“What I AM”-A Paid Ad in the Washington Post By a Republican BusinessmanTruth!

Summary of eRumor:

A long and passionate defense of being a Republican written by a businessman and placed in the Washington Post newspaper.

The Truth:

The ad appeared in the Washington Post on 10/20/04.  It was written and paid for by George J. Esseff, Sr,

Reprints are offered at the website http://www.whatiam.net/ where there is also a link to email the author.

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

What I Am!

$104,655.60 Ad in the Washington Post

Here is someone with the money to fund a rebuttal to what Howard Dean,
Democratic National Committee Chairman, said recently that many Republican
have never done an honest day’s work in their life. The following full page
ad was placed in the Washington Post by a businessman named George J.
Esseff, Sr. He paid $104,655.60 to run the ad and only did it because he is
sick and tired of the way that “the rich” are portrayed by liberals these
days. It is a great read.


Maybe you’re a Republican?

In today’s America ask a growing number of high school and college students,
their teachers and professors, the self-anointed media elite and/or hard
working men and women of all ethnicities, the question, “What is a
Republican?” and you’ll be told “.. a rich, greedy, egotistical individual,
motivated only by money and the desire to accumulate more and more of it, at
the expense of the environment, the working poor….and all whom they

I am a Republican – And I am none of those things….and I don’t know any
Republicans who are!

WHAT I AM first and foremost, is a loving husband of some 52 plus years, the
father of four and an American who’s proud of his country…and his
country’s heritage

WHAT I AM is the grandson of immigrants who risked every-thing, including
their lives and those of their children, to escape tyranny in search of

WHAT I AM is a man who grew up during the Depression and witnessed first
hand the effects of the Stock Market crash and the soup lines that followed.
I watched as both my parents and grand parents, who had very little
themselves, share what food they had with a half dozen other families, who
had even less.

WHAT I AM is someone who worked his way through college by holding down
three and four jobs at a time and then used that education to build a better

WHAT I AM is a husband who at age 24 started his own business for the
“privilege” of working 60, 70 and 80 hours a week, risking everything I had
including my health, in search of a better life for myself and my loved

WHAT I AM is a businessman whose blood, sweat and tears….and plenty of
them…, made it possible for me to provide a secure living not only for my
family and myself, but also for literally hundreds of my employees
throughout the years. Employees who in turn were able to buy their own
homes, raise their own families and give back to their communities and their

WHAT I AM is a man who believes in God; a God who has blessed this
country… and all for which it stands.

WHAT I AM is someone who knows, if you doubt miracles exist in today’s
world, you need only to look into the face of those who received them….and
the eyes of those who give them.

WHAT I AM is an American who’s proud that his President embraces a belief in
God; proud of a President who understands, as “politically incorrect” as it
may be, there is evil in this world and for the security and safety of all
freedom loving people everywhere, it must be confronted…and it must be

WHAT I AM is an American who takes comfort in the knowledge that our
President refuses to allow decisions concerning the very safety and security
of this nation, to be governed by the political whims of foreign

WHAT I AM is tired of hearing from leading Democrats who see only negativity
in America; racism in her people; class warfare in her society and
“political incorrectness” in her character.

WHAT I AM is a former democrat who now understands that it is the soldier
and not the reporter that guarantees us our freedoms of press, speech and

WHAT I AM is a man who believes in the sanctity of life. A man who is
repulsed by the pandering of the political left for votes, at the expense of
the unborn.

WHAT I AM is a husband and father who believes in the sanctity of marriage
and the preservation of the family unit.

WHAT I AM is a ex-movie goer who is repulsed by those insecure, socially
inept, elementary thinking, ego-inflated “entertainers” who have appointed
themselves “experts” in the fields of national security and geo-politics and
then use their forum to attack this nation, its leaders and its
actions….much to the delight and encouragement of our enemies.

WHAT I AM is an American who understands the difference between “censorship”
and “choice.” Evidently, these individuals do not, because when these same
“celebrities” receive public ridicule for their offensive actions, the first
thing they yell is “censorship.” What they seem incapable of understanding
is…the right of free speech and dissent is shared equally by those
offended…as well as those who offend. I support and will continue to
support those films and performers whom I choose to and refuse to support
those I don’t. It is my right as an American a right I will continue to
enthusiastically exercise.

