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Old 04-22-2005, 03:18 PM   #61
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I have been to rallies protesting Bush's policies. However, I would never demonstrate during a commencement, I don't care who the speaker is. A commencement is not a political event. If Bush were giving a speech promoting his Social Security policies at the local Chamber of Commerce, you'd better believe I'd be demonstrating. That's politics. If it's a non-political event like a commencement I would not protest. Period. I'd try to get a ticket and hear what he has to say to a non-political audience. Who knows, it could be pretty interesting, and of course he has a great sense of humor, I actually like his jokes. I don't think the speech would be boring, which alot of commencement speeches are.
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If Bush reads the kids "Oh the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss and tells them to reach for the stars, it's not a political event. But if he so much as mentions an iota of Iraq or 9/11 or terror or freedom -- and I bet that he will -- then it will most definitely be a political event so protest away. Any time the president is at a public event using taxpayer money to pay for security and transportation etc. you can protest if you want. If the school is paying for his airfare and security detail, then they can block out who they want. But I highly doubt that is going on.

If you believe the government is doing wrong, you can protest. You may get into issues if you take the protest inside and the fact that it's a private school is duly noted. That being said, the sidewalks are public property. Protest there all you want.
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OK, the sidewalks are public property. I wouldn't go into the room itself and hold up an anti-Bush sign. If there was a peaceful protest organized at a different place on the campus, I suppose I would go. I don't have a shortage of issues to protest against, trust me.
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I had a good laugh at that one too. That would be quite a stretch, especially in a capitalist nation.
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If you believe the government is doing wrong, you can protest. You may get into issues if you take the protest inside and the fact that it's a private school is duly noted. That being said, the sidewalks are public property. Protest there all you want.
Not the ones on-campus. The campus is pretty self contained, but it's got very busy streets on any side so there's really no place to protest. The school may not be paying for airfare, etc, but honestly I wouldn't be surprised if the DeVos camp would...
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I have been to rallies protesting Bush's policies. However, I would never demonstrate during a commencement, I don't care who the speaker is. A commencement is not a political event. If Bush were giving a speech promoting his Social Security policies at the local Chamber of Commerce, you'd better believe I'd be demonstrating. That's politics. If it's a non-political event like a commencement I would not protest. Period. I'd try to get a ticket and hear what he has to say to a non-political audience. Who knows, it could be pretty interesting, and of course he has a great sense of humor, I actually like his jokes. I don't think the speech would be boring, which alot of commencement speeches are.
thank you.

there is a time for protest.

there is a time to have some friggin respect for the people who are graduating and not muck up one of the best moments of their lives. go protest him at the airport or somethin.
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No matter the speaker, one should attend his or her commencement. I worked very hard while at Alverno College, received the highest honors, and my graduation was one of the top moments of my life, almost up there with seeing U2 in concert. I can't even remember the speaker's name. Her speech was filled with totally cliched "you go girl" Oprah-speak. I kept zoning out, wishing it was Bono up there giving the commencement speech, not this boring twit.
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It shouldn't be too bad. Maybe he'll have an interpreter.
or you can watch the media coverage afterwards to see what he actually meant to say.. when he say's whatever it was that wasn't written (by someone else) for him to say.
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[ It's a quote from Thomas Jefferson -- "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism." I think he had it right. [/B]
I'm sorry, but I am pretty sure Jefferson did not say that. I think it is an urban myth spread across the internet. Just check his papers online at Univ. of Va.
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If Bush reads the kids "Oh the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss and tells them to reach for the stars, it's not a political event.

One of the Valedictorians at my high school graduation did this .

I wouldn't protest at a graduation, it's not fair to the students on their special day. If it were my commencement I would still go, I wouldn't be thrilled he was there, but I would not let his presence ruin my graduation. I would probably not clap or stand at the end of his speech though, just sit quietly, I don't think that that would disturb anyone else.
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President Bush raised eyebrows on Tuesday when he asked locals in Galveston, Texas:
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"Splash Day" is the annual "adult oriented enormous beach party" celebration on the Gulf Coast.

BUSH: Do you still have Splash Day?

(LAUGHTER)

BUSH: You have to be a baby boomer to know what I'm talking about.

(LAUGHTER)

BUSH: I'm not saying whether I came or not on Splash Day. I'm just saying, Do you have Splash Day?

(LAUGHTER)

Bush was unaware "Splash Day" is now a fully gay and lesbian event on the beaches.
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"Baby boomer" is a pretty sick term if you think about it...

/sorry, back on topic.
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I think you answered your own question ... it's appealing to "the base"

I think you just showed how "general" your knowledge of the subject is.



BTW I am surprised to see how many Calvin folks are around. Shouldn't you be out smoking?
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I have been to rallies protesting Bush's policies. However, I would never demonstrate during a commencement, I don't care who the speaker is. A commencement is not a political event. If Bush were giving a speech promoting his Social Security policies at the local Chamber of Commerce, you'd better believe I'd be demonstrating. That's politics. If it's a non-political event like a commencement I would not protest. Period. I'd try to get a ticket and hear what he has to say to a non-political audience. Who knows, it could be pretty interesting, and of course he has a great sense of humor, I actually like his jokes. I don't think the speech would be boring, which alot of commencement speeches are.

I still haven't woken up from my commencement. You all are just part of my elaborate (blue) dream.
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