To make your post analysis more thorough, I suggest you look at the difference in the use of the internet between the two presidencies. The 2008 election build up marked a new turning point in the popular use of the internet to spread political messages and images. I believe this is why you see such a disparity in the coverage of these hate posters, and that it is no big conspiracy. Simply put, there just wasn’t as much coverage of protests with hate posters on the web until this administration, and that meant there was less coverage of it in other forms of media as well. Also, the Tea Party protests are allowed to happen with much fewer restrictions than former protests of liberals against the GOP and Bush – remember the incredible clampdown on peaceful protests at the RNC Convention in Denver even last year? Hence – less protesting allowed, less coverage.
Death threats toward any sitting president are appalling whether we agree with the president or not. The death wish signs against Bush were inexcusable as are the signs against Obama. I do have one quibble with your post, however. According to my cousin, who is actually in the Secret Service and serve the past as well as the current President, all death threats against Bush, including the ones at protests you have cited here were absolutely investigated. Most of the kinds of death threats or wishes you have illustrated in your post are not found to be legitimate threats, but they were investigated. Where are you getting your information that they were not investigated?
People who violate the free speech zone policies get arrested for — i.e. they get arrested for trespassing. Never in single instance could I find someone who was arrested for carrying a mild sign that didn’t threaten Bush. In every case the actual reason was something different — trespassing, disrupting a meeting, etc. The whole “They arrested me because I criticized the President!” meme is just an empty claim raised by the protesters themselves, as part and parcel of their protest.
Facts? Who needs facts? I just make shit up. Every photo and every link on this site is completely fake. To be honest, all of zombietime is just one big hoax. I’ve never taken a picture in my life. I create every image from scratch in Photoshop. I built whole false-front Web-sites with fake news stories on them (which I write myself) just so I can link to them and give the link an air of authority. Nosiree, no one ever threatened President Bush ever, no way.
Finally, note that every single MSM article about Bursey and others takes the side of the protesters. The articles are not about the unreasonable, potentially violent, astro turfing protesters, it is about how great the protesters are and how unfair it is to restrict them during presidential visits. Compare that to the current MSM coverage of protesters against President Obama’s policies. Now the protesters are teabaggers, gun crazy, violent, out of control, unreasonable, uniformed, etc. It points out the incredible partisan nature of the MSM (-fox) as pro democratic party. That is a big point of Zombie’s essay.
Bush’s Presidency, told me that the attitude at Border Patrol had always been “us against the world.” A particular gripe among patrolmen was a policy known, pejoratively, as catch and release, in which migrants who were apprehended near the border were released pending a hearing before an immigration judge.
I contend that the media is aggressively reporting on, highlighting and pursuing any and all possible threats to President Obama — and even hints of threats — but they purposely glossed over, ignored or failed to report similar threats to President Bush. Why? I believe it is part of an ideological bias: most mainstream networks and newspapers tried their best during the Bush administration to portray the anti-war movement as mainstream and moderate; whereas now they are trying to portray the anti-tax and anti-health-care-bill protesters as extremists and as fringe kooks. To achieve these goals, they essentially suppressed any mentions of the violent signage (including threats to Bush) at anti-war rallies, but have highlighted anything that could even conceivably be construed as a threat at anti-Obama events.
I am not publishing this essay in order to make excuses for anyone who has threatened President Obama, or who plans to threaten him in the future.
I believe this partly accounts for the over those against President Bush. Part of that reported increase in investigated threats is undoubtedly due to an increase in actual threats; but part of it is almost certainly due to an increase in threats which get reported by the media and are therefore brought to the Secret Service’s attention.
I am NOT (repeat: NOT) defending anyone who threatens a president’s life. That’s the whole point. I say that anone who threatens Obama should be arrested and/or investigated. All I am saying is that threats to Bush should have been similarly pursued — but weren’t.
And the only reason I’m publishing the essay is that many Obama supporters — to my astonishment — now claim that Bush was never threatened at protests. Before we can have a rational discussion on this topic, we need to have a shared factual basis. The evidence below will establish that basis.
Were people ever arrested or questioned for threatening to kill Bush during his term in office? Of course. Every president is the target of numerous threats, and many of them do get investigated. Examples include:
- A man who in 2008 ;
- A student who as saying, “I would like to shoot George W. Bush, because in my opinion he is the worst president ever. After that was accomplished, I would be known as a national hero”;
- A mentally deranged man who in January of 2009;
- A in 2006;
- A guy who was turned in to the authorities by his own girlfriend ;
…and so on.
The key question is: Were any protesters ever arrested or questioned for displaying threatening messages about President Bush at a protest? And the answer is: No, not as far as I could tell. In the very few instances that I could uncover, the incident was either misconstrued by the media, or the protester was at an actual presidential appearance (where there are special security concerns) — or people were detained for other reasons totally aside from their protest messages.