So, did you enjoy your time in my backyard? We kept it clean for you all and didn’t even complain about the added traffic here in the 3rd most traffic congested area of the country (behind LA and San Francisco). For once the traffic was for a good cause. Sure there were some nutcases here, but overall it was a pro-peace and more important pro-fighting man rally. I was there for a while but had to go home to care for someone who was sick. For reasons that should be obvious I don’t have a lot of faith in our healthcare system-especially since Nov. 2, 2004.
What was most impressive was the speakers who rather than attack defense spending in general-attacked the spending in Iraq that could’ve been used for helping Katrina victims. I don’t mean to say that the US has never engaged in wasteful military spending. Like all government departments, some Pentagon spending has been crucial to the US, while others have been a bigger waste of time and money than the Cabbach Patch craze of the 1980s (no I never got one and never wanted one either).
Still, to just blindly criticize “defense spending” as anti-war folks in the 1960s did set the Dems-AND the LEFT-up for a great fall. Yes Liberals can claim a number of moral and legislative victories since the 1960s. Still, a big reason Americans voted for Nixon TWICE is that the left’s anti-war views quickly disintegrated into blind hatred, closed-mindedness, and ridiculous banalities. Gone was the “idealism without illuisions” of the earlier half of the 1960s. Where the left blindly made excuses for the violent rhetoric-and in some cases actions-of the anti-war movement (and nominated the unwinnable George McGovern for president) today the left sticks with “tough doves” (think of a certain Vietnam Vet who was most unpopular with the Nixon White House) while understanding that idealism and practicality are not mutually exclusive.
Anyway, here’s how the Washington Post-who initially supported the Invasion of Iraq-covered the story: Antiwar Fervor Fills the Streets.
Before you go to comment, remember this quote:
Army 1st Sgt. Frank Cookinham, with a Special Forces patch on one shoulder, scorpion tattoos crawling across the back of his neck and “LOCO” permanently inked on his Adam’s apple stands out in most crowds. He was pretty uncomfortable yesterday.
“I’ve never done this before, but here I am, in uniform, figuring this is the only way I can shove it to Bush,” said Cookinham, of Newport, R.I., a Persian Gulf War veteran who recently returned from a second tour in Iraq. “This war makes no sense.”
Marching past the Treasury Building, Steven Olsen, 57, and his wife, Brenda, 49, of Yonkers, N.Y., held signs bearing a photo of their son, an Army Reserve sergeant sent to Iraq after enrolling in medical school.
“I hear from him about once a month,” said Brenda as her husband gently waved a placard that said, “Proud of my soldier: Ashamed of this war.” (emphasis added).
Folks, THIS should be the anti-war movement’s rallying cry.