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Some would-be spectators hoping to attend Vice President Dick Cheney's rally in Rio Rancho this weekend walked out of a Republican campaign office miffed and ticketless Thursday after getting this news:
Unless you sign an endorsement for President George W. Bush, you're not getting any passes.
State Rep. Dan Foley, R-Roswell, speaking on behalf of the Republican Party, said Thursday that a "known Democrat operative group" was intending to try to crash Saturday's campaign rally at Rio Rancho Mid-High School. He added that some people were providing false names and addresses and added that tickets for the limited-seating event should go to loyal Bush backers.
Nick Lucy, a 64-year-old veteran and Democrat, said he was turned away from a May 7 rally in Dubuque, Iowa, at which President Bush spoke even though he had a ticket given to him by a local Republican leader. Lucy, who was not asked to sign a form, said he has seen every president since Ronald Reagan, but he was denied access because he is not a registered Republican. He is a Democrat and a past commander of the American Legion in Dubuque who plays taps at veterans' funerals.
''They asked the police to escort me out of there," Lucy said. ''I wasn't going to disrupt anything, but I probably wasn't going to clap a lot, either. Every rally the president goes to everyone is cheering for him because they're handpicked."
Of course, Bush and Cheney are not the first guys to come up with the loyalty oath gimmick. That old blow-bag Sen. Joe McCarthy foisted loyalty oaths on many Americans in the 1950s. Fomenting distrust and hysteria was McCarthy's specialty, and he claimed that anyone who refused to sign a loyalty oath disavowing support of the Communist Party was un-American. He had quite a run for a few years, but was eventually drummed out of the Senate in disgrace -- along with his loyalty oaths.
"I, ___," requiring individuals to state their name, position, hometown and state, "do hereby endorse George W. Bush for re-election of the United States." Attendees then date and sign the form. A disclaimer box underneath the signature line states, "In signing the above endorsement you are consenting to use and release of your name by Bush-Cheney as an endorser of President Bush."
An RNC spokesman, Danny Diaz, claimed that RNC rallies are separate from Bush-Cheney campaign events and that the Bush-Cheney campaign does not require endorsement forms from attendees. Diaz justified the policy saying, "They want to make sure people can hear the president and vice president's vision for the next four years," he said. "There are thousands of volunteers who sacrifice and work hard on the campaign and who deserve to see and hear their president without being disrupted and disrespected." However, Democrats and Independents have been turned away at Bush-Cheney rallies in Minnesota, Iowa, Nevada and West Virginia.
"In signing the above endorsement you are consenting to use and release of your name by Bush-Cheney as an endorser of President Bush."
Originally posted by dgtempe
Leave it to the deadly duo to come up with something new and different like this. I hope they're packing their bags. They'll be out on their cans pronto.
Originally posted by marg6043
It does not matter if is a good or bad president people is going to protest any way, that is their god given right under the constitution, unless we have been stripped out it with the patriot act.
Its incredible how evil can represent itself as "good" and persuade people to see it this way. Evil always comes disguised as good and those God seeking people are the first to believe it. Ironic, but true.
Originally posted by cstyle226
How many new voters are coming out, and for who?
These questions point to Kerry winning, but I wouldn't put anything past this administration, and please believe, politics aside, that they will do just about ANYTHING, no matter how wrong or right, to secure our gov't in their control for another 4 years.
Originally posted by cstyle226
An elderly woman says:
"This is the first time I felt like God was in the White House. Thank you Mr. President."
Originally posted by s13guy
The Bush team ran in 2000 on the idea that CEOs could better run the country, they told us the CEOs would be more efficient -and they always are, at robbing and fooling people.
Originally posted by nativeokie
Make sure everyone in your family votes regardless of party, especially the younger ones.
Originally posted by James the Lesser
I know he flip flops, he is liberal, blah blah blah.