Today’s the Day
Protesters from around the country converged on Washington, DC in a rally organized by United for Peace & Justice to demand that Congress end this war and bring our troops home. CNN has video. (I tried to link to it, but it’s not working. Just go to their site.)
From the AP, via CNN:
Protesters energized by fresh congressional skepticism about the Iraq war demanded a withdrawal of U.S. troops in a demonstration Saturday that drew tens of thousands and brought Jane Fonda back to the streets.
A sampling of celebrities and busloads of demonstrators from distant states joined in a spirited rally under a sunny sky, seeing opportunity to press their cause in a country that has turned against the war.
“We see many things that we feel helpless about,” said Barbara Struna, 59, of Brewster, Massachusetts. “But this is like a united force. This is something I can do.”
Struna, a mother of five who runs an art gallery, made a two-day bus trip with her 17-year-old daughter, Anna, to the nation’s capital to represent what she said was middle America’s opposition to President Bush’s war policy.
Her daughter, a high school senior, said she has as many as 20 friends who have been to Iraq. “My generation is the one that is going to have to pay for this,” she said.
The rally was held as congressional opposition to the war is building. The Senate is considering nonbinding resolutions that would state opposition to Bush sending the extra forces to Iraq.
Frank Houde, 72, of Albany, New York, was a career Air Force pilot who served in Vietnam. Houde did not carry a sign, but said that his protest was on his hat, which said “Veterans for peace.”
“The fact is war doesn’t work,” he said. “Iraq is not going to work. The war was started for reasons that turned out to be false.”
Houde, who is retired from the antique restoration business, said he was never upset by protests at home while he was in Vietnam.
“I knew most were protesting on principle,” he said. “It was a democratic process.”
Houde added, “You can’t sit in the middle of the stink of war for a year and not be affected by it. We changed the balance of power in Congress.”
I wish I could be there. I also wish I could find a picture that would show the true number of protestors. Say, one taken from the Capitol? But, as usual, the true size of any protest against the government is almost never shown on the MSM.
There’s Something in the Air/But It’s not on the Airwaves
You know, we have GOT to get it together. There ARE people in the streets.
At the very onset of Oil War Two there were already more people on the
streets protesting than there were at the height of the Vietnam war.
There is something in the air, but it is not on the airwaves.
If there are a half a dozen Jaycees in Cincinnati on a street corner
waving yellow ribbons, Fox News acts like it’s A Republican Woodstock.
“By the time we got to Fallujah we were half a million strong.”
But put a million people on the street and they build a fence around you and
call it a protest zone.
We like to look at Vietnam through the soft focus of Hollywood ,
which took the blood of war and turned it into rose-colored glasses.
We see hundredss of beautiful semi-naked twenty-somethings putting daises in
the barrels of M16s, all to the tune of Country Joe McDonald singing “One two three what are we fightin for?”
It makes for spectacular video. Sometimes I see these images and I want
to run naked through the streets singing “Why don’t we da do it in the
But I know better.
When the first American troops went in to Vietnam in 1964 there was
barely a soul on the streets, yet people were already singing Blowin’
in the Wind, and Waist Deep in the Big Muddy and I Ain’t Marchin’
Anymore. These songs were being released on major record labels. Mega
hits would follow. Today we have more people on the streets and yet there has not been a single hit song on the radio. How could this be?
It’s not like Barry McGuire was a deep thinking anti-war intellectual
when he sang “Eve of Destruction.” No, he was jumping on a bandwagon
made possible by people in the streets. Yet right now, there are more
people on the streets than there was then, but you have to think twice
before jumping on that bandwagon for fear it might be a paddy wagon
bound for Guantanamo Bay .
If you speak the truth on national TV your show will be dropped,
regardless of the ratings…ask Bill Maher. A show doesn’t need an
audience as much as it needs sponsors.
Sixties protesters were brought up in the brand-loyal fifties. These kids were major consumers of all kinds of goods. They queued up to buy groovy Carnaby Street “Mod Gear” and “Wear Your Love Like Heaven” cosmetics.
Today’s protester does not BUY anything. They won’t shop at GAP. They boycott Taco Bell. Hell, they won’t even go to Starbucks.
Oh, before the Berlin Wall fell we loved to talk about how the Soviet Union would broadcast only the songs of the state and we romanticized that is was our radio broadcasts wafting in from West Berlin that tore down the wall. .
Yet now, the cell phone is in the other hand. There is a new wall running down
divided America . And it is American radio that is being manipulated by
the agenda of the state, because the state has become indistinguishable
from the corporation – which, as I said before, needs sponsors more
than it needs an electorate.
But I am warning you, there is something in the air, and soon it will
be the people’s broadcasts wafting in from The Indie Media and Free
Speech TV, that tears down the wall, and this time it will not be the
Berlin Wall that falls, it will be Wall Street.
Because, the revolution is now.
There is something in the air and we have got to get it together.