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What happened today
[Editor's Note: The story printed here was posted on a message board called Democatic Underground.com. There were many hundreds of replies to this message and the vast majority of those expressed outrage and incredulity at the treatment afforded these peaceful, silent protesters. This article could be retitled A Tale of Two Stories, for the rendering of events described by the AP story which appeared in the mainstream corporate press (posted below) gives a decidedly different picture of what happened-with no mention of the arrest of the Turn Your Back on Bush protesters. It kind of reminds you of another rally in held in Munich, many, many years ago...Ken Adachi]
By Tina Staik <email@example.com>
"Angry White Democrat"
As I sit here before you, I must admit I am truly exhausted from a full day. I've read the thread about Ohio State on LBN, and I am here to tell you it is true...and then some. I'll try to hit all the details. And what happened to us is truly unbelieveable.
We arrived at Ohio Stadium at 6AM. A rally was scheduled at the Jesse Owens memorial site for that time, and the graduates were to be at their places by 6:30AM. Family and friends were permitted to enter at that time as well.
I didn't get close enough to the 6AM rally, but in my search for an
organizer of Turn Your Back On Bush, I did indeed hear
I must say, I did not hear that exchange. I was informed of it later when I found outside the stadium protesting. To tell these ADULTS that after 4 years and 80,000 dollars that they would be tossed aside if they didn't face a certain direction?????
I began to wonder how many of those students went to find their friends who were graduating pre-law.....
We entered the stadium later with family and friends, and similar statements
swirled around the crowd. "Please make sure
Once inside, we decided that it might not be a good idea to be too close
to the front. We saw the lines of people waiting to
We went behind the graduates and looked for peace signs on the mortar
boards (a sign that was meant to ID the
It didn't take long for our stomachs to turn....the first speaker (I
believe the OSU President) began spouting about how
That got the attention of the state trooper in front of us. His eyes were on me the rest of the time.
The speech continued to mention that Chimpy was "a tireless worker in
the field of education" and "a man who unified this
About 10 minutes later, Shrub was introduced to speak. Before he even
got to the stage, we did our about-face. I looked
We never got to see how many students participated. We were being led out of Ohio Stadium. To the officers' credit, he realized there was a 3-year-old in my arms and was not at all hostile. I asked him if I was under arrest, and he did not answer me. When we reached the exit, I asked the SS man why we had been ejected, and he told me we were being charged with disturbing the peace. If we chose to leave, the charges would be dropped immediately.
With our daughter in mind, we chose not to fight it. I am sure we will
regret it someday when Bush's fabulous economy
On this day, June 14th, 2002, I came to the realization that we no
longer live in a free society. This is rapidly heading in the
As you take in this message I give to you, I would like to add a footnote.
Next time, I will not leave quietly.
And next time, I will have a babysitter.
Our thanks to the American Friends Patriot Network for forwarding.
Bush Urges 'culture of service' to Graduates at Ohio State Commencement
BY LAWRENCE L. KNUTSON, Associated Press Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio - President Bush ( news - web sites) urged America's new college graduates on Friday to respond to the challenges of terrorism and war by making "a culture of service" a permanent part of American life.
Delivering the commencement address before 5,500 Ohio State University graduates and degree recipients, Bush renewed the effort begun after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to involve millions of Americans in purposeful community service.
"Service is not a chain or a chore — it gives direction to your gifts and purpose to your freedom," Bush said.
While skeptics believe the spirit of idealism engendered by the Sept. 11 attacks is fading, America's young people have the opportunity to determine whether that spirit is "the break of a wave or the rise of a tide," Bush told the audience gathered at Ohio Stadium.
"You will determine whether we become a culture of selfishness and look inward — or whether we will embrace a culture of service and look outward," the president said.
Bush said he is confident of the results.
"Your class and generation understand that the responsibility which begins in your life must extend to your nation," he said. "And so you will make a culture of service a permanent part of American life."
"By sharing the pain of a friend, or bearing the hopes of a child, or defending the liberty of your fellow citizens you will gain satisfaction that cannot be gained in any other way," Bush said.
Bush, who received an honorary doctor of public administration degree during the ceremonies, announced a new clearinghouse feature of the USA Freedom Corps Website. It will allow Americans to type in their zip code and, via links to more than 20,000 service organizations, instantly identify volunteer opportunities just "minutes away from their homes," said Freedom Corps director John Bridgeland.
After the graduation ceremonies, Bush was continuing on to Houston to highlight, by visiting a summer reading camp, the kinds of things volunteers can do.
While in Houston, he was also raising $1.2 million for Gov. Rick Perry's re-election campaign and another $500,000 for the Texas state GOP.
In Ohio, the graduates and more than 55,000 family members and friends listened as Bush spoke of the importance of volunteerism, and opportunities for service offered by the USA Freedom Corps, the Peace Corps and other organizations.
The White House touted the speech as the president's first to a graduating class at a civilian university since Sept. 11. He addressed the class of 2002 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on June 1.
Bush was invited to speak at the Ohio State commencement by representatives of the graduating class. But immediately before class members filed into the giant football stadium, an announcer instructed the crowd that all the university's speakers deserve to be treated with respect and that anyone demonstrating or heckling would be subject to expulsion and arrest. The announcer urged that Bush be greeted with a "thunderous" ovation.
And he was. When university President William Kirwan saluted Bush's
response to Sept. 11, the crowd of thousands stood to applaud, whistle
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