The president visited my state last night. He went to a nice, fairly safe venue, Medford, which is down in southern Oregon. I don’t have all the details, hopefully there will be some coverage on the news tonight. From what I’ve heard on Jefferson Public Radio a couple of very disturbing things happened.
Three local teachers got tickets to the rally and showed up wearing shirts with Support Our Civil Liberties on them. They were escorted from the rally. Supporting Civil Liberties is considered subversive? I currently listening to a caller who is calling them “spoilers.” Excuse me.
There were a couple a hundred folks outside the motel where the president was to stay. The secret service tried to get the folks off the sidewalk, the cops tried to get them back on, shoving followed, then followed by pepper balls. These are paint balls with cayenne pepper in them. As far as I can tell no one was being violent or intended to be violent. It was an unwelcoming rally for the president. A caller has stated that the organizers were assured that if they were peaceful they would not be harassed.
This is the president of the whole country (supposedly). As I stated in my last entry, the old absolute monarchs would be absolutely drooling over the isolation our supposed leaders are able to achieve.
I am making a formal declaration here. I am 54 years old and I have been voting since I was 21. Usually for the loser. I have always supported whoever won. I have never felt like this before. George W Bush is not MY president. He does not have my allegiance. I believe he has no honor and no loyalty to the principles that are this country’s foundation.