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Mayor’s Home Run for Truth: Antiwar Rally in Salt Lake City

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Posted on Aug 31, 2006
Rocky Anderson
kutv.com

In recognition of Bush’s visit to the Utah capital, Mayor Rocky Anderson gave a speech to a crowd of thousands calling Bush a “dishonest, war-mongering, human-rights-violating president” whose time in office would “rank as the worst presidency our nation has ever had to endure.”  Thank you, Salt Lake City! Watch it here. Full transcript here (pdf).

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Salt Lake Tribune:
Salt Lake sounds off in protest and support
Utahns show their protest and support

A crowd of thousands cheered Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson for calling President Bush a “dishonest, war-mongering, human-rights violating president” whose time in office would “rank as the worst presidency our nation has ever had to endure.”
The group - including children and elderly and some hailing from throughout Utah - then marched to the federal building Wednesday to deliver a copy of a symbolic indictment against the president and Congress for abuse of power and failure to uphold the U.S. Constitution. 
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By John C. Bonser, September 18, 2006 at 7:06 am Link to this comment
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Una: You seem to forget that presently over 100 Iraquis a day are being killed. Doesn’t that bother you? Instrad of name calling we need to sit down and decide where we go from here.

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By una tariun, September 17, 2006 at 7:30 pm Link to this comment
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Does ross anderson actually care if irakis are killed?  Why do i get the impression that he could care less, that he only wants power to make up for neurotic complexes brought on by his relationship with him mama?

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By Nancy Bostick-Ebbert, September 1, 2006 at 9:07 pm Link to this comment
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I am a fifth generation native Utahn and am proud that Rocky Anderson has the integrity to so clearly and concisely speak out about the events that led up to the invasion of Iraq.  Those who wish to slander him should simply do their homework and review the timeline.  The Downing Street Memo is just one of many pieces to the nefarious puzzle laid out by the Bush administration.  I live in the northeast corner of the state where drilling is ravaging the environment and the BLM is simply an extension of Dick Cheney’s investment portfolio.  It is a disgrace that our public lands have become nothing more than secure investments for all the petroleum industries.  As to those who wish to continue ignoring the truth?  I suggest they breathe deeply while the air is still almost fit to breathe then bury their heads a little deeper.

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By Mary, September 1, 2006 at 3:29 pm Link to this comment
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Rocky is a breath of fresh air!  He says what so many people think but are afraid to say.  Our country would do well to heed his words.

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By mae nesich, September 1, 2006 at 9:18 am Link to this comment
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WITH OUT ANY QUESTION,
ROCKY ANDERSON, THE MAYOR OF SALT LAKE CITY.  MUST RUN FOR PRESIDENT, IN 2008,
HE HAVE A GUTS, AND BRAIN, AND SPEAK WELL .GOOD ENGLISH, SO FAR NO ONE OF ALL DEMOCRAS ,CAN’T COME CLOSE TO HIM, THE OTHER IS WARNER OF VIRGINIA, THIS TWO CAN WIN.
MR ANDERSON SPEECHES ARE THOSE FROM PRESIDENT KENNEDY,  LET DRAFT THIS TWO PATRIOTS.

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By Kevin Pond, September 1, 2006 at 9:12 am Link to this comment
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More leaders like Rocky Anderson will bring this nation to it’s knees. Rocky’s true colors were brought out with this stupid protest. The man has an ego as big as all out doors. God is not going to bless a man that doesn’t even acknowlege a god. Rocky represents all of the characteristics of egomaniacs like Saddam Hussein, Hitler and other tyranical bosos. Heaven help us if he’s ever put into an administrative position of any kind. Rocky’s middle name should be “Adversary” because it fits his way of doing things. He does not represent all of the people in Salt Lake City when he behaves in such a crazy way. He’s truly an embarrassment to the whole state of Utah.

