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Disagreeing with Cheney now an arrestable offense
This is the country we now live in.


Now then. Try to imagine how Clinton or Gore would have treated someone who walked up and disagreed with them in a public setting.

Hell, Clinton probably would have asked him to elaborate, and actually LISTENED...

Current Emotional State: sad sad

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rickvs From: rickvs Date: October 5th, 2006 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not that I have much use for President Bush, but I did see a transcript a while back of him being taken to task by an audience member in a question-and-answer session ...and to Bush's credit, he let the guy speak his piece.

I'll be curious to see whether the civilian in the story you linked to was accosted on Cheney's instructions, or was simply the victim of an overzealous public *cough* servant */cough*.
unbeliever64 From: unbeliever64 Date: October 5th, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, for quite awhile now, people holding anti-war or anti-Bush signs, or wearing similar T-shirts, have been removed from public settings where Bush was speaking, and arrested if they did not acquiesce quickly enough.


1) Cindy Sheehan was invited to the State of the Union, but was arrested when someone noticed her T-shirt, which merely listed the number of soldiers who died in Iraq:


2) Some students at Ohio State simply stood and turned their backs on Bush while he was delivering a speech; they were forcibly removed and threatened with arrest:


There are many other examples of this sort of thing. (Do a Google search on "Bush ejected rally" to see more.) The case I posted about above, unfortunately, fits right in to the overall pattern. Whether or not Cheney actually said, "Go get that guy" (and he may have said exactly that), he and Bush have created an atmosphere where this sort of thing is the norm.

The First Amendment doesn't count for much, these days...
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