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Thanks for mentioning this, eRobin -- and for the "gifted writer" plug/exaggeration :).

What I might have mentioned but didn't was the sidelong and averted "weirdo" glances by many passersby -- though there were also thumbs up and honks, to be fair.

I think sometimes half of what we're doing as impeachment supporters (and voting reform advocates, and war/torture opponents, and...) is just re-staking out a claim on being public citizens exercising freedom of speech. And doing so out in the real world of air and streets and buildings and people, as opposed to online (which is important too, of course).

I agree 100%. Frequently someone will drive past the weekly peace vigil I do with about 10 other people and shout something like "Do something productive!" We, who are exercising our First Amendment rights to end an illegal war that's bleeding us dry in every way possible answer "We are!"

It's true when they say you lose your rights if you don't use them.

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