I did not protest the invasion of Iraq, although I wish I had. I opposed it, but not forcefully. This reader dissent at Sully’s speaks to me of the courage of those who did protest it:
We didn’t have a friendly media outlet promoting our every move. The media was hostile and interpolated us in a way that was unrecognizable. There was no anti-war blogosphere to speak of, even people like Josh Marshall over at TPM had bought into the rush to war (I forgive him). Move-On was active but nothing close to the force it would grow into. We were alone.
When I protested the war I was made out to be the scum of the earth. What must it be like to show up for a protest, denounce your Country, bad mouth the President, threaten armed revolt, and have your very own media outlet brand you a patriot.
I’m convinced — comparisons between tea-baggers and anti-Iraq war protesters really are absurd.