I figured I'd write this in here, since it kinda goes along with the theme of the community and all. My grandma thinks that the reason I went to the anti-war rally is because a teacher influenced me to and she thinks thats 'wrong'. This makes me very angry. I told her yesterday that Becky was going to go and I invited myself. Ya know, she says that I was influenced by teachers like I'm some impressionable stupid youth easily brainwashed by the opinions of others. I could give two shits less what others think about this situation and want out of it. I mean.. I know what I'm talking about here. I know the facts. I know enough of what's going on in the world to know that I disagree with President Bush and that war is not the answer to our immediate problems as a nation (which I believe have little to nothing to do with Iraq or Saddam Hussien). I know enough to know that my generation is the one that will be most affected by this war if it is followed out. And I don't want to see my future cascaded in unjust nuclear warfare, violence and injustice. Kids my age and younger got together to protest the war during Vietnam.. it wasn't such a big deal then. Now I can't even make a sign promoting peace and stand on a sidewalk? Because I'm doing what? Standing up for my rights as a United States citizen. Expressing my opinions on the impending war? Getting involved in what could invevitably become the future of my nation? What is wrong with that, I don't know. Its not like we were over-turning cars, setting buildings aflame and rioting through the streets. Peaceful protest is a good way of expressing your opinions. How else am I supposed to express my feelings on the matter? I can't very well do it sitting at home on my ass, scoufing at the President as he makes his often idiotic state of the union speeches. You don't accomplish anything sitting at home on your ass. Nothing happens when people, especially young people, don't stand up for their opinions and their rights. Its not a crime for a kid my age to oppose war. Because, really, who is this impending war going to affect? Its going to affect my generation. The kids. Sure, adults and seniors will feel it as well. Chances are there will be a huge slump in the economy, gas prices will continue to rise as will taxes I'd imagine. How else is the President going to go to Iraq and raise hellish war against innocent people? I couldn't tell you. I just don't understand when it became a crime for young people to care about their future. Its all about peace. What is so wrong with wanting a little bit of peace? It puzzles me how we can call countries like Iraq and Afghanistan barbaric and evil when we are doing no better as a nation than they are. We have our share of criminals, murderers, rapists, mentally instable people. And what do we do when we catch a murderer? We send him to death. Doesn't that make us barbaric? Doesn't that make us evil? In the 10 Commandments, it says 'thou shalt not kill'. Apparently, we think that is an ammended right. And if that is the case.. if we are going to continue to kill our fellow man, put people on death row, keep having babies just to abort them, send the youth of our nation out to fight in war.. how can we be thought of as a more dignified nation than any of the nations we oppose? It seems I'm getting into a rant now, so I'll wrap this up. I'm going to continue my protest of this war until there is peace. If no one else my age is willing to stand up for their rights and their opinions, then I guess I'll have to be the one to do it. Case in point, me and my two friends were the ONLY kids at the protest. The only three people under the age of 35, I would guess. I think its high time more people our age opened their eyes to whats going on and got involved. Thats all. Later gators.