Tuesday, August 09, 2005



By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Usually, it takes the NYT and other major media outlets two to five days or several years to report stuff. So this story is from two days ago.

Bush went to a Texas town to make a speech and get an award. What was interesting about this jaunt of his was what happened to the poor former citizens of America thanks to his need for "security." From the Daily Texan:
GRAPEVINE - Roads were shut down Wednesday and residents living in nearby apartments between Dooley and Ruth Wall Roads were warned not to look out of their windows Wednesday. School busses from Grapevine-Colleyville ISD formed a perimeter around the site where President George W. Bush was scheduled to land. No one was going to get a glance of the president on his way to the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center.
Leave no school bus behind!

What gives? I would think, in what used to be our country, that the citizens would be really ticked off if someone ordered them to cower inside behind closed curtains or else. This is how Hitler entered Paris. There is something distinctly unamerican about all this stuff.

This isn't due to 9/11, either. Early on, Bush went to Africa to play at being concerned about things there. He toured a former slave market. Before doing this, he had the neighboring villages cleaned out of all humans. They were rounded up and locked under armed guards in a stadium. Then he had "plants" accompany him on his little tour. Otherwise, all normal people were kept far away. I remember writing about this at the time and right wingers assured me that this would never happen here in America.

Well, not only has it happened, it is out of control. Where ever this champion coward goes, he scurries along like a cockroach, slithering under the rug and avoiding the light. He not only keeps far away from hecklers, mothers of dead soldiers, Congresspeople, the press, horses, prosecutor Fitzgerald, he keeps everyone away because he basically can't argue his way with anyone asking sharp questions. You can bet, he would move heaven and earth to avoid me!

There is zero chance of us ever meeting.

What ails Texans? They make a lot of noise about hating government intrusions yet whenever their chimp runs out of his ranch, they meekly and mildly lock themselves indoors without protest. They yell about how free and brave they are and then show less resistance to authority than the average Iraqi child. They allow themselves to be buffaloed and ballyhooed. I have raised sheep with more gumption and self respect.

Is Bush so terrifed of Texans that he thinks they will Oswald him? Does he trust the one state that wholeheartedly voted for him without manipulating the voting machines? Did the people of Texas really vote for him? He should be able to walk the streets there, shouldn't he?

If not, why? Why didn't poeple pour out of their prison homes, shouting and shaking their fists? Why didn't they spontaneously march upon the Texas Convention Center, demanding that Bush act like a citizen and not like Stalin? You would think, the rage and hurt dignity would rouse them out of their Texas stupor.

Bush nearly never comes to New York. He can't shut down NYC like he loves to shut down Texas. If he went down the street and the Secret Service demanded everyone shut the curtains, people will throw eggs from the rooftops except they would be murdered by the many troops that "secure" the President by acting like it is WWII and we are the Parisians who oppose Hitler.

And in a nutshell, that is where we stand today. Our emperor has no clothes but plenty of guards.

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