I’m the ‘old yeller’ back from the grave, barely undead – handing out leaflets, displaying a large peace sign. I’ve had signs destroyed before, but this time (1 p.m. Wednesday) I saw the guy ripping up my sign.
(The sign) didn’t seem incendiary:
“NO SHAME IN BUGGING OUT / BARGING IN stupidly WAS THE DISGRACE!”
I yelled, “You fool – you’re afraid of words!” (especially upsetting at
an alleged university) – and went after him.
We confronted each other (He was a good yeller also).
“Were you in Afghanistan? Were you in Afghanistan?”
“No, but I was in Korea.”
(He hesitated, perhaps unsure of what Korea was.)
“I learned in Korea that the average GI knew nothing about what was going on – I’ll bet GIs in Afghanistan don’t know much either.”
By this time there was a big crowd; they reproached him, citing “free speech.” He shouted, “Yeah, and I’m free to tear up his sign. And I’ll do it again, if he keeps corrupting…”
He compared me to Socrates!
One young buck offered to defend my signs. “Hell, no!” I said. “They’re cheap. I’ll just bring spares next time.”
In a way this was good. Some CSU students act as if they think our two wars are on TV. This guy showed them the wars are real.
Those who want to read strong opinions not vulnerable to tearing might go on the Internet to danlyons.blogspot.com.
Fort Collins resident