September 26, 2005

My Adventure In Civil Disobedience

Hatched by Dafydd

I think I'm going to have to Make A Statement. After all, somebody has to Speak Out. I will Speak Truth to Power!

Tomorrow, I'm going to pick a random government office, concentrating on places that will most inconvenience ordinary people who are unconnected in any way, shape, or form with the Global War On Terrorism. Maybe the VA facility over in Westwood, or an INS office in Orange County.

Then I'll go there with an entourage of groupies, wackos, protestors, and hangers-on. Even if I have to hire them. There will be no requirement that they actually have any knowledge about my protest; indeed, I don't even care whether they know what it is or not. So long as they're willing to disrupt daily life. The only requirement will be that they have to carry a picture of a child... anyone's child will do.

We will sit down in front of the front doors of my target government office (whatever the coin-flip indicates), link arms, chain ourselves to a door handle, and begin singing Pete Seeger songs -- each of us in his own, private key, of course. We'll block traffic, prevent people from conducting their daily lives, irritate the pedestrians, and frighten the horses. We'll refuse to move, even when the police ask extra-specially nice with sugar on top.

And then we'll be arrested, which violates all our civil rights! We Shall Overcome!

We'll sit in a police van for two hours, then go to a station. A bored clerk will take our names and a judge will remotely release us all on OR. On the court date, we'll get a lecture from the judge, be fined $120, and released.

That will prove that AmeriKKKa has become a Fascist, Nazi dictatorship that stifles all dissent!

Say, I think I managed to get through this entire post without giving a sixteenth minute of infamy to -- oops, better end now.

Hatched by Dafydd on this day, September 26, 2005, at the time of 4:36 PM

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The following hissed in response by: Patrick S Lasswell

Stop teasing us. If you were serious about getting the anti-(insert your component of civilization here) movement to implode, you could do nothing more to push them down the slippery slope than they are doing already.

You cannot make their message more incoherent.
You cannot get them to associate with more loathesome individuals.
You cannot get them to throw their children's future to the wind any more.
You cannot get them to take a more offensive name than "reality based" for their posturing.

These people are engaged full time into turning themselves into a cautionary tale. They are putting all their heart and none of their minds into the effort.

The above hissed in response by: Patrick S Lasswell [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 26, 2005 6:44 PM

The following hissed in response by: streeter

The best thing I can think to say about the anti-war/Bush crowd is that they are willing to risk misdemeanor arrest for what they believe. What courage. Compared to our men at arms, they are so pathetic.
One of the care packages I sent to Iraq contained nothing but shaving cream and razors(mach3 vibroshaves). I think just one razor in cold shave mode could do wonders for the Cindy Circus crowd.

The above hissed in response by: streeter [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 26, 2005 8:49 PM

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