You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence. - Charles Austin Beard

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Subject: $104,655.60 Ad in the Washington Post

Here is someone with the money to fund a rebuttal to what Howard Dean,
Democratic National Committee Chairman, said recently that many
Republicans have never done an honest day's work in their life. The following full
page ad was placed in the Washington Post by a businessman named George J.
Esseff, Sr. He paid $104,655.60 to run the ad and only did it because he is
sick and tired of the way that "the rich" are portrayed by liberals these
days. It is a great read.

Maybe you're a Republican?

In today's America ask a growing number of high school and college
students, their teachers and professors, the self-anointed media elite
and/or hard working men and women of all ethnicities, the question, "What
is a Republican?" and you'll be told ".. a rich, greedy, egotistical
individual, motivated only by money and the desire to accumulate more and
more of it, at the expense of the environment, the working poor....and all
whom they exploit..."

I am a Republican - And I am none of those things...and I don't know any
Republicans who are!

WHAT I AM first and foremost, is a loving husband of some 52 plus years,
the father of four and an American who's proud of his country...and his
country's heritage

WHAT I AM is the grandson of immigrants who risked every-thing, including
their lives and those of their children, to escape tyranny in search of

WHAT I AM is a man who grew up during the Depression and witnessed first
hand the effects of the Stock Market crash and the soup lines that
followed. I watched as both my parents and grand parents, who had very
little themselves, share what food they had with a half dozen other
families, who had even less. < BR>

WHAT I AM is someone who worked his way through college by holding down
three and four jobs at a time and then used that education to build a
better life.

WHAT I AM is a husband who at age 24 started his own business for the
"privilege" of working 60, 70 and 80 hours a week, risking everything I
had including my health, in search of a better life for myself and my loved

WHAT I AM is a businessman whose blood, sweat and tears....and plenty of
them..., made it possible for me to provide a secure living not only for
my family and myself, but also for literally hundreds of my employees
throughout the years. Employees who in turn were able to buy their own
homes, raise their own families and give back to their communities and
their country.

WHAT I AM is a man who believes in God; a God who has blessed this
country... and all for which it stands.

WHAT I AM is someone who knows, if you doubt miracles exist in today's
world, you need only to look into the face of those who received
them....and the eyes of those who give them.

WHAT I AM is an American who's proud that his President embraces a belief
in God; proud of a President who understands, as "politically incorrect"
as it may be, there is evil in this world and for the security and safety of
all freedom loving people everywhere, it must be confronted...and it must
be defeated.

WHAT I AM is an American who takes comfort in the knowledge that our
President refuses to allow decisions concerning the very safety and
security of this nation, to be governed by the political whims of foreign

WHAT I AM is tired of hearing from leading Democrats who see only
negativity in America; racism in her people; class warfare in her society
and "political incorrectness" in her character.

WHAT I AM is a form er democrat who now understands that it is the soldier
and not the reporter that guarantees us our freedoms of press, speech and

WHAT I AM is a man who believes in the sanctity of life. A man who is
repulsed by the pandering of the political left for votes, at the expense
of the unborn.

WHAT I AM is a husband and father who believes in the sanctity of
marriage and the preservation of the family unit.

WHAT I AM is an ex-movie goer who is repulsed by those insecure, socially
inept, elementary thinking, ego-inflated "entertainers" who have appointed
themselves "experts" in the fields of national security and geo-politics
and then use their forum to attack this nation, its leaders and its
actions....much to the delight and encouragement of our enemies.

WHAT I AM is an American who understands the difference between
"censorship" and "choice." Evidently, these individuals do not, because
when these same "celebrities" receive public ridicule for their offensive
actions, the first thing they yell is "censorship." What they seem
incapable of understanding is...the right of free speech and dissent is
shared equally by those well as those who offend. I support
and will continue to support those films and performers whom I choose to
and refuse to support those I don't. It is my right as an American a right
I will continue to enthusiastically exercise.

