Feb 01 2006

Marks for Consistency

Cindy Sheehan was forcefully arrested and escorted out of the House chamber during the State of the Union address for wearing a t-shirt that read “2245 dead. How many more?”. They named her a protestor and wouldn’t let her stay even if her jacket was zipped up.

Also escorted out (though probably MUCH more kindly) was the wife of Congressman C.W. Bill Young (R) of Florida, who was wearing a t-shirt that read “Support the Troops- Defending Our Freedom”. They claimed that she was also a protestor.

It’s the consistency of the administration’s squashing of our freedom of speech that amazes me. Apparently the new message is: SHUT UP, no matter what you have to say. Unless you’re the president. And then you can say all the dumb shit you want. Amen.

But really, how ridiculous can it get? They’re T-SHIRTS, for fuck’s sake!


  • By Anonymous, February 1, 2006 @ 11:58 am

    I couldn’t watch the State of the Union last night. I was sincerely worried about smashing my TV.

    I got your message on LJ. I would absolutely love to see you on the day you mentioned! I’ll leave my cell # on you answering machine soon. Call me there and we can talk about details.

    BTW, we’re fine re. the explosion. The cats are fine, it just smells a little bit icky in our apt. And our garage, well, it looks like a car blew up in it.

  • By Rude Cactus, February 1, 2006 @ 1:12 pm

    This really bothers me. Really. It’s the intolerance that gets me.

  • By ticknart, February 1, 2006 @ 3:56 pm

    I don’t think that the message is “SHUT UP, no matter what you have to say.” Rather it’s more along the lines of “All of you SHUT UP when the president it supposed to look dignified, but those of you who agree with me can voice your opinions at the carefully screened Q&A; sessions.”

    I think the only reason Mrs. Young was escorted out was so the administration didn’t look biased in their opinions at the State of the Union.

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