Monday, July 16, 2007

The old way of protesting vs. the new old way

Protests for impeachment or ending the war or whatever are pretty crazy, fun things. I quite enjoy them, as one might enjoy going to the fair, but many people resent the weird characters and huge floats depicting Rumsfeld feeling up Lady Liberty or whatever. I think they use the carnival atmosphere to break through peoples' consciousness. Nothing even gets through to people unless it's bright and colorful and flashing and preferrably on TV.

But maybe the old circus tricks aren't working anymore and we need new ideas. I like the idea of a "formal tone" concept, to take the opposite approach, but we could still have fun with it. We should all get dressed up in our finest suits and go around with big signs saying:

"We respectfully disagree with the conduct and character of the Iraq War and wish to discuss remedies for said tragic happenstance!"

"I wish to express that President Bush's position on the War in Iraq is incongruent with my own!"

"Please bring the Iraq War to and end as quickly and deliberately as possible within the framework mutually decided upon by Congress and the President."

"We respectfully demand a full scientific appraisal of the Earth's climate and any changes we must make as a society to combat any unwanted developments as the result of global climate change!"

"As a citizen of the United States of America I hearby express my utmost concern for the constitutional well-being of this country, which I believe can only be remanded to the people after holding the present office-holder of the presidency to account (through the process of impeachment) for serious charges concerning his willful disregard of his oath of office."

"His Honor the Vice President has given ample evidence of fealty to a dark lord known as Baal the Destroyer. His sworn oath to the constitution of these states lays utterly despoiled by malice and deception and so he must be impeached forthwith!"

We've gotta find some bigger signs...

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4 sick little monkeys said:

Blogger fallout11 screeched...

This approach has worked well in other countries (have even seen video of some), as police and even counter-demonstrators are reluctant to oppose a mass of business attire/sunday best-clad citizens.
Bystanders actually joined the procession.

Such a simple approach totally changes the tone of the protest (from festival/party/parade to somber/respectful/engaging) and really gets the point across to joe and jane sixpack.

18 July, 2007 06:55  
Blogger Vemrion screeched...

i'm glad to hear i'm not the first to think of this tactic. I first thought of it several years ago but never posted about it or anything. I think it could really change the tenor of protests, but getting people to dress up in the summer might be tricky.

19 July, 2007 11:23  
Blogger David screeched...

I was thinking of making a sign that said.

side a
Bush's solution to global warming

side b
Nuclear winter!

09 August, 2007 20:54  
Anonymous J-Ro screeched...

Thanks for the link and the support. I've been reading this blog for a while, so it means a lot.

28 September, 2007 13:13  

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