Signs for Bush Rallies
According an article
in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, a man with a sign was arrested at a Bush rally. The sign read:
"The Bush family must surely love the poor, they've made so many of us."
Apparently, that sign is an indication of a security risk to our president. The St. Petersburg Times puts this spin on it:
President Bush seems to think bullying is the only way to deal with dissent. Bush has so much trouble articulating a defense for his own policies, so little capacity to formulate a reasoned response, that he resorts to shibboleths, name-calling or worse, using authorities to shut down his critics.
In town after town where Bush has come to raise money or make a speech, his venue and the route leading up to it have been purged of protesters. This is accomplished through the combined efforts of local policing agencies and the secret service, which scour the crowd for any hint of opposition. Anyone with an anti-Bush sign is relegated into what is euphemistically called a Free Speech or Demonstration Zone -- a swath of land usually off the main thoroughfare and chained off so as to make it virtually impossible for the targets of the protest to read the signs or hear the chants. Those with pro-Bush signs are often treated very differently. They are free to cheerlead the president as he rides toward his engagement, which typically is further sanitized by being invitation-only.
If you're planning to show some dissent at a Bush rally, try to see if you can get banned or arrested with the following signs:
- I humbly disagree, Mr. President
- I don't believe you, sir
- I am not for Bush's policies
- I will not vote for Bush in 2004, instead I will vote for the Democrat
- But sir, won't those policies place an undue burden on the poor
- I beg to differ
- I withhold my assent
It would be hysterical to see a bunch of people being carted away with such a polite show of dissent. And it would certainly seem overboard.
What I Like About Our President
On this final day of the year, I'd like to say some nice things about our president. I usually disagree with everything he says, but an item in the daily KOS
had me, uncharacteristically, siding with Bush. Here's an excerpt:
There has been a real disconnect between Bush Administration policies and popular opinion for a while, which is surprising given the strong level of support Bush still receives.
...It's Rove's new kind of polling: it's not about discovering what people want. It's about finding ways to sell policies people don't want. Like tax cuts, and SS privatization, and war. [entire item]
Bush's job is to lead (not follow the polls). If he uses the polls to let him know what he has to sell and what is going to pass, then that's just doing his job well.
If the American public is right, and these are actually bad policies, then this is where the Dems can show us why to vote for them. They should propose alternatives, fight for them, show how Bush's policies will fail, point it out when they do, and have a proposal ready to fix the damage (in other words, do their job). Their actual plan is probably to go around, saying "The American people don't want this". But, it won't work because "The American people like Bush", and they don't believe the Dems would have done it better.