Saturday, April 16, 2005

Bubble boy: Republicans drop the pretense that Bush is president of all the people 

That didn't take long, did it?

After mounting criticism that the White House has been shattering presidential precedents, wrapping Bush in a bubble and possibly even violating free-speech rights by keeping dissenters out of Bush's so-called public events, the Bush team is trying something new today.

For today's event, the White House has eliminated any pretense that the events are open to the public, instead making it clear that the events are invitation-only.
(via Washington Post)

And guess who they outsourced the ticket distribution to?

The White House is apparently now outsourcing ticket distribution for presidential events to the local Chamber of Commerce.

Funny, I don't remember voting for the Chamber of Commerce.

Leave aside the issue that all the taxpayers are paying for events that only those who agree with Bush can attend. Let's ask the big question:

In what way is Bush a legitimate President if he doesn't fulfill his oath of office and govern Constitutionally? The First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
US Constitution, Amendment 1

Surely the "right of the people peacably to assemble" means that you, as a citizen, can wear a Kerry T-Shirt to a Bush Partei rally?

And surely "petition the Government for redress of grievances" means that people who disagree with Bush—that is, those who have a grievance—can get to see Him?

That would seem to be the common sense view, but apparently the Republicans disagree.

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