by Peter Freyne
Nice little drive to Montpeculiar this morning. Only eight cars off the Interstate. Patience was the key - 50 mph in the right lane.
Went down for the peace march and rally in front of the Vermont State House. The AP’s Willie Ring put the crowd at “about 200.”
Sorry, Willie, our count had it at “about 350.”
And it was absolutely frigid, with a piercing wind blowing across the snow-covered Statehouse lawn.
There were a number of folks who looked old enough to have, like me, attended some of the antiwar marches of the 1960s. Instead of Iraq, our troops were dying and getting maimed in Vietnam. In both cases the White House lied to Congress and to the American people about the justification for their bloody sacrifice.
When will we ever learn?
Joanne Boyle (on the left) made a slippery two-and-a-half-hour drive from Perkinsville to Montpelier. She also made the “ NO MEANS NO” banner. She's the mother of an 18-year-old son. And, she told us, it was her very first protest march!
Always nice to see new blood, eh?
“NO MEANS NO," she told us, is what a mother tells her child. Every kid hears it. And President George W. Bush, heard it, she said, on November 7 when the American people voted the Democrats back into power in both House and Senate after a 12 year absence. Unfortunately, he’s behaving like a very bad little boy. (Claudia Marieb of Montpelier and Pam DeAndrea of Calais are helping her hold up her banner.)
Joanne also shared with us that she was particularly struck the other day when listening to an NPR piece on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., honored with a national holiday last Monday. She never realized before that he was only 39 when he was assassinated on April 4, 1968.
She’s 49, she told us. Time to get going! Ms. Boyle will also be joining other Vermonters going down to Washington next weekend for the big national antiwar march.
Will the president hear them?