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Washington County Peace Vigil 1-24-07

photos of tonights gathering
feel free to join us every wednesday @ 5th and Hall in Beaverton every week from 6:30 to 7:30pm
About 60 people assembled tonight to demonstrate against Chimpy's lame SOTU speech.Hat's off to senator Webb for his rebuttal.
Jim Webb of Virginia was selected to give the Democratic response to Bush's SoTU, and boy, did they make the right choice. Webb hit all the right notes, his points impressive and unassailable. Rather than even dignify the fearmongering and drawing of parallels of 9/11 to aggression in the Middle East, Webb just pointed out that the Democrats are representing the will of the people in their desire to see an end to the quagmire and that if Bush didn't want to listen to the people that put him in office, the Democrats would lead him to the will of the people.

"If he does, we will join him. If he does not, we will be showing him the way."
Watch it here:
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ht8sS91wVo

The Dems can fool some of the people some of the time...... 25.Jan.2007 05:41

StevetheGreen

The Democratic party likes to pretend that they are the oppostion party now that the American people have been able to catch up with the truth and it is politically safe to speak against this latest imperialist resource grab. But the war being waged against the Iraqi people is not just the criminal enterprise of the Bush administration, but a bipartisan policy. Behind all the hand-wringing by erstwhile Democratic liberals about not "abandoning" the Iraqi people lie the strategic interests of American imperialism in maintaining a military stranglehold over the oil resources of Iraq and the entire Middle East.

But where were the Dems before it became permissible to question the Bush administration?
Have they exposed the administration's lies about the character of the Iraqi upheavals?
Have they stepped forward to condemn the atrocities being carried out in the name of the American people?

Now we have people cheering Webb's obvious attempt to make political hay?

"This country has patiently endured a mismanaged war for nearly four years," Webb stated. "Many, including myself, warned even before the war began that it was unnecessary, that it would take our energy and attention away from the larger war against terrorism, and that invading and occupying Iraq would leave us strategically vulnerable in the most violent and turbulent corner of the world."

Webb went on to indict President Bush for taking "us into this war recklessly" and, by extension, losing "opportunities to defeat the forces of international terrorism" and spilling "the precious blood of our citizens who have stepped forward to serve." "We are now, as a nation, held hostage to the predictable - and predicted - disarray that has followed," Webb charged.

This is political chicanery at its most scurrilous. Webb rewrites history for his own purposes here. Democrats voted in favor of action in Iraq with open eyes, just as Republicans did.

Then theres John Kerry.

Kerry declared, "No matter what disagreements over how to approach the policy in Iraq—and we have some—we're all united as a nation in supporting our troops and ultimately in our goal of a stable Iraq."
What cowardice! Kerry, who got his political start as head of a group called Vietnam Veterans Against the War, knows full well that the "support" that most troops stuck in Iraq—many of them for over a year now—want is an airplane flying them home.

Any Democrat who has remained consistant in their opposition to this war has been routinely demeaned and marginalized by the leadership of their own party.

Wake the fuck up liberals!

Thank You, Steve 25.Jan.2007 18:35

Den Mark, Vancouver

You are beyond correct. It is indeed safe now for dems to say what radicals have been beaten & gassed & jailed for saying. I was angry with liberals who slept during clinton's years. I can already hear their snores starting up again. That the few dems, who did speak out early, remain democrats, is what i don't get.