Skip to comments.100-plus give a lesson in free speech (code pink Ejected, Great Event)
Posted on 07/05/2008 4:01:45 PM PDT by Syncro
By John Henderson email@example.com
Published: July 5, 2008
While thousands flocked to hear President Bush speak at Monticello on Friday morning, Dana Palmer stood by the side of Route 20 dressed like Lady Liberty to teach her kids a lesson in free speech.
Palmer, her husband and their two children were among more than 100 people to protest Bushs visit to Monticello with homemade signs, costumes, expressive T-shirts and their voices.
Palmer wore bright green robes, a foam crown and had her face painted white to represent the death of liberty, while her husband, dressed in black, was Darth Cheney. Palmer, a Charlottesville resident, brought her son and daughter to see the First Amendment in action. What better thing can I teach them about free speech than bringing them out here to show them free speech? she said.
Protesters started arriving around 6 a.m. in Quarry Park, a mile from the Monticello Visitors Center, and their numbers grew through the morning.
The earliest to arrive stood at the entrance to Quarry Road on Route 20, but moved nearer the visitors center to make their views known to drivers, bus passengers going to the naturalization ceremony and eventually Bushs motorcade.
Most people held up signs of their own creation with messages including, Healthcare Not Warfare, Save The Bill of Rights and Who Would Jesus Bomb?
The protest got mixed reactions from passersby. Many drivers honked to show their support and gave the thumbs-up or the peace sign. At least two, including a limousine driver headed toward Monticello, gave protesters a less-friendly finger gesture.
State and Albemarle County police officers made sure the protesters did not stray into the road or onto private property. At around 8 a.m. a Virginia State Police trooper asked everyone to move 75 yards from the intersection of Route 20 and the Thomas Jefferson Parkway, where Bushs motorcade would pass by.
The protesters included members of CODE PINK Women for Peace, the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice, the Charlottesville Democratic Party, and Web sites moveon.org and afterdowningstreet.org.
Sarah Lanzman, an organizer and Center for Peace member, said the protest was about protecting the Constitution from what she described as attacks by Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.
We dont want to hurt the ceremony for the new immigrants, Lanzman said. We just want to state our constitutional right that someone who has destroyed our Constitution should not be at the home of a president who initiated it. That seems very disrespectful to the memory of Thomas Jefferson.
That seemed to be the central theme for protesters who chanted over and over, Impeach Bush! Defend the Constitution!
The only counter-protest was carried on by Jeff Gray who stood in his driveway solemnly waving the American flag. Gray, who supports Bush, said he felt like one man against many.
Keith Drake, former chairman of the Albemarle County Republican Party, said those in opposition to the protest would be at the naturalization ceremony in support of the new citizens.
To cast a stain on their day is shameful, Drake said. The time and the place is elsewhere.
One man had protested the Vietnam War at the University of California, Berkeley in the 1960s, where police used tear gas to control the crowds. Another joined protests in New York City and Washington, D.C., in the 60s and 70s.
Pat Dowd, a longtime Charlottesville resident who participated in protests in Washington in the early 1970s, said young people are not as politically active as they once were.
We really thought we could change the world when we were kids, Dowd said. Kids [today] dont have that feeling.
When Bushs motorcade finally appeared down Route 20, the protesters were ready. They cried for Bushs impeachment, held their signs high and spilled into the road to get a better view.
The police officers who stood guard at the intersection of the Thomas Jefferson Parkway gently escorted them back while a line of black cars, one of them bearing the president, drove away toward Monticello.
The Daily Progress/Megan Lovett
While most demonstrators protesting the presidents visit stood alongside Route 20, some with tickets caused an outburst during the ceremonies at Monticello. No protester was arrested.
"Palmer wore bright green robes, a foam crown and had her face painted white to represent the death of liberty, while her husband, dressed in black, was Darth Cheney.
LOL at Darth Cheney. Little do they know that they used a very positive characterizationof our Vice President.
The prosters were lined up outside from about 6 am and got a "salute" from one of those Rich Conservatives:
At least two, including a limousine driver headed toward Monticello, gave protesters a less-friendly finger gesture.His passengers must have approved.
(The Daily Progress/Matthew Rosenberg)
President Bush picks up newly minted U.S. Julia White Freeman 8 from Charlottesville.
What better thing can I teach them about free speech than bringing them out here to show them free speech? she said.
Teaching them about free speech is one thing. Teaching them to be a$$holes is something quite different!
I thought she was teaching her kids that her parents are idiots.
Check this out:
Hataw Saadi Taha, who fled the northern region of Iraq 11 years ago, said she wanted to become an American citizen because the United States was the first country that accepted her after leaving the rule of Saddam Hussein.
I am very proud of my new country, Taha said. Especially on the Fourth of July.
Taha said she disliked the protesters who tried to disrupt Bushs speech at the ceremony.
Everybody can have their own speech, she said. But I didnt like it at all, especially for today.
A smart kid will pick that up...
"Most people held up signs of their own creation with messages including, Healthcare Not Warfare, Save The Bill of Rights and Who Would Jesus Bomb?"
These protesters are too stupid to realize the irony of placing "Healthcare Not Warfare" RIGHT NEXT TO "Save The Bill of Rights."
Someone explain to these morons that free health care is NOT a right, especially not one enumerated in the Constitution. *snicker*
Ask any one of these asshats what liberties, constitutional rights, or freedoms they have lost, and their eyes glaze over..
Referencing the "Who Would Jesus Bomb? sign, I don't think that Jesus would go against his Father wiping out legions of people (just like these idiots) in the Old Testament.
Hooray for Hataw Saadi Taha, American!
The funniest thing to me is that if there were no war in Iraq these people would still be screaming for impeachement. And if the Pres were a Rat they would be foursquare in favor of the exact same war. Loonies.
taz her bro!
He should use the DNC Free Speech Zones.
Liberals go gaga over the cages.
Ya call this a protest ? in my day.....
I like the Limo Driver.
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