2005/02/05

Bush bans liberals from public rally

(Cross-posted by Guest Contributor Greg Stephens)

The Forum (1) and The Forum (2).

42 people were banned from attending a public speech in Fargo City, North Dakota by George W. Bush, President of the self-proclaimed greatest democracy in the world.

This list included two high school students, a librarian, a Democratic campaign manager and several university professors. They were not security risks. They were not going to kill Bush.

They were all of a different political persuasion to Bush:

“several wrote opinion page letters to The Forum criticizing Bush or the war in Iraq. Others wrote letters in support of gay rights or of Democratic policies.”

The White House denies knowledge of the list, but given their track record for the truth, they are the most likely point of origin.

Bush is undermining key civil liberties of US citizens. He is trying to limit dissent and to create an image of himself as a successful and loved President. His message to the 'non-"free"' world is simply - 'do it backhandedly and it is fine'.

8 Comments:

he tried to have protesters banned from the inagural parade route, and damn near succeeded 

Posted by angiekruger
2/05/2005 01:12:00 pm  
Freedom is only for Bush and Republicans don't ya know? Liberals at a public rally? They're not the public! They're just a forum and a bunch of liberals!

 

Posted by Dianne
2/05/2005 01:49:00 pm  
Sure they were a security risk...to the security of Bush's over-inflated ego. 

Posted by Jenni
2/05/2005 06:23:00 pm  
“...to the security of Bush's over-inflated ego.”.

LOL, too right, can't have Bush being publicly contradicted - that might look too much like freedom of speech, yuk! 

Posted by WhyNot
2/05/2005 08:57:00 pm  
C'mon...the Bush administration actually pays journalists - and I use that term lightly - to shine their legislative ideas all up for the people to embrace easier...do you really find it hard to believe that they'd ban dissenters from these publicity meets? He is, after all, tring to sell his Social Security travisty to the massess...

This administration strangles opinions and the press...if they don't agree with the agenda. 

Posted by sA
2/06/2005 12:20:00 am  
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2/06/2005 12:52:00 am  
“do you really find it hard to believe that they'd ban dissenters from these publicity meets?”.

I understand what you're saying, sA, but how does he conciliate this with his claim America is the beacon of freedom? I think the more prominent the ppl we vote for, the more they OWE the citizens accountability. They are not kings, they are public servants whose wages are paid by you and I.

LOL, just thinking about Raffarin and Sarkozy here in France... every time they show up in public they sure get a good following of crowds booing them very vocally, LOL. And while I don't like them, I have to admit they have the guts to mingle right down in the most unfavorable meeting situations, like factories on strike and workers threatening to burn the whole town down.

And they do it because they know they HAVE to try to PROVE they are right, i.e. being at the top of the ladder doesn't give them total impunity to just decree like a goddam emperor.

I always thought our American brothers and sisters had a real fighting spirit in them. What's happened to it? 

Posted by WhyNot
2/06/2005 01:10:00 am  
Ah yes, both Hitler and Stalin removed dissenters, (also) from their rallies. W is for traditional values :-( 

Posted by Stu Savory
2/06/2005 11:09:00 pm  

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