City of Roses
I very much sympathize with those who worry at major protest events such as the inauguration ones, there may end up being a Seattle WTO-type of riot or something. I do not wish for any violence or people blowing up in the crowds, I believe 99.9% of us agree there.
I have said before that I believe protesting should be educational and promote a positive message to how you can give back to your community and solve the problems we face. I keep "fascist" out of my protest diction and I rather just report news stories related to war and peace in the world and say in an unscripted tone what must be done and how to do so or where you can go to do so. Should there be angst in these rallies and gatherings? Plenty. Should there be moral outrage? Definitely. But what I think is often lacking is that positive inviting message, which I actually consider the most important element to a successful protest.
The fact is, the administration asked for it. They and the media continue to pretend as though they speak for every American, when that couldn't be any further from the truth. I will not allow an aggressive foreign policy in which innocent people are being hurt. I will not allow suppression of civil liberties. I will not allow the oppression of the social grassroots movement.
There's a reason why me and others protest this day. To show Bush and America that the whole "mandate" jibjab, Bush claiming the election has revealed America's position on Iraq, etc. is all a lie. The nation remains intensely polarized, and to have as many as possible come out and reveal their dissent is symbolic, for the more that come out, the more we keep the media from painting fictions and fallacies about us.
It's also a reminder. It's also saying we haven't forgotten. Haven't forgotten the thousands killed in this war he's responsible for starting. Haven't forgotten the suppression of civil liberties from gays to Muslim-Americans. Haven't forgotten his terrible environmental record. Haven't forgotten things like that. And we're going to continue to see to it we hold him responsible for what has been done and we'll continue to challenge his policies.
Hey, in case you forgot also, the DNC had their convention, and there WERE protesters. Plenty of them, and they were trapped like animals in the "free-speech zone". That's just one symbolic reason I believe the Democratic Party may be better than the Republican Party, but not much better, and both parties are corrupted to the core by mad corporate influence.
When the government begins to show more respect to America, then they will get my respect. But I find nothing more disrespectful personally than taking our great nation into a senseless war and then the minds behind it can't offer their sympathy to our young Americans in uniform, or violating many cornerstones of our democracy and the Bill of Rights.
They deserve what's coming to them. All the tears, anger, frustration and determination from the furnace of our hearts.
This is America, and in America the right to express our dissent is one of our greatest civil liberties, one which so many other countries would only dream to have someday. Alicat, you know you have the right whenever you want to go out there and protest. I wouldn't be complaining if you protested on both of Clinton's inauguration days, after all, Clinton did some pretty sickening things too, particularly to the homeless under the Welfare Reform Act. Hey, if I was involved politically then, I would be out there protesting Clinton too.
You saw the protests on television during the Republican National Convention. Weren't they incredibly peaceful? I am beyond impressed with how the protests shaped up there. So, you have nothing to worry about here. We're just going out there to say loud to the community that we'll not be mandated. It's like a "Everywhere we go...people wanna know...so we tell them...who we are..." type of address. Reminding everyone there is the other half of America who yearns for true freedom, true peace.
In a couple hours I'll be set to go out there! I'll be performing at the North Park Vigil.
"You'll find something that's enough to keep you
But if the bright lights don't receive you
You should turn yourself around and come back home" MB20