NC House 09: A Big High Five for Harry Taylor (crossposted from DailyKos)

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Greetings. I live in Charlotte, North Carolina and I'm posting this diary in support of Harry Taylor. A big High Five to ya Harry!

Harry Taylor is running for the NC District 9 seat against the "George Bush Rubberstamp Republican" Sue Myrick. Sue Myrick has a sizeable amount of cash in her war chest, and Harry needs our help to compete.

Harry visited DailyKos last week and posted a diary himself.

Sam Spencer posted a diary about Harry too.

Now it's my turn...

Harry is my hometown hero. Harry spoke truth to power on Thursday, April 6th, 2006 when George Bush visited Charlotte to conduct one of his phony town hall meetings to raise support for his Iraq War.

Here's how the Washington Post reported it on Friday April 7th, 2006.

By the time Bush landed in Charlotte, these audience-participation sessions had produced some skeptical questions, some interesting back-and-forth, and even a few off-script comments by a famously disciplined president.

But until Taylor came along, no one had really gotten in Bush's face. No one had really confronted him so directly on the issues of war and liberty that are at the heart of both his presidency and his political troubles. And no one had given him the opportunity to look unbothered by dissent.

The president boasted of building democracy and rebuilding infrastructure in Iraq, without mentioning that his administration is scaling back funding for both goals. And he seemed eager to re-litigate the original reasons for the invasion.

"I fully understand that the intelligence was wrong, and I'm just as disappointed as everybody else is," he said. But he added: "Removing Saddam Hussein was the right thing for world peace and the security of our country."

The audience cheered boisterously as he slipped off his coat to take questions. The forum was sponsored by the nonpartisan World Affairs Council of Charlotte at Central Piedmont Community College, and the two institutions invited nearly 1,000 people.

Most of those who stood had only polite inquiries or statements of support. One man told Bush he prayed for him. A woman asked to have her picture taken with him and predicted "you will be vindicated." Asked by another man what he would do differently, Bush mentioned the detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib. "I wish that could be done over," he said. "It was a disgraceful experience."

Then came Taylor, 61, a commercial real estate broker, who got Bush's attention from the balcony.

"You never stop talking about freedom, and I appreciate that," Taylor told him. "But while I listen to you talk about freedom, I see you assert your right to tap my telephone, to arrest me and hold me without charges, to try to preclude me from breathing clean air and drinking clean water and eating safe food."

Bush interrupted with a smile. "I'm not your favorite guy," he joked, provoking laughter.

"What I want to say to you," Taylor continued, "is that I, in my lifetime, I have never felt more ashamed of, nor more frightened by, my leadership in Washington."
(I added the bolding for emphasis.)

Many in the audience booed.

"Let him speak," Bush said.

"I feel like, despite your rhetoric, that compassion and common sense have been left far behind during your administration," Taylor added.

Okay. So pretty great huh? I'm proud of Harry Taylor and I'm thrilled he's running for the US Congress. It's about time Charlotte had some real representation in Congress.

Please check out the
Harry Taylor For Congress website or show your support by giving
Harry a Big High $5.00 or $10.00 or $25.00 or whatever.



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