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Turn Your Back on Bush

This Thursday marks the second inauguration of George W. Bush. The most expensive inauguration to date, there will be a total of nine inaugural balls, a youth concert, a parade, a fireworks display and, the official swearing in ceremony at noon on Jan. 20. A record $40 million has been spent on security and preparing for the festivities.

It’s been estimated that up to a million people are planning to swell into Washington during the week, many to attend the parade. Tickets to the inaugural ceremony have been in controversy, as major Bush donors recieved the prime seats, with little public access to the not-so-prime ones. After legal action, several anti-war and protest groups have secured their own bleacher sections on the parade route.

One movement has been gaining steam since the election. www.TurnYourBackOnBush.org has gained support throughout the nation, thousands planning to do just that on inauguration day- turn their back on Bush. As soon as his limo is spotted, thousands will engage in a direct, non-violent protest to the President, standing in solidarity.

The movement website:

One of the things that makes Turn Your Back on Bush a unique action is that we won’t know who is participating until the moment it begins. This is a nonviolent, silent, and non-responsive action. We expect that our actions will cause some supporters of President Bush to confront us. In order to make this action as effective as possible, we will publish action guidelines and expect those people participating in the action to remain silent, refrain from escalating, and above all, keep this protest non-violent.

For this one moment, the opposition to Bush will stand together.

He has refused us for 4 years– he has drowned out our voices. He has surrounded himself with advisors who blindly support him, he refuses to talk to any but the most submissive and sycophantic news organizations. He has turned his back on the American public as a whole, only catering to his most ardent and obsessive supporters.

Well, Mr. Bush, watch us turn our backs on you.

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January 17, 2005 - Posted by | The Progressive Movement

3 Comments »

  1. You complain that
    “(Bush) has refused us for 4 years– he has drowned out our voices. He has surrounded himself with advisors who blindly support him, he refuses to talk to any but the most submissive and sycophantic news organizations. He has turned his back on the American public as a whole, only catering to his most ardent and obsessive supporters.”
    You say Bush has drowned out liberal voices. Why would he not? He doesn’t agree with them, and they aren’t going to come to a decision that he will agree with.

    Your advisors should support you. Paul O’neill disagreed with him, and because he didn’t favor tax cuts, Bush rightly dumped him and replaced him with someone that could point Bush in the right direction.

    Bush won the election. 51% of America supports him. Yes, America was sharply divided, but Bush was no hardcore conservative.

    Comment by rwa2 | January 17, 2005 | Reply

  2. To effectively govern, one must have the interests of all the people in mind. There is no such thing as a Republican President. No such thing as a Democratic President. There are AMERICAN presidents. When Bush is sworn in on the 20th, he becomes MY president. Whether or not I support him, he should support me. By surroundding himself with people who wont disagree with him, Bush loses all sight of what the 49% of this country who didnt vote for him wants and needs. Advisors and cabinet members are there to support the president, yes, but a good cabinet member is one who’s not afraid to show the President another plan of action, a different way.

    Comment by Diane | January 17, 2005 | Reply

  3. nice post, hot rebuttle.
    ^)^

    Comment by Anonymous | January 17, 2005 | Reply


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