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komos
komos
Huh.
Said by George Bush, Sr. in response to the anti-war protesters that entered into the Tufts auditorium where he was speaking on Wednesday: "Well, I think we’ve just found another use for that duct tape."

I suppose this might be funny if his son wasn’t systematically pursuing a rightist agenda that threatens our basic civil liberties and personal freedoms. In the face of that, Bush the Elder may as well have just told us outright that dissenting voices will no longer be tolerated.

I suppose on some level it's more honest than FEMA's recommendations for keeping duct tape on hand.
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clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: February 28th, 2003 10:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I think that a good ortion of Sr.'s response comes from the fact that people choose to voice their distaste for war as hatred for his son. Rather than fighting for peace, they're actually just fighting against the President. Not even against the war, really, but against the President.

Kinda sad, really.
komos From: komos Date: February 28th, 2003 10:55 am (UTC) (Link)
From what I saw of the footage, that wasn't the case. And, since he didn't actually make the statement until the protesters were already being escorted out of the auditorium, it seemed like an easy, cheap shot... and not without its irony.

And you know, no one ever promised Dubya that being president was going to be an easy job where everyone loved him.

clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: February 28th, 2003 11:01 am (UTC) (Link)

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True, very true, I just think that tearing down the president isn't the same thing as trying to build up peace. But alot of people think it is.

::shrug::
komos From: komos Date: February 28th, 2003 11:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't think they're equivalent, either. I do think that there is an incredible amount of anger at the policies the Bushies have pursued, and that that anger is manifesting itself in strange and perhaps unproductive ways. It's hard not to link the man with his actions.
clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: February 28th, 2003 11:25 am (UTC) (Link)

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Yeah, and I guess it does boil down to misdirected energies. But I wonder if Bush would be more receptive to listening to protests if they were "We think this war is wrong" rather than "You're a fucking presidency stealing asshole motherfucker... Oh yeah, no war."
komos From: komos Date: February 28th, 2003 11:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure that "I respect their right to speak their minds, but they will not influence my decision" (said of the anti-war protesters in the US and elsewhere a couple of weeks ago) bears that idea out.

And it's just as easily argued that the American public would be a little kinder to him if it was more clear that he was acting according to their interests and not just hell bent on pursuing his own personal agenda.

[my turn to shrug]
clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: February 28th, 2003 11:58 am (UTC) (Link)

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You're absolutely right, of course. :)

No one wins here, and it sucks.
clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: February 28th, 2003 11:30 am (UTC) (Link)

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wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: February 28th, 2003 03:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Please tell me this is a photo-shopped photo and Bush was not recently seen holding green army men!
komos From: komos Date: March 1st, 2003 06:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd guess that it's about as real as the photo where he's reading the book upside-down (i.e. not at all.) The scale of the models is off.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: February 28th, 2003 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Gah! I knew there was a reason I hated having Bush, Sr. be president, besides his being a Republican...
komos From: komos Date: March 1st, 2003 06:16 am (UTC) (Link)

This may not have been what you were going for

Personally, I think that there are a number of Republicans who would make fine presidents. John McCain, for example... I may not agree with his politics in a number of areas, but I am fairly convinced that he is a capable man with a keen mind.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: March 1st, 2003 09:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: This may not have been what you were going for

Actually, your response makes sense. There was a time when I did simply write off all Republicans in a knee-jerk sort of way, but, if McCain were Pro-Choice, I'd vote for him.
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