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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Kat (Landry) Nip


Dear Friends:

I went to a movie the other day and it was very thought provoking. It was dramatic and exciting and insightful. At times I almost cried because I could identify in a way with its content. It was about the power and control that governments can wield over citizens if allowed to. If you get a chance, watch it. The movie is "V" for Vendetta. There was a part where the hero stated, "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people."

In the movie the government actually unleashes a deadly virus to bring citizens under control through fear. Sound a bit over the top? Yes, but I can see some similarity between control through fear to this recall effort. When I speak with citizens about the recall effort I’m told about their fears of reprisal. Citizens are afraid that our Governor and her administration will punish them if they participate. Many citizens work for the State and they actually have been warned not to participate. Citizens email me, but ask that I not reveal who they are because they could lose their job. Check out my letter on our Home page regarding the memo that State workers received immediately after we filed the petition to recall the Governor. This was one instance where the Governor and her administration acted swiftly. Imagine if the Governor and her administration acted that swiftly on issues that really affect citizens. Other citizens have expressed the fear that they will be denied permits to do business of they participate. I understand that these are very real concerns. But, are we the ones enabling our Governor and other elected officials to dictate how we live and take away our freedom to think and speak for ourselves? Isn’t that government ruling through fear? This reminds me of the point of the movie. Perhaps it wasn’t so far off.

Every day I wake up and face the dilemma of trying to figure out what it will take for citizens to realize we are the answer to our problems. The only time real progress is made is when citizens take a stand. Wouldn’t it be great if we sent a message that could not be ignored? This recall movement is about leadership. It is about taking a stand because it is the right thing to do. It is about empowering citizens to expect and demand competent and productive leadership in our State. We have all labored too long and too hard to be taken advantage of any longer. We elect officials to public service, not self-service. We elect officials and we can recall them. It just takes the realization that we can make a difference. Or, is it that we really don’t care? I don’t know about you, but I for one don’t believe our government needs more tax dollars to squander. How many more taxes will it take to satisfy State government? How many more fees will be raised to satisfy State government? How much is enough? At what point will it be about using our tax dollars in an economical and productive manner. Is it really more money our government officials need? Or, do we need accountable government? You be the judge.

Thanks for caring.

Kat Landry

Governor Blanco, Kat Landry has issues....Now she is trying to compare your Louisiana governmental leadership to one of a fascist dictatorship.....But wouldn't fascism by it's very nature encompass more than just one state out of fifty states in the union?!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! You've got issues Kat!!!! To compare my gentle and ooooohhhh so pretty Governor Blanco to a cruel and uncivil fascist dictator is just down right pathetic!!!! I've seen her in person twice...She's absolutely beautiful!!!! You are a low down, dirty shame Kat Landry!!!! Governor Blanco, Kat Landry needs much prayer.....You need much, much prayer Kat Landry!!!!!! V is for "Valium" in your case Kat Landry!!!!


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