Group plans to protest Cheney, war Saturday
by Amanda H. Miller
August 10, 2007
A group planning to protest the Iraq war and Vice President Dick Cheney on Saturday will have some surprises in store.
Jim Stanford, one of the event organizers, said there will be a special piece of artwork unveiled in Cheney’s honor at the protest. All he would say about the work is that it’s not a phallus, as has been rumored, and it’s in a “secure, undisclosed location.”
Peace rally organizers took out full-page advertisements recently in the Jackson Hole Daily and in Planet Jackson Hole. The ads criticize Cheney and advertise the peace rally.
Protesters are invited to gather at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Stilson Ranch lot at Highways 22 and 309. Lawyer Kent Spence and state Rep. Pete Jorgensen, D-Jackson, will speak at the rally.
After speeches and some music, protesters will walk 1.4 miles on the pathway along Highway 309 to the entrance of Teton Pines, where Cheney owns a home.
The vice president’s office declined to comment on the protest.
Joe Schloss, the Teton County Republican Party chairman, said he’s seen the ads and wishes the group would have identified itself.
The ads accuse Cheney of being “personally responsible for: The deaths of 3,670 American soldiers.”
“They’re inflammatory ads designed to get attention” Schloss said. “And the people in the group should be man enough to say we’re here, this is who we are.”
Stanford said the group came together for this occasion and “shares a common disgust for the Iraq war and the rationale that got us into this.”
The group has no name.
Schloss added that he believes some of the anger is misdirected at Cheney.
“I think this group is looking for a scapegoat,” Schloss said. “I don’t see how you can blame the deaths of the soldiers on any one person. It’s war.”
“Dick Cheney is the puppeteer,” Stanford said. “The Washington Post Series on Dick Cheney gave us a lot of insight into how he has pulled the chains.”
Stanford refers to a series in The Washington Post earlier this year titled “The Cheney Vice Presidency.”
Karen Hogan, another rally organizer, said she and a few other people have been protesting the war every Thursday night in the Town Square.
They said they wanted to organize a large event for the vice president’s visit during the dedication of the new visitor center in Grand Teton National Park.
“We want him to see that he’s not really supported by the citizens of Jackson,” Hogan said.