow immigrants listening tonight, I want you to know how welcome you are in this party. We Republicans admire your ambition. We encourage your dreams. We believe in your future."
Governor Schwarzenegger on the American Dream:
"In this country, it doesn't make any difference where you were born. It doesn't make any difference who your parents were. It doesn't make any difference if, like me, you couldn't even speak English until you were in your twenties. America gave me opportunities, and my immigrant dreams came true. I want other people to get the same chances I did, the same opportunities. And I believe they can. That's why I believe in this country, that's why I believe in this Party - and that's why I believe in this President."
Governor Schwarzenegger on the compassion of the American people:
"We're the America that sends out Peace Corps volunteers to teach village children. We're the America that sends out missionaries and doctors to raise up the poor and the sick. We're the America that gives more than any other country, to fight AIDS in Africa and the developing world. And we're the America that fights not for imperialism but for human rights and democracy."
Governor Schwarzenegger on the compassion and perseverance of the American people:
"Ladies and gentlemen, America is back. Back from the attack on our homeland - back from the attack on our economy - back from the attack on our way of life. We're back because of the perseverance, character and leadership of the 43rd President of the United States - George W. Bush. My fellow Americans, I want you to know that I believe with all my heart that America remains 'the great idea' that inspires the world."
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When this story was prepared, here was the front page of PCOL magazine:
This Month's Issue: August 2004
Teresa Heinz Kerry celebrates the Peace Corps Volunteer as one of the best faces America has ever projected in a speech to the Democratic Convention. The National Review disagreed and said that Heinz's celebration of the PCV was "truly offensive." What's your opinion and who can come up with the funniest caption for our Current Events Funny?
Exclusive: Director Vasquez speaks out in an op-ed published exclusively on the web by Peace Corps Online saying the Dayton Daily News' portrayal of Peace Corps "doesn't jibe with facts."
In other news, the NPCA makes the case for improving governance and explains the challenges facing the organization, RPCV Bob Shaconis says Peace Corps has been a "sacred cow", RPCV Shaun McNally picks up support for his Aug 10 primary and has a plan to win in Connecticut, and the movie "Open Water" based on the negligent deaths of two RPCVs in Australia opens August 6. Op-ed's by RPCVs: Cops of the World is not a good goal and Peace Corps must emphasize community development.
Read the stories and leave your comments.
|By Colin Gallagher (18.104.22.168) on Saturday, September 04, 2004 - 2:28 am: Edit Post|
You've gotta hand it to Arnold when he states: "We're the America that fights not for imperialism but for human rights and democracy." In a tricky twist of speech, he tries to convince us that Peace Corps Volunteers are soldiers of the American Way as represented by the Republican Party. There it is, in a nutshell. But who is fighting and for what? Certainly, Peace Corps Volunteers are not fighting (although their families and friends are fighting for Peace Corps funding, which has not been provided by this Administration). Who is "the America" of which Arnold speaks? If the American people are not being sent abroad to fight for imperialism, for what are they fighting?
Don't take us for fools, Arnold. Nobody believes that the United States of America is seriously engaged in the promotion of human rights and democracy in Afghanistan... in Iraq... nor are we seeking human rights and democracy in the countries that we will be occupying in the near future, in lands across Central Asia. And Peace Corps Volunteers are certainly not your footsoldiers in the Republican Party's war against the rest of solid humanity.
It is questionable whether Schwarzenegger was even eligible to assume public office (see http://www.removearnold.com/pages/3/index.htm for further information on this topic). Why should anyone trust that he has any real interest in democracy?
|By mike osborn (majoroz) (cache-gtc-aa03.proxy.aol.com - 22.214.171.124) on Thursday, September 09, 2004 - 1:22 am: Edit Post|
"...nobody believes that the USA is seriously engaged in the promotion of human rights in Afghanistan...in Iraq...".
Many, including myself, do.
oz, RPCV, Micronesia and Palau, 1994-96; USAF, 1958-81
|By mike osborn (majoroz) (cache-gtc-aa03.proxy.aol.com - 126.96.36.199) on Thursday, September 09, 2004 - 1:24 am: Edit Post|
should have added: "...and democracy...".
Don't want to missquote.
|By Ron (dsl-customer-205-208-213-250.ispnetbilling.com - 188.8.131.52) on Thursday, October 14, 2004 - 11:58 am: Edit Post|
As do I, Major Oz. It appears that Governor Schwarzenegger isn't liked much because he is a Republican, but has anyone noticed how he comes out on specific issues? I was very cynical about him until I learned more of what he stands for and against. I am a democrat who sees more democrat in Arnold than republican. I think he was drawn to the red, white and blue of the republican party, but is far more liberal on the real issues; at least the ones I care about. I think he is a very protective mama bear in wolf's clothing and is certainly doing a good job, so far.
Colin, I hope we don't have to be fighters to be "soldiers" for human rights and democracy. The governor's statement implies to me that PC volunteers do promote human rights and democracy, and such is what I would hope for. I wonder if you would have a different take on this had Senator Kerry made the very same comments. Actually, I hope you would, because, at the end of the day, we either believe in someone or we don't, and it is okay to be cynical if we simply don't believe someone. I just see the governor in a different light, in spite of my democrat leanings.
These comments are made to express my own opinion, not to discount anyone else's. I like the fact that Colin has a strong opinion about the governor. I just happen to have a different one and as a democrat, I value and give due honor to both. I think that one distinction is what sets the democrats apart from the republicans.
|By Colin Gallagher (adsl-64-173-177-126.dsl.mtry01.pacbell.net - 184.108.40.206) on Monday, October 25, 2004 - 2:32 am: Edit Post|
Who are the people who fight for their freedom?
Who profits -- and who suffers?
Who clenches their teeth and prays as the bombs fall around them?
Who believes in what they are fighting for enough to die for it? Who will die simply because of what they believe? Who is dying because they stand in the path of "progress?" And who, because they wish to be none of the above, have become spiritual nonpersons, materially protected hungry ghosts, seperated from the world by the illusory bubble which they have created, believing steadfastly in the icons of leadership and submitting with quick and bended knee to the leaders of a world without freedom, while proclaiming the righteous might of their vain and futile quests, all in the name of freedom?
Was Reinaldo Arenas less of a man than Ernesto Guevara?
When will America awake from its slumber?
These are questions I ask so that you, and others, may find and realize the answers.
To those who are still in the struggle, or are now becoming part of it: May God keep you safe, may you be always fast and accurate, and with an honest conscience as your guide, may you seek to protect and share your blessings with others who are also awakening.
|By Anonymous (leed-cache-3.server.ntli.net - 220.127.116.11) on Sunday, November 12, 2006 - 10:47 am: Edit Post|
My God this guy is almost as dumb as your president.