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.Oh geez. I can hear the wingnuts now. As soon as they read the words "Jane Fonda" that's all they'll talk about. Just wait - you'll see. It should take about 6 minutes for the right to start talking "Hanoi Jane" 24/7. They may even pull out that picture of Fonda and John Kerry. When they do, it's a guarantee that they're hoping you'll miss this part:
Standing on her toes to reach the microphone, 12-year-old Moriah Arnold told the crowd: "Now we know our leaders either lied to us or hid the truth. Because of our actions, the rest of the world sees us as a bully and a liar."
The sixth-grader from Harvard, Mass., the youngest speaker on the National Mall stage, organized a petition drive at her school against the war.
A sixth grader's annoyed enough to organize a petition. They're also hoping to distract you from this part:
And then this:
The House Judiciary Committee chairman, Rep. John Conyers, threatened to use congressional spending power to try to stop the war. " George Bush has a habit of firing military leaders who tell him the Iraq war is failing," he said, looking out at the masses. "He can't fire you." Referring to Congress, the Michigan Democrat added: "He can't fire us.
"The founders of our country gave our Congress the power of the purse because they envisioned a scenario exactly like we find ourselves in today. Now only is it in our power, it is our obligation to stop Bush."
Hey, me too!
A small contingent of active-duty service members attended the rally, wearing civilian clothes because military rules forbid them from protesting in uniform.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Tassi McKee, 26, an intelligence specialist at Fort Meade, Md., said she joined the Air Force because of patriotism, travel and money for college.
"After we went to Iraq, I began to see through the lies," she said.
In the crowd, signs recalled the November elections that defeated the Republican congressional majority in part because of Bush's Iraq policy. "I voted for peace," one said.
Lest we think that the protesters (as I am sure the wingnuts will claim) are "out of touch with mainstream America" Newsweek is reporting on a poll that paints a different picture. When asked "Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States at this time?" those polled answered 2-to-1 against being "satisfied" (61 to 30 percent).
Have a good Saturday.
Protests are patriotic!