Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

October 30, 2004

by V

Free speech != Blood on your porch

This was in the WashPost letters today, page A18:

Foul Play in the Campaign (washingtonpost.com)
My photograph was featured on the Oct. 17 front page of The Post. I was shown with the yard sign I had made, which read, "In 2000 they stole the election and now they stole my Kerry sign." My sign was a response to the distressing theft of many signs in favor of Democratic candidates in my neighborhood.

Unfortunately, what followed has been even more disturbing.

At 6:30 a.m. Oct. 19 I was awakened by my daughter's screams. She had found quarts of blood, dozens of turkey feet and an array of innards at our front door. And our homemade sign was gone.

I was scared all day.

This goes beyond partisanship. We are witnessing an alarming level of intolerance for divergent views. Democracy does not exist without free speech. Whatever our politics, we all must stand for our right to fully express ourselves.

Walter Wink, a professor at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City, says, "Violence is the real religion of America. There is an insidious belief . . . that violence saves, that only violence can rescue us from the violence of our enemies."

Let's prove him wrong.

Now, I'm sure this sort of intimidation rates an approving insta-'Heh!' from the right wing blogosphere, and a moronic [What did she expect? She was on the front page!--ed.] from the likes of Slate's inexplicably still-employed hack, but I find it utterly sick (not to mention cowardly) behavior.

This sort of thing jibes very well with the Bush Cult Pledge of Allegiance, though. Repeat after me, everyone...
"I care about freedom and liberty. I care about my family. I care about my country. Because I care, I promise to work hard to re-elect, re-elect George W. Bush as president of the United States."
How did this man come to be seen as such a revered figure? I'm sure the halos didn't hurt; thanks, big media photographers!
Posted by V at October 30, 2004 08:30 PM

David Neiwert over at Orcinus (http://dneiwert.blogspot.com/) is collecting stories like this. I posted this one (credit to VJ) but if anyone hears about others they should send them David's way.

Posted by: Anne at October 31, 2004 06:11 PM

Recommended Reading:

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The Great Unraveling
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The Great Big Book of Tomorrow
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Blinded by the Right
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