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Pro-America Rally in Crawford Draws Fierce Backlash

Monday, 15 August 2005 12:00 AM

When I heard that she was being joined by other anti-war protesters, I decided on the spur of the moment to organize a bus trip to Crawford to feature Americans who support the president and the war on terror. The concept evolved during Friday's radio show. We were off the air at noon and headed for Crawford at 3:30 p.m. in a bus packed with people in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area who agreed with my efforts.

When we got to the protest area outside the president's ranch, we stood alongside the road and sang patriotic songs, waved our flags, and said supportive things about the troops and their commander in chief. Then we got back in our bus and went home.

At no point would we have ever considered antagonizing or confronting Cindy Sheehan. She's suffered enough. All Americans mourn her loss. We just strongly disagree with her accusation that President Bush "killed [her] son."

In fact, when a couple of reporters asked me if I would go over to the anti-war protest site and confront them, I asked why in the world I would do that. That wasn't our intent at all. I didn't even want to meet her, and if I had, I would have told her only how sorry I am for her loss.

So who could possibly find fault with about 100 or 150 of us who waved flags and sang "God Bless America" in Crawford Friday night?

Lots of people, evidently. Check out the e-mail I've gotten all weekend long at mikeonline.com. These are actual e-mails, with legitimate e-mail addresses. People who think I'm a "pig" for supporting the president while my sons go to college. People who maintain that I don't have a right to disagree with the anti-war folks until all my four sons are killed in Iraq. A guy from Houston who hopes I'll visit him to he can "take care of [me]".

It's pretty astounding stuff, and I warn you, don't read it if you're faint of heart. Seems that a lot of these "peace-loving" anti-war protesters don't mind resorting to threats of violence as long as it's a conservative radio talk show host on the receiving end! Besides the violent streak, many of them also have a mouth that Mama needs to wash out with soap.

We've done our best to clean up the vile language. But I wanted to be sure you saw what we're up against.

And we are up against it. While millions of us strongly support this military effort to keep our country safe from future terror attacks, there is a chorus of protesters who don't want our side to be heard. Consider the sheer audacity of believing that only the anti-war protesters are allowed to be heard and covered in the news media. To these anti-Bush hatemongers, the rest of us should be silenced, intimiated, shouted down and insulted.

Well, Friday night's little bus trip was a joyful expression of patriotism. I'm told that similiar rallies are starting to occur in Crawford, too. That's wonderful news. Perhaps our little spontaneous event paved the way for more displays of support for our president and our armed forces outside the president's home in Texas.

That's keeping with my ongoing theme of turning a negative into a giant positive. I'm proud of what we accomplished Friday night and grateful to everyone who took part. Not only were we joined, both on the bus and in Crawford, by over 100 people, but also thousands of dollars poured into our foundation's Web site, www.gallaghersarmy.com, to fund the trip and continue our efforts to benefit the troops and their families.

Together, let's keep fighting the good fight. Good will triumph over evil. And we'll continue to win the hearts and minds of Americans who love this country, honor its troops, and support our commander in chief.

God bless America.


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