When I get old, I hope not to be a nuisance to my family, much less my country. Some other seniors couldn’t care less, however. Narcissism doesn’t go away just because someone reaches retirement age.
TUCSON, Arizona (AP) -- A group of anti-war senior citizens calling themselves the "Tucson Raging Grannies" say they want to enlist in the U.S. Army and go to Iraq so that their children and grandchildren can come home.Military personnel are ordered not to speak to protesters, and if you weren’t half-senile already or thoughtless to begin with, Mrs. Schroeder, you wouldn’t have to be told that you’re too old.
Five members of the group -- which is associated with the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom -- are due in court Monday to face trespassing charges after trying to enlist at a military recruitment center last week. [SNIP]
"We went in asking to be sent to Iraq so our kids and grandchildren can be sent home, but rather than listening to us, they called the police," said 74-year-old Betty Schroeder. "It was their place to tell us the qualifications, but they wouldn't even speak to us. They should've said, `You're too old."' [SNIP]
"This was not a performance, a joke or civil disobedience," she said. "This was an enlistment attempt."
Protesting anything is your right as a US citizen. Being a pain in the posterior on government property and interfering with others while they are trying to make and fulfill commitments isn’t.
To my nephews and nieces: if I start doing crazy stuff like this in thirty years, don’t be shy about sending out the “butterfly nets.”