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To nobody's surprise (english)
26 Mar 2003
Modified: 27 Mar 2003
To nobody's surprise there were protestors today in DC, they attempted to
disrupt the metro system and block the Key Bridge, a leading artery
into DC from Northern Virginia. I got hosed twice because I come in
from NoVA on the metro and it is raining hard which makes traffic worse
any way. My commute was long and arduous and only caused further
resentment for protestors (but that isn't the point of this thread).
Anyway, I'll get to the point.
I got off my train in Rosslyn because I had to use the bathroom and the
train was moving quite slowly. When I was getting back on the train,
there were protestors on the train platform handing out pamphlets on the
evils of America. I politely declined to take one. An elderly woman was
behind me getting off the escalator and a young (20ish) female
protestor offered her a pamphlet, she politely declined. The young
protestor put her hand on the old woman's shoulder as a guesture of
friendship and in a very soft voice said, "Ma'am, don't you care about
the children of Iraq?" The old woman looked up at her and said, "Honey,
my first husband died in France during World War II so you could have
the right to stand here and bad mouth your country. And if you touch me
again, I'll stick this umbrella up your a$$ and open it." I'm glad to
report that loud applause broke out among the onlookers and the young
protestor was at a total loss for words.
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i wonder how... (english)
27 Mar 2003
...the woman's first husband would feel if he knew he died so that a ruthless gang of rich bastards could use his memory to destroy what's left of this democracy, while invading and destroying weaker countries-- much like the fascists he was fighting against.

and taking that umbrella up the ass shouldn't be a problem-- we're all getting quite used to that sort of treatment from our glorious attorney general ashcroft and his well-funded agents...

conclusion: this barrage of neocon tactics is having a strong impact on a wide swath of american society, and we ought to expect more testiness like this from the middleclass and uppermiddleclass mainstays of the republican base, as they begin to feel personally responsible for the atrocities being committed by the 'leaders' they have helped place in power. the up side is that people are THINKING for a change, and even examining- if uncomfortably- their role in the system, as well as the consequences of their actions or inaction.