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Would you attend a Peace Rally?

post #1 of 14
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The reason I ask, is that I used to attend them all of the time ("hey, hey, ho, ho, the cruise missle has got to go"). Now I find that people aren't demonstrating so much for peace but against war. Unfortunately that often comes across as not supporting troops. I am very careful about the rallies I go to know, because the last things the troops need is to see people protesting what they are risking their lives for! I still enjoy a good rally, but I am very selective. Also I can't wait to bring my boys to their 1st rally - they need to learn what peaceful protest is about. Unfortunately a few rallies have gotten out of hand.

Have you been a peace demonstrater? Are you interested in going to one?

BTW - every Friday in Canada is people should wear something red to show visible support of our troops in Afganistan. If you are Canadian - please remember to honour our war heroes!
post #2 of 14
Yes, I have been. I don't think they come off as anti-troops, especially recently, usually there are groups at them of military families or veterans.

And there are fewer peace rallies because lots of people who are not pacifist are opposed to this war.
post #3 of 14
lol maybe when i was young, and looking for women.
But that would be the only reason i would go.

i found most of them to insulting and unreal. They seem to have unreal views of the world. Many of these people , who support the anti war stuff, jane fonda, comes to mind. Would be among the first shot or told to shut up and play along with party or go to re education camps. not only that , but the out and out lies you hear from many of the speakers,

Having worked in counties where if you so much as say boo agnist the govermert is a go to jail , do not pass go, do not collect 200 dollars. Another country where you can get jail or death for ad libbing on a pic of a king. or even jail for having a bible, Really makes me see that many of these peace people have a total unreal view of the world we live in.

how i think iraq was the wrong country, i can think of 3 better and 2 of those had more support for the terror groups. the goverment in iraq did support terror, and was paying 20,000 dollars to every family of bombers in Israel.
post #4 of 14
I have been and would go to one, if I felt it was really going to impart a message rather than ending as something that actually damages the credibility of the message (i.e. PETA).

Sometimes activists can do more harm than good with their antics. But I think there should be more protests about the state of the world in general.
post #5 of 14
Bruce, in DC I had snipers aimed at me during a protest, police in full riot gear with weapons drawn... and we were quite peaceful and had a permit. They still don't like you saying anything against the government there. And don't get me started on what Bush does to protestors... Basically, you have the right to free speech, over there, behind a fence, where nobody can hear you, as long as you don't say it loud.
post #6 of 14
Yes I do. There is nothing 'anti-troops' about wanting to see the young men and women who put their lives on the line to come home to their families alive and safe.
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom View Post
Bruce, in DC I had snipers aimed at me during a protest, police in full riot gear with weapons drawn... and we were quite peaceful and had a permit. They still don't like you saying anything against the government there. And don't get me started on what Bush does to protestors... Basically, you have the right to free speech, over there, behind a fence, where nobody can hear you, as long as you don't say it loud.
Did they shoot you? did they lock you up in jail, not to be seen again? Nope they did not.

how many times have the so called peaceful protest, turned into riots and looting? i will admit all they seem to know is what poll is out. But i dont think bush or anyone in that office has time to sit and chat with everyone. With all the crime in DC you should hvae been glad the police was there.

i am not saying its perfect, but at least here you could do that. its in your right. But to many of the people at these things go beyond jsut we think its time to pull the troops out. or aganist the war. The beyond is the part i cant stand.
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by KitEKats4Eva! View Post
I have been and would go to one, if I felt it was really going to impart a message rather than ending as something that actually damages the credibility of the message (i.e. PETA).

Sometimes activists can do more harm than good with their antics. But I think there should be more protests about the state of the world in general.
yea, that what i mean,
post #9 of 14
I've had my photo taken and video taken of me by the police on rallies which means there are some jobs I now cannot do because I have a file on me and my 'subversive activities' held by Special Branch/the government secret services. Yet I have never done anything to break the law, never been arrested, in all other respects I am a model citizen. That is real freedom of speech, huh?
post #10 of 14
Yep, I go! I have found there is usually a very small group of people who go to rallies intending to get things fired up and out of control. When things start flying and insults thrown, IMO that works against the very premise of a peaceful protest. There is a point where people stop listening to the message and only view the actions of the few who make headlines. Hope all that made sense!

That said, if I don't work, I go to the rallies.
post #11 of 14
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I've had my photo taken and video taken of me on rallies which means there are some jobs I now cannot do because I have a file on me and my 'subversive activities' held by the government. That is real freedom of speech, huh?
lol makes me wonder what rallies you went to,
and i really doubt they have your name, unless you got busted.
in which case, yea, i guess you would be a subversive.

besides from what i read about england these does most of the towns are under video watch.

lol dont feel bad, i am also
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by theimp98 View Post
Did they shoot you? did they lock you up in jail, not to be seen again? Nope they did not.

how many times have the so called peaceful protest, turned into riots and looting? i will admit all they seem to know is what poll is out. But i dont think bush or anyone in that office has time to sit and chat with everyone. With all the crime in DC you should hvae been glad the police was there.

i am not saying its perfect, but at least here you could do that. its in your right. But to many of the people at these things go beyond jsut we think its time to pull the troops out. or aganist the war. The beyond is the part i cant stand.
Protests do not often turn into riots and looting, at least not legal ones.

I didn't say Bush didnt want to talk to us. I mean, he has changed the places you can get a permit to protest so that you can't get anywhere within sight of the White House and when he was first inaugurated the people protesting were forced by police to go blocks away and stand behind a fence where nobody could see them. I'm not trying to convince Bush of anything, he's beyond hope.
But somehow the "liberal" media consistently underrepresents protests. Somehow the one I was at, with an estimated attendance of 100k+ (by the police, not us) was reported as 10k max in the news. Had you looked youd've known it was more than that.
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by theimp98 View Post
lol makes me wonder what rallies you went to,
and i really doubt they have your name, unless you got busted.
in which case, yea, i guess you would be a subversive.

besides from what i read about england these does most of the towns are under video watch.

lol dont feel bad, i am also
Sorry Bruce, I was editing my post to add stuff when you quoted me - nothing edited out, just adding some more detail! Police here video all rallies, large, small, ones with families where they take their kids for a picnic in the park after, all peaceful.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom View Post
Protests do not often turn into riots and looting, at least not legal ones.

I didn't say Bush didnt want to talk to us. I mean, he has changed the places you can get a permit to protest so that you can't get anywhere within sight of the White House and when he was first inaugurated the people protesting were forced by police to go blocks away and stand behind a fence where nobody could see them. I'm not trying to convince Bush of anything, he's beyond hope.
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I dont think that is bush, But eh security people doing that.
rockets are very small these days and easy to hide. i have some pic i will post of a couple of stuff, if i can ever find them lol i need to label my cd's with pics on them some day.

Epona,

lo how is this, found out that couple of friends that i made how living in thailand where retired mercenaries from the war in africa,(congo etc) that had set up shop, along with some still being gun runners. This i did not know until the thai police started asking me a few questions, after that i found new people to hang with. So i bet i made a few lists some place

and did i ever fail to bring up the facts that i tend to pick the wrong friends lol
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