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December 4, 2004
Be Very Afraid

bush billboard

Apparently this billboard has been popping up around Orlando. More pictures here.

Man, I don't even know what to say about this. Can anyone remember any time in our history, or really the history of any Democracy, when a sitting president's image was displayed in this way? I'm not talking about campaign advertising, I'm talking about people who are already in power.


This guy, in arguing for the invasion of Iraq, cites the following as his #1 point in comparing Saddam Hussein to Hitler:

He put his image and name on everything he could including, but not limited to, money; buildings; streets and billboards. He wanted his image and name burned into the psyche of the Iraq people.

Take a look at Photographing Saddam.

So what about this? How is this different? Patriotism is one thing, but this kind of cult of personality is so dangerous I don't even know where to begin. If you think George Bush is a good president, fine. I think you're nuts, but whatever, you're entitled to your opinion. But raising the man himself to this exalted place is just wrong. He is not god, he is not the King, he will be gone in just over four years.

Unless, of course, zealots like those who placed these billboards manage to repeal the 22nd Amendment, which they're probably already working on.

Florida freeway bloggers, this is your big chance.


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