|February 7, 2005||EDITORIAL ARCHIVES|
It's Mourning in America: We Pay Bush's Salary and He Bars Us From Hearing Him
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
That's right, last week, the White House compiled a list of Democrats to be barred from a taxpayer-funded event in Fargo, North Dakota. Since before Bush took office in 2001, through the "divine" intervention of Nino "the Fixer" Scalia, the Bush campaign has been barring Democrats or anti-war sympathizers -- or anyone who is not pro-Bush -- from campaign and Presidential events alike.
During the last campaign, the Secret Service assisted in arresting people in the audience at Bush events who wore anti-war, pro-Kerry, or anti-Bush T-shirts, even if they were not being disruptive. Only Republicans or people who signed a "loyalty" oath were allowed in. At a Bush speech in Tampa Bay more than four years ago, two senior citizens and a gay man were thrown to the ground and arrested for holding up pro-democracy posters. The Soviet-style White House suppression of dissent at Bush events hasn't let up since.
The Fargo event like many others, was a public speech for which we, the taxpayers, footed the bill. Yet, the White House continues to "screen out" anyone who is not a Republican loyalist. This would make Stalin proud.
And don't be fooled about an event that occurred shortly after the Fargo blacklist was revealed in great detail in a North Dakota paper. (It takes a local newspaper to do what the New York Times and Washington Post refuse to investigate, the Orwellian, Hollywood set, stage-managed White House.) An alleged "protester" in Nebraska -- shortly after Fargo -- yelled out that Bush was a liar and Bush told the audience, "We love free speech in America."
Okay, either the alleged "heckler" was a Karl Rove plant to try to undercut the exposure of the Fargo "blacklist." Or the guy is minus two kneecaps now. We'll side with the former possibility -- because, the White House does everything it can to create a Potemkin presidency and keep dissenters from being within three miles of a Bush event, even if it's paid for with our money. Bush just doesn't come up with impromptu statements like, "We love free speech in America"
Heck, now it's been confirmed that the New York Times "spiked" a story that confirmed Bush was wearing a receiver that transmitted responses to him during the first debate (and possibly the others). This is a White House that can't afford to have the real world intrude into the carefully crafted fiction created by Rove. It would be like a jet aircraft landing in the middle of a scene from "Gone with the Wind."
And isn't Bush's salary paid by us?
Isn't he our employee?
Perish the thought.
The man is working for God.
Then why doesn't God pay his salary?
Oh, and that "heckler" in Nebraska. Did the New York Times or Washington Post investigate as to how a Bush speech was interrupted for the first time after it was proven by a local paper that the White House was barring Americans from Bush speeches? Did they try and find out if the person was a plant?
Of course, not.
In fact, Howard Kurtz accepted the White House claim that they had nothing to do with the Fargo list.
Hey, Kurtz, your wife may be a right wing shill, but sometimes you just got to admit that you're living in the heart of darkness with this administration.
Our apologies to Joseph Conrad.
It's mourning in America.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL