Saturday, March 03, 2007

Cornyn Drops in on War Protesters

Via the News Connection and Gonzo Muckraker, we have details on an interesting encounter between local peace activists and Senator John Cornyn. The Senator was in Denton recently as the guest of Republican party officials, including Denton County Republican Party Chair Dianne Edmondson and Congressman Michael Burgess.

His presence was acknowledged by two area activists,
Leslie Harris of Flower Mound and Reverend Diane Baker of Denton – both claimed to be volunteers with The Dallas Peace Center, the oldest peace and justice 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Texas.
The Senator came out to greet Ms. Harris and Ms. Baker and had a brief exchange. Webster concludes that the Senator is a "straight-up diplomat."

It's too bad such personal diplomacy doesn't translate to better insight on our foreign policy. The Senator's support for George Bush's deeply flawed Iraq war policies remains unwavering.
"Our soldiers aren't defending our right to freedom of speech in Iraq," said Leslie Harris, a Flower Mound resident (wearing the large, straw hat). "Senator Cornyn likes to say they are, but it isn't true. They're fighting for reasons we have never actually been told. We are defending freedom of speech, which has been under assault since Bush took office."
We applaud the opportunity for civil discourse on this volatile issue.

1 comment:

Bradley Bowen said...

From the article, I gather that a ton of those attending the Republican event honked when the protesters held a sign saying "Honk for Peace."