Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Reality Bites

Via Kafka-Orwell 2004 Blog, Reality Bites the GOP
The Republican Party has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Rock the Vote because -- this is amazing -- they claim that by suggesting a national debate about a military draft, they are violating their responsibility to be non-partisan. Read RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie's letter to Rock the Vote and Rock the Vote's reply, here.
In the words of Rock The Vote President Jehmu S. Green:
[Gillespie's letter] struck us as just the sort of "malicious political deception" that is likely to increase voter cynicism and decrease the youth vote. In fact, it is a textbook case of attempted censorship, very much in line with those that triggered our organization's founding some fifteen years ago.
Attempted Censorship? Abuse of Power? Fascism? The GOP? Couldn't be.

In related news, The GOP Bites Back
President Bush taught three Oregon schoolteachers a new lesson in irony – or tragedy – Thursday night when his campaign removed them from a Bush speech and threatened them with arrest simply for wearing t-shirts that said “Protect Our Civil Liberties,” the Democratic Party of Oregon reported.

The women got past the first and second checkpoints and were allowed into the Jackson County fairgrounds, but were asked to leave and then escorted out of the event by campaign officials who allegedly told them their T-shirts were “obscene.”
Attempted Censorship? Abuse of Power? Fascism? Er.... Seigheil.

Link and pointer thanks to Doug's Dynamic Drivel, Shameless Agitator, Common Dreams, and The Reality Stick.


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