GREEN AND PEACENIKS-UNKEMPT

MY WIFE AND I FOLLOWED OUR NEWEST 4TH OF JULY TRADITION OF ATTENDING THE PARADE IN BATH, MAINE. THIS BEING AN ELECTION YEAR, BOTH NATIONAL PARTIES WERE WELL REPRESENTED. IT WAS AMUSING TO HEAR THE ONLOOKERS HECKLING THE REPUBLICANS WITH COMMENTS LIKE “GOOD LUCK IN NOVEMBER” AND SUCH. OF NOTE, THE REPUBLICANS WERE GENERALLY BETTER GROOMED THAN THE DEMOCRATS.

WE WERE SITTING NEXT TO A YOUNG COUPLE AND IN PASSING CONVERSATION WE FOUND THAT THE HUSBAND WAS PERMANENT CADRE IN THE MAINE NATIONAL GUARD. HIS COMMISSION WAS FIELD ARTILLERY (INFERIOR TO AN INFANTRY MOS) BUT TO HIS CREDIT HE HAD ATTENDED JUMP SCHOOL AT FORT BENNING AND BEING A PARATROOPER MADE HIM IN MY EYES.

WHILE WE PROBABLY WERE AT OPPOSITE ENDS OF THE SPECTRUM RELATIVE TO OUR CURRENT WAR, WE WERE BOTH STRUCK BY TWO OF THE GROUPS MARCHING (AND I USE THE WORD LOOSELY). THE FIRST WAS A  LARGE GROUP OF NAVAL AVIATORS UNDOUBTEDLY FROM THE BRUNSWICK NAVAL AIR STATION. WHILE LOOKING SHARP IN THEIR UNIFORMS, THEY MEANDERED UP THE STREET IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER. WE BOTH COMMENTED THAT WE JUDGED SUCH GROUPS BY THEIR ABILITY TO MARCH IN STEP.

FOLLOWING SEVERAL GROUPS BEHIND WAS A MID SIZED GROUP CARRYING SIGNS SUPPORTING ALL THINGS GREEN AND FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT. INTERSPERSED IN THIS GROUP WERE MEMBERS CARRYING ANTI-WAR SIGNS,BAN THE BOMB ETC. THE NATIONAL GUARD OFFICER AND I BOTH COMMENTED ON THE ’60’S LIKE LOOK OF THIS GROUP. LONG HAIR, BEARDS AND THE GENERAL LOOK OF A DISHEVELED MOB. THE COMMENTS OF THE ONLOOKERS WERE MILDLY CAUSTIC. 

WHY IS IT THAT SUCH IMPORTANT ISSUES AS OUR ENVIRONMENT AND THE IRAQ WAR PROTESTS ATTRACT PEOPLE WHO SEEM TO BE ON THE FRINGE. WHERE ARE THE LAWYERS AND BUSINESS PEOPLE IN THEIR SUITS? OR ARE WE JUST TOO AFRAID OR TOO LAZY TO MARCH AND TO SHOW OUR TRUE FEELINGS?

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