reply to post by phishyblankwaters
I have a bad feeling I'm going to regret jumping in here, but oh well, here goes.
Do I support civic and political protest in general? Yes, I do, but I find the question itself to be a great tragedy. I believe that if this country
had remained what it was originally supposed to be according to the founding fathers and to the others over the years who have helped defend those
original principles, the question of whether or not there should be support for those who have the courage, determination, fortitude, etc., to protest
en mass or to demonstrate for or against something, would be a question that no one would even think to ask because it would be every citizen's
responsibility and not merely the choice of a few people.
The fact that we find ourselves debating whether or not a group of people are somehow special because they are taking time out of their lives to
vigorously participate in a political movement, protest, or demonstration is what bothers me the most. If our country had evolved the way our founding
fathers envisioned, every single citizen who saw their legislators doing something they disagreed with would be protesting or demonstrating about it.
Our founding fathers foresaw a populace that would keep itself continually informed, consciously aware, and fully participating in every little thing
their government did. Our founding fathers envisioned a populace who actually read every word of proposed legislation and were then thoughtfully
communicating their strong disagreement, agreement or their own ideas, directly to their legislators before the legislators voted on it.
Yes, the representatives and legislators themselves are partly to blame for intentionally encouraging us to be lazy about paying attention to what
they are doing. They have conditioned us to just acquiesce and leave all the "boring complicated stuff" up to them. But We The People, myself
included, are all heavily to blame for allowing them to do it, for allowing our government to slip so far out of our hands, the hands of the
individual citizens of this country.
If our country was closer to the founding fathers' original vision, we would have no need to ask if small groups of protesters were worthy of our
respect, because it would be a given that fully engaged political protest was a civic duty and not an action worthy of praise. Very simply, no one
should be rewarded with "points" or "gold stars" for doing something they should have been doing anyways. It kind of reminds me of when a guy (or
a girl) whose wife or girlfriend (or husband or boyfriend) dumped them say something like "I don't know why she (he) dumped me. I never cheated on
her (him) or anything." It's great that you were faithful and all, but you should not get points for not doing something you should not have done
What I'm saying is, I find it very very sad that our country has ended up in such a bad situation, so far off from the original plan, that we are
talking about praising people or awarding them "brownie points" for doing something that, in theory, We The People should all have been doing all
along. I believe we have no one to blame but ourselves for allowing our government to slip away from us. And given the vast apathy, lack of critical
thinking skills, and general political ignorance of our current society, I freely admit that I have no idea how we are ever going to claim it back and
keep it from slipping out of our grasp again.