Skip to comments.Wounded Iraq Vet Threatened, Spat on by 'Antiwar' Protesters (D.C. Chapter Report on 1/27/07)
Posted on 01/28/2007 5:37:22 PM PST by kristinn
I'm angry. I'm angry at the 'antiwar' protesters who heaped abuse on our troops. And I'm angry at the people who couldn't be bothered to stand up for our troops yesterday.
Tens of thousands of anti-American leftists and their dupes marched on our nation's capital calling for America's defeat in the war on terror in Iraq.
Only about forty people could be bothered to turn out in support of America's victory in Iraq. Among those forty was a civilian POW held by the North Vietnamese communists and several Iraq war veterans--including wounded warriors who left the hospital to stand up for their brothers in arms on the home front.
Why did former POW Mike Benge and Iraq vet Joshua Sparling only find a few dozen people willing to stand with them? Why, as the anti-American left is heading toward repeating their victory in Vietnam, are so many people sitting on their asses and doing nothing to stop them?
Why, when Joshua Sparling was spat on, cursed at and threatened by 'peace marchers', were there so few people there to defend his honor?
Why was Jane Fonda allowed to desecrate the Navy Memorial and only face token opposition?
Why did Mike Benge see thousands more people showing up to cheer Jane Fonda than there were to denounce her?
Those who were there to support these patriots will be posting their observations and photos on this thread. I've said my piece.
I had other things to do that day.
And I should have been down there with you.
Ah, more actions from the 1960's edition of the peacenik playbook. Another reason why hippies make me angry.
These "anti-war protestors" are among life's losers, and they know it. They know it, and they hate it. That's why they have to denigrate others. It makes them feel important for two seconds.
They had best not spit on a serviceman in my presence.
All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing.
The First Amendment is not an excuse for spitting on a wounded Iraq vet.
Tens of thousands? Obviously you're buying into the Washington Post, NY Times numbers ... actual count from more reliable sources put the number closer ... 6 to 8 thousand.
After spending some time at the regular Saturday AM Olney FReep, I arrived at FR's permitted area to wait for the World Can't Wait afternoon march. Except for GunsareOK, the FReepers who attended the FReep at the Navy Memorial were at lunch so we just tossed barbs at the passing moonbats walking towards the Mall.
My favorite barb, aimed at their "Stop the Expansion" sign, was to thank them for asking Iran and Syria to stop their expansion into Iraq. During the march several moonbats passed by and said something after they passed us. My favorite come back at them was, "Hey ball-less, come back and repeat that". No takers. Maybe it was the Marine Corps flag under the American flag that I was holding that kept them walking, or maybe it was my Clint Eastwood cigars that I was smoking.
The other FReepers, Lurkers and just plain old patriotic Americans started to arrive with the signs and props. While the Hanoi Jane effigy was being hung on a tree, VAFlagwaver and a College Republican got a lesson in erecting the MOAB. It was then secured to a chain link fence that was around a small construction site.
The moonbats started their march right on Mary Jane time, 40 minutes late for regular time. The police escorted the front of the march with a lot of pomp-ass. That's when things started to get dicey.
Our group was separated from the march by orange fencing at the curb and at the sidewalk, with a 15 foot grass area between the two rows of fencing. But the moonbats soon started to go around the fencing and up the sidewalk and on the Park grass behind our line. The sidewalk was so crowded with moonbats that one could not walk in a straight line.
But we kept up our chanting, flag waving and sign holding in the middle of them. Note that at this time there were no police in sight. We were on our own. Behind us, GunsareOK was standing guard over our jackets, extra signs and drinks as moonbats walked by. I kept one eye on him while our group chanted on Doctor Raoul's queue.
A guy on a bicycle stopped at GunsareOK's position and I decided it was time to give him some back up. The guy was just looking to banter with GunsareOK, but Guns appreciated the back up. I stayed with him till the march was over. A little bit after I joined GunsareOK, JoyJoyFrom NJ also came over to help stand guard. By this time there was a constant stream of moonbats in the park walking past our rear guard.
While with GunsareOK, a couple came up to us and thanked us for being there. I told them that we had plenty of extra signs and to grab one. He declined, saying his girl friend didn't want him getting involved in what looked like a scene from Animal House.
After several incidents on the sidewalk between FReepers and the moonbats, the police finally showed up. They were very helpful in keeping moonbats away from our area.
After the police started giving us some cover, the guy with the girl friend, he came over, grabbed a sign and went to our front line till everything was over.
Luckily GunsareOK had his danger radar on high alert. He pointed out four guys in the Park with big sticks about 150 feet from us. BELOW LEFT: three of the guys. BELOW RIGHT: The fourth guy taking a breather.
Guns said the guys were pointing towards us and looked like they were planning something. I'm not sure how these guys caught the police officer's eyes, but the police also thought they looked like trouble. BELOW: The police talking to three of them. Eventually the police had them drop the sticks and leave the Park's premises.
Soon after Jesse Jacka$$ and the others holding a banner passed, an officer from another police force came over to cut down Jane "The Traitor" Fonda from the tree. I explained to him that our permit was for effigies. But he didn't like the idea of it being hung on government property. I asked him if I could take it down to save a good length of rope from being cut and he had no problem with that. So down Jane The Traitor came only to be put up on one end on the MOAB. Not quite so visible and poetic, but she never hit terra firma.
And after the march, the police said there was a suspicious package across the street and we needed to quickly move out of the area. I think that was a good way to get everyone quickly out of there without just telling to leave. After all, we were taking our time and talking while we packed up. And as FR rules state, obey the police.
BufordP - That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Thank you Kristinn for being there for my son and hubby....you know, we would have been there with you if we ween't so far away....God Bless you for standing against this evil.