WHAT I AM is a voter, tired of politicians who every time their voting
records are subjected to public scrutiny, try to divert attention from
their political and legislative failures by accusing their opponents of
"attack ads" and "negative campaigning"....and the news media who allow
them to get away with it.

WHAT I AM is a Catholic who loves his God and his Faith....and who's been
taught to respect all religions whose teachings are based in love, peace
and charity. As such, I am embarrassed and ashamed of those individuals in
both private and public life whose decisions and actions are devoid of any
sense of character or morals; individuals who are only driven by what's
best for them....rather than what's right... often times at the expense of
many....including our national secu rity.

WHAT I AM is a realist who understands that the terrorist attack that
murdered hundreds of innocent Russian children could have occurred here,
in our heartland. That's why I sincerely believe America needs now, more than
ever, a President who sees with a clear and focused vision and who speaks
with a voice when heard by both friend and foe alike is understood,
respected and believed

WHAT I AM is eternally grateful to Ronald Reagan for having the bravery to
speak out against Communism and the courage of his convictions in leading
the fight to defeat it; and George W. Bush for the vision, courage,
conviction and leadership he has shown in America's war on terrorism
amidst both the constant and vicious, personal and pol itical attacks both he and
his family are made to endure.

WHAT I AM is a human being, full of numerous faults and failures, but a
man nonetheless who though not always successful has continually strived to do
"what's right" instead of "what's easy." A man who is challenging the
religious leaders of all faiths, to not only preach to their congregations
the fundamentals of "what's right" and "what's wrong," but to also then
hold them accountable for their actions in both the public and private

WHAT I AM is disgusted with the Courts who on one hand call the murder of
a pregnant woman a "double homicide," but then refer to the abortion of her
baby as "pro-choice".

WHAT I AM is someone deeply troubled by a political party which embraces a
candidate whose primary "leadership" qualities center around his
protesting of the Vietnam war and his labeling the honorable men and women who fought
in it, (50,000 of whom gave their lives in that action), as rapists, and
war criminals (John Kerry). That same political party then stepped forward
this year to block the appearance of a true Vietnam war hero, retired
Admiral and former United States Senator, Jeremiah Denton, (a man who
spent seven years and seven torturous months in a North Vietnam prison), from
speaking before an open session of the California legislature as part of
that state's 4th of July celebration. The reason Democrats gave for
refusing to allow this American hero to speak before their state
legislature was because of the "conservative" nature of his views. As an
American, that troubles me well it should you. (Are you
listening Mr. D?)

WHAT I AM is a man who feels the need to spend, ONE HUNDRED & FOUR
THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED & FIFTY FIVE DOLLARS ($104, 655.60, tax paid) of his own
money, to purchase this advertisement, in order to set the story straight. Some
may say this money would have been better spent feeding the world's poor.
At the risk of sounding self-serving, as an American and as a Republican,
for the last six decades of my life, I have done exactly that...and more.
Following the examples of my parents and grand parents, I have used my
earnings to feed the poor, shelter the homeless, provide housing for the
elderly and medical care for the sick.....and continue to do so...and I'm
not alone in that work.

WHAT I AM is someone who is paying for this announcement at my sole
expense in hopes of opening the eyes of those led blindly by ill-informed elements
of our great nation, who, through either ignorance, or malicious intent,
repeatedly attack and belittle those of us who belong to a political party
that holds true to the belief, "The rights of the governed, exceed the
power of the government." For those interested, I am speaking only as a
tax-paying individual who is in no way associated with the Republican
National Committee, nor with any of its directors, or delegates.

WHAT I AM is a man who understands, "the American way of life" is a
message of self-empowerment for all

WHAT I AM is an American who is grateful that our nation gives each of us
the opportunity of self-determination and the right to benefit from the
fruits of self achievement.

WHAT I AM is an American who wants to preserve that way of life for all
who seek it.

WHAT I AM is blessed to be an American.... and proud to be a Republican

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