Barbara Streisand "Like Butter"
LOS ANGELES (April 2. 2001) - Calling President Bush a ''destructive man,'' singing legend Barbra Streisand on Monday fired off a blistering three-page memo to top Democrats in Washington calling for a ``strong, strategic, targeted offense against the Republican revolution.'' ``This is not the time to be weak,'' Streisand writes in the memo titled ``Nice Guys Finish Last'' that she sent to several dozen top Democratic legislators and released to media outlets in April through her publicist, Dick Guttman who said that she has no aspirations to become a politician and her motivation to send the memo was concern about the issues and the American people. ``She sent it to top Democrats who responded very favorably, to it calling it a very important wake up call,'' Guttman said.
In her note she blasts Bush's record on environmental issues, reproductive rights and the protection of people with disabilities, children, and U.S. workers. She lambastes the record of Bush's father, former President George Bush, on pardons, and urges Democrats and journalists to investigate Republicans vigorously, charging that they are controlled by big business. Streisand writes: ``We have a president who was selected rather than elected. He stole the presidency through family ties, arrogance and intimidation, employing Republican operatives to exercise the tactics of voter fraud by disenfranchising thousands of blacks, elderly Jews and other minorities.'' ``Unless we win, we'll be consistently on the defensive with our fingers holding the dike against the resurgence of the far right. ... You don't have to be ruthless like the Republicans, just be strong.''
``People confuse political passion with political ambition,'' Guttman added, saying that Streisand has been flooded with offers to speak publicly.
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