I’ve never really understood the whole ‘protesting’ thing. I mean, of course, there have been times that I have felt like I should do it (that urge to be 'heard')—but then I remember what an absolute public-annoying-waste-of-time it is. I really appreciate why conservatives are called the ‘silent majority’.
I am sure that most of these people truly believe in the cause behind their protest, but I think that the average protester (who is usually the ‘professional protester' hanging on from the sixties –The parents from Dharma and Greg…) just ends up hurting their cause with the inconvenience they bring about on the general public, their primal screams and their visible hate.
When I was 21, I was doing a paper for an English class and our crappy computer was down so I was using a type writer (shudder). The ribbon ran out 2 hours before I had to turn in the paper. I raced to Sears to get the replacement ribbon and, alas, hundreds of Teamsters were blocking the door. I went to walk by and one burly man (with a mustache like the dad in Orange County Choppers) grabbed my arm (hard!) and said, “Sears hires non-union truck drivers”. I gave him a blank look and attempted to free myself of his vice grip. “Did you hear me (his voice went up 2 or 3 octaves), you can’t go in there, they aren’t using union truckers.” My sassy but probably-very-stupid-considering-the-situation reply was“ I have a paper due in an hour and a half and I need typewriter ribbon –I don’t care if Sears just killed the President.” (Well, in my defense… it was just
I thought he was going to punch me, but another shaggy fellow touched his shoulder and he finally let me pass. Did this protest draw me closer to the Union cause –or was it the origin of my deep-rooted distaste for all unions? Did it make me less or more likely to shop at Sears? (Hint: More) Does the average person give a shit that Sears isn’t hiring Teamsters or are they smart enough to know that’s why Sears can keep their prices down…
My form of personal protesting (protesting the protesters) is crossing any and all union picket lines that I see –even if I originally had no intention of going to the store they are in front of. It’s fun and I revel in telling the picketer that, ‘The need for unions is extinct’ and that ‘I will shop [at said store/business] more knowing that it doesn’t subscribe to union b.s. and doesn’t raise my cost to support Democratic candidates’. (Now that I have kids I can’t do this as much because I wouldn’t put them in harm’s way).
My husband owns an independent HVAC company and he has to work an hour out of Philly everyday to avoid being harassed, having his tires slashed or worse. The Union problem in
As we await the RNC convention in NY –the debate about protesting regains relevance. I think it’s great that we have the freedom to do this –to an extent. As I hear 'the plans' that ‘anarchist’ groups are proposing, it makes me shudder. Roll giant bags of marbles under the mounted officers…go to a shooting range for an hour ahead of the protest to throw off bomb-sniffing dogs, bring BB guns to shoot at the police horses…If this comes to fruition and there is an attack –what accountability will these ‘protestors’ have? Will they be charged with treason? I guess not if John Walker Lynn didn’t even get that charge…or Fonda…Do we still have a treason charge?
This isn’t about the left or the right. Democrat or Republican (the terrorists won't descriminate) This is about safety and common sense. This is about the fact that most people could care less about protestors –they don’t see your message, they only see the ways you are inconveniencing them (traffic detours, litter, harassment). So why risk lives in NYC –during a heightened terror watch - for a message that falls on deaf ears anyway? If American’s want to keep their constitutional rights intact, (which, to my limited understanding of Constitutional Law, are not guaranteed in a time of war) –they need to respect the safety of their fellow citizens first and foremost.