Political Dissent Not Appropriate at SOTU; Women in Tee Shirts Shake Up Capitol

Even while acknowledging that wearing a tee shirt to the SOTU is NOT a criminal offense, the US Capitol Police's actions have once again highlighted the egregious “no dissent” policies of this administration.  From CNN.com


Anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan wore a shirt with the message “2,245 Dead. How many more?” — a reference to the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq.

Beverly Young, the wife of 18-term Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Young of Florida, wore a shirt that read “Support the Troops.”

Both shirts resulted in their owners being ejected from the House chamber before President Bush's State of the Union address on Tuesday night.

Sheehan, an invited guest of Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-California, was arrested around 8:30 p.m. ET on charges of unlawful conduct. Young was asked to leave but not arrested.


There's a significant difference between being asked to leave and being arrested.  I supposed dragging out a Republican's wife in manacles would not play well in the Heartland.

Anyway, here's an interesting tidbit from MSNBC.com


However, State of the Union guests don’t receive any guidelines, according to Deputy House Sergeant at Arms Kerri Hanley. “You would assume that if you were coming to an event like the State of the Union address you would be dressed in appropriate attire,” she said.


You would assume that if you are going to send tens of thousands of troops to invade a foreign country, they would be dressed in appropriate attire.  Like body armor.  Stuff like that. 

Just goes to show what assuming gets you …

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