We had a Support the Troops Rally this past September and only had a hundred supporters show up. Where were you?
The majority of which were just gullible college kids that were crowded in on old school buses at $50.00 a head. They couldn't care less what they were doing there other than having a chance to see DC on the cheap.
Spitting is an assault.
They couldn't care less but the MSM do and the terrorist sure got a lot of good propaganda footage.
I wish that I could have somehow made it all the way to D.C. and back, but that wasn't possible.
That said, most "conservatives" are concerned with illegal immigration (money) and other issues (money, television, beer,...). I've seen firsthand, as most local Republicans/liberaltarians avoided a "Support Our Troops" rally to attend an anti-illegal-immigration rally (money).
The enemy in the War on Terror is patient and even follows a religion of patient, guerrilla warfare (nothing new--no counter-pro-intel-turbo-scalable-enterprise BS). Given the lack of our nation's will to avoid underestimating the enemy fight, we're in for some painful lessons in the near future. ...unless our President can pull even more unprecedented success out of his pool of strategic skills.
Hell no! I was talking about the author's overall statements.
WCW [Brainchild of former SDS leader [and Maoist] Clark Kissinger and RCP organizer; Kissinger created NION - NION is working closely with the WCW campaign]
WCW for all practical purposes the Revoluntionary Communist Party
To: Rona58 Yesterday's thread about Kissinger's hit list targeting conservatives: thread here 22 posted on 11/02/2005 8:49:34 PM PST by TaxRelief | To 1
Don't tell me....most of their posters were "preprinted" and pretty much all the same.
I managed to make it through the day without getting locked up. :-)
I found the best way to deal with the people leaning over the fence screaming profanity was just to shake my head and laugh. Which made them shriek harder. I'm pretty sure one or two of them popped a blood vessel.
It was reported that hundred of buses brought most of these people there. Who is paying for all that and how do all those people get time off to go?
To quote stand watie from another thread:
"i've gotten another estimate from my buddy. he says MAYBE as many as 20K in the afternoon "march on the capitol".
his guess of 1500 was for "the AM activity". (mea culpa!)
at EITHER/BOTH "activities", that's an awful lot of IDIOTS, CREEPS, TRAITORS, FOOLS & WIERDOS in one place!!!!
fyi, those "sorts of semi-humans" make me GAG!
Yep. Stacks and stacks of them, just being handed out to whoever walked by.
I hope you gave them hell!
I wasn't there,is that true?
I didn't know about it. Sorry. What do people think of organizing a demonstration to support our President and our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan and Somalia? Maybe for this spring?
Well, there was a car show in DC.
Macy's had a sale.
Oh, and the National Review was having some kind of shindig at the JW Marriott, where for an investment of only a few hundred dollars, people were able to rub elbows with conservative celebs.
And the Metro would have been crowded.
And traffic would be a mess.
And it was cold.
And if we ignore them, they will go away.
We'd be screwed if our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines had the same attitude. "Oh geez! It's too cold outside! Well, I'm stayin' in, then."
1,764 registered Freepers flying a DC, MD or VA flag. 40 showed up, and of that number, 1 drove down from NJ, one from Philadelphia, two from NC.
What angers me most is that nearly a dozen of our 40-odd group were members of the military - and most of them were wounded soldiers from Walter Reed. Not only did they volunteer to defend us from enemies overseas, but now, after suffering life-changing injuries, they had to come and defend themselves against the idiot leftists, because everybody else was too wrapped up in their own lives to even give a second thought to defending our troops.
That's very sad.
I usually try to stay away from trouble, but DC is too far for me. If it were closer to home I may have attended and kept a low profile.
Kudos to those who attended.
Kristinn was there
Isn't Joshua Sparling the soldier who received that damnable card while he was at Walter Reed?
I don't understand why the college Republicans are not more organized...low cost bus trips and all. It's a nice incentive and all you have to do is hold a lousy sign.
Please keep an eye on Activism/Chapters in the side bar. There were several threads on this event, and a Support the Troop Rally on the Mall this past September. Only about 100 people showed up in September.
Thank you for everyone who did show up. I can only make to DC a few times a year. I will also admit that I don't go out of town a lot when I have a son deployed.
Expect to see more of that in coming months. If you don't recall how it went during Vietnam, stick around - it's going to happen this time, too. Because not enough of "the silent majority" give a damn.
Video will be up in a couple of days.
Well, my excuse is that I'm out of the country. But honestly, kristinn, I see this endeavor as hopeless. It always takes a crisis or a deep shock to the system -- whether it was Pearl Harbor, Sputnik or 9/11 -- to jolt the American people out of complacency. We wont reform our financially disastrous entitlement programs, we wont cut our oil dependence and we wont get serious about fighting terrorism until we're forced to by a crisis. In the case of the war of Iraq and our Mideast policies in general, I don't believe anything short of another 9/11 -- potentially nuclear next time -- will succeed in combatting the insidious treason of the left and the passivity of the general public. I'm simply waiting for the next terrorist attack. Everything between now and then is noisy distraction and leftists digging their own grave, as far as I'm concerned.
I'm not sure why there weren't any more College Pubs there. 20 of them showed up at Walter Reed's FReep several weeks ago, and it was 20 degrees colder.
You are right. But sometimes......arrrrrgggg!
Like the one Glenn Beck did at the beginning of this war
kristinn .. Thank you and the DC Chapter for being there
Been there, done that. Didn't happen. But, thanks for the laugh.
I know what you mean. They definitely tried the patience. Mean, nasty, angry little beasties they were.
For some reason our very presence seemed to enrage them. Go figure.
I see you are new here! BTW, rallying FOR the flag won't make a damn bit of difference if we do not have a country!