"Red State" Utahns Protest Bush
Thousands of people turned out in Salt Lake City, Utah to greet their "Red State" president:
Garth Pellett, Sandy Resident "I disagree with much of what the Bush administration is doing, with the war, with illegal wiretaps, with the taking away of the constitutional freedoms of the American people."
Mary Johnson, Salt Lake City Resident: "I think each person here thinks they are making a statement, or else they wouldn't have come. And I think that's important that you feel you are doing something. That's why I'm here. I need to do something."
Claude Lewis, West Valley City Resident: "Basically, I don't think we should be there because I thought we should have been in Afghanistan in the beginning anyway. I think this is a grudge war against Saddam Hussein because he tried to murder his father."
Nancy McCormick, Salt Lake City Resident: "It's sad. It's just sad what's going on in our country. We're making more enemies by far than we did before the war."
Some, like Nancy McCormick, said they'd never turned out for a protest before today.
Led by Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, protesters marched from City Hall to the federal building to present a symbolic indictment against Bush, Congress and the president's administration, alleging such "crimes" as failure to uphold the Constitution, abuse of power and failure to promote the general welfare of Americans.
"Our children and later generations will pay the price of the lies, the violence, the cruelty, the incompetence and the inhumanity of the Bush administration and the lackey Congress that has so cowardly abrogated its responsibility and authority under our checks-and-balances system of government," Anderson said.