I had so much fun protesting at the Kerry rally yesterday! My biggest observation was the difference between Bush supporters and Kerry supporters. These people were just downright rude and nasty. If I had a dollar for every time one of them gave me the finger, I could pay next year's tuition in cash. At one point, we were walking down the sidewalk. The line of Kerry people was on the left and there were cars parked along the road to our right, so we were walking between the Kerry people and the cars, not saying anything but just trying to find the other groups of College Republicans down along the fence. The girl walking in front of me stopped suddenly because a Kerry woman stepped right in front of her and blocked the path. The CR girl said, "Excuse me" and the Kerry woman said, "Excuse ME, I am not moving so you can get through." The CR girl said, "We just want to get past" and the woman replied, "Absolutely not!" So I stepped around the CR girl and said, "Excuse me, but you can't block the whole sidewalk" and I pushed past her. The other kids from our group filed behind me while she stood there with her mouth hanging open.
The bottom line is just be civil. The country is so polarized that Bush and Kerry each have large followings. We're all Americans, so why can't we all just respect each other's rights? There was so much vulgarity on the Kerry side that it was just disappointing. It's hard to take someone's opinion seriously when all they can say is "F*** Bush! And f*** you!"
I had a lot of fun getting to talk to some of the other Bush supporters there. We were joined by a lot of older veterans, as well as doctors. It was funny to hear the Kerry people yell at us that we were a bunch of spoiled college kids who should join the military because we obviously don't know what it's like. First of all, these comments were mostly coming from women in their 50s who probably haven't served a day in their lives, either. But besides that, there were several College Republicans in our midst who are members of the military. One kid from our club is in the ROTC and he loved shouting back at these people. Another guy who came up from a different school actually whipped out his military ID when a Kerry fan said he didn't believe him that he just got back from Kosovo. A little advice to the lefties out there: be careful when criticizing Bush supporters for not being members of the military. Guess what? Kerry isn't going to win the military vote.