Candlelight Vigil in Lompoc
For over two years our group has been accused of not supporting the troops and for being unpatriotic. Tonight we supported our troops in a very meaningful and respectful manner. And as always, I believe that exercising my constitutional rights to free speech and freedom of assembly is patriotic. What is the point of living in a democracy if I cannot exercise my rights? I would like someone to explain to me why this is viewed as unpatriotic and why our peace efforts are continually met with criticism and disdain?
What we should be critical of is an administration that will wreak death and destruction on our fellow human beings because they possess resources we covet. We should all be outraged that the war being waged in Iraq is based on lies, funded by our tax dollars, and is destroying our most precious national resource, our children. And we should all be holding this president accountable for the senseless loss of life both here and in the Middle East in the manner that Cindy Sheehan is. Not one more parent should have to grieve the needless loss of their child anywhere in the world.
The unacceptable reality of war without end, which this administration is purposing, is what motivates me to continue working for nonviolent conflict resolution and for a peaceful world that is safe for all its’ children. Working to end this insanity is our responsibility as United States citizens and in my opinion is the ultimate form of patriotism. This is the legacy I wish to leave my own children and the future generations to come.