Letter to the Editor

Protesting in Washington

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Recently I was privileged to join a couple dozen others in riding a bus to Washingtion, D.C. to express displeasure at the Administration's wasteful spending and takeover of the automobile, banking and insurance industries. We also opposed the proposed takeover of our nation's healthcare and energy segments.

The rented bus left on the evening of the 10th and arrived at a Washington campground on the following evening with few stops.

Nearly all of us slept on the ground, covered by tents, before driving to downtown Washington for the march, which occurred on the 12th.

After some sightseeing, we gathered before the Capitol to listen to speeches. The march began early because the streets were full of hundreds of thousands of men, women, children and even people in wheelchairs. It was a festive occasion, but everyone was very serious about the purpose of our presence.

Many people wore costumes from our colonial period and when I asked a Ben Franklin look-alike his age, he replied "303 years old." "You don't look a day over 200," I replied and we both shared a laugh.

The police complimented the crowd by saying that when our opposition was in town, they were frequently rowdy and would leave a mess, whereas we were neat and orderly. I saw no arrests, however, one woman fainted and was attended by police and medical personnel.

Was the protest effective? I don't know, since it often seems that our elected officials do not listen to what the people are saying.

I do know that government spending is out of control, which could lead to massive inflation, a collapse of our currency or a debt so large it could never be paid.

I am also aware that many of the bills before Congress are often written by people with hidden agendas and are so large, complicated and deceptively phrased, that few can make sense of them. Many of our elected officials admit to voting for bills they have not even read.

Our Republic is in great danger and our citizens know it and want to be heard. Will Washington listen? Only time will tell and time is not on our side!

Jerry F. Jones

Spirit Lake