DUPAGE COUNTY, Ill. — For peace activists, being in west suburban Chicago often feels like being behind enemy lines. But fissures are developing in this land of right-wing heavies like Republican Reps. Dennis Hastert and Peter Roskam and former Rep. Henry “nothing to” Hyde — corporate and bellicose all.
If this is a democratic country, then how do you explain the fact that 80 percent of the people oppose this war and yet more and more troops are sent? I’ll tell you why, from a working-class perspective. When you wake up and go to work, where you spend most of the waking hours of your life, you move into a democracy-free zone.
The signs are everywhere — war in the Middle East, drought in Australia and here at home, threatened famine in several regions of the world, more powerful hurricanes and floods, and now the pardoning of evildoers (“Scooter” Libby, of course).
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers returned to the capital from a July 4th recess with their constituents’ urgent demands for an end to the Iraq war still ringing in their ears.