For every 100,000 people who went to DC and spent $500 the cost of this event, just for those attending, was about fifty million dollars. The other costs for things like equipment, buses, parking, facilities and first aid station etc. etc. is anyone's guess; was it worth the cost?
The very cause of our disease in the body politics was not even mentioned, at least I did not hear it. We are number 1, let me write that again, we are number 1 in selling weapons of mass destruction to any country who has the money to buy them--not a word. We are number 1 when it comes to exporting torturers coming out of the School of the Americas, not a word about that. The FBI had just raided homes of peacemakers, did I miss Ed Schultz mentioning that event?
I listened on C-Span to the wimpy leaders tell people they are marching but only in a symbolic way, don't want to upset anyone and that is why we are here on a Saturday and not blocking the roads to the airports on Friday. You were there because the organizers want you to go and elect democrats in the next few weeks. Iraq--too bad. Afghanistan--too bad. Pakistan--too bad. Over one trillion dollars wasted on murder and destruction--too bad. Just shut up and vote for a democrat or we will send in the FBI to make your life miserable and the "would be progressives" will say nothing, nor come to your aid. What a waste of money and honor! So now what?
When you come back to the West Coast would you please help us print our leaflets telling people about what the FBI is up to?--oh, you spent all your money in DC listening to people tell you to behave and follow the leadership of a corrupt party; OK, maybe next year!
The Unions and Peace Organizations have been taken over by the Democratic Party and that is why they are failing, you must separate yourself from this corrupt political party or you will cease to exist. So I hope you enjoyed blowing all our resources, it will hurt us in the future, and that may be by design.
Disappointed no, the dems once again directed the movement in a way that just makes me sad. I hope others see what I see and start the divorce proceedings. Unions must start running their own candidates and the Peace Movement must fire every leader on the national level and bring in real activists---we are just about out of time.
Joe Walsh-Lone Vet
Individuals for Justice
PS For those who walked the halls of Congress on Friday, trying to get some reply from our representatives, thank you, you are the ones who should have led this gathering and not Big Ed! Harry Belafonte was wonderful and made the most sense!