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by Cindy Osborne

The Hollywood group is at it again.  Holding anti-war rallies, screaming about the Bush Administration, running ads in major newspapers, defaming the President and his Cabinet every chance they get, to anyone and everyone who will listen.  They publicly defile them and call them names like "stupid" , "morons", and "idiots".

The Dixie Chicks and Jessica Lange went so far as to tell foreign crowds that they hate President Bush and are embarrassed to be a Texan / American.

So, who are these celebrities, and what are their backgrounds?

What is their education? What are their experiences in affairs of State or in National Security.  While I will defend to the death their right to express their opinions, I think that if they are going to call into question the intelligence of our leaders, we should also have all the facts on their educations and backgrounds:

Barbra Streisand            Completed High school.     Career: Singing and acting

Cher                                    Dropped out of school in 9th grade.     Career: Singing and acting    

Martin Sheen                    Flunked exam to enter University of Dayton.     Career: Acting

Jessica Lange                 Dropped out college mid-freshman year.     Career: Acting

Alec Baldwin                    Dropped out of George Washington U. after a scandal.     Career: Acting

Julia Roberts                   Completed High school.     Career: Acting    

Sean Penn                        Completed High school.     Career: Acting

Susan Sarandon             Degree in Drama from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.     Career: Acting

Ed Asner                           Completed High school.     Career: Acting

George Clooney              Dropped out of University of Kentucky.     Career: Acting

Michael Moore                 Dropped out first year University of Michigan.     Career: Movie Director

Sarah Jessica Parker    Completed High school.     Career: Acting

Eminem                             Dropped out of school shortly after failing the ninth grade three times.   Career: Rap

Jennifer Anniston          Completed High school.     Career: Acting

Mike Farrell                      Completed High school.     Career: Acting

Janeane Garofelo          Dropped out of College.     Career: Stand up comedienne

John Travolta                   Quit school at 16.      Career: Acting

Larry Hagman                 Attended Bard College for one year.     Career: Acting

While comparing the education and experience of these groups, we should also remember that President Bush and his cabinet are briefed daily, even hourly, on the War on Terror and threats to our security.  They are privy to information gathered around the world concerning the Middle East, the threats to America, the intentions of terrorists and terrorist-supporting governments.  They are in constant communication with the CIA, the FBI, Interpol, NATO, The United Nations, our own military, and that of our allies around the world.  We cannot simply believe that we have full knowledge of the threats because we watch CNN!! We cannot believe that we are in any way as informed as our leaders.

These celebrities have no intelligence-gathering agents, no fact-finding groups, no insight into the minds of those who would destroy our country.  They only have a deep seated hatred for all things Republican.  By nature, and no one knows quite why, the Hollywood elitists detest conservative views and anything that supports or uplifts the United States of America.  The silence was deafening from the Left when Bill Clinton bombed a pharmaceutical factory outside of Khartoum, or when he attacked the Bosnian Serbs in 1995 and 1999.  He bombed Serbia itself to get Slobodan Milosevic out of Kosovo, and not a single peace rally was held.  When our Rangers were ambushed in Somalia and 18 young American lives were lost, not a peep was heard from Hollywood.  Yet now, after our nation has been attacked on its own soil, after 3,000 Americans were killed, by freedom-hating terrorists, while going about their routine lives, they want to hold rallies against the war.

So why the hype out of Hollywood?

Could the celebrities believe that since they draw such astronomical salaries, they are entitled to also determine the course of our Nation?  That they can make viable decisions concerning war and peace?  Did Michael Moore have the backing of the Nation when he recently thanked France, on our behalf, for being a "good enough friend to tell us we were wrong"?  I know for certain he was not speaking for me.  Does Sean Penn fancy himself a Diplomat, in going to Iraq when we are involved in combat there?  Does he believe that his High School Diploma gives him the knowledge (and the right) to go to a country that is controlled by a maniacal dictator, and speak on behalf of the American people?  Or is it the fact that he pulls in more money per year than the average American worker will see in a lifetime? Does his bank account give him clout?

