Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Badass bridge players take on the president.

They would be my superheros if only they hadn't apologized. Nevertheless, these are my kind of broads.

“Freedom to express dissent against our leaders has traditionally been a core American value,” she wrote by e-mail. “Unfortunately, the Bush brand of patriotism, where criticizing Bush means you are a traitor, seems to have penetrated a significant minority of U.S. bridge players.”

I didn't vote for Bush, either. His first term was my first experience fully appreciating the idea of term limits.



From a purely Canadian point of view: We couldn't figure out why Al Gore didn't win the first time and then we nearly shot ourselves when the people of the U.S. voted Bush in for a 2nd term. But, that's democracy. So sad people are fearful to speak out and must use signs instead. (Hope I haven't opened a can a worms...I love Americans and their country, really I do!)Speak up people! Take Liberty.

Alex said...

wtf? has the constitution changed and i don't know it? last i checked you can say what ever you want and not have to apologize for it. quick someone look up "freedom of speech" please!

Looks hot in Brown said...

From another purely Canadian point of view, it seems as tho' whomever is in power doesn't appreciated being criticized. This is not a uniquely Republican or US characteristic. I lived in the States under 5 different Presidents and all of them - and their supporters - had choice names for anyone who disagreed with them.

I've yet to meet an American who is "afraid to speak out" on just about any subject. Holding up a sign that states, "I didn't vote for this President" proves hardly proves that a person hasn't Taken Liberty. To me, it simply indicates that she is too lazy to put any of the many - and there are MANY - reasons she mightn't support her country's current leader into a thoughtful, articulate argument.

Fairfax said...

i thought they hadn't apologized...yet. i sure hope they don't, but one said she makes her living playing bridge and if they get sanctioned, she can't play for a year. i am so ashamed of this country. (in fact, i moved to the uk after the last us election).

Anonymous said...

She isn't "lazy," she's smart. The many reasons to disavow support for this president are so self-evident, it would be wasteful to bother spelling them out yet again at this late date.

decorno.blogspot.com said...

LHIN - - free speech doesn't obligate people to actually GIVE a speech. Free speech is even a well-delivered flipping of the bird or a FUCK YOU.

I think it's silly to assert that "she is too lazy to put any of the many - and there are MANY - reasons she mightn't support her country's current leader into a thoughtful, articulate argument."

Her event didn't even afford her a platform to give some kind of "articulate arguement" - - her comment was a little more guerilla than that... she had probably 10 seconds to convey something in a rare moment in a private citizen's life where a camera is actually pointed at her and she took her shot. I would argue the sign was more effective than anything she could have said because it's the picture that made the news story... not what she might have spoken.

So, bravo to her.

Cote de Texas said...

My favorite words ever spoken about Bush's election courtesy of Ani Difranco's Self Evident:

cuz take away our playstations
and we are a third world nation
under the thumb of some blue blood royal son
who stole the oval office and that phony election
I mean
it don't take a weatherman
to look around and see the weather
Jeb said he'd deliver Florida, folks
and boy did he ever

and we hold these truths to be self evident:
#1 George W. Bush is not president
#2 America is not a true democracy
#3 the media is not fooling me
cuz I am a poem heeding hyper-distillation
I've got no room for a lie so verbose
I'm looking out over my whole human family
and I'm raising my glass in a toast

looks hot in brown said...

Just returned last night from a month in Europe. Funny to note how many fellow non-Americans I saw along the way who are wearied to death of meeting Americans and hearing, "I didn't vote for him" as the first words out of their mouths.

One insightful Athenian pointed out - over a scrumptious dinner with the tastiest chocolate mousse I've ever had the honour of shovelling - that spouting off this line within 2 minutes of acquaintanceship has become in some circles a kind of U.S. short-hand for, "I'm cool, I long for your petting and approval, please love me."

Perhaps worse yet is the expression of eager anticipation that never fails to accompany such statements: the implied expectation of praise, admiration, and positive clucking from the recipient. "My heavens! Aren't you a wonderously marvellous human for telling me this as soon as I shook your hand!?"

If you didn't vote for your President, so be it. I have voted for a too many losing candidate to count in my country's, province's and city's elections. However, the rage I harbour about some of the winners' policies is not something I will foist upon any vicitim who happens to be in my vicinity. If the subject arises, I will gladly and passionately tell how I feel and why. I learned at around the age of 3 years old that the world does not revolve around me and therefore I do not expect all I encounter in my daily life to be enraptured by my personal voting record.

So please, understand that chirping, "Don't blame me, I'm one of the good guys" or some euphemism thereof instead of making polite conversation upon meeting - or behaving appropriately in a given setting - makes many, many, many of us want to roll our eyes at, not hug, you.

Anonymous said...

We say it because we are proud--passionately so--that we didn't vote for him, and because we want our fellow citizens to wake up and think hard about our leadership, not not follow it narcoleptically.

We are not so self-effacing that we believe expressing an opinion invariably means "foisting" it on a "victim."

And we do not have the tradition of politely suppressing our opinion unless someone asks us for it. If that's how you do it in Canada, then that is very... Canadian of you.

Roll your eyes and withhold all the hugs you want. We'll keep saying it: We didn't vote for him, and he sucks.

(PS: For someone who "learned at around the age of 3 years old that the world does not revolve around [you]," you used "I" 9 times and "my" 4 times in a single post.)

Cote de Texas said...

bravo anon!!!! words well spoken.


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