what's christian re:bush - plunging thru texas!
what really happened was texans were SOOOOOO glad to see us - by the time we hit witchita falls, we had 8 yeahs! and not one little f.u. or thumbs down or anything! were we happy! then we pulled into starbucks parking lot to see a large group of texans hanging outside, sipping drinks at their tables. as we approached, a 30's african american male, sitting by himself & grinning broadly, loudly welcomed us & raved about our truck & our message. as he spoke, one of the white males in the group of 10 or so white people sitting together on his right, stated he liked the truck too but he was voting for bush.
i expressed my amazement, saying most of the time bush supporters are not so polite & friendly. he seemed amazed so i told him about getting my tires slashed, my truck graffitied, getting run off the road, and other male behaviors like grabbing crotches & and baring asses. another white male from that group turned around and asked "well, do you really think bush orchestrated the terrorist attack?"
before i could respond, another young man spoke up, identifying himself as from lebonan, & saying americans do not get the real news - he said fair & accurate news reporting happens in his country & other countries, but not in this one & he could not understand why this is. then he identified himself as military - army! the other man of color let out a whoop and said so was he - army also!
i addressed the question to the whole group: "i think bush used the attack on the trade towers as an excuse to bomb iraq. i think the president took advantage this tragedy & our fears & sorrows to garner support for his 'pre-emptive' war. i think he lied deliberately to further his own agenda - and i think he'll do it again."
one of the workers came out smiling & kindly let us know he was waiting for us to order so he could close! saying we'll be right back & to hold that thought, we got our drinks & returned to find all the white folks had fled - only our 2 soldiers were left to discuss the president & what will happen.
the older man told us he was a career army guy, formerly stationed in germany & he had not been sent to the middle east - for this he was so grateful. his wife was as against bush as he was! the younger fellow told us how torn he felt, being raised here and then living for a few years in lebonan and coming back to live, attend school, and enlist in the service. he was in officer's school & had severe doubts about what we are doing around the world, especially in the middle east.
it was very moving talking with both of these sincere men, listening to their inner conflicts. we gave them codepink info, shook hands, and expressed our pleasure in meeting.
we drove to a texas rest stop & spent the rest of the nite sleeping in the truck under the vast texan sky! peace, sam