The ultimate irony is that many of these celebrities have made a shambles of their own lives, with drug abuse, alcoholism, numerous marriages and divorces, scrapes with the law, publicized temper tantrums, etc.  How dare they pretend to know what is best for an entire nation!  What is even more bizarre is how many people in this country will listen and accept their views, simply because they liked them in a certain movie, or have fond memories of an old television sitcom!

It is time for us, as citizens of the United States, to educate ourselves about the world around us.  If future generations are going to enjoy the freedoms that our forefathers bequeathed us, if they are ever to know peace in their own country and their world, to live without fear of terrorism striking in their own cities, we must assure that this nation remains strong.  We must make certain that those who would destroy us are made aware of the severe consequences that will befall them.

Yes, it is a wonderful dream to sit down with dictators and terrorists and join hands, singing "Kumbaya" and talking of world peace.  But it is not real.  We did not stop Adolf Hitler from taking over the entire continent of Europe by simply talking to him.  We sent our best and brightest, with the strength and determination that this Country is known for, and defeated the Nazi regime.  President John F. Kennedy did not stop the Soviet ships from unloading their nuclear missiles in Cuba in 1962 with mere words.  He stopped them with action, and threat of immediate war if the ships did not turn around.  We did not end the Cold War with a conference, It ended with the strong belief of President Ronald Reagan... PEACE through STRENGTH.

So, just how ignorant are these people who are running our country?

Let's look at the biographies of these "stupid", "ignorant" , "moronic"  leaders

President George W. Bush: Received a Bachelors Degree from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.  He served as an F-102 pilot for the Texas Air National Guard.  He began his career in the oil and gas business in Midland in 1975 and worked in the energy industry until 1986.  He was elected Governor on November 8, 1994, with 53.5 percent of the vote.  In a historic re-election victory, he became the first Texas Governor to be elected to consecutive four-year terms on November 3, 1998 winning 68.6 percent of the vote.  In 1998 Governor Bush won 49 percent of the Hispanic vote, 27 percent of the African-American vote, 27 percent of Democrats and 65 percent of women.  He won more Texas counties, 240 of 254, than any modern Republican other than Richard Nixon in 1972 and is the first Republican gubernatorial candidate to win the heavily Hispanic and Democratic border counties of El Paso, Cameron and Hidalgo.  (Someone began circulating a false story about his IQ being lower than any other President.  If you believed it, you might want to go to and read the truth.

Vice President Dick Cheney: Earned a BA in 1965 and a MA in 1966, both in political science.  Two years later, he won an American Political Science Association congressional fellowship.  One of Vice President Cheney's primary duties is to share with individuals, members of Congress and foreign leaders, President Bush's vision to strengthen our economy, secure our homeland and win the War on Terrorism.  In his official role as President of the Senate, Vice President Cheney regularly goes to Capitol Hill to meet with Senators and members of the House of Representatives to work on the Administration's legislative goals.  In his travels as Vice President, he has seen first hand the great demands the war on terrorism is placing on the men and women of our military, and he is proud of the tremendous job they are doing for the United States of America.

