Wednesday, October 06, 2004

George Soros On The Upcoming U.S. Elections has not previously taken any partisan position, having chosen to speak to all with a message of tolerance and love. We have made the decision to alter our previous course because we believe a change in Washington is crucial. The current administration has consistently spread half truths and worse to reinforce an arrogant self-righteous commandeering of the American system of values and liberties.

Published on Tuesday, September 28, 2004 by
Why We Must Not Re-elect President Bush
by George Soros

Prepared text of speech delivered September 28, 2004
National Press Club
Washington, DC,

This is the most important election of my lifetime. I have never been heavily involved in partisan politics but these are not normal times. President Bush is endangering our safety, hurting our vital interests and undermining American values. That is why I am sending you this message. I have been demonized by the Bush campaign but I hope you will give me a hearing.

President Bush ran on the platform of a "humble" foreign policy in 2000. If we re-elect him now, we endorse the Bush doctrine of preemptive action and the invasion of Iraq, and we will have to live with the consequences. As I shall try to show, we are facing a vicious circle of escalating violence with no end in sight. But if we repudiate the Bush policies at the polls, we shall have a better chance to regain the respect and support of the world and to break the vicious circle.

I grew up in Hungary, lived through fascism and the Holocaust, and then had a foretaste of communism. I learned at an early age how important it is what kind of government prevails. I chose America as my home because I value freedom and democracy, civil liberties and an open society.

When I had made more money than I needed for myself and my family, I set up a foundation to promote the values and principles of a free and open society. I started in South Africa in 1979 and established a foundation in my native country, Hungary, in 1984 when it was still under communist rule. China, Poland and the Soviet Union followed in 1987. After the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, I established foundations in practically all the countries of the former Soviet empire and later in other parts of the world and in the United States. These foundations today spend about 450 million dollars a year to promote democracy and open society around the world.

When George W. Bush was elected president, and particularly after September 11, I saw that the values and principles of open society needed to be defended at home. September 11 led to a suspension of the critical process so essential to a democracy - a full and fair discussion of the issues. President Bush silenced all criticism by calling it unpatriotic. When he said that "either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists," I heard alarm bells ringing. I am afraid that he is leading us in a very dangerous direction. We are losing the values that have made America great.

There is a lot more to be said on the subject and I have said it in my book, The Bubble of American Supremacy, now available in paperback. I hope you will read it. You can download the chapter on the Iraqi quagmire free from

If you find my arguments worth considering, please share this message with your friends.

I would welcome your comments at . I am eager to engage in a critical discussion because the stakes are so high.

The above has been shortened - please visit for more. We encourage everyone to do some fact checking and research on your own... no President is going to make everyone happy all the time and make all the right decisions but we can sure do better than we have been doing during the last 4 years.

Jah Guide and Protect!
One Love,
Ras John


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