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Houston Voice, No. 805, March 29, 1996 - File 010. 1996-03-29. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 14, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/841/show/821.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 805, March 29, 1996
Contributor
  • Darbonne, Sheri Cohen
Publisher Window Media
Date March 29, 1996
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE/ MARCH 29, 1996 9 An Open Letter To Bob Dole Dear Senator Dole: Congratulations! Barring any unforeseen circumstances, you are now (he official nominee for the Republican candidacy for President of the United States. Although the primary process was less than cordial, you managed to hang in there and rally the party stalwarts to assist you and your campaign in claiming victory. Presumably, if the primary season is any indication, you will certainly need to draw on those strengths during the general election cycle if you want to start redecorating the White House. Although I have not been an ardent supporter of yours in the past, preferring Steve Forbes until his withdrawal from ihe campaign, I would like to think that you will seek supporters, such as myself, who are not convinced (or for that matter, aware) of your agenda, to join your camp and assist you with your life long dream of becoming president. This will not be an easy task by any means: however, it is certainly not unattainable. Allow me, if you will, the opportunity to offer you some unsolicited advice on how you can make that dream become a reality. To begin with, stop talking in third person. It's aggravating and makes you look ridiculous. It sounds as though you don't know who you are or what you stand for. 1 am fully aware that this type of speak is believed to enhance name recognition but it's not necessary in your case, trust me on this. And then there is that vision thing. Yes, I'm aware you have been a team player and respected leader in (he party for nearly 30 years, hui I'm still not sure what it is you stand for and I am trying with painstaking verve to figure it out. Perhaps, you could begin to shed some light on ihe matter during your campaign stumps. How? To begin with you could begin stating your positions on a host of issues that are tantamount to the ears of the public. Taxes. Crime. Affirmative Action Gay Rights You get uhe idea 1 would suggest thai you admit to the electorate that you made some mistakes in the past concerning tax increases and mlWrm them that as president you wiH Hot raise their taxes, otherwise, your opponent(s) will make your 30-year record (on this and a host of other votes) an issue. Also, I would suggest that you make lure that your staff is on par with your views in order to avoid another debacle similar to the one you entangled yourself in with the now infamous Log Cabin Republican donation incident Keep in mind. Bob, that your main focus is President Clinton, not your Republican opponents. Go ahead, swallow some pride and invite Steve Forbes and Lamar Alexander into the Dole camp and have them assist you in whatever capacity that they can be of value to your campaign Alter all, it is no secret that a majority of your party, and the country for that matter, were not pleased with any of the candidates in the field and preferred someone else to enter the race (Does the name Colin Powell ring any bells?) You can change that, if you really want to. It's real simple; start showing the voters that you are a leader who will challenge the President and make clear your ideological differences. Here's a few tips. Senator. The next time you are campaigning, why don't you ask President Clinton to intervene and tell Senate Democrats to stop filibustering the vote to extend the Whitewater hearings for a few more weeks. Cordially challenge the President and ask him why is he concerned over congressional hearings if he has nothing to hide? While you're at it, confront him with respect to his ads that are currently permeating the air waves claiming that he wants to end "welfare as we know it," and stating how he would go about it. Stand up. Bob. and ask the president why he didn't sign the welfare reform bill presented to him by Congress that ncluded every provisk that his adver icment espouses he stands for. Again, don't Stop there. Ask Ross Perot where he was when the balanced hudget amendment was short a few votes of passage in the Senate. Ask Pat Buchanan why he is resorting to hate rhetoric and tear mongenng to garner votes and clearly state that you do not in any way want to be associated with such reprehensible, vicious and inflammatory dem- agoguery. Tell the voters you'll have no part of it and you will