We’ve all been told about the anti-war protestors who spit on soldiers after coming home from Vietnam – an occurrence that right-wing conservatives have thrown back into the faces of progressives over dinner table debates since the 1960’s. I’m still not sure where that came from, but you really can’t argue the point to someone who is willing to bring it up in the first place.
Thirty years after Vietnam a lot has changed concerning veterans.
More than 50 veterans, a dozen of which are Iraqi and Afghanistan war veterans are running for office across the country –all but one of those candidates are Democrats. One woman, Tammy Duckworth, a candidate for Congress running in Illinois lost both legs in Iraq as a helicopter pilot. Let's hope the Dems don't mess this one up...
More so, while progressives set around the proverbial water troth, and bitch about the far left’s failure to mobilize an anti-war movement, veterans have stood up and sparked the waning push to stop the war. It’s not a fire yet, but there’s sparks.
At the other end of the spectrum, religious fanatics are being just that, fanatics. At a soldiers funeral in Flushing, Michigan five protestors who believe America is being punished because of homosexuality heckled a procession by yelling out, "Thank God for dead soldiers," according Yahoo News. Check out the story;
Most cities across the country are holding rallies. Get out - if not just for the walk, bring a drum, the kids, a yo-yo, your latte's, whatever, but make some noise, yo...
Demonstrate to Stop the War on the 3rd Anniversary of the US Invasion of Iraq Saturday, March 18, 2006--Rain or shine!
1 PM: Rally at the Federal Building, 2nd and Marion, Seattle
2 PM: March through downtown and back to the Federal Building
The route will pass by Westlake Center, and will return for closing remarks to the Federal Building.
Rally speakers include: Mrs. Eman Khammas, Iraqi human rights activist, Celso Tolman, member, International Longshore & Wharehouse Union (ILWU), Rev. Gwen Hall, Jorge Torres, College Not Combat campaign, Music by Jim Page