WASHINGTON - Support for U.S. troops fighting abroad mixed with anger toward antiwar demonstrators at home as hundreds of people, far fewer than organizers had expected, rallied Sunday on the National Mall just a day after a massive protest against the war in Iraq…
About 400 people gathered near a stage on an eastern segment of the mall, a large photo of an American flag serving as a backdrop. Amid banners and signs proclaiming support for U.S. troops, several speakers hailed the effort to bring democracy to Iraq and Afghanistan and denounced those who protest it…
“The group who spoke here the other day did not represent the American ideals of freedom, liberty and spreading that around the world,” Sen. Jeff Sessions, an Alabama Republican, told the crowd. “I frankly don’t know what they represent, other than blaming America first.”
One sign on the mall read “Cindy Sheehan doesn’t speak for me” and another “Arrest the traitors”; it listed Sheehan’s name first among several people who have spoken against the war.
Wow, a United States Senator denounced 100,000 Americans who exercised their First Amendment right to peacefully assemble and petition their government--a right so important to the American ideals of freedom and liberty that the very authors of the Constitution put it at the top of the list of enumerated rights—as not representing anything other than blaming America.
While four hundred of our nation’s most patriotic called for the arrest of traitors, like Cindy Sheehan and other fifth columnists who undermine our freedoms by actually daring to use them.
And just what kind of loathsome scum, who desire nothing more than the enslavement and degradation of freedom loving peoples everywhere, do these true patriots want to see rounded up and shot as traitors?
WASHINGTON - Crowds opposed to the war in Iraq surged past the White House on Saturday, shouting “Peace now” in the largest anti-war protest in the nation’s capital since the U.S. invasion.
The rally stretched through the day and into the night, a marathon of music, speechmaking and dissent on the National Mall. Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey, noting that organizers had hoped to draw 100,000 people, said, “I think they probably hit that.”
In the crowd: young activists, nuns whose anti-war activism dates to Vietnam, parents mourning their children in uniform lost in Iraq, and uncountable families motivated for the first time to protest.
Connie McCroskey, 58, came from Des Moines, Iowa, with two of her daughters, both in their 20s, for the family’s first demonstration. McCroskey, whose father fought in World War II, said she never would have dared protest during the Vietnam War.
“Today, I had some courage,” she said…
While united against the war, political beliefs varied. Paul Rutherford, 60, of Vandalia, Mich., said he is a Republican who supported Bush in the last election and still does — except for the war.
“President Bush needs to admit he made a mistake in the war and bring the troops home, and let’s move on,” Rutherford said. His wife, Judy, 58, called the removal of Saddam Hussein “a noble mission” but said U.S. troops should have left when claims that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction proved unfounded.
“We found that there were none and yet we still stay there and innocent people are dying daily,” she said…
Yep, young idealistic Americans, nuns, the families of dead American soldiers, and, yes, Republicans.
One hundred thousand of them.
Just blaming America.
Betraying the very ideals of freedom and democracy and rooting for enemies of America.
Because they hate America. Even though they live here. Even though their families have given soldiers to American wars. Even though they have children and grandchildren, who will grow up and have their own children and grandchildren in America.
These people hate America. Nothing would make them happier than seeing it destroyed. Along with their families, their ancestral homes, and any hope for their children's and grandchildren's future. They don't even have a reason for it.
Fifty years ago, these people were pro-communist. Today? They're objectively pro-terrorist. If big pink and blue party balloons attack America tomorrow? These people will be balloonists.
They don't care. They come from long lines of American hating Americans who came here from countries all around the world, who fought America's wars, who built America's highways and industries, who settled America's lands, just to achieve their ancient and ultimate goal: destroying America.
Whatever serves their purposes, they celebrate. Today, many are objectively pro-hurricane.
And one hundred thousand of these American hating Americans traveled from all over the country to make their voices heard. And, as United States Senator Sessions says, those people don't represent America, as he addressed a gigantic patriotic crowd of 400, who clearly do--that's just the 400, by the way, who bothered to show up out of the "expected 20,000".
We can't discount the missing 19,600.
After all, the Steelers were playing New England, today. I mean, freedom and democracy and the war in Iraq will still be there tomorrow, but we may not see these two teams play again until the playoffs. You can only ask for so much sacrifice for the true American loving crowd.
And even though 400--hell, even though the "expected 20,000"--is a heck of a lot less than the one hundred thousand that showed up the day before, we should not for a second be fooled by the biased media that these traitors represent America in any way.
War supporters said the scale of the anti-war march didn't take away from their cause.
"It's the silent majority," said 22-year-old Stephanie Grgurich of Leesburg, Virginia, who has a brother serving in Iraq.
The silent majority, that ol' unassailable Nixon gem--like secret plans for victory in Vietnam. You don't know a majority of Americans support the war in Iraq because they're silent. You don't know about our plans for victory in Vietnam because they're secret.
It's fitting that the silent majority should once again, silently, speak up for Bush. After all, he's another President, like Nixon, who's approval rating has dipped into the thirties.
As for the vocal majority, the ones who don't represent freedom or America?
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush's vow to rebuild the Gulf Coast did little to help his standing with the public, only 40 percent of whom now approve of his performance in office, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released Monday…
Fifty-nine percent said they considered the 2003 invasion of Iraq a mistake. That figure is the highest recorded in a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll.
Only 39 percent said the invasion of Iraq was the right thing to do. Sixty-three percent said they wanted to see some or all U.S. troops withdrawn from that country.
Only in Bush's America can a United States Senator stand up in front of 400 right wing kooks and say that sixty three percent of Americans don't represent America. Only in Bush's America can the "liberal" media give equal time and equal credence to 400 right wing kooks calling for fifty nine percent of Americans to be arrested as traitors.
Only in George W. Bush's America can thirty something percent of the public be considered the silent majority, who represent the ideals of freedom and democracy and fully support any sacrifice necessary to bring democracy to Iraq.
Any sacrifice, except, of course, serving themselves. Or paying taxes to cover the unbelievable expense. And, also, missing that Steelers game.