disavow anyone who chooses to partake in such. This brings me to another point. Bob. (I assure you Sen. Dole that I mean no disrespect by calling you Bob. I am merely trying to demonstrate that this is a friendly letter from a concerned party member who is trying to be of assistance.) You consistently mention that you have been "tested." Okay, that's great, but it doesn't say much. Experience alone is not an asset in today's political climate. Furthermore, it does not behoove you to consistently talk about your World War II experiences. I respect your bravery with respect to the adversity you overcame as a result of your war injuries; however, focusing your campaign on such will do nothing more than remind voters about your age. Your weakest area of support is among 18-29 year olds and they can barely remember the Vietnam War. yet alone World War II. I would suggest you stick to ideas, search your soul and find three or four issues that you have strong convictions on and discuss them with the American public. Don't waiver from ihem. always bring them back into the discussion and I'd be willing to wager that in a few months, no one will say you don't have a vision Finally, your selection for vice president will be a deciding factor in the success or failure of your campaign. Like it or not, there is some concern over your age, which will generate more interest in your running mate than normal. If you pick Buchanan, you'll never occupy the oval office, I guarantee it. Ignore the discombobulatcd logic that you have to pkk a pro-life running mate. This is your chance to stand firm and show some leadership. Yes, I know that you would like Colin Powett to be your running mate, so would the rest of us. But it's une to be realistic and start Jiniking at some other option*. Chrjsiint Wftttman would be a good ca«tfidaie but probably not a wise choice You see Bob, America is going to assume thai your veep is going to have a better chance than most to fill that seal, however morbid that may sound and I am not convinced that they are going to be comfortable wi-th Ms. Whitman at this point. Governor Englgkr is an honorable man, but he is g/Nte frankty too drab and since you are not the most exciting orator yourself, that may not be a good choice either Dick Cheney's health would be an issue, Pete Wilson would hinder your chances of winning California and William Bennett would not provide the ticket with balance. My advice would be to swallow your pride once more and ask either Steve Forbes or Jack Kemp, two excellent choices. The other option I would suggest is to show that you are a visionary who is not the least bit hesitant to take chances by selecting some new young blood like Rep. John Kasich, Sen, Fred Thompson or Gov. William Weld, That would silence the pundits. Bob, I sincerely hope you consider the suggestions 1 have put forth to you in the manner tor which it is intended, as friendly advice. 1 sincerely wish you the best and hope that you can reach this final pinnacle in your distinguished career. By the way, you have an intelligent wife who knows about the ins and outs of politics and is quite an eloquent speaker, I have had the honor of meeting Elizabeth on several occasions and she is truly an asset to you and your campaign and I would vehemently urge you to utilize her immeasurable talents on your behalf. In closing, just remember one thing, now that the primary's are over, you don't have to assiduously appeal to the religious right anymore. It is imperative that you bring in the moderates who will ultimately be the deciding factor in determining the outcome this November Ai any rate, Bob, I hope you make me and 'he party proud this election season h*--*-.njse the lasi thing I want to do is vote for the alternative. President Clinton, and you ■■re the only person who muld convince true •Mberwise l made thai mistaka lour years ago and have regretted it ever since. I hope I o repeal i(. Coming Soon CICERO/I 1201 Westheimer (behind Hollywood Video) Drag Queen ^y? Night --K month ^T~ Super Sized Salads • Soup Sandwiches • Expresso Cappuccino • Desserts* Open till 4:00 am y. Fri & Sa Manager - John Formerly of Niko Niko's .inn [ Zfesus Is Alive! Come and share the joy of Holy "Weef^ services 9:00am and 11:00am Rev. Carolyn Mobley preaching Maundy Thursday - 7:00pm 4/4/96 Rev. Ralph Lasher preaching Good Friday - 7:00pm 4/5/96 Rev. Jim Bums preaching Easter Sunrise 4/7/96 6:30am at the 'dandelion fountain' on Allen Pkwy Rev. Carolyn Mobley preaching BREAKFAST SERVED AT MCCR @ 8:00am Easter Services-9:00am and 11:00am 4/7/96 Rev. Jim Burns preaching MCCR 1919 Decatur Houston TX 77007 861-9149
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