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T-Shirt Diversity? Bush Won't Cotton to It.
    #3022841 - 08/19/04 12:36 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

T-Shirt Diversity? Bush Won't Cotton to It.

? The question: Which presidential campaign better tolerates dissent?

The experiment: A college professor wears a Kerry-Edwards shirt to a rally for President Bush, then a Bush for President shirt to a John Kerry rally.

Bush's security team didn't like John Prather's fashion statement. (Liz Prather)

Result: Bush people make the subject remove his shirt, then give him the boot. The Kerry people don't make a peep.

John Prather, a mild-mannered math prof at Ohio University's Eastern Campus, says he carried out this one-man study a couple of weeks ago, attending both rallies in one day. "It really was to satisfy my own curiosity," Prather, 38, told us. "It's been my opinion that George Bush has stifled dissent . . . I think John Kerry doesn't. In neither event was I a threat to anyone." Yet, he says, at the Bush rally, "I was tailed the whole time."

It turns out the Bush-Cheney campaign acts preemptively against what it regards as suspicious attendees. Spokesman Terry Holt told us yesterday: "Unfortunately, there have been a number of people who have sought to be disruptive, and unfortunately a small disruptive presence can ruin an event for the rest of the people who go to see the president and participate in the event."

Prather, who lives in Wheeling, W.Va., calls himself a "moderate Democrat" who voted for Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He had a ticket to an afternoon Bush rally July 31 in Cambridge, Ohio. At the first ring of security, Prather says he was told to turn his Kerry shirt inside out. He did. At the second ring, he was told to remove the shirt. He did, then donned a soccer T-shirt. "I was in for 10 or 15 minutes," he recalls, when security escorted him out. It was before the president arrived. "I was so far away I couldn't have even heckled him," Prather notes.

A few hours later, he entered the Kerry rally, in Wheeling, wearing his Bush shirt. "Nobody said anything to me. I took the Bush shirt off after it was clear no one was watching me, and put on the Kerry shirt."

The professor realizes that this limited sample does not provide a sturdy conclusion, and offers an assignment: "I would encourage other people to carry out the experiment."

Civics class dismissed.

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Re: T-Shirt Diversity? Bush Won't Cotton to It. [Re: fft2]
    #3022938 - 08/19/04 12:57 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

Can they honestly do that? Tell someone to remove a T-shirt or leave?

Aren't these public rallies?

Kudos to the Kerry-Edwards ticket for being the mature ones.


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Re: T-Shirt Diversity? Bush Won't Cotton to It. [Re: Zahid]
    #3023032 - 08/19/04 01:21 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

> Can they honestly do that? Tell someone to remove a T-shirt or leave?
> Aren't these public rallies?

They are the Government, they can do whatever they feel like.  :frown:  (This attitude is the problem with the current administration, imho).

I would suspect either the 'public rally' was on private property, or some kind of president-of-the-US national security BS was used to justify it... you know, like the commercial: if you wear a John Kerry tee-shirt, you are supporting terrorism!  (or was that using non-FDA approved drugs, I can never remember... must be all the kerry tee-shirts I keep smoking)

Just another spore in the wind.

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Re: T-Shirt Diversity? Bush Won't Cotton to It. [Re: Zahid]
    #3028524 - 08/20/04 02:42 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

free speech zones

All I know is The Growery is a place where losers who get banned here go.

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