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Photos from Crawford Pro-War Rally; 'Protest Warriors' Attacked by Rightwing Mob
by Jeff Paterson (jeff [at] paterson.net)
Sunday Aug 28th, 2005 12:14 PM
About two thousand people converged in Crawford yesterday for the “Cindy Doesn’t Speak for Me” rally. “Gold Bless America, God Bless the Troops, and God Bless President Bush” was the theme of the day. However, in a odd turn of events, and despite repeated pleadings that “we are on your side, we are on the right,” the rally turned on conservative Protest Warriors.
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Crawford, Texas (August 28, 2005)

About two thousand people converged in Crawford yesterday for the “Cindy Doesn’t Speak for Me” rally. “Gold Bless America, God Bless the Troops, and God Bless President Bush” was the theme of the day. Favorite chants included, “Cindy Go Home!” and “What’s Our Exit Strategy? Victory!” Many of the speakers were AM radio talk show hosts from across the country.

The theme of most of their speeches was that Cindy Sheehan was prolonging the war by giving hope to the terrorists. “Iraqis love us… and we are winning.” “The media is currently on a anti-American rampage… Insurgents love the U.S. media.” Darrell Ankarls of 570 KLIF AM radio boomed from the stage that “Cindy’s stuff is making into the sandbox” and it is “getting our boys killed.” Cindy should “shut up” and “go home!”

I had heard that military recruiters were going to be on hand to sign up the youth who attended the rally. I did over hear two young women excitedly talking about having just “jumped in, and sign up.” However, it turned out that they were talking about having signed up for the University of Texas Young Republican Club. It was announced that a woman riding around the parameter of the rally on a beautiful horse was the mother of a teenager who was waiting to enter the military.

Free Republic and the their right-wing youth group of “ironic” Protest Warriors were repeatedly thanked for their support and participation in the rally. The Protest Warriors are young people who usually appear at anti-war related activities with slogans based on “right-wing irony,” such as “War Has Never Solved Anything (except for everything).” However, in a odd turn of events, and despite repeated pleadings that “we are on your side, we are on the right,” the rally turned on these kids. Shouting “Cindy Go Home!” a small mob gathered around the three or four Protest Warriors, attacked their oversized signs, and began stomping on the signs.

Visibly shaken, the Protest Warriors beat a retreat from the rally to the chants of “Get Out of Here Liars!” Over and over again, “We are on your side” were meet by “Liars!” One man clarified that even if they were trying to support the war, they were confusing people, and that “it is the devil who wanted to sew confusion.” It is safe to say that irony, or any opinions that hinted at “shades of gray” were not welcome in Bush Country.

Archive of photos and reports from Crawford, Texas:
http://www.notinourname.net/war/sheehan.htm
§Local businessman Bill Johnson leds decorated horses
by Jeff Paterson (jeff [at] paterson.net) Sunday Aug 28th, 2005 12:14 PM
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§Woman equates Cindy with "Hanoi Jane"
by Jeff Paterson (jeff [at] paterson.net) Sunday Aug 28th, 2005 12:14 PM
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§"Support the Mission"
by Jeff Paterson (jeff [at] paterson.net) Sunday Aug 28th, 2005 12:14 PM
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§"We support Bush"
by Jeff Paterson (jeff [at] paterson.net) Sunday Aug 28th, 2005 12:14 PM
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§Pryer for swift victory
by Jeff Paterson (jeff [at] paterson.net) Sunday Aug 28th, 2005 12:14 PM
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§Boy scout in blue dog
by Jeff Paterson (jeff [at] paterson.net) Sunday Aug 28th, 2005 12:14 PM
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§Crawford lad expresses himself
by Jeff Paterson (jeff [at] paterson.net) Sunday Aug 28th, 2005 12:14 PM
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§"Terrorists love quitters (democRATS)
by Jeff Paterson (jeff [at] paterson.net) Sunday Aug 28th, 2005 12:14 PM
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§Same theme
by Jeff Paterson (jeff [at] paterson.net) Sunday Aug 28th, 2005 12:14 PM
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§I survived Crawford, Texas 2005
by Jeff Paterson (jeff [at] paterson.net) Sunday Aug 28th, 2005 12:14 PM
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§Protest Warrior beats retreat from pro-war rally
by Jeff Paterson (jeff [at] paterson.net) Sunday Aug 28th, 2005 12:14 PM
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