WHAT I AM is a voter, tired of politicians who ever time their voting
records are subjected to public scrutiny, try to divert attention from their
political and legislative failures by accusing their opponents of “attack
ads” and “negative campaigning”….and the news media who allow them to get
away with it.

WHAT I AM is a Catholic who loves his God and his Faith….and who’s been
taught to respect all religions whose teachings are based in love, peace and
charity. As such, I am embarrassed and ashamed of those individuals in both
private and public life whose decisions and actions are devoid of any sense
of character or morals; individuals who are only driven by what’s best for
them….rather than what’s right… often times at the expense of
many….including our national security.
WHAT I AM is a realist who understands that the terrorist attack that
murdered hundreds of innocent Russian children could have occurred here, in
our heartland. That’s why I sincerely believe America needs now, more than
ever, a President who sees with a clear and focused vision and who speaks
with a voice when heard by both friend and foe alike is understood,
respected and believed.

WHAT I AM is eternally grateful to Ronald Reagan for having the bravery to
speak out against Communism and the courage of his convictions in leading
the fight to defeat it; and George W. Bush for the vision, courage,
conviction and leadership he has shown in America’s war on terrorism amidst
both the constant and vicious, personal and political attacks both he and
his family are made to endure.

WHAT I AM is a human being, full of numerous faults and failures, but a man
nonetheless who though not always successful has continually strived to do
“what’s right” instead of “what’s easy.” A man who is challenging the
religious leaders of all faiths, to not only preach to their congregations
the fundamentals of “what’s right” and “what’s wrong,” but to also then hold
them accountable for their actions in both the public and private sectors.

WHAT I AM is disgusted with the Courts who on one hand call the murder of a
pregnant woman a “double homicide,” but then refer to the abortion of her
baby as “pro-choice”.

WHAT I AM is someone deeply troubled by a political party which embraces a
candidate whose primary “leadership” qualities center around his protesting
of the Vietnam war and his labeling the honorable men and women who fought
in it, (50,000 of whom gave their lives in that action), as rapists, and war
criminals (John Kerry). That same political party then stepped forward this
year to block the appearance of a true Vietnam war hero, retired Admiral and
former United States Senator, Jeremiah Denton, (a man who spent seven years
and seven torturous months in a North Vietnam prison), from speaking before
an open session of the California legislature as part of that state’s 4th of
July celebration. The reason Democrats gave for refusing to allow this
American hero to speak before their state legislature was because of the
“conservative” nature of his views. As an American, that troubles me
deeply….as well it should you. (Are you listening Mr. D?)

WHAT I AM is a man who feels the need to spend, ONE HUNDRED
DOLLARS ($104, 655.60, tax paid) of his own money, to purchase this
advertisement, in order to set the story straight. Some may say this money
would have been better spent feeding the world’s poor. At the risk of
sounding self-serving, as an American and as a Republican, for the last
six decades of my life, I have done exactly that…and more. Following
the examples of my parents and grand parents, I have used my earnings
to feed the poor, shelter the homeless, provide housing for the elderly
and medical care for the sick…..and continue to do so…and I’m not
alone in that work.

WHAT I AM is someone who is paying for this announcement at my sole expense
in hopes of opening the eyes of those led blindly by ill-informed elements
of our great nation, who, through either ignorance, or malicious intent,
repeatedly attack and belittle those of us who belong to a political party
that holds true to the belief, “The rights of the governed, exceed the power
of the government.” For those interested, I am speaking only as a
tax-paying individual who is in no way associated with the Republican
National Committee, nor with any of its directors, or delegates.

WHAT I AM is a man who understands, “the American way of life” is a message
of self-empowerment for all.

WHAT I AM is an American who is grateful that our nation gives each of us
the opportunity of self-determination and the right to benefit from the
fruits of self achievement.

WHAT I AM is an American who wants to preserve that way of life for all who
seek it.

WHAT I AM is blessed to be an American…. and proud to be a Republican.