by Kathryn Weitzel
Liberty is a tool used by our heart. We expend energy for the mere flexing of this muscle.
April 1st marked one particular day that my partner in liberty, James Bell, and I decided to flex our muscle. We marched at the Peace and Justice parade, which began near the Martin Luther King Memorial in downtown Atlanta. The sky was just perfect for marching since a heavy downpour the night before gave us clean baptised streets for which to try something very new to us, outreach to groups that would never have ever seen the word Libertarian — ever.
The group organization was fantastic as programs handed to everyone gave a basic template of where every person could assimilate. The Veterans for Peace had a green balloon and Churches or faith based had their own ballon as well. I looked around for media in the crowd and spotted the Fox 5 Atlanta film crew. I quickly introduced myself as the only conservatives in the whole crowd and left it at that. It wasn’t 5 minutes and I had a microphone in my face asking why such strange bedfellows like libertarians would be marching. I explained our non- aggression platform and how though, the Libertarians were split on this issue, the right for the expedient ending to the Iraq conflict was worthy of a marching cause.
The march was a perfect networking tool that only old town markets could appreciate. We all that day were expressing liberty for any cause. It wasn’t about whose government program was better or who to elect. We were all proud of each others willingness to stand on one issue. We all politely cringed when conversations grinded to a halt because of off topic discussions made us uncomfortable. This is what being an american is all about. I even saw a group of women tell a person who was displaying the photographs of the savagery of war, that he was out of line for approaching cars. You see everyone has their limits aboout what is acceptable.
I was proud to have folks come and take pictures of our banners with their cellphones to show their families. Thats outreach that is priceless. It’seems we were routed down Boulevard Avenue, along with cheers of children playing in the streets. They watched patriotic americans gather for a common cause. We neared the entrance to the park only to be berated by religious persons preaching how everyone in the crowd were sinners. I am a person of faith and believe in standing up for what is right. We all emptied into Piedmont park to find Mark fromdisplaying an OPH booth, and selling tees. I am proud of any libertarian activist practicing their right or left cause.
We all do things that are unpopular without regard to feelings when there are facts involved. This bright Saturday was a perfect day to be a big tent american and stand up for what we believe. I am fortunate that the anti-march folks took a break from wagging their fingers for at least one afternoon.
“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.” — Alexander Hamilton
UPDATE by Stephen Gordon: Veteran’s for Peace has a good slide show depicting some of their activities at the rally. It’s to be noted that my contact with the Veterans For Peace Greater Atlanta Chapter is Debbie Clark, a Libertarian. I’ll add that Kathryn’s observations match my own at similar events where Libertarians were involved — in locations ranging from to . To read Lew Rockwell’s speech at one of these rallies, click here.