Ahhh... anyone remember the good old days when Americans were allowed to question the Presidents policies? Decent was still considered to be one of our constitutional rights. When "the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances" actually meant we could tell the President what we, the people, were really thinking.
Yes, I sit here reminiscing on those long past days of the pinnacle of our Democracy. But, alas, those days our gone. Now, you have to sign a loyalty oath to get within 100 yards of the president. If you disagree with anything he says, you will be swiftly escorted from the eyesight of our benevolent exalted one. Whether it be opposition to the war in Iraq, or a dislike for privatizing Social Security, you are deemed unworthy of being in his presence.
This somehow reminds me of something... but I can't quite put my finger on it... Oh yes!... It is like all of those "un-democratic" monstrosities that the President rails against. You know, the ones where the government plans all the gatherings and rallies to show support for that government. China, Syria, Iran, North Korea are names that come to mind. No other western democracy even comes close to the PR orchestra that the Bush administration does.
Bush: Much 'Educating' to Do on Soc. Sec.
By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer
SHREVEPORT, La. - In state after state along President Bush (news - web sites)'s Social Security (news - web sites) road campaign, hand-picked audiences cheer him, leaving the impression that the nation wholeheartedly backs his ideas for reform. The reality is different.
While a majority of Americans approve of Bush's handling of terrorism and foreign policy, just 37 percent like his approach to Social Security, an Associated Press poll found.
"I've got a lot of educating to do to convince people not only that we have a problem, but we need to come together and come up with a solution to Social Security," Bush conceded at the end of a two-day swing through Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee and Louisiana.
Bush has hosted Social Security events in 14 states since his Feb. 2 State of the Union address.
At each one, the audience lends supportive applause when he talks about the federal retirement system's solvency problems and his desire to let younger workers set up private retirement accounts.
Only when dissenters manage to slip into the presidential events and voice their disapproval is there an inkling of what opinion polls clearly show: Not everyone is on board.
At a stop earlier in the day in Memphis, Tenn., a young woman shouted "No" as Bush marketed his ideas onstage. The woman, one of four people who interrupted Bush's remarks, was escorted out of the event. A man in the crowd later shook his head and muttered aloud: "There's no guarantee. There's no guarantee," apparently in disagreement with Bush's proposals.