So our beloved president was in my neck of the woods Monday. He likes to blow into town every year for the college world series and fool the hicks into thinking his tax plan is good for them and America. That is business as usual, but something did happen that I imagine happens frequently in every city the prez goes to. I thought you should know about it.
As you can imagine, it is traditional that whenever the president comes to town, the streets are lined with people who want to catch a glimpse. People will also carry signs expressing their love of all things Bush. Some people will also carry signs expressing their disdain for govt. policy if not their outright disdain for the president himself.
Now, as you can imagine, cops patrol the street to keep all of these people in line. In Omaha Monday, anyone carrying a sign that was not pro-bush was asked to stand behind a cordon just in case they REALLY didn't like the president. Being peaceful Midwesterners they did as they were asked. Then, routinely, minute by minute, the line was moved from one location to another, farther back, to this side of the block, now this street, until it was certain that the president wouldn't see any of these... well, not protesters really, more like ... Americans exercising their Constitutional rights by expressing their opinions in the most peaceful way possible.
Cops, being largely of a Republican bent, convince themselves that anyone who protests against a Republican president must be kept under wraps while during Democratic administrations, the story is quite different. The most offensive signs during the Clinton administration made their way to the forefront and onto the news as I recall.
This country is going to pot from the inside out. Frankly, I'm ready to move to Canada.
What crap! Besides, anyone that wanted to assassinate him would carry a pro-Bush sign as a decoy and to allow access to the front rows.
*makes mental note*
by Linz at May 14, 2003 12:41 PM
I've read about these tactics some other place. Bush using cops in plain clothes to move demonstrators into fenced of areas away from the frontline of people, more disturbingly away from the media cameras that might catch a glimpse of the signs they carry. Media distortion is a tool of the trade of office, but to me that sorta' under hand tactic infringes on the American people's freedoms (I'm English by the way so correct me if I am wrong). As far as I was aware the right to protest peacefully (and in the street) was something to do with the basis of the freedoms of America? Couple that with the Patriot Act (we have the R.I.P bill over here) and your rights are obviously being eaten away from within. Very sad indeed.
by o_O at May 14, 2003 2:34 PM
What's the RIP bill, tell us more!
by eff at May 14, 2003 5:21 PM
I dunno. But I do know Dubya's dad ate @ my parents restaurant when he was VP. Security was tight there too. They required a private dining room for guests and security retinue. Drunk as usual my friends and I pretended we were planning to take him out. Turns out it is a freaking Federal offense to even joke about such a thing. Secret Service gave us a good talking-to. F them.
by Anna at May 14, 2003 6:25 PM
It's basically a snooping law but like our other law (the criminal justice act) it's got to much scope and will end up being exapanded to create a police state type situation for us in the UK. Our privacy and rights are just being eaten away. Worst of all the Gov' use scare tactics to get these laws passed, that or they pass a small section of it, then they ammend it with huge changes, we can't stop that happening. Many people in the UK are greatly opposed to both these laws believing that they infact infringe on our human and privacy rights, rightly so as well in my opinion...
by o_O at May 15, 2003 4:53 AM
p.s. the links are only a few, hunt around the sites to get a better picture of what it's all about!
by o_O at May 15, 2003 4:54 AM
Well theupside to a facist England is that you guys should have some really good graphic novels produced in the next few years. Where is Alan Moore when we need him?
by eff at May 15, 2003 10:16 AM
...God Save Our Queen... lay seige her enemies...
...wait a minute? Our very success as a nation is the reason why we can have anti-(whoever's in power) signs during a rally. They should buy him one of the yo-yo water balls that the kids in manhattan are rampant with. They are fun. I have one. It's shaped like a fist.
by LOCKHEED at May 15, 2003 7:06 PM