Monday, April 26, 2010

AND THE PROBLEM WITH THIS WOULD BE.........WHAT?

The Tea Party is going to assemble and express itself Wednesday in Quincy.  This will happen while President Obama is in town.  There are many negative thoughts floating around about this.  I, for one, don't get it.

Isn't this country all about the frank exchange of views in a civil fashion?  If the Tea Party wants to express itself on any of Obama's policy positions, that's kind of the point of the First Amendment.  Tactically, it's rather a risky proposition for the TPer's.  Either bad behavior or an excessively personal attack could hurt their popularity/credibility.  On the other hand, if they can bring it off, the will have a bigger audience than they could otherwise garner.

But the short form of all this that there's nothing rude or unacceptable about it.  Peace protesters have done the same thing for ages.  The risk/reward ratio is something that every cause group had to take into account.  They think they can have a good go.  That's a free society in action.  Knock Yourself Out, TPers.  The concept of a counter-demonstration is as American as Eugene Debbs, or Cochise, or Ernie Banks, or Alvin York, or Alexander Graham Bell.......oh, scratch Bell....He was a Canoodlian but he promoted the free speech thing by inventing the I-Phone or something.

11 Comments:

At 1:30 PM, April 27, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think every President has been protested everywhere he's been. Bush had his share of protest when he traveled. No big deal. I just hope that the folks in Quincy act a lot more mature than they do on the internet.

 
At 2:09 PM, April 27, 2010, Blogger UMRBlog said...

1330,

Ah, you see..that's the trick. Protesters have to make their point but be digestible to the Center. In the late sixties/early seventies, the peaceniks became indigestible and the dem party sold out to the peaceniks (McGovern) giving us more of the Dickster.

Lot of lessons for the right in the past behavior of the left, if they'll learn them.

TYFCB

 
At 4:21 PM, April 27, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking around the country, the TEA party protests have been well organized and calm, from what I've seen. Washington Park looked pretty tame for that gathering.

Many of these TEA party folks were around for the sixties protests ... these aren't mostly college kids.

 
At 7:43 PM, April 27, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suppose such charitable thoughts as yours are the same that caused the University of Wyoming to refuse to let Bill Ayers speak on campus.

 
At 8:15 PM, April 27, 2010, Blogger UMRBlog said...

1621,

It's a market-based thing. It really doesn't matter how you or I think it will go or think it went. It only matters what impression it makes, if any, on the general public.

No matter how old, those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it.

TYFCB

 
At 8:19 PM, April 27, 2010, Blogger UMRBlog said...

1943,

I happen to think that Billy A is a totally overprivileged, elitist, narcissistic punk and I wouldn't walk across the street to hear anything he had to say.

But Universities are the marketplace of ideas. To prevent a speaker on the campus of Land Grant University is about the most anti-intellectual act I can think of. Very sad.

It will be interesting to hear what the "Strict Constructionist" District Judge does with this no-brainer of a prior restraint case.

TYFCB

 
At 9:11 PM, April 27, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem with Teabaggers is that they spread hate, fear, and misinformation, backed up by hate, fear, misinformation, lies, exaggerations, myths, personal agendas, political agendas, egos, and a lot of the time, old-timey racism. I'm not talking out of my ass here, some of my relatives, friends, and even close friends are Teabaggers. It is a matter of fact.

 
At 4:21 PM, April 28, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL .. yeah 9:11, you display no hint of bigotry or bias ... thank gawd Obama called out the riot police on grandma ... should have maced them all ...

 
At 7:11 AM, April 29, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it was QPD that asked for the battle rattle cops. But no...keep blaming The President for everything you find wrong with the world...it doesn't make you look crazy at all. Keep going with that

 
At 10:04 AM, May 02, 2010, Blogger TOOKIE said...

If you watch this you will clearly see people following orders . So why was a show of force necessary ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1aJuMIy0zc&feature=player_embedded

 
At 10:09 AM, May 02, 2010, Blogger TOOKIE said...

It is a new world when the Army of Davids is armed with handy cams . These folks have been called every name in the book and been under assault by main stream media even our local dead tree media has been less than friendly .

100's of videos of the exact moment in time make reporters and press statements tedious esp when the video shows something different .

I really hate it when Dept Chiefs and good Chiefs fall on a sword . If anything make the fall on the sword a plausible one by saying . "look it was a bad call and an over reaction "

Then people can and would say , "hey it happens"

 

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