There was some real
comic theater occurring around March 19th, 2003 when it was
evident that the USA was going to war.
For starters, the
respected Secretary Of State, Colin Powell, had made a compelling
visit to the United Nations in February and made the famous case
In Erie, there was a
flurry of activity that was centered around protestors who were
attending City Council meetings in order to have Council issue a
resolution against the war.
On Wednesday March
12th, the "peaceniks" gathered in force in council
chambers and overwhelmed the council with a steady stream of
chants and statements against an attack. City Council was in
no mood to argue so a motion was made to have a "vote"
the following week in order to issue a proclamation against the
That is when the right
wing rolled into action and initiated a counter protest that was
orchestrated by Jeff Johns, a radio talk show host. The
Raptor caught wind of the planned "zoo" that was to
overwhelm council on March 19th and decided to take a front row
As The Raptor worked
inside City Hall, he was able to set up a table in the corner of
the council chambers in order to collect information and watch a
lot of silly people make a mess of the whole damn issue.
As promised, Johns did
not disappoint. Armed with his trusty clip board. and stoked
on by his "support our troops" hawks, Randy Brewer and
Dean Peppicello, Johns amassed a marching crowd of various war
veterans and leather clad bikers in order to chant and make statements
that "supported our troops"
It was quite sickening
watching Johns, Brewer & Peppicello dishing out high fives and
hugging each other in celebration over getting the "pander
bears" of city council to table the proclamation in favor of
the large noisy "troops" crowd. The "no
war" crowd sat in stunned amazement over the whole thing.
The Raptor has thought
on many occasions about the merits of the protests. I am stupefied
by the whole mess.
First, what's this
whole "support or troops" theory. I think it is disingenuous
to hide behind that mumbo jumbo. Please, if you support the
troops, that's fine, I support troops too, but I would support the
"administration" going into Afghanistan and Pakistan and
tracking down Bin Laden to make swiss cheese out of that
Second, I said it
before and I will say it again. This isn't really George
Bush's war. I think its Cheney and Rumsfeld's War.
George Bush is not unlike a rock star and I am sick to death that
there is any one who would have the audacity to believe that some
day he will be looked upon as a "great" president.
Lincoln was a great