Current Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: Earned her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver in 1974; her Master's from the University of Notre Dame in 1975; and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981.  (Note: Rice enrolled at the University of Denver at the age of 15, graduating at 19 with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science (Cum Laude).  She earned a Master's Degree at the University of Notre Dame and a Doctorate from the University of Denver's Graduate School of International Studies.  Both of her advanced degrees are also in Political Science.)  She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from Morehouse College in 1991, the University of Alabama in 1994, and the University of Notre Dame in 1995.  At Stanford, she has been a member of the Center for International Security and Arms Control, a Senior Fellow of the Institute for International Studies, and a Fellow (by courtesy) of the Hoover Institution.  Her books include Germany Unified and Europe Transformed (1995) with Philip Zelikow, The Gorbachev Era (1986) with Alexander Dallin, and Uncertain Allegiance:  The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army (1984).  She also has written numerous articles on Soviet and East European foreign and defense policy, and has addressed audiences in settings ranging from the US Ambassador's Residence in Moscow to the Commonwealth Club to the 1992 and 2000 Republican National Conventions.  From 1989 through March 1991, the period of German reunification and the final days of the Soviet Union, she served in the Bush Administration as Director, and then Senior Director, of Soviet and East European Affairs in the National Security Council, and a Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.  In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, she served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In 1997, she served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender -- Integrated Training in the Military.  She was a member of the boards of directors for the Chevron Corporation, the Charles Schwab Corporation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the University of Notre Dame, the International Advisory Council of J.P. Morgan and the San Francisco Symphony Board of Governors.  She was a Founding Board member of the Center for a New Generation, an educational support fund for schools in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California and was Vice President of the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula.  In addition, her past board service has encompassed such organizations as Transamerica Corporation, Hewlett Packard, the Carnegie Corporation, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Rand Corporation, the National Council for Soviet and East European Studies, the Mid-Peninsula Urban Coalition and KQED, public broadcasting for San Francisco.  Born November 14, 1954 in Birmingham, Alabama, she resides in Washington, DC

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell: Colin L. Powell was nominated by President Bush on December 16, 2000 as Secretary of State.  After being unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he was sworn in as the 65th Secretary of State on January 20, 2001.  Prior to his appointment, Secretary Powell was the chairman of America’s Promise - The Alliance for Youth, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing people from every sector of American life to build the character and competence of young people.  Secretary Powell was a professional soldier for 35 years, during which time he held myriad command and staff positions and rose to the rank of 4-star General.  His last assignment, from October 1, 1989 to September 30, 1993, was as the 12th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest military position in the Department of Defense.  During this time, he oversaw 28 crises, including Operation Desert Storm in the victorious 1991 Persian Gulf war.  Following his retirement, Secretary Powell wrote his best-selling autobiography, My American Journey, which was published in 1995.  Additionally, he pursued a career as a public speaker, addressing audiences across the country and abroad. Secretary Powell was born in New York City on April 5, 1937 and was raised in the South Bronx.  His parents, Luther and Maud Powell, immigrated to the United States from Jamaica. Secretary Powell was educated in the New York City public schools, graduating from the City College of New York (CCNY), where he earned a bachelor’s degree in geology.  He also participated in ROTC at CCNY and received a commission as an Army second lieutenant upon graduation in June 1958.  His further academic achievements include a Master of Business Administration degree from George Washington University.  Secretary Powell is the recipient of numerous U.S. and foreign military awards and decorations.  Secretary Powell’s civilian awards include two Presidential Medals of Freedom, the President’s Citizens Medal, the Congressional Gold Medal, the Secretary of State Distinguished Service Medal, and the Secretary of Energy Distinguished Service Medal.  Several schools and other institutions have been named in his honor and he holds honorary degrees from universities and colleges across the country.  Educated in the New York City public schools, graduating from the City College of New York (CCNY), where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in geology.  He also participated in ROTC at CCNY and received a commission as an Army second lieutenant upon graduation in June 1958.  His further academic achievements include a Master of Business Administration Degree from George Washington University. Secretary Powell is the recipient of numerous US and foreign military awards and decorations. Secretary Powell's civilian awards include two Presidential Medals of Freedom, the President's Citizens Medal, the Congressional Gold Medal, the Secretary of State Distinguished Service Medal, and the Secretary of Energy Distinguished Service Medal.  Several schools and other institutions have been named in his honor and he holds honorary degrees from universities and colleges across the country.  (Note: He retired as Four Star General in the United States Army)

