Attila the Pun
Friday, January 21, 2005
What does delusional start with?

Wow, the inauguration of George W Bush has really set the protest movement into overdrive. Their hatred for the man has enabled them to throw off the shackles of their small minds, escape the Vietnam mindset, and come up with some devastating new chants:

Armed with signs reading: "It's not a mandate when you cheat" and "51 per cent is not a mandate", thousands of protesters turned out for demonstrations and marches throughout the capital to voice their dissent as Bush supporters cheered his victory and ushered in his second term.

Is 62 million votes a mandate?

Bill Hollenshead, a 45-year-old accountant from Pennsylvania attending the DC Anti-War Network's protest, said he came to Washington to "show Bush that not everyone agrees with him, because he doesn't seem to understand that".

You're right Bill - with the media solidly onside, Hollywood watching his back, and hundreds of authors pumping out thousands of pro-Bush tomes, it wouldn't surprise me if Bush was completely unaware that there were people who disagreed with him.

Mr Hollenshead said he was not a traditional activist, but he decided to take part in the protest because "I'm against everything that Bush is for and I'm for everything that he's against".

I love a good generalisation. So you are against democracy in the middle east, but you are for islamic terrorism? You are against military and humanitarian aid to south east Asia, but for childhood illiteracy?

In Washington's Malcolm X Park early today, protesters laid down cardboard caskets draped with the US flag to signify US troops killed in Iraq, as a woman sang "This is a rich man's war; what is the poor man fighting for? Mothers and fathers are crying, because their children are dying".

What is it about protestors and rhyming couplets?

"I can't believe people of my generation allowed for this to happen again," said Kathy Liggett, 52, of Indiana, recalling the Vietnam War era.

Ms Liggett, whose son is a marine stationed in Fallujah, slammed the conflict in Iraq as an "unjustified war", sporting a button saying "Bush lied; people died" and holding a sign reading "Iraq: Arabic for Vietnam".

Doesn't the use of a semi-colon somewhat confuse the issue, wouldn't Bush lied: people died be better?

Other protesters held signs reading "No more war" or "In fighting monsters, we're becoming one"."

Good to see they have taken time out from Nietzsche 101 to whip up a few signs. So by not fighting monsters, and leaving them to be monstrous, does that keep us pure?

Another poster, bearing Mr Bush's image, read: "International war criminal". Nearby, protesters chanted "Hey, hey, ho, ho, Bush and (Vice President Dick) Cheney got to go".

I wonder if that last one will ever catch on. Nahhh

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