It would be wise to clarify one very important area before this thread continues. The protesters at the DNC are voicing an opposition to both major
U.S. political parties. They are not aligning themselves with the current Democrats any more than the Republicans. According to their website,
"Some of the problems we face now are eerily reminiscent of 1968: most obviously, a costly, unpopular and illegal war. Others are unique to our time:
a faltering economy, a shrinking middle class, a health care crisis, global warming. But one thing is as true now as it was then: neither of the two
major parties is seriously addressing the needs and desires of the majority of the American people, because both are captive to the corporate
interests that finance their campaigns. The Democrats have played their role in this global crisis. Yes, a Republican is in the Whitehouse, but the
Congress is controlled by Democrats unwilling to use their power to make a true positive change on these issues. And nothing will change until, as
they did in the 60s, the people take their destiny into their own hands, and force their “leaders” to change. The organizers of Recreate 68 say,
“The time is now.” It is time to recreate the spirit of mass political participation of the 60s."
I consider myself a critic of the Democratic party, aligning myself with the Libertarian party and traditional conservative principles. As such, it is
an embarrassment to see "conservatives" throw the blame around with little concern for truth. With minimal effort, information can be found to show
that those who will potentially incite violence at the DNC are NOT--I repeat, NOT--Democrats. The Democrats can be accused of many things, but it
damages a meaningful argument when false accusations are placed in the mix. I am beginning to see posts in this thread that suggest this is a case of
"liberal against liberal" as if the Democrats and the protesters are one and the same. This is a mistake, and one we should all be quick to correct.
Let's try to keep our arguments honest and tenable. We would also be wise to understand that these groups will in all likelihood be protesting the
RNC as well. This is not a problem afflicting only the DNC.
On a different note, I thought you all might be interested in a few excerpts from Denver newspapers. They suggest that we are in for a potentially
" 'When things blow up because the police have to enforce a permit that the Democrats got, don’t blame us for that,' said Glenn Spagnuolo, an
organizer for the Re-create 68 Alliance. 'Blame the Democrats for trying to silence dissent in the city of Denver.' The lottery for permits to
protest, pray or hold other events in city parks during the DNC Aug. 24 through 28 resumed Thursday after the city bungled the drawing Tuesday by
accidentally leaving out some of the applicants' names. The do-over went smoothly. But when Jenny Anderson, event planner for the Denver 2008
Convention Host Committee, won the permit for Civic Center for a kick-off Aug. 24, Spagnuolo accused the committee of creating a 'very serious,
dangerous situation . . . for everybody.' "
"He [Spagnuolo, lead organizer for "Recreate '68"] says 50,000 war protesters are coming for a march from Civic Center to the Pepsi Center on Aug.
24. He said Thursday that he would not respect the host committee's permit and would occupy the park, even if it forced police to intervene.
Referring to the $50 million in federal security money slated for the convention, Spagnuolo said Denver police would need '$25 million to protect the
Pepsi Center and $25 million to protect Civic Center.' "
[edit on 25/8/08 by paperplanes]
[edit on 25/8/08 by paperplanes]