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Thursday, February 02, 2006

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Steve

Actually, they've been pulling people out of the Capitol gallery for causing a disturbance for quite some time, going back to the 1950s when a bunch of separatists from Puerto Rico shot the place up. At least one person (that memory serves) was pulled out of the Gallery during the impeachment trial for t-shirt sloganeering. Personally, given the animosity the last two presidents have been able to stir up, it's a minor miracle no one has been able to take a shot at either of them. (And that is an unequivocally good thing--that's the last thing our country needs).

Hope all is well over on the other side of the hill for you guys!

Scott

Actually, they've been pulling people out of the Capitol gallery for causing a disturbance for quite some time, going back to the 1950s when a bunch of separatists from Puerto Rico shot the place up. At least one person (that memory serves) was pulled out of the Gallery during the impeachment trial for t-shirt sloganeering.

Yes, and I believe someone was removed from a Clinton State of the Union address as well (although I may be conflating that with the impeachment incident). But that still doesn’t make it right. And Slick Willie didn’t have the abominable track record of our current president when it comes to this sort of thing. This is not an isolated incident. It’s a pattern. And it’s incredibly disturbing, as it’s a perversion of the exact thing we’re now theoretically over in Iraq fighting for.

Besides, as previously mentioned, just because people have been pulled out before not only doesn’t make it right, it doesn’t change the fact that there is no law or even rule against wearing a t-shirt and that in fact the courts have ruled that there CAN’T be such a rule. [Obviously, shooting up the joint is something else entirely.]

I’m very glad you responded, by the by—and I kinda wondered if you would :) —as I was thinking about posting an update anyway.

Because I want to make something very clear:

I think wearing a t-shirt of any kind, slogan or not, to the State of the Union address is terribly uncool.

I think there are certain times and places where you show an elevated level of respect by dressing up. And I say that as a guy who wears either jeans or shorts and sneakers every single day of the year. But even I make two exceptions: weddings and funerals. And were I invited to the White House or Congress, I would also make an exception.

Now, Sheehan claims she was at a rally, hence the t-shirt, when she was offered the ticket by the congresswoman and that she had no intention of protesting—she simply went straight there and, once seated, took off her jacket because it was warm in there, and if she HAD intended to protest, she would have waited until the president arrived, when the television cameras would have been on her. Given Sheehan’s history, I don’t blame those who suspect she might have protested at some point, but her excuse is completely believable—if she’d just waited half an hour to open her jacket, she would have gotten a hundred times the attention, and she’s savvy enough by now to know that. This is all in sharp contrast to Mrs. Young, who obviously planned her attire ahead of time, and who clearly knew she’d be sitting a mere six rows behind Laura Bush.

So I don’t care if your t-shirt says "I Love My Country!" or "Down with the President!" or "World’s Greatest Grandfather!" or "Jackson Browne Is NOT All Washed Up!" (which, by the way, is true), or even just wearing a beautiful five-hundred-dollar custom-made Ralph Lauren t-shirt without any writing on it whatsoever, wearing a t-shirt to the State of the Union address is tasteless and rude.

But, again, that’s not the point. There’s no actual rule or law against it. So you cannot be removed for doing it. Or, rather, you clearly can. But if things were run according to principle, you wouldn’t be.

Oh, did I mention principles? Well, lest there be any doubt that most of the folks involved in this had absolutely no principles whatsoever, Congressman Bill Young said yesterday he wouldn't be so mad if it had just been Sheehan treated illegally. Because, you see, "I totally disagree with everything she stands for," he said. Ah, but when it came to his wife, well then, the police clearly "acted precipitously." And, of course, he’s thinking about suing.

What a hypocritical jerk. What a complete and total asshole. I did a little Googling but couldn’t find out what his official stance on tort reform is. But I gotta admit, I’m willing to bet he is indeed on record as supporting it. You know, until HE feels like suing someone. Jeez. Is there one of our elected officials who understand that the rules don’t change just because you do or do not like someone?

Personally, given the animosity the last two presidents have been able to stir up, it's a minor miracle no one has been able to take a shot at either of them. (And that is an unequivocally good thing--that's the last thing our country needs).

Yeah, I’m with you on that one. I suspect that even the elected officials are scanned pretty closely before these puppies. At least, I hope so.

Hope all is well over on the other side of the hill for you guys!

Man, I’ll tell ya. I don’t think we’ve had even a single day in the past two months where one of the six of us wasn’t sick. Whatever we did, we’re sorry already, okay?

Oh, and you’ll particularly like this one. My seven-year-old came in yesterday, looking quite troubled. "Daddy," she said, her brown eyes wide. "Miss So-and-So just drove up the street…and her six-year-old was in the front seat—standing up! Why? Why would she do that? Isn’t that illegal?"

Verbatim. I didn’t know what to say. What can you say to that?

And, yes, she does tend to talk like Little Cindy Lou Who. Except that she’s cuter.

Steve the LLamabutcher

What is it with people in The Ridge and their durn kids in the front seat?

Scott

What is it with people in The Ridge and their durn kids in the front seat?

Dude, I swear, I do not know and I cannot figure it out. If you ever do, let me know, because I am beyond baffled by it all. They sure seem to love their kids...and yet...

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