Tuesday, November 30, 2004

"War resistors welcome here!"

Jenny and I walked down to Parliament Hill tonight to check out what all the fuss was about. Apparently some guy named Bush was in town and people were angry about it.

In all seriousness, the protests were a lot smaller than we anticipated. There were as many cops around as protesters. But the crazy, whacked out hippies dancing to the drum beats were pretty cool. Rogue MP Carolyn Parrish was giving her speech as we arrived - and people were somewhat fired up. Then chants of "War resistors welcome here!" started. All in all though, I thought there would be more anger.

My favourite sign? "Mess With Texas."

Of course, the protests could have been mellow due to the fact that everyone there was stoned. What is it with protesting and pot? "Hey, Bush is in town - let's head up to the Hill and smoke a bowl!"

I think protesters do their cause a disservice when they pour paint on a cop (as did happen, apparently) or show up drunk or stoned. The way I see it, if you can't take your cause seriously enough to show up to your protest sober, why should anyone else take your cause seriously? You know, these hippies hurt their own case sometimes.

Anyway, supper was waiting and Ellie was starting to get freaked out, so we had to split.

On a related note, I read (somewhere) that Bush has spent 13 billion dollars this year - alone! - on his Star Wars missle defense program.

I can think of a bunch of better ways to spend 13 billion - investing in green energy alternatives comes to mind. I wonder when the leader of the most influential country in the world will actually start to lead his people in a meaningful way.

Imagine that - a world leader actually leading the way on something.

Those are my rambling thoughts for tonight.

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