As I write this, protestors to the Democratic National Convention have taken over the streets of Denver, shutting down traffic as they march from the Capitol to the Convention Center.
For months now our local stations have been talking about protestors to the DNC and the city has been running classes on how to correctly run protests and demonstrations. Whenever I saw the stories about this I'd roll my eyes and wonder why they were bothering. I mean, I can understand that those sorts of things might be needed in St. Paul, MN where certainly the Republican National Convention will be protested, as is tradition. But Republicans demonstrating outside the DNC? Are they retarded? Republicans don't march in the street. When Republicans gather en masse it is for things like, say, football games.
So I thought, maybe, there might be a couple groups, pathetically small and laughably ineffective, that would protest the DNC. Maybe a group of anti-abortion bible-thumpers. Maybe a rag tag group of right-wing anti-government gun loving types. I figured their numbers would top out at a scraggly 30 or 40 if they were lucky. It would be rather embarrassing at the lack of groundswell support. Republicans just don't have it in 'em to congregate in the hot sun and scream and stamp their feet.
So imagine my surprise this morning when the news cut to hoards of angry protestors taking over our fair city, and then imagine my amusement to hear the demonstrators protesting the Democratic National Convention are... Democrats.
I knew Republicans couldn't organize a protest.
With super-star protest speakers like super-mom Cindy Sheehan and the "esteemed" Ward Churchill, banging their angry little war drums about ending the war in Iraq and ending US occupation. But get this, they're not just anti-occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, no, they are calling for the US to pull out their occupying forces in locales like Hawaii. Yeah, you read that right. They want to end the occupation of the US's fiftieth state. You know, the one that voted to be in the union in 1959, sixty some-odd years after voting to be a US territory after they'd overthrown their monarchy. Yeah. That Hawaii.
Because I'm sure all our island-y brethren are all pumped up about "reclaiming their sovereignty" and mustering up their own Army and all. Yeah. Their calls for "Freedom!" ring through the air like grass-skirted William Wallaces. Just like the good folks in Guam and the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. All crying under the oppressive tyranny of Uncle Sam.
Looks to me like this "Recreate '68" rally these tin-foil-hatted fucksticks are throwing is overlooking one obvious thing, and by God, I'm not going to stand by and let them forget it: its time to end the occupation in Kansas! Enough is enough!