I was born and raised in Colorado, so I'm used to the cool, dry air of the Rockies. With that in mind, imagine how it felt for me to spend 2 days under a canopy in Crawford, Texas, where it is muggy and HOT AS HELL. I wouldn't endure something like that for a country I didn't love.
I went down there because something terrible is being done to this country. Our leader lied to Congress in order to get them to declare war, and so far, he's sent over 1800 Americans to their deaths. The defence department releases the names of soldiers who die on Iraqi soil, but if you include the soldiers who die outside of Iraq from injuries, the number gets much larger. One woman decided to camp outside the president's ranch because she wanted answers from him, and I went down there for similar reasons. I want answers, too. And I don't want to hear the same crap that Dubya's been repeating for the last 4 years, because I've heard it all, and I still think he's full of shit. I want straight answers regarding the reasons for going to war and for our continued occupation of Iraq. I will not accept 9/11 as justification for this war, because Iraq wasn't responsible for 9/11. AL-QAEDA was responsible for 9/11, and there never was a link between Osama and Saddam, so I want to know why the United States military can't seem to catch the guy who actually did attack us.
While I'm sure Cindy's "opinions" deviate from the pre-screened military families that Bush has met with, I'm offended by his generalization of her protest as an attempt to speak for the whole country. I didn't go there for anybody but myself. Bush's fan club is free to counter-protest, and a tiny group of them were out there with their signs asking us if we've forgotten 9/11. (I believe I already answered that question.)
I'll write more about it later, so let me close by saying that it is an honor to be attacked by pigs like Rush, O'Reilly, Hannity, and the like. That kind of feedback makes me know that what I'm doing is right.