posted on Nov, 19 2007 @ 12:42 AM
There are still demonstrations. There are a number of problems with them, however.
The President doesn't react to demonstrations.
Nobody exept National Guardsmen are being drafted to fight in Iraq (although plenty of private citizens are being drafted into the War on Terror).
Police work with media outlets to discredit protestors.
I attended a demonstration a few months ago. It was poorly planned and not terribly inventive in its approach. Nobody was willing to take a chance
to have their message heard. If 15 people get arrested for civil disobedience, it sends a message; if 1 person gets arrested, it just makes the
A lot of people who attend large demonstrations are there for there for the thrill of facing off against the police, and not necessarily well-educated
on the issues.
Demonstrations are not as shocking as they used to be. Now, what gets reported in the news is the fact that a demonstration occured, rather than the
specific complaints held by demonstrators.
Q: Dude, did you see American Idol last night?
A: No man, I was working. I got to pay off my credit card.
(up until the 1980's, the credit industry encouraged people to SAVE rather than SPEND)