Today we were few in numbers but loud in energy and voice, proof that although just showing up is only half the battle, we must show up.
Our opposition: protesters from MoveOn.org and Peace Action and other dyed-in-the-wool leftists, who were protesting against Senator Schumer's rejection of Obama's deal with Iran.
They were well-organized and prepared. We had little time to scramble a few people and signs, but we had our "mushroom cloud" to remind us of the deal's horrendous ramifications.
They started walking in circles, ex-hippy wannabees chanting their tired and dangerously ignorant pro-peace slogans from the 60's and 70's. "All we are saying, is give peace a chance". Etc.
Then we kicked in with our signs and slogans thanking and supporting Chuck Schumer, warning of the perils of enabling Iran to get nuclear weapons, warning of the perils of lifting sanctions and providing the terrorist nation of Iran with $150 billion in sanctions relief.
They got nervous and reacted accordingly. They started marching out of step, stopping to yell at us until their faces were twisted, contorted - until they were blue in the face.
Then it happened. Their true colors came out: Chuck is the enemy because he supports Israel over the US. Chuck is the enemy because he is in the pocket of AIPAC and the Jewish lobby. Chuck is the enemy because he supported the Iraq war (as did many Democrats - including Hillary - along with Republicans). We, who were protesting against the deal were the enemy because we supported Israel over the US. We were the enemy because we supported Bibi over Barack.
WE WERE THE ENEMY BECAUSE WE WHO OPPOSE THE DEAL WITH IRAN, SUPPORT ISRAEL, WHICH SUPPORTS THE BURNING OF BABIES!
Yes - you read that correctly. These words were yelled at us, along with the foam and spittle, from one angry woman's mouth.
Their anti-Semitic venom came roaring out. They couldn't argue the merits of their position so they resorted to that time-tested alternative: blame the Jews, and of course today, blame Israel, the Jew of the nations. Their moral bankruptcy was plain to see as they resorted to name-calling, racial slurs and epithets.
We held our position and shouted back. We had to because WE WILL NO LONGER BE SILENT. We may not convince the other side of the moral efficacy of our position, but we put them on notice that we are here. And we are not going away. And that we have power and right on our side. And we are not afraid to use it.
PLEASE: Call Senator Schumer (212-486-4430) and let him know that we thank him for this. WE must make clear that it is not only his vote on the rejection of the deal, BUT ALSO HIS CONTINUED SUPPORT IN VOTING FOR AN OVERRIDE of an EXPECTED VETO that will assure his place in history. He is still a leader in the Senate who is able and should be working to get other lawmakers on the side of right! We are counting on him!
As we have so blatantly seen, he is already encountering flak from the extreme liberals in the Democratic party with threats that he should be discounted as a leader and that all contributions benefitting him should be with held
Also, don't forget to call Kirsten Gillibrand! 212-688-6262.
Tell her that we understand the intense partisan political pressure being exerted on her from the White House BUT THIS PERILOUS TIME IN OUR HISTORY IS NOT THE TIME FOR POLITICS AS USUAL! Her constituents deserve better than that! It's not too late to change her mind!