Thursday, June 09, 2005


Gillespie Co. Demo Memo

June 2005 - Vol. 3 - Issue 6

George Keller, editor


May Meeting:

We had a large enthusiastic attendance for the meeting. Karl Thomas Musselman thanked the Democrats for the role we played in his Dad's election to the Fredericksburg City Council. There was discussion as to the importance of raising the Democratic profile in the community by encouraging Democrats to become involved in the various county and city boards. Examples of such boards are City Council and the School Board to name just a couple. Several people have volunteered to get involved and we will talk about this during the June Meeting.

Our U.S. Congressman Mike Conaway held a Town Hall Meeting on June 2 and was surprised by the good Democratic (11 of us) attendance. You should be proud of the high quality of questions that were presented to Congressman Conaway by our representatives. Unfortunately, the response to the questions was the usual puppet Bush responses. After the meeting, one of the Republicans told George Keller that this was, to his knowledge, the first meeting of this type where Democrats turned out. In my opinion, the questions from the Republicans were, at best, neutral and perhaps a little on the negative slant, which surprised Congressman Conaway.

In checking around with other county's Town Hall Meetings with the Congressman, the Republican attendees are much more skeptical than before as to the state of the Union. Opinion polls regarding the administration are reflecting this same trend and more and more the Administration is being challenged.

Contributed by Elaine Bigelow: Is consistency important in World Politics?

You know you're a Republican when...

...Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush's daddy made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him and a bad guy when Bush needed a "we can't find Bin Laden" diversion.

...trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is Communist, but trade with China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of international harmony.

...A president lying about an extramarital affair is an impeachable offense. A president lying to enlist support for a war in which thousands die is solid defense policy.

...Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of homosexuals and Hillary Clinton.

...the best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in speeches while slashing veterans' benefits and combat pay.

...providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy. Providing health care to all Americans is socialism.

...global warming is junk science, but creationism should be taught in schools.

...being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you're a conservative radio host. Then it's an illness and you need our prayers for your recovery.

...it's vital that we protect the culture of life, except in cases of the death penalty. Funny--or just plain scary?

Food Panty Program for Fredericksburg & Harper:

We have received a nice thank you card from The Harper Community Needs Group. We are now attaching a small label to all donations saying "Donated by your Gillespie County Democratic Club Neighbors." We want to make sure that the recipents know who is helping them. Please remember to bring a donation(s) to the meeting. We owe a big THANKS to Frank and Elizabeth Beal for delivering the monthly donations to the Fredericksburg Food Pantry and Kathleen and George Keller for seeing donations arrive at the Harper Center.

If you are unable to attend the monthly meeting to bring your donations just give Frank Beal or George Keller (phone numbers at bottom of newsletter) a call and they will make the necessary arrangements to get them picked up.

June Meeting:

The meeting will be held on Thursday, June 16 at 6:30 P.M. at the EMS Building, 221 Friendship Lane. We will discuss "Why the President and the Administration have had such a large drop in the opinion polls.

We will also finalized our participation in the July 4th Parade, and the decorating party on the newest designed float. Larry Truitt has been working hard putting together an outstanding float.

Last call for the Dem Fest on June 17, 18 and 19. Dem Fest 2005 will be held in Austin. This is a giant training session. If you are interested, contact George Keller 456-1066.

What are our Club plans for Barbara Radnofsky and our participation in the 117th Gillespie County Fair Parade?

There will be an update on the Senate District 24 Labor Day Picnic on September 5th in Lampasas. How will the Gillespie County Democratic Club participate?

Plan to attend this exciting June Meeting. We will have our usual social following the forum.

A gentle reminder to bring items for the Pantry Program. Do not forget to bring some finger food for nibbling as we discuss issues. Beverages to be furnished.

Important Dates & Meetings:

July 3 & 4 - Parade Float Decorating on the 3rd with finishing up the morning of the parade on the 4th. We are fortunate to have Navy Pilot Lt. Commander Juan Garcia on the float to help us celebrate Independence Day. Lt. Commander Garcia lives in Corpus Christi. He holds a law degree from Harvard, several advance degrees and is considering running for office in 2006.

Sept. 5 - Monday - LABOR DAY - The picnic will be held in Lampasas by the Lampasas Democrats, to salute all working people. Now, around 800 people are expected to attend to hear the many Celebrity speakers. The theme of the picnic will be "Senate District 24 Taking Back Texas". This will also be the kickoff of our 2006 elections. Mark your calendar now.

July Meeting:
The meeting will be held on Thursday, July 21 at 6:30 P.M. at the EMS Building, 221 Friendship Lane. Mark your calendar’s now.

NEED HELP WITH OUR NEWSLETTER: if you have something you think should be covered in the newsletter please give George or Frank a call. Remember this is your newsletter and it needs your input.

For more information or comments: Frank Beal, President at 997-7388 or Editor, George Keller 997-5455 or (830) 792-4232.

If you haven't met Barbara Radnofsky yet, you're in for a treat. I blog for her at http://radnofsky2006.blogspot.com--please check it out for information about her and her campaign.
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