According to those who started this so-called experiment in Democracy more than two centuries ago, America is the land of the free where citizens are able to speak their minds and oppose their government. Guess George W. Bush and his storm troopers missed that part of American history. Which explains why the Bush administration works overtime to stop anyone who dares oppose their narrow view of the world.
Members of Congress from both parties have raised sharp questions about the exclusion of political opponents from two taxpayer-funded appearances by President Bush. Three people were ejected from the president’s Social Security town hall meeting in Denver March 21 after they arrived in a car with a “No more blood for oil” bumper sticker. The Denver incident happened after a list was discovered in Fargo, N.D., naming 42 people to be barred from a Bush speech there in February attended by 8,000 people.
Five American presidents in a row eagerly sought audiences with Pope John Paul II, even when the pontiff expressed strong opposition to some of their policies, such as President Clinton’s support for abortion rights and President Bush’s invasion of Iraq.