Saturday, June 28, 2008

What's This Blog About?

On Friday, June 27, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation announced that President Bush will be speaking at Monticello on July 4 (news story here), and leading the annual naturalization (swearing-in) ceremony for new American citizens. This event, which is free and open to the public, is one that many locals of all political persuasions enjoy attending.

Shortly after this announcement, however, the Charlottesville Center for Peace & Justice (CCP&J) announced the following, in regards to what is, and should always be, a non-partisan event:

The Unitary Executive is scheduled to disgrace the grounds of Thomas Jefferson's house, Monticello, in Charlottesville, Va., making a speech on the morning of July 4, 2008. The event is open to the public, and is Monticello's annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony. Numerous immigrants will become citizens in an event besmirched by the presence of a war criminal, and held in the district of Congressman Virgil Goode, whose entire reelection campaign platform consists of hatred for immigrants.

If you support the complaints against the first King George III enumerated on the first Fourth of July in the Declaration of Independence, I encourage you to attend the event. Go early. Wear an impeachment shirt. And bring a copy of our poor abused Constitution. This is not a time for fear and timidity. How dare this fascist blood-soaked murderer set foot in Charlottesville or on the grounds of Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson?

411: If anyone is going to "disgrace" or "besmirch" Monticello this Independence Day, it will be the hate-filled, America-subverting propagandists such as the author of the above missive, and those who support such lunacy.

Those who know the real Thomas Jefferson - as opposed to the version that groups like the CCP&J propagate* - know that he would agree with few of their views, would vigorously oppose the rest, and would never let these America-subverting lunatics onto his property on Independence Day for any kind of protest. (*see partial detail here)

This blog will act as a rallying point for local activists to organize a counter-demonstration, and a resource for factual information with which to answer the propaganda that's been put forth by the radical leftists behind the CCP&J, and groups like it, for the past six years.

Are citizens who support President Bush, flaws and all, going to let what should be a non-partisan celebration of such a wonderful event - on what many consider to be hallowed ground of liberty - be taken over by the CCP&J and groups like it?

If you say "No!", then check back here for regular updates on how you can participate in a counter-demonstration, and go toe-to-toe with those who are dedicated to subverting this event with their rubbish.

If you have any information or ideas that you think should be included in this blog, please send an email to

UPDATE Saturday, June 28 @ 4:30pm:

The CCP&J representative who wrote the above missive has issued a call for fellow travelers to use deception in order to subvert the July 4 event at Monticello (see 5th comment under this news story):
David Swanson Jun 27th, 2008 at 11:14 pm
Make plans to unwelcome him now!
Dress Republican.
Bring your vocal chords.
Get there early.
Fortunately, a number of other Bush opponents posted civilized perspectives in response to his - which drove Swanson to become even more unglued.

Let's see if their voices, or Swanson's/CCP&J's, carry the day.

UPDATE Sunday, June 29 @ 9:10am:

The CCP&J is producing its own protest placards. Learn more, and download/have emailed to you a simple counter-placard for free, here.


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