I know this puts me firmly at odds with the vast majority of those of you reading this, and with probably the vast majority of the American public, but I hate protests/rallies, regardless the topic. And that means election rallies, anti-abortion/pro-abortion, etc. All of them.
I just don’t like them. I don’t trust groups of people gathered together all inflamed about an issue, I don’t think anyone ever has their minds changed by protests/tallies, I don’t like how they are stage-managed, I don’t like how they reduce complicated positions to stupid slogans, I don’t like how the hotheads are the most prevalent (they should be at home banging out stuff on silly websites like Balloon Juice), I don’t like the way people treat each other at rallies, I don’t like all the hysterical and breathless news coverage, I don’t like the way the police always seem to get involved, I d0n’t like the way they ruin the lives of the people who are unfortunate enough to live where the masses end up, I don;t like any of it.
And yes, this is where some knucklehead tells me I am wrong because without civil rights marches, yadda, yadda, yadaa. Fine, I will make one exception. But other than that, I don’t like ’em.
At any rate, exhibit A in why I don’t like rallies/protests is the current spectacle in Crawford. As an example of everything I don’t like, we have this clown running around with a sign that says “How to wreck your fmaily in 30 Days by the Bitch in the Ditch.” At least the Freeperati confronted him.
For my money, that may be the most offensive thing I have seen yet (even topping the cynical ‘memorial’ of all the crosses at Camp Crawford, including even the jackass who ran his truck through them).
So there you have it. I hate America. But what do you expect when you have a faction of anti-war protesters galvanized with neo-Nazi’s and parents of dead soldiers against the war fighting against a group of ‘pro-war’ supporters with freepers and parents of dead soldiers who support the war? This is exactly the type of ugliness I expected and predicted.
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Apparently, Bill Ardolino hates America too:
don’t think that the most vitriolic scenes that I witnessed that Sunday were in any way representative of mainstream opinion on either side of the debate. Upon reflection, it was typical mob behavior, as the most ignorant and nasty elements of the crowd fed off of the general mass of chattering, negative energy and lashed out at their opponents. Whether it’s a gathering of 50 or 500,000, the trend is clear: nuts always come out to protest.
I guess it’s just a little depressing when you witness how many nuts there really are …
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I better update this before I make Armando blow a gasket or make the baby Jesus cry. I don’t think Mother Sheehan and her anti-war crowd are aligned with neo-Nazi’s, I think they are spouting some of the same anti-Israel claptrap and the neo-Nazi’s and David Duke have seized upon the protest to push their sick agenda, and they are all against Bush and this war (or, as I stated before, galvanized: To arouse to awareness or action). Just so we are clear, and I don’t have some idiot running around claiming I think Cndy Sheehan is a neo-Nazi. At any rate, I still hate protests and rallies because neo-Nazi’s and all sorts of folks like them are always drawn to them.