I KEPT MY PROMISE
Looking out my window, the rain was already coming down, it looked and was cold. I had to decide if I was going to go to my weekly protest outside the World Trade Center, called by me, "The Den of the Centaur." The time was 10:00 AM, the 15 bus was coming in fifteen minutes, should I go or just say, "Too wet--too cold."
I put on my heaviest coat, gloves and took two hats; grabbed my sign and off to the bus stop on Stark. I could hear my dog Lucky laughing as I went out the door in the rain, but I wanted to keep my promise of showing up each Thursday to take on Gorgon Smith. I wanted to tell people who would listen that he is a NeoCon of the worst sort. A closet Neo Conservative, who comes out when Cheney and Bush need his vote. This week was important because I was going after his voting record concerning the military and veterans affairs. My sign had been done the night before and it read:
LONE VET SAYS:
A BLACK HOLE ON THEIR SOULS
My handout talked About the Disabled American Veterans and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America scorecard on our NeoCon Gordon Smith.
DAV (GOOD VOTES)
SMITH 40% WYDEN 80% BLUMENAUER 100%
IAVA (GOOD VOTES)
SMITH C- WYDEN B+
Democrats support troops and veterans---republicans just lie.
I did get soaked but there was a great moment when a woman came up to me and gave me hot cider. I was so touched that she would do that I knew I made the right decision to go into the rain and cold and stand with my sign. I will return each Thursday about 11:45 as long as my body allows me to call out our shame called Gordon Smith.
Want to take a ride---see ya next Thursday, should be fun after the election.
Who should run against Smith in 2008? I like Rep. Earl Blumenauer
In peace and hope,
Joseph Walsh, lone vet