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JOHN KERRY COMES TO STEUBENVILLE

By Fr. Wilson (articles ) | Sep 04, 2004

I doubt he stopped for souvenirs. A friend writes --

"John Kerry came to Fort Steuben (on 3rd Street) in Steubenville Ohio today to campaign for president. Just under HALF the crowd were protestors (I can get digital photographic evidence in a few days for you if you need). It occurred from 4p.m. until about 7:30p.m. today, Saturday, Sept. 4th. Priests, nuns, American Life League, students, profs, staff, and good Catholics (including some steel workers) all came to protest and boo. The AP is falsely reporting (in the story, "Kerry Rips Bush Over Record Medicare Hike"), "Several dozen Bush supporters greeted Kerry in Steubenville with signs favoring a second Bush term and opposing the Catholic Kerry's support for abortion rights." There were several HUNDRED as Carl Cameron of FOX news stated on live TV! Now that's news. I emailed Drudge about this - not that it's terribly news worthy. Though Kerry and some of his staff were visibly shaken!”

He goes on to describe --

“Y'all should have been there - it was truly AMAZING!!! There were at least 500 of us (almost half the crowd). Our city councilman at large is a republican and he secured w/ the local police our protection and they all allowed us to take in our protest signs (sans sticks) INTO the VENUE ITSELF!!!

There were many good signs: I used "Pontius Pilate was also personally opposed" , but Laura's was most effective: a bright florescent hot pink sign saying "Kerry" with a slash through it. She worked her way to the front of the crowd and stood on a chair holding it high. She clearly saw Kerry look at the only hot pink sign in the entire crowd several times and get slightly flustered. Other signs: "Kerry is bad for steel" (he's in the pocket of the enviros - that really pisses off the steel community here), "Unfit for command" (thanks for the ideas, guys!), "Steubenville for Bush!", "Taxpayers for Bush", etc.

At one point, Kerry said "To all you Republicans in the crowd..." I couldn't hear the rest over the deafening boooos!

You should have seen the media and Kerry's campaign when they arrived - he must have had no idea what hit him: we were all lined up along the fence (a whole city block) and there were ONLY pro-Bush, anti-Kerry, pro-life signs along the entire fence. Several of his staff gave us very nasty looks - they couldn't believe that someone (the police! - most of whom are Republicans here) let us in the venue with those protest signs. (BTW, he tried to come last month and the Kerry camp was turned down by the head of the local firemen's union - another republican).

Perhaps the highlight of the night was this: John Glenn introduced Kerry. During his introduction, at a moment when the entire crowd was silent and during a pause in his intro, Regis Martin (a fellow prof here) yelled at the top of his voice to the great consternation of the Democrats: "Go back to the Moooon!" You've really got to know Regis - he sure is something.

Kerry was shocked and upset. A job well done.”

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 08, 2004 9:01 PM ET USA

    There is no choice to be made. Abortion is murder and anyone who supports murder should not be President of the USA. Kerry supports, fosters, promotes and espouses all sorts of abortions including partial birth. Do not tell me about any other issues; Kerry supports murder of the innocent and over 10,000,000 have been MURDERED thus far due to kerry and Kennedy and the other pious Catholics in the Senate. Yes I am proudly a one issue Catholic!

  • Posted by: principle not pragmatism - Sep. 08, 2004 12:16 PM ET USA

    Neither major party gives a hoot about the Constitution. Both party's have established campaign fiance laws and ballot access laws that prevent the establishment of a third viable political Party. They wan't the status quo two party system to remain in place, to limit the power of the people.

  • Posted by: Jdarc - Sep. 08, 2004 11:37 AM ET USA

    When Kerry was in my hometown (a state capitol, btw) a few weeks back, it was announced ahead of time that NO homemade signs would be allowed through the checkpoint. Whether it's reported or not, I hope the anti-Kerrys all over the country show up at his rallys. That staffers would give dirty looks to the protesters .. this isn't a junior high student council election.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 08, 2004 10:27 AM ET USA

    When will they not take the vote for granted? When you start calling enough to jam up their switchboard. They aren't really going to care as long as the pro-family vote is silent.

