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John Kerry gave a speech last Saturday in Boston, whereupon he came out unequivocally against the attack and occupation ( AKA WAR) of Iraq. Kerry, on the 35th anniversary of his stirring testimony to the Armed Services Committee, compared ( finally) Iraq to Vietnam. More importantly, he gave credence to the need and the right of citizen protest. He went so far as to call it the patriotic duty of Americans to dissent against a government that has lost focus.

Now, my friends and I have been out there on that street corner for 20 months straight, once a week, in protest of this administration, its policies and its war on Iraq. I could easily take Mr. Kerry, and most mainstream Democrats, to task for their " Johnny come lately " strategy. I could rightly state that Kerry is three years and 2300 plus American deaths too late. I could further state that if indeed Mr. Kerry had made Saturday's speech in July of ' 04, at the Democratic convention, he would now be speaking as " President Kerry ", not Senator Kerry.

What would my saying that do to stop this madness coming from the crew occupying the White House? How would it change things ? How would it stop this illegal and immoral disgrace in Iraq, and bring fiscal sanity to our economy? How would it bring to light ( and to court ) the crimes committed by certain of our leaders and their underlings? No, what Kerry's speech can and will do, is shake up those who drive by our group each week honking in support. It may just get those who have spent three years " venting " their disgust to drive over, park and join us on that street corner. Our protest has never been sponsored ( or encouraged) by the Democratic Party. Alas, " hope springs eternal " and we accept all comers on that corner. Forgive and forget and stand together!

Philip A Farruggio
Port Orange ProActivists

Philip A Farruggio is a small businessman, progressive activist leader, columnist and radio talk show host. His show, " The ProActivist Hour" , can be heard Mondays at noon on WPUL 1590 AM in Daytona Beach, Florida. He can be reached at paf1222@bellsouth.net.
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Philip A Farruggio is an activist leader, free lance columnist and small businessman. He is blue collar from birth, as both his dad and grandad were Brooklyn , NYC longshoremen. Philip has a BA from Brooklyn College ( class of ' 74 ) in Speech & (more...)

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