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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Protest and Demonstrate

This past weekend hundreds of people flocked to the streets of Montpelier to demonstrate their opposition of the Iraq War. I for one a committed individual for peace was not in attendance, but I honor those that bared the snow and frigid temperatures as an avenue to broadcast our disdain for the direction of the country(my partner was there and she took the corresponding picture). There are those who state that the issue is not something that our local governments should get involved with and actions like this to petition our elected officials are futile. I refute that notion, local elected officials should get involved and feel that the voice of the people shall be echoed from within our local governments in a hope that the national political arena will wake up on the issue.

Democracy is the voice of the people and in our state houses and our town meetings the issue of the war is prevalent. The cost of the war is deeply affecting each one of us whether it is the cost of health care or the ever growing property tax burden. The war will cost each American over three thousand dollars and that my fellow Americans could be spent in a much more productive manner locally within our towns and states.

I honor those who stood out in the cold and voiced their concerns. Democracy is in the streets and may that voice resonate throughout the country. The issue does not stop there by voicing it in the streets. As I have stated I was not at the protest, despite that it was right here in my town but as a friend of mine once told me, “there must be a time in life when you must stop protesting and start demonstrating.”

We all know the war was wrong and that the war was based on the need to control oil. Globally, nations and multinational corporations are competing to dominate the control of the world’s oil reserves. Instead, we must look for ways to remove ourselves from this world economy. Driving less, eating foods that are produced locally and supporting a locally centered infrastructure are all paths to remove of us from the dependency of oil. As much as I dislike President Bush, he was right last year when he said, “We are addicted to oil.” I wonder what profound statment he will say tonight? Now the question is whether we want to do anything about it? That is were I say “stop protesting and start demonstrating.” Demonstrate to the nation and the world that we do not need oil to transport our food three thousand miles, do not need the gargantuan high definition television bougth at Wal-Mart or the gas guzzling SUV.

As a society it is we who must choose the direction of the nation. If we call for an end to oil addiction, there will be no need for the oil industry to dictate foreign policy needs. Power is given only when it is supplied and if the population continues to fuel the need for oil, the power structure will continue to propagate its needs to wage war on oil rich nations. So this Saturday as thousands of Americans converge on Washington to display their disgust, I will be there in spirit but will be left here in Vermont demonstrating a new direction.

Robb Kidd

“Smiling is very important. If we are not able to smile, then the world will not have peace. It is not by going out for a demonstration against nuclear missiles that we can bring about peace. It is with our capacity of smiling, breathing, and being peace that we can make peace.” Thich Nhat Hanh


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