I’ve been pretty busy lately, and not had much time to rant at HoT. As I just blogged a couple of my recent activities on other sites, I’d thought I’d link them here to catch y’all up with some political activities in Alabama.
The first event on Saturday was a peace rally in Birmingham. I was able to arrange to have Lew Rockwell added to the speaker line up. Lew’s speech is here. There was a fair amount of libertarian participation, good press, and the event went very well. My blog entry at LFS, which includes a lot of neat pictures of hard working activists, is .
From the speech:
The US believes it can starve foreign countries such as Iraq by imposing killer sanctions that a high US official said were worth the lives of hundreds of thousands of children.
The US believes that it can use its weapons of mass destruction to threaten any country in the world on the very suspicion that it might be trying to defend itself. The US can then phony up intelligence, overthrow a leader, and install a regime of its choosing. Not to worry: its magical military Midas touch will transform that country into a paragon of democratic freedom – just as soon as all political opposition is silenced or destroyed.
In short, the US government believes that it operates under a different moral standard, not only from the moral standard that regular people apply to their own affairs, but even different from the moral standard that the US applies to other states.
And who pays the price for this moral hypocrisy? The victims of war.
Although wearing a sweaty t-shirt, I had another event immediately following the rally. I managed to take a quick shower, slap on some cologne, and put on a suit and drive to the other event in less than an hour. I metalong with some of his staffers at the . National ACLU Executive Director Anthory Romero was the key note speaker, and I managed to snap this shot of Bodenhausen and Romero waiting for the valets to return their vehicles.
Romero gave a good speech. I agreed most of it — especially on voting rights and civil liberties. As he only spewed collectivist swill in my direction a bare few times and made a lot of very valid points, my applause at the end of his talk was actually heartfelt, and not the pertunctory clapping expected at a social event like that.