  • Posted by: Abraham Tolemahcs - Sep. 08, 2004 10:06 AM ET USA

    It’s NOT about the Republicans but the American citizen allowing the hijacking of the Constitution. It’s about the role of the Judicial Branch which is interpreting Gods/Natural Law vice creating their own laws from a “penumbra” of the Constitution. The average citizen is either too ignorant to understand this & demand change or worse yet, they’re apathetic. Legislators must believe THEIR job is in jeopardy unless Federal judges are recalled and the Judicial appointment process is rectified.

  • Posted by: principle not pragmatism - Sep. 07, 2004 7:30 PM ET USA

    How long are we going to let the Republican Party take the pro-family voters for granted? When are we going to give them the message? No more! No more!! No more!!!

  • Posted by: - Sep. 07, 2004 4:49 PM ET USA

    Here is a case of proportionate reasoning. Bush's record may not be perfect but as far as the direct attacts on innocent life and the means of its support --the family-- his record is far more proportionately better than Kerry's. As far as the war, Kerry voted for it too.

  • Posted by: Abraham Tolemahcs - Sep. 07, 2004 3:46 PM ET USA

    Think about this for a moment. Since the Constitution was hijacked and the Judicial branch started making the laws we have really no choice but to work within the system and elect a man who will have a far greater potential to appoint pro-life judges to the Federal bench which Kerry clearly will not do. The goal of stopping abortion will not be achieved with Kerry. A 3rd political party is pure fantasy.

  • Posted by: Brad - Sep. 07, 2004 2:05 PM ET USA

    Barbara - This isn't a football game. Your priest is right. It is not about winning. It is about saving lives. Kerry will preside over more innocent deaths around the world than Bush will. Period. Kerry is interested in not allowing faith to have any impact on decisions that affect life and death or econmics. Is he being faithful? When you bring down Bush, you support the only other viable candidate - who supports evil outright and unabashed

  • Posted by: - Sep. 07, 2004 11:47 AM ET USA

    Some of you seem unable to understand that politics is not the art of the perfect, but the art of the possible. So, shall we conclude that, because the positions of Bush and the GOP are not perfect, you have decided that the right thing is to support the party of promiscuity, perversion, abortion, euthanasia, cloning, etc., etc. ? That would be irrational. Wake up ! "Something is better than nothing."

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Sep. 07, 2004 11:06 AM ET USA

    There was in article in "The Reader's Digest" more than a few years ago about a famous plastic surgeon and her attitude towards her patients and the procedures she preformed. She had a motto, "Perfection is the enemy of good..." Reading the latest "negative" "Bush comments" I am beginning to appreciate even more the profound wisdom of that saying.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 06, 2004 7:06 PM ET USA

    Think of the impact of that same crowd standing utterly silent at a Bush "rally". One representative could approach the candidate and deliver everyone's pledge to withhold his or her vote until Bush respects and protects ALL embryonic life. Sorry, but Bush's record is simply not good enough for this voter. Our priest said that it's not about winning, it's about being faithful. He's right.

  • Posted by: Brad - Sep. 05, 2004 6:14 PM ET USA

    This is absolutely and positively hysterical - go Steubenville and thanks for providing some laughter amongst the insanity that is what controls the Democratic party today.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Sep. 05, 2004 5:37 PM ET USA

    "Hardball..."

  • Posted by: - Sep. 05, 2004 3:04 PM ET USA

    If Bush's record in record in Texas is anything to go by, we should expect more of the same in the U.S. Supreme court. Laura Bush has said that Roe should stand. Dick Cheney has said that marriage's definition is a question that should be left to the states.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 05, 2004 2:57 PM ET USA

    That I am really in love with Kerry or anything, but I am somewhat confused that pro-lifers should be especially more entheused about Bush. The court that gave Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton was composed in the main of Republican appointees. The court that upheld Roe in Planned Parenthood v Casey was, once again, mostly appointed by Republicans.

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