John Edwards to Organize War Protest Memorial Day Weekend

Democratic Presidential hopeful John Edwards is starting a new effort to “support the troops and end the war” and he's registered a very long domain name to organize it: supportthetroopsendthewar.com: Support the troops. End the war. Take action May 26th, 27th, 28th.

Take Action May 26th, 27th, 28th

As citizens, we honor and support our troops for their service and sacrifice.

As Americans, we are blessed by that sacrifice and support, which keeps us safe and keeps us strong.

As patriots, we call on our government to support our troops in the most important way it can – by ending this war and bringing them home.

This Memorial Day weekend, we will all take responsibility for the country we love and the men and women who protect it. We will volunteer, we will pray, and we will speak out. Each of us has a responsibility to act, a duty to our troops and to each other. Support the troops. End the war.

The site invites people to sign up for demonstrations and other activities in their neighborhoods.

I heard about this because for reasons never explained to me I was invited onto a very brief one-way conference call in which Edwards announced the initiative. He didn't talk long, but he said all the right things: that the movement to end the war was more important than a political campaign, that the point of the event was to support the troops by bringing them home.

My favorite two Edwards soundbites from the call:

“We're going to reclaim patriotism.”

“The best way to serve our troops is to end this war.”

Edwards also has a YouTube promo for the event.

Now I feel bad that I'm going to be at a conference in Bologna over Memorial Day weekend. So I won't be demonstrating in Miami. But I do agree that the time has come to be visible, and I'm going to have to find other ways to do that.

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3 Responses to John Edwards to Organize War Protest Memorial Day Weekend

  1. MIke Hurder says:

    Well now. Here we have the Breck Girl, John Edwards, dishonoring our
    Military heroes on Memorial day, no less. I suppose I shouldn’t be
    surprised. After all, this is the same party that proposed a traitor
    (Hanoi John Kerry) be made president.
    The party of defeat and surrender strikes at the very heart of America
    and the alphabet media endorses his efforts. What a joke our country
    has become.
    Fools abound. Cowards thrive. The USA founders on the brink of
    death.

  2. howard says:

    I’m at Gaydays in Orlando right now and came across an article about Edwards detailing his antigay attitudes. He stated in 1998, “Im not comfortable around those people” when asked what his position was on gay rights. Well, I am gay, and I won’t support Clinton for obvious reasons, so I guess its Obama all the way. I was on the fence between Obama and Edwards because I’m antiwar, but Edwards is fast turing into a joke. I just can’t take him seriously, and I won’t vote for somebody who wouldn’t be comfortable around me.

  3. Michael says:

    You’re quoting the utterly unreliable Robert Shrum. I have no faith in what he reports and neither should you.

    But suppose it’s an accurate quote: given that Edwards’s public positions on gay issues are good ones, shouldn’t he get some credit for transcending his upbringing? Or for listening to his wife, whose instincts here are apparently sound?

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