Just as winter falls down to spring things are heating up, figuratively as well. Did you see or hear that farmers in Connecticut were out protesting the economic fallout on them?
“Among the legislative proposals being protested is a bill that would eliminate the farm sales tax exemption and farm fuel tax exemption. The end to the tax exemptions is being proposed to help close a massive state budget gap, but farmers say it would put many of them out of business because their profit margins are so low.”
Protests are breaking out all over. The pot on the stove is covered for now, but it is coming up from a simmer to a boil. The bankers and government types are the frogs in the pot of cold water. They don’t feel the temperature of the water that is surrounding them getting warmer.
That pot is going to boil over. Groups in Massachusetts had protests the other day. There were protests in a dozen communities.
“Nearly a dozen protests occurred in Massachusetts alone, including in Worcester, Lawrence, and Andover. Harris Gruman, executive director of the SEIU Massachusetts State Council, said his organization is hoping to push Congress to take action against companies like AIG, while also working to “restore middle-class purchasing power.” “We want Congress to build a recovery for everybody, and not just banks – especially after they have misused the money they were given,” Gruman said. Caraballo, the janitor and a member of SEIU Local 615, marched, in part, to represent several colleagues who had been laid off recently.”They lost their jobs, their healthcare,” Caraballo said, blaming Wall Street’s risky decisions that have hurt the economy. “That angers me.”
I don’t understand why poor and middle-class folks hate unions so much. If you are poor or middle-class and you hate unions, you’ve been fooled by Republicans and charlatans like Limbaugh.
I wish I heard about the protests in advance. I’m surprised I did not. There are few things I enjoy more than Civil Disobedience. Engaging in Civil Disobedience isn’t only your right, it’s also your obligation. It’s part of the advance payment each of us needs to make in order to live in an ostensibly free society. Remember the First Amendment, MEMORIZE IT. Now this is from my memory, “the right of the people to peacefully assemble and petition the government for a redress of their grievances shall not be abridged.” I just checked. I was admirably close, but I’ll keep it the way I wrote it rather than the actual words written because I like my ending more.
I expect we will be seeing many more protests over the coming months. I also expect that the protests and marches will attract larger and larger crowds. I wonder what will happen when the police or protesters get carried away and some people are bloodied, seriously injured or worse. I wonder what may happen when people get really angry and resort to the destruction of private property, Molotov cocktails or toss newspaper machines through banks’ windows.
Imagine some economy related protest. A window is broken. A pregnant woman gets pushed to the ground. The police are blamed. The police call in backups in riot gear. The clubs and gas come out. Maybe the rubber bullets and tear gas balls. The protesters start overturning cars and throwing things at the police. A cop is hurt. Maybe a group of cops are cornered by the crowd. The cops end up using deadly force. Maybe someone in the crowd is armed shoots at the cops. Imagine seeing on the news and cell phone video a bunch of citizens getting shot by the authorities. “What if you knew her and found her dead on the ground? How can you run when you know?”
How’s that quote go about the tree of liberty needing to be refreshed from time to time? BTW I know it, I’m hoping you know the quote too.
Another day I’ll write an entry about my experiences with civil disobedience.
Anyways, Get Outside Everyday! I thought the following two pictures were pretty nice. Nothing special. You do know what these are, right!?!?
Here’s another cool picture.