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Bush Tries To Avoid Protesters By Stalking Kerry

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a stalking incumbent President!
Our glorious media has begun to notice a pattern of Kerry and Bush turning up in the same cities, sometimes only blocks apart, for campaign speeches and fundraisers.

At first I was merely annoyed by the party crashing, but I think I've figured it out.

The President knows that his expensive, exclusive, fund-raising photo-ops to various cities and states nearly always provoke large protests. If he plans his stops to coincide with John Kerry's and John Edwards's campaign stops, he may believe he can divide and conquer. Democrats and independents in these cities will have to decide which is more important . . . attending the Kerry event and showing support or protesting the Bush event. Republicans are completely uneffected by this new ploy from the Karl Rove dirty bag of tricks.

I don't know what to suggest to counter this very obvious piece of distraction, but I guess if I had to choose I would protest Bush before I would go listen to Kerry say things I've already heard before. Rove, no doubt, has an answer for that too. If we choose to protest Bush's presence rather than applaud at the Kerry fundraiser, he will point out that the crowd for Kerry was "disappointing" and demonstrates that he doesn't really have support. It's brilliant, really.

The biggest "sick-making" news of the day today was the press release about the Bush campaign courting the Amish vote. Forget that the Amish - like the Quakers - traditionally abhor violence . . . apparently they can forgive almost 1,000 dead for no good reason and the loss of liberties guaranteed us by the Constitution and ByLaws because Bush is beating the drum loudly against a woman's right to choose regarding reproductive rights.

How does it feel to be made into puppets by the outside world, Amish people? Oops, forgot that they probably aren't logged on to the internet. Still, I feel that there are plenty of intelligent Amish citizens out there and my hope is that ALL attempts to make them take sides as a bloc will fail.
Protest Bush and bring Kerry along 07.Aug.2004 05:35

via cell phone

No doubt someone going to the "Kerry Event" will have a cell phone. Have them call someone at the Bush protest and they, in turn, can do a live audio at the protest.

If there is a Q and A portion at the Kerryfest, mention this theory about Bush hiding in Kerry's shadow, as it were. Play it loud.

Psychologically Speaking 07.Aug.2004 14:25

Unfortunately

many voters use voting as a way of patting themselves on the back. They vote for who they think is going to win so that they can feel part of the "winning team". That being the case, protesting Bush accomplishes less than a huge outpouring of support for Kerry. You are better off going to the Kerry event and encouraging everyone else to do the same. Protesting, unfortunately, only has the effect of irritating the people who are inconvienenced by the protest. A huge outpouring of support, on the other hand, makes the news.

Unfortunately Speaking 07.Aug.2004 21:48

"support" = "protest"

same fuckin' thing with these two corporate millionaire Skull & Bones blood brother  http://www.prisonplanet.com/010104kerryadmits.html candidates.

average citizens on daily routines are equally inconvenienced by the milling minions.

in the words of Noam Chomsky, making clear how he views the election in the context of other efforts for change: "Activist movements, if at all serious, pay virtually no attention to which faction of the business party is in office, but continue with their daily work, from which elections are a diversion -- which we cannot ignore, any more than we can ignore the sun rising; they exist."


The Kerry Rally 10.Aug.2004 12:43

Me

Be jolly and have a rally. Look really happy there waiving our little Kerry placards. People will respond better to a huge positive rally instead of a smaller and very angy "protest". GWB will draw the smaller crowd to his rally. It's Portland, water downed portland, but still portland and it will never fall to a Republican. Support the Kerry rally but keep a small group on the Bush protest to still give the idea he's not welcome.