Friday, October 29, 2004

Take the 'Bush Pledge'

This has got to be the weirdest thing I have ever heard of. This article in Slate by a member of the Press corps not travelling with the candidate got to see a Bush rally from beginning to end. He says that participants had to take a loyalty oath. What happend to just signing the thing? The Pledge:

"I want you to stand, raise your right hands," and recite "the Bush Pledge," said Florida state Sen. Ken Pruitt. The assembled mass of about 2,000 in this Treasure Coast town about an hour north of West Palm Beach dutifully rose, arms aloft, and repeated after Pruitt: "I care about freedom and liberty. I care about my family. I care about my country. Because I care, I promise to work hard to re-elect, re-elect George W. Bush as president of the United States."
It's kinda creepy, actually. Like a crazy religious cult reaffirming their love of "Dear Leader" or something. The article also has a bit about a Bush stump speaker (surprise surprise) stretching the truth!


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