PPRC "Friday the 13th" Rally condemns Bush’s slasher attacks on the
Rights, gutting of social programs, views drop in polls as good sign
Date: Friday, February 13th, 2004
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: Pioneer Courthouse Square
The Portland Peaceful Response Coalition 5:00 p.m. "Friday the 13th"
and march for peace at Pioneer Courthouse Square draws some parallels
between slasher films and Bush’s approach to the Bill of Rights and
education. "It's a scary state our nation is in," said Lila, a local
school student and regular Friday rally marcher. "We have to write
to our local government to 'alert' them about the horrible 'free-speech
zones' we are submitted to, our president declares our country is on
rise when in the years he has been in office he has started two wars,
the Patriot Act into motion, our schools cut teachers and programs and
small class is 32 people." Lila said her worst nightmare (on Elm
perhaps) is that Bush could be reelected in November. "We have to
even harder to make sure that doesn't happen and that this downward
reversed," said Lila. "Many are starting to lose hope that we can make
change but we have to keep trying or it will just get worse!"
The prospects that George "Jason" Bush might yet be defeated in
seem to be improving daily. Polls indicate his approval ratings are
falling, very likely the result of arms inspector David Kay’s recent
declarations that there were no WMDs in Iraq, along with renewed
given to Bush’s Air National Guard service record.
Few of the Friday rally regulars were impressed with Bush’s recent
performance with Tim Russert, agreeing with columnist Robert Scheer who
asked "Is it just me, or is President Bush's demeanor a bit Napoleonic
days?"1 In an Los Angeles Times column, Scheer observed that in the
interview Bush referred to himself repeatedly as a 'war president' as
his trainers had assured him that the phrase was a talisman that would
off all charges of ineptitude and bad-faith leadership. Jody Heatlie,
another Friday rally regular, agreed. "We can't let them get away with
these lies while the real purpose in Iraq now is privatizing and
all Iraq's resources for the multi-national corporations," said
"They are even preventing unions from forming."
Heatlie also scoffed at Bush’s statements that the economy is
"The truth is that millions of jobs are being lost, going to other
for cheap labor, and people are hurting all over this country," said
1. "War as an Excuse for Everything", Robert Scheer, Los Angeles
February 10, 2004.
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