- Neighborhood streets were closed: True.
- Residents were ordered to remove their Bush/Cheney signage: False.
Good Tuesday morning!
John Kerry brought his "front porch meeting" to our Canonsburg, PA neighborhood on Labor Day morning. Since you will never hear the truth from the TV or print media I thought that you should know from someone who was 'almost' there.
The residents who live on the street where the event took place were not allowed to attend. Kerry shipped in approximately
The street was closed to all traffic the night before and all residents on the street were REQUIRED to remove their Bush/Cheney signs. The sympathetic police officers on duty told us that Kerry used imminent domain to claim the street for his purposes. Residents who have homes within the perimeter (approximately
A neighbor from across the street came to the line where we were being kept and asked us to come onto his property. The police told us that we could stand on this mans FORMERLY private property! This was set up so that Kerry's views could be heard - but not the neighbors. About
This mornings papers are reporting how hecklers tried to interrupt Kerry as he spoke to the neighborhood gathering, but he turned our chants to his favor by calling us rude. Even though most of the media was there to record our stories of not being included in the neighborhood forum, not one of them printed or aired the truth.
This is what America will look like if Kerry becomes president. Get registered and get all of your friends registered to vote if they have not already.
Kerry thinks that he is better than the rest of us and he has the media on his side to make him out to be what he is not!
Finally, last night as I drove down the street where the rally was, I was shocked to see Bush/Cheney signs in almost every yard on the street! Please send this
LET FREEDOM RING!
Origins: On Monday, the 6th of September 2004, John Kerry took his campaign to Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, a working class neighborhood near Pittsburgh. That day's schedule began with a front-porch question and answer session with supporters on West College Street at the home of Dale and Jody
It is that session of politicking which is the subject of the
Statements made in two articles that appeared in the Observer-Reporter, the newspaper from the nearby town of Washington, Pennsylvania, after the 'front porch' meeting support the
However, its next assertion, that "all residents on the street were REQUIRED to remove their Bush/Cheney signs," appears to contradict a line from an Observer-Reporter article two days after the event: "In an effort to block out the few dozen Bush supporters on one end of the street, Kerry officials provided volunteers with various Kerry signs in key positions to block Bush signage." Had neighbors been made to take
|From left, Karen Fortney, Beth Soucie and Traci Fortney hold up signs supporting President George Bush during a visit by Democratic candidate Sen. John Kerry to Canonsburg yesterday.|
According to a blogger called ilja who posts on the RightNation.us forums, his conversation with Stan Soucie, the husband of the Beth Soucie interviewed and photographed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, further argued against the 'sign removal' aspect of the account. In his
John Kerry was heckled during his remarks that morning and did dialogue back and forth with his detractors, which means the
Instead, Kerry pulled the detractors into his Labor Day speech, part of the "front-porch discussions" he's been holding across the country. He told them their shouts and taunts couldn't cover up facts — namely, that America has had a net loss of
Gasoline prices are up 31 percent since Bush took office, and college tuition has grown more expensive by the year, he said.
At the same time, he said, wages are down by $1,500 for "the average family."
One heckler then shouted, "Yeah, Kerry, you're really average."
Kerry pounced on the comment, replying: "No, I'm privileged, and my tax burden went down. I don't think that's right."
Kerry said Bush, also a man of money and privilege, has worked hard to lessen tax payments for the wealthiest Americans. Otherwise, Kerry said, Bush has presided over an economy that is in disarray.
Income for all Americans fell 9.2 percent in 2001 and 2002, according to the Internal Revenue Service.
In addition, Bush has rung up record budget deficits, and he will be the first president since Herbert Hoover in the Great Depression to have lost more jobs than he created, Kerry said.
"Franklin Roosevelt, Jack Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon all created jobs during their presidencies, even though they had wars to contend with," Kerry said.
The jobs developed under Bush's administration are nothing to shout about, Kerry went on.
He seized on a just-released Bureau of Labor Statistics report that said new jobs in growing industries pay $8,848 a year less than jobs that were lost, either because of shrinking industries or exportation of work to foreign soil.
"If you think that's moving in the right direction, go vote for the other guy," Kerry said to the hecklers.
Hecklers drowned out Romano at one point. That prompted Kerry to say, "While the Bush people were rudely shouting, we had a 70-year-old woman trying to speak" about runaway costs of prescription drugs.
Barbara "front porch remarks, back fence gossip" Mikkelson
Last updated: 20 October 2004
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