King Rat (gkr) wrote,
King Rat
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Complacency and apathy in America

Bleah. Too much whining lately about another protest by people opposed to war against Iraq. People saying protestors don't have the right to block traffic. Shouldn't be loud enough to hear. Shouldn't keep shoppers from getting to the Gap. I get a little tired of it.

They may not have the right, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't. It's exactly what the lunch counter sit-ins in the south during the 60s were. You know, if it didn't inconvenience someone, the protest wouldn't be a protest. The point for a protest is to make people sit up and take notice.

I don't know if time will tell if this issue about attacking Iraq is as important as others in the past. I'd hate to think that people would have avoided protests against segregation because they didn't want to inconvenience people.

I was glad to see the WTO protests. It meant that people actually cared about something for once. We live in one of the most complacent & apathetic societies ever known. In France, there have been riots and general strikes over possible changes to farm subsidies! Farm subsidies! Can you believe that? And people here can't be bother to decide if they are for or against an attack on Iraq in the near future! I'm pretty much for an attack on Iraq, but I say "Boo-yah!" to the people who are against it and decided to get out on the streets and proclaim their position in the hopes of affecting our government and the public perception!

Bah! We are too comfortable. I say make the US population a little bit more uncomfortable. Maybe then more than 60% will turn out to vote. Until we become a less apathetic society, I have no sympathy for your whiny don't interrupt me I'm trying to drink my latte at Bauhaus why can't I find parking on the Hill and isn't it too bad about the homeless self! You know what? You live in a democracy where freedom of speech, of petition, and of the right to peaceably assemble is enshrined in the first change we made to the basic document underlying our government. If the fact that people actually exercise those rights on occasion bothers you then I say "whoop de fucking do!" Perhaps you like everything exactly how it is currently run! I suspect not though. You may work for change in some other way, and you may argue the efficacy of the particular protest, but whining about the fact that people actually give a shit about something? Now that is the height of childishness. Sit back and sip your coffee and wait for the people to pass you by! Or go down to Westlake and counter protest like the Republican do-gooder kill Saddam people did! But do not whine about being incon-fucking-venienced! That's the price you pay for living in the United States and having the freedoms we grant ourselves.

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