By Ken Krayeske • Hartford • 10:15 PM EST
U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy (D-5) told an SRO crowd in the state Legislative Office Building cafeteria that, simply, war was bad and must be opposed.
If U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman was wondering, there's still a whole lotta Connecticut citizens utterly pissed off with him.
Some 300 people hissed and booed at the mention of Lieberman's name during a CT Opposes the War rally at the LOB cafeteria Saturday afternoon, which featured Democratic Congressmen Chris Murphy, Joe Courtney and John Larson, along with a whole host of progressive Blues.
So great is the continuing disdain for our Junior Senator, New Haven activist Henry Lowendorf promised a protest in front of Lieberman's Constitution Plaza office in Hartford, Thursday, Jan. 18 at 12:30 pm.
Before the rally began, Lowendorf said a group was talking and made the decision to picket Lieberman's office.
"There may be people who want to do CD and occupy his office," Lowendorf said.
Since impeachment or a war crimes trial seems far off, Lowendorf said Lieberman needs to be reminded people aren't happy with his governance.
"At every place he speaks, people need to be there, staying in his face. He's a disgrace."
Lowendorf expressed no concern at being placed on a list for discussing his plans to peacefully protest.
"One expects that in this country," he said. "We know that the CIA, illegally, and the FBI have spent a huge amount of time surveilling peace groups. It's been that way in my life since Vietnam."
The only thing that has changed, Lowendorf said, is that the 109th Congress actually repealed Habeas Corpus and allowed torture.
And torture is wrong, Rev. Carl Dudley reminded the crowd.
"Torture cripples the nation that supports it," said Dudley, a professor emeritus at the Hartford Seminar.
Dudley focused his remarks on creating a new set of religious values to challenge those of the religious right. Dudley's supplication included a request to count the enemy dead.
"The nameless faceless enemy who go uncounted every day are made by the same God as us," Dudley said.
God made the words of labor leader John Olson, who supported Lieberman during the contentious Senate primary battle with Ned Lamont. Olson, welcomed back into the fold, framed the Bush presidency in diestic terms.
"If you believe in God, God's waiting for President Bush, he's gonna get him," Olson promised. Olson also suggested that Bush has been neutered politically.
The next speaker, the mother of an Iraqi war veteran, reminded the crowd that Democrats may not be the heroes they seem.
"The Democratic leaders in Congress cannot oppose war and continue to fund war," she said, to a rousing applause.
State House Majority leader Chris Donovan led a chant: "We will act, we will bring them back."
And perhaps, this Congress can do that, Lowendorf said.