"I hate permits--I think the process in inherently un-freedom-like, but if we want to have a stage and sound equipment on the Women's March on the Pentagon (which will culminate in voluntary civil resistance), we need a permit. Six of us went to the Pentagon today and after Malachy Kilbride told them we weren't leaving the property until we spoke in person to someone, they sent Officer Will Smith (no relation) out to meet with us. Honestly, I almost cracked another tooth from clenching my jaw because he told us twice: "That's why I served in the Air Force for 20 years, to give you all the freedom to protest." I am not known for my restraint, but I held my tongue today, which won't be the case on October 21st. By the by, Will Smith, you didn't "serve" in the Air Force for 20 years to give me, or anyone else any "freedom." How does one even say we are "free" here in the US? Free to starve (1 in 5 children everyday); free to die from lack of adequate healthcare; free to go into lifelong debt for the audacity of wanting a university education; free to go into lifelong debt to the banks for having the audacity to want to own your own home; free to work for slave wages while the wealthy get wealthier; free to be poisoned by the food and water supplies; free to die in bullshit wars for the profit of a few---and "free" speech? How is speech free if alternative views are never, ever allowed to be heard?
You, Mr. Will Smith, "served" 20 years to enrich the war machine and to pontificate and bloviate about your service to Empire.
I just want him to know that we know, even though we all just stared at him with blank expressions, maybe that's why he felt the need to repeat himself." Cindy Sheehan