On Tuesday, September 17th 2013, “More than a dozen students gathered near the Fighting Stallions statue in the free speech section of The Quad Monday to rally against the nation’s involvement in Syria.”
This is the opening line on the front page article of the Texas State University newspaper, the University Star! Our chapter, after serious discussion and planning, was able to orchestrate a successful Peace Rally in the busiest section of campus. Our greatest accomplishment through this event was having the entire school of 35,000 students know our name after being covered in the school paper.
Instead of just handing out Constitutions for Constitution Day, we decided to run a dual event. While myself and other members of our group stood on a raised platform to proclaim our message, other chapter officers manned our table and doled out Constitutions and buttons bearing the peace sign and a heart.
Throughout the 4-hour event, numerous students approached us and began to ask about our group and our motivations for holding the rally. While our members stood out in the Texas heat passing students would flash smiles and shout out words of thanks and praise, it is not every day that
The text of the story may be read here. It's gist is that as soldiers prepare to go to war they attend a church service in which the minister prays a blessing over them, asking God for their victory, safety, and glory. A stranger appears in the church, claiming to be a messenger of God who is here to pray the other, unspoken half of the prayer: for the death, pain, and destruction of the lives and livelihoods of the soldiers' enemies -- a request, of course, sent to a God of love.
This could be a great activism tool for anyone wishing to reach a Christian audience with the antiwar message of liberty.
David Henderson, economics professor at the Naval Postgraduate School of Monterey California, research scholar the Hoover Institute, and columnist for antiwar.com and LewRockwell.com, was kind enough to do an interview with me recently.
David discussed the liberty-movement leaders young people ought to emulate, the problems he sees with the Austrian Theory of the business cycle, and the personal responsibility of the peacenik and soldier in fighting against, and not fighting in, an unjust war. I believe this is a very important interview for young people, in terms of broadening their mind and seriously challenging the status quo. As such, I didn't cut much of the interview and I ask you, the reader, to find a time to listen to it in full.
If you absolutely can't listen to the whole interview, then fast-forward to about 2:21 minutes into Part 4. Here, I ask David about the issues of peace and personal responsibility, and he gives what I consider to be a very thorough and important response.
John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI); Ron Paul (R-TX); José Serrano (D-NY); Bob Filner (D-CA); Lynn Woolsey (D-CA); Walter Jones, Jr. (R-NC); Danny Davis (D-IL); Barbara Lee (D-CA); Michael Capuano (D-MA); Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ); Tammy Baldwin (D-WI); Timothy Johnson (R-IL); Yvette Clarke (D-NY); Eric Massa (D-NY); Alan Grayson (D-FL); and Chellie Pingree (D-ME).
We will likely have many future disagreements with many of the folks on this list, especially the progressives. But we ought to honor them for standing up on this most important of issues. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come. Recall that opposition to the Vietnam War was tepid at its onset, note that 18 representatives is a small but not negligible amount, and believe that pro-peace organizations like YAL can continue to make a difference.