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Monday, August 28, 2006

"So DC"

When you live in Washington, DC there are certain romantic experiences one can have that may be described as "so DC." Touring the monuments on a first date, drinks at the Hotel Washington, walk of shaming it home from the Watergate are all excellent examples. I have one more to add to the list: kissing a man in uniform goodbye in front of the Pentagon as you see him off to work.

BTW, despite having lived here for over seven years, this was the first time I have ever boarded the metro at the Pentagon. It was such an intriguing cross section of subcultures--military personnel in various types of uniforms (saluting one another--when my man saluted a passerby I seriously felt like I was tripping), civilians in the finest Banana Republic, and war protesters. Now, as anyone who knows me or regularly reads HP knows, I fully support free speech and the rights of people to publicly object to the war. However, there seems something, I don't know, wrong, about protesting in front of the Pentagon. I mean, milling right by you are people who have made a serious commitment to protect and defend our country. Even though I don't agree with our role in Iraq, it seems like a slap in the face to me to protest it to people who are going off to defend our freedoms.

8 Comments:

Blogger Irish Red said...

very true...snaps to you for pointing that out!

~salute~

Red

2:55 PM  
Blogger confused said...

so we only get freedom of speech in the areas that you deem appropriate? should all protesting be banned in front of the white house because the president 'works hard?' or is the supreme court out of the question since these old people have been lawyers for so long? did you support the "free speech areas" organized for the Democratic National Convention? The Pentagon is more than just the people that work there, it is a symbol of America's military-industrial complex. It's a slap in the face to be told where I can and can not utilize my freedoms.

5:49 PM  
Blogger Hey Pretty said...

Sheesh, you can protest wherever you want, I simply think it's insensitive. I didn't say you can or can't do anything. chill.

6:37 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

I think the protesters do not confuse the warriors with the war. It's possible to support the former but not the latter. Doesn't Donald Rumsfeld work in the Pentagon? He's a civilian, right? I think that's why the protesters protest there, and why it is important for them to do so.

9:20 PM  
Blogger Irish Red said...

so does this mean the new boy is not only a republican but an army boy??

11:47 PM  
Blogger Hey Pretty said...

Navy. He's a Navy boy. A whisky-drinking, country music liking, hotter than f*ck Navy boy. Lord help me.

12:39 AM  
Blogger Hey Pretty said...

Matt,

I agree with you that protesters can tell the difference and I certainly don't advocate *banning* protestors from the pentagon. I just wish they could protest in a way that shows their support for troops while expressing their anti-war sentiments.

3:38 PM  
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