Wednesday, January 21, 2009

What Stallman said about George Bush

In 1988, George Bush called Mike Dukakis a "card-carrying member of the ACLU", in effect comparing the Bill of Rights with Communism and its defenders with Communists. This insult to the US Constitution inspired me, as it did many others, to join the ACLU. Let's hope the Shrub will not be president; one Bush was too many.

(Said on a Slashdot interview, on May 1st, 2000)

And there are more Stallman quotes regarding politics:

It's official: Attorney General Ashcroft says that people like me "aid terrorists" because we "erode our national unity". I was wondering how long it would take for the Bush administration to say that its critics are "aiding terrorists", because that follows a global tendency in the "war on terrorism" to attack dissent and criminalize protest. If government condemnation of dissenting views offends you, please give your support to the ACLU, which has spoken out against them.

Some points to think about:

a) Like father, like son. Bush father compared the Bill of Rights with communism - Bush son completely destroyed the rights of the american citizens, and even went to call the constitution a "piece of paper".

b) Geniuses like Stallman are very often right about their predictions. Why is it that common people do not listen to their advices until it's too late? I'm sure right now people would say "Oh my Gosh! Stallman was SO right!" But four years ago, everyone was like "ZOMG! The tarrorists! We must do something!"

c) The people get the government they deserve. Let's hope Obama manages to fix at least some of the mess created by the shrub. And let's hope that this 8-year mistake inflicted upon the world doesn't repeat itself (Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it). But maybe I'm asking too much of the American People.

d) If we let the government control our lives because of "terrorism", then the terrorists have won.

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