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This week (January 17th-21st) here in Washington DC, it’s all about the Presidential Inauguration, however it seems we as a people are so distant from all of the inaugural festivities. I say this because for the past few nights driving in and around DC, all you see is young and old republicans just partying and celebrating, having a joyous and grand old time over this inauguration. I guess it would be all right to feel what they are feeling, but it’s simply not there for me, I’m just not feeling it. It seems their world is far different from mine. I wonder where did all the monies come from to put on such elaborate and extravagant inaugural events? I understand the cost was approximately 40 million dollars, and it was all raised privately. Now, you have to ask, 40 million for this event, and we need money for several other important issues and causes, including the funding of the war? Privately raised or not, this unnecessary use of 40 million could have been put towards funding this bogus war. As we drive through the streets we see countless barricades approximately 7 miles long, (almost 100 blocks) barring any kind of traffic. I understand manhole covers along Pennsylvania Avenue were sealed shut, and Dogs were/are monitoring the train stations and trains. Also, you see aircrafts monitoring for poison air above, military jets, and helicopters monitoring the “no fly zone” for any terrorist threat or activity, snipers on rooftops, and I even heard Air Marshals are located on commercial flights. Additionally, on the ground 25 miles outside DC the secret service is monitoring from a command center. From reports I understand the Security Force is approximately 13,000. What a secured event…huh? All through Bush’s speeches, he has been stressing on “Liberty and Freedom”, it makes you wonder, doesn’t it? Why all the security if indeed he was honestly elected? Why would the people who elected him, harm him?
As for the protestors,
approximately 40,000 of them are here in the city, including several
anti-war groups, however they were not allowed to line the streets as
they did in 2001, but they were designated to protest in certain areas
(behind some security fences and barriers).
The protestors and activists have complained that most of the
areas reserved for them are behind bleachers or set off hundreds of feet
from the street. Of course, their rights have been violated.
Why did they thing they would be able to protest Mr. Bush Freely?
Don’t they realize this man is truly a “bad man” and he
does what he wishes, regardless of what they feel, think or say?
According to reports, Police sprayed tear gas to disperse
demonstrators who hurled debris and tried to break through the security
fence. Several dozen
protesters threw themselves toward the security fence, lobbing bottles,
trash and snowballs as oppose to Eggs and Tomatoes that was thrown in
2001. Small groups of
anti-Bush demonstrators overturned the metal security barricades, and a
handful of protesters broke through them, many were chanting "Liar...Liar"
and "No More War", even a small fire was set close to the
barricades. As you see, so many are upset with the state of America.
Of course, the Corporate
businesses and lobbyists are here as well “wining and dining” the
“big wigs” of the Bush Administration.
I believe the top donations came from Ameriquest and Marriott who
donated 750,000 dollars each, along with donations of $250,000 from
large companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp, Ford Motor company, Rival
Express Delivers, FedEX Corp., UPS, and even the Altier Group (Philip
Morris the tobacco company), plus another 52 companies and individuals
have chipped in $250,000. In
addition, about 100 companies donated $100,000 each.
All of these companies are claiming that the “contributions are
normal as voting in a democracy”.
While laws govern what individuals can give to a campaign,
clearly there are no limits on inaugural gifts from corporations and
political participation by companies and associations in the U.S. is a
normal course of business.
I was very surprised to see the massive amounts of people attending the inaugural swearing in ceremony in the bitter cold, and walking along the snowy/icy streets. There were thousand and thousands (young and old, many walking and rolling along in wheel chairs). Now I see why Mr. Bush won the election. The amount of folks I saw in the streets heading to the ceremony actually reminded me of the Million Man March. What a sight to see, it was a bit overwhelming!
What can I say…another event to go down in my memory! In my humble and honest opinion, this Presidential Inauguration week was filled with lots of “hoopla” for no reason! Here in America they are all celebrating (drinking and partying), and so many of our own are dying in Iraq, fighting for this “Liberty and Freedom”, Mr. Bush talks about. I guess we can do nothing but live with it, because there is so little one can do when the powers are too enormous to fight!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Susan Mangatal email@example.com
February 19th 2005
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