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.