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld: Before assuming his present post, the former Navy pilot had also served as the 13th Secretary of Defense, White House Chief of Staff, U.S. Ambassador to NATO, U.S. Congressman and chief executive officer of two Fortune 500 companies.  Secretary Rumsfeld is responsible for directing the actions of the Defense Department in response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.  Mr. Rumsfeld attended Princeton University on academic and ROTC scholarships (A.B., 1954) and served in the U.S. Navy (1954-57) as an aviator and flight instructor.  In 1957, he transferred to the Ready Reserve and continued his Naval service in flying and administrative assignments as a drilling reservist until 1975.  He transferred to the Standby Reserve when he became Secretary of Defense in 1975 and to the Retired Reserve with the rank of Captain in 1989.  In 1957, he came to Washington, DC to serve as Administrative Assistant to a Congressman. After a stint with an investment banking firm, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois in 1962, at the age of 30, and was re-elected in 1964, 1966, and 1968. Mr. Rumsfeld resigned from Congress in 1969 during his fourth term to join the President's Cabinet.  From 1969 to 1970, he served as Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity and Assistant to the President. From 1971 to 1972, he was Counselor to the President and Director of the Economic Stabilization Program.  In 1973, he left Washington, DC, to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels, Belgium (1973-1974).  In August 1974, he was called back to Washington, DC, to serve as Chairman of the transition to the Presidency of Gerald R. Ford.  He then became Chief of Staff of the White House and a member of the President's Cabinet (1974-1975). He served as the 13th U.S. Secretary of Defense, the youngest in the country's history (1975-1977).  From 1977 to 1985 he served as Chief Executive Officer, President, and then Chairman of G.D. Searle & Co., a worldwide pharmaceutical company.  The successful turnaround there earned him awards as the Outstanding Chief Executive Officer in the Pharmaceutical Industry from the Wall Street Transcript (1980) and Financial World (1981).  From 1985 to 1990 he was in private business. Mr. Rumsfeld served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Instrument Corporation from 1990 to 1993.  General Instrument Corporation was a leader in broadband transmission, distribution, and access control technologies.  Until being sworn in as the 21st Secretary of Defense, Mr. Rumsfeld served as Chairman of the Board of Gilead Sciences, Inc., a pharmaceutical company.  Before returning for his second tour as Secretary of Defense, Mr. Rumsfeld chaired the bipartisan U.S. Ballistic Missile Threat Commission, in 1998, and the U.S. Commission to Assess National Security Space Management and Organization, in 2000.  During his business career, Mr. Rumsfeld continued his public service in a variety of Federal posts, including:

While in the private sector, Mr. Rumsfeld's civic activities included service as a member of the National Academy of Public Administration and a member of the boards of trustees of the Gerald R. Ford Foundation, the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and the National Park Foundation, and as Chairman of the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships, Inc.  In 1977, Mr. Rumsfeld was awarded the nation's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Current Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff: Judge Michael Chertoff was sworn in as the second Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on February 15, 2005 .  Chertoff formerly served as United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.  Secretary Chertoff was previously confirmed by the Senate to serve in the Bush Administration as Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice.  As Assistant Attorney General, he helped trace the 9/11 terrorist attacks to the al-Qaida network, and worked to increase information sharing within the FBI and with state and local officials.  Before joining the Bush Administration, Chertoff was a Partner in the law firm of Latham & Watkins. From 1994 to 1996, he served as Special Counsel for the U.S. Senate Whitewater Committee.  Prior to that, Chertoff spent more than a decade as a federal prosecutor, including service as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, and Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. As United States Attorney, Chertoff investigated and prosecuted several significant cases of political corruption, organized crime, and corporate fraud.  Chertoff graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1975 and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1978.  From 1979-1980 he served as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, Jr.Secretary Chertoff is married to Meryl Justin Chertoff and has two children.

Former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge: Raised in a working class family in veterans' public housing in Erie.  He earned a scholarship to Harvard, graduating with honors in 1967.  After his first year at The Dickinson School of Law, he was drafted into the US Army, where he served as an infantry staff sergeant in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star for Valor.  After returning to Pennsylvania, he earned his Law Degree and was in private practice before becoming Assistant District Attorney in Erie County.  He was elected to Congress in 1982.  He was the first enlisted Vietnam combat veteran elected to the US House, and was overwhelmingly re-elected six times.



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