Who is Obama? George Orwell's Big Brother, mesmerizing us into believing that war is peace, slavery freedom, or is he a flawed politician meaning well but overwhelmed by the powers surrounding him? How will you earn your Nobel Peace Prize, Obama, when the Means become the Ends?
The Marquis de Lafayette, in the background, would be aghast that the America he helped give birth to now is more brutal and murderous than the British Empire he fought against.
These are the symbolic, draped coffins representing war dead that would be dropped off at five locales during the march, the offices of Halliburton, the Washington Post, the Mortgage Bankers Association, The National Endowment for Democracy and the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
A glaring reminder of torture and inhumanity at the hands of our government, whose so-called War on Terror is fueled by sadism and racism with barely a pretense of justice, pretend justice compromised by confessions under torture.
Poor Uncle Sam, trying to find his True Self in the crowd.
Another strong speaker, may have been a union leader. While I was jockeying for position, camera in one hand, I had no chance to try to write down names and titles.
The crowd kept growing. Some estimates put the overall numbers by the end of the march at ten thousand, but this is the high end.
Eloquent Mike Ferner, president of Veterans for Peace, surrounded by Vets.
Lively, jovial and hard-hitting Cindy Sheehan speaking. The meaning of Sheehan in Gaelic is Descendent Of The Peaceful One. No wonder she is a peace warrior! Shee is the literal pronunciation for Sidhe, the ancient Irish half-magical race that is the subject of much Celtic folklore and mythology.
Colonel Ann Wright also spoke, the woman who resigned from the government over its unjust wars and has fought fearlessly to restore honor and truth to America ever since.
Ralph Nader just keeps on truckin', speaking truth to power.
A spokesman for the Filipino Movement battling to keep Washington's warfare, corruption and subterfuges out of the Philippines.
Uncle Sam may be starting to find HIMSELF as part of humanity, not the caricature of degenerate Plutocracy.