When three concerned Americans were barred from a Bush speech in Denver because their bumper sticker read, "No More Blood for Oil" and a student wearing a "Young Democrats" T-shirt was removed from the president's discussion on Social Security at the University of Arizona, Bush's arrogant warning: "You are either for me or against me," was painfully recalled. In violation of the First Amendment, one must mindlessly endorse everything this president does or face the possibility of public humiliation.
Leslie Weise, an attorney and engineer, is one of the three Denver victims. Her father and my brother, Leonard Weise, is a native of Western New York who served in the Coast Guard. He shares his daughter's uneasiness over this administration's blatant lack of concern for human life, the environment and the general well-being of all Americans, regardless of their social status.
Ms. Weise, like so many apprehensive American "outcasts," might have asked an unscreened and legitimate question -- either about the folly of the Iraq war or our domestic turmoil. An honest answer to such an inquiry would have led us to question whether or not the president himself believes in what he called, in his second inaugural address, "the durable wisdom of the Constitution."
U.S. Navy, Retired