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Check This: Iraq War Protesters, I'm Listening

Check This: Iraq War Protesters, I'm Listening

Today's protests made me proud to be an American. In our political dialogue, sometimes the voices of everyday Americans get drowned out. While I can understand the annoying disruption caused by people blocking the busy streets with their bodies, think of how much attention and influence they would command if they did it every day.

In the last five years, 4,000 US soldiers and tens of thousands of Iraqis have died. Millions of Iraqi refugees are displaced. The war costs US tax payers $600 billion per year. Al Qaeda has entered Iraq. America's standing in the world has diminished. If the majority of Americans want something to change, they should not be complacent.

Those with a concentrated interests in the Iraq war have the incentives and means to assert such interests. The organized industries can make their case to policymakers. But the average American doesn't have the ear of those in power. That is why I think it is crucial for Americans to manifest their dissent. Only then can we know the sentiment of the people. Whether you agree or disagree, the conversation must be had.

Walking among the protesters this afternoon did not make me nervous. Everyone I saw was peaceful, yet frustrated. Check out this great video of what was going on right outside Sugar HQ.

Have a different opinion? Check out Citizen's response.

Join The Conversation
DCStar DCStar 9 years
It's sad that across the country thousands peacefully protested while as Savvy mentioned, only the few violent outbursts were publicized in the news. We forget that the news programming and newspapers are still money-making machines, trying to increase circulation and viewership. They will always focus on the few instead of the many. Thank you Liberty for showing us the other side.
sashak sashak 9 years
I commented on Citizen's blog already, but what I said closely resembles sweetrae80's comment. Unfortunatly its the police & the media circus surrounding protests that cause alot of the violence. In my experience anyway
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Liberty we do have them. We get skewered for going into iraq, but when the UN needs us to tidy up some skirmish elsewhere we are thier #1 choice.
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
CaterpillarGirl, don't you think it's in America's interest to have some friends abroad?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
all that said i personally dont give a rats A$$ what other countries "think" about america....
saucymegstar saucymegstar 9 years
Is it awful that I didn't make it past your first sentance? "Today's protests made me proud to be an American." That reminded me of the movie Drop Dead Gorgeous. The beginning of the pageant when all the contestants have to say what makes them proud to be an American. :) I know that's neither here nor there...but in the midst of a serious discussion it's always nice to have a smile, right?
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 9 years
Like MSucre, I appreciate both of the perspectives that you and Citizen have offered. I, however, agree with you on this issue because my personal experience with protests have been that most protesters are peaceful yet frustrated. In most instances, it's the police and the media that fuel related violence.
MSucre MSucre 9 years
cool video liberty! i really like this topic. and i like how you and citizen offer different perspectives. very cool! and really encourages discussion. there is no straw-man arguing here at respect!
Blondie99 Blondie99 9 years
I commented on Citizen's article. Citizen says that protetors are doing more harm than good, that there is a better way to spread one's opinion which do not incite violence. I say that America is doing more harm than good in the world. Harm to our image, harm to our economy, harm to our future, harm to our brothers and sisters who are dying everyday. I say there is a better way to spread our wonderful ideals of democracy without using violence, ways which are democratic in nature and not characteristic of some dictator or rogue state. Maybe we should start by example!!!
Smart-Living Smart-Living 9 years
Liberty, I also saw what you saw, a peaceful but frustrated crowd. But in watching tonight's local news I saw a totally different story — all they showed were the isolated violent bursts from the protest. Interesting...I guess they're counting on the fact that violence, not peace gets viewers attention. The war is a sad reality.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
Jess, you beat me to it. Protest is perfectly acceptable. Inconveniencing your fellow citizens while they attempt to lead their lives is not. Acting like a circus sideshow is not an effective way to make a point, it just makes the protest look like a juvenile circus sideshow.
Megatron Megatron 9 years
I am with you on this one, Liberty. I agree that people should let their voices be heard. Every day, not just on the anniversary of this travesty.
foxie foxie 9 years
Unfortunately, most people simply don't know much more about the war other than over-simplified points made on the media and in the classrooms intended to magnify the negative results. The very fact that these protesters are alive and able to protest says something, and I'm glad to see it... even if much of it is a spiteful, Code-pinko-ish crowd.
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
Nicely said Jessness.
JessNess JessNess 9 years
I commented on Citizen's take of the protest before I read this and talked about my own experience with anti-war protests. I am all for protests but some need to have a reality check on their effectiveness. If you are able to educate people or make a difference in government then I definitely see it as effective. However I do not think disrupting other people's lives is effective because if anything it just pisses them off and makes them less likely to support your cause I been on both sides of protests as an insider and outsider
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
I've said it before and I'll say it again, Democracy just doesn't work.
janneth janneth 9 years
$600 billion a year. For a mistake. 4000 lives. Sickening. And we all sit in our offices and homes and read about the protestors. "Wake up, America" that's the truth. And they don't want to raise taxes. Who is supposed to pay for this fiasco?
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