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By Kevin Kreiman, September 1, 2006 at 5:01 am Link to this comment
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Join the protest to end the tyranny of the Bush regime:

http://www.worldcantwait.org

October 5, 2006

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By Spinoza, August 31, 2006 at 7:45 pm Link to this comment
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This is what we need but we need hundreds of rallies and coordinated rallies.


There is a necessary fight against fascism as represented by Rummy and other Bushites. Unfortunately the left is divided and ineffective as usual. However, I recently got an email from the World Can’t Wait and they are hoping to organize a super political action on October 5th. They are also asking for donations. Hopefully we can really do something to change history. They can be found at the

http://www.worldcantwait.org

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By Judy Peters, August 31, 2006 at 4:10 pm Link to this comment
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I wish Rocky were our president.  He speaks truth to power.

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By Don Knutsen, August 31, 2006 at 4:01 pm Link to this comment
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Should be seeing Orin Hatch’s obligatory condemnation anytime now….As one of the GOP cheerleaders, no matter what they do, he will undoubtably be called up by Karl R. to lambast Rocky Anderson for having the gaul to think that we deserve the truth from our leaders. Supporters of this administration aren’t interested in the truth however, and in fact run the other way from it when confronted with reality. Its time we as a people run out of patience for this administrations apologists. They have proven themselves to be far to inept and dangerous to allow this to continue untill 2008….we’ve got to remove as many republicans as possible this fall from congress, start some real hearings on whats been going on and hopefully remove the neo-cons before they cause even more damage to our future. These are trully despicable people, who surely belong in jail, not sipping thier martinis around the pool at their huge estates while the rest of us and our children are left to deal what they will have left us.

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By mike, August 31, 2006 at 4:00 pm Link to this comment
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I was at the rally.  Mayor Andersons’ speech was awesome….

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By severio nesich, August 31, 2006 at 3:05 pm Link to this comment
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WAS ASPECTED, LIKE EVERY ELECTIONS, SINCE THE YEAR 2000, THE SAME SPEACHES ,OF THIS BUSH
ADMINISTRATION ,THE SAME STORY, BEFORE THE EVERY ELECTION ,SINCE BUSH BECOME A DICTATOR, IS NOTHING THEN SCARY SPEACHES, THEY RUN ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY,SPREADING FEAR, IS THE ONLY WEAPON THEY HAVE, IS FEAR, SCARING US,SO THEY CAN STAY IN POWER,
NOW THEY START TO USE THE WORD, FASCISM. MUSLIN FASCIST, WANT TO COMPARE THIS CIVIL WAR WITH THE LAST WORLD WAR TWO. NO WAY,  I WAS IN THE WORLD WAR TWO , THE INVASION OF NORMANDY,THIS IS NO WAR, THIS IS A CIVIL WAR ,AND THE NAZI WAS DEFEATED FOR GOOD, BUT THIS WAR WHAT BUSH STARTED,
NEVER WILL BE DEFEATED, THIS IS A RELIGIOUS WAR, BY FANATIC CRAZY PEOPLE, BUSH SHOULD NEVER START THIS WAR, WICH NEVER WILL END, THIS IS THE SECOND CRUSADOR WAR, WICH LASTED 1000 YEARS , AND BUSH REVIVED AGAIN BY GOING THERE ,THIS WAR NEVER WILL END,BUT WILL END US FINANCIALLY
AND MORALLY, AND ALL IS BECAUSE OF THIS MAN NAMED BUSH , THIS COWBOY WHO WANT TO BE A JOHN WAYNE. NOW HE IS CALLING THE MUSLIN , FASCIST,,, LOOK WHO IS CALLING,( THE KETTLE BLACK )

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By John C. Bonser, August 31, 2006 at 3:05 pm Link to this comment
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It is great to discover that there are politicians who are willing to stand up for the truth.

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By RICARDO MILLER, August 31, 2006 at 12:14 pm Link to this comment
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ALL I CAN SAY IS WE THE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY NEED MORE LEADERS LIKE ROCKY ANDERSON AND WE NEED TO VOTE THE COWARDS OUT MAY GOD BLESS ROCKY

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