There’s a move afoot for Bush haters to protest at the inauguration in January by anonymously lining the motorcade route and, when Bush passes by, turning their backs on him. The group is called “Turn your back on Bush“.
The group has developed what one can tell by reading their website they think is a cutting edge new protest technique.
“The Bush administration has been successful at keeping protesters away from major events in the last few years by closing off areas around events and using questionable legal strategies to outlaw public dissent. We can use these obstacles to develop new tactics. On Inauguration day, we don’t need banners, we don’t need signs, we just need people. We’re calling on people to attend inauguration without protest signs, shirts or stickers. Once through security and at the procession, at a given signal, we’ll all turn our backs on Bush’s motorcade and continue through his speech and swearing in. A simple, clear and coherent message.”
Actually, if they stay facing the other way, the world may be better off. Have you seen some of these people? Some of these groups contain so many Zeroes that they give Pearl Harbor veterans nasty flashbacks.
The perpetual nastiness of the anti Bush bunch means that the inauguration could contain more surprises than Paris Hilton’s strep culture. The protester turnout could be much higher this year, due to several factors– the war in Iraq, heated domestic issues, Kerry losing, combined with a continuing hangover from the year 2000 swan song for Al Gore’s sanity.
That being said, this will probably end up being a non issue, despite what the website says. Protest organizers tend to sound a lot like tin-pot dictators. “You will swim in rivers of dimpled chads, feel the wrath of mother nature, and be buried in ‘You can’t hug your kids with nuclear arms’ bumper stickers!” Then, at event time, only a few dozen show up– some only because they were promised a pint of Yukon Jack or some other such trivial payment accepted as legitimate currency by employees of the left’s largest corporations: “Rent a Mob” and its election year subsidiary, “Lease a Voter.”