There are many protests in this area. Pick an issue and, likely, someone or some group has “protested” on behalf of that cause in front of the U.S. Capitol, the White House, the National Mall, or the streets of Washington, DC. It brings out all types of people, some with very strong opinions.
Do these protests work? Who knows. Some are cathartic. A very very few have helped mold public opinion. Most of them, however, are well-staged and well-funded for use in propaganda videos somewhere else in the world. There are even public relations companies in this town that specialize in staging these events.
This is not how you should go about implementing policy or legal changes. Never has been and, one hopes, never will be. These events are just a minor nuisance that sometimes creates traffic jams during rush hour and force the city to spend a lot of money in extra police presence.
Every now and then, these confabs do have a high entertainment value, especially if you have some understanding of global politics. Take a look at this short video clip of a fellow in front of Israel’s Embassy in Washington, DC yesterday:
This is what this man really said:
- I am wearing a black-and-white keffiyeh, a symbol of solidarity with Palestinians (if you were born after 1980, google Yasser Arafat PLO keffiyeh).
- I support terrorists
- I think Hamas, Hizbollah, Islamic Jihad are the same as American colonials fighting the British
- I’m cool
- I support violence and stand with terror groups to overthrow the democratic government of Israel
If this fellow did not have an FBI file, he sure better have one now …
Not too far a leap to guess that this fellow, and many others like him, probably oppose NSA surveillance or stand in solidarity with folks such as Edward Snowden and Glen Greenwald violating the civil liberties of thousands of people – by continuing to leak data – to score cheap political points.
Ronald Reagan said in 1981:
“If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.“
I pray that these kids are a minority of the population.