Getting Political, part 1

*update*  8/27/2008 Read this and then see the comments section below for some interesting back and forth*

I think this blog is going to see more political posts in the coming week than it ever has and I’m intrigued to see how my fellow authors in the Mile High City feel about the visitors from around the world. I for one have reached a love and hate point tonight. After Bisset linked us to the Met I looked through the posts and found myself conflicted.

When I see someone wearing a bandanna over most of their face, dark clothes covering their body and shouting words like “FU*K the WAR!” and generally behaving like over sized toddlers in the middle of 16th street mall where kids and families are…I tend to have a feeling similar to bile in the back of my mouth. When people in this modern age think that The Man is out to get them, that the Police have nothing better to do then to push them down and that somehow Anarchy is a better way of life, it troubles me.

I’m all for freedom of speech. Lord knows it’s been a tenant of this country since we all got started way back when. But there are certain things that come into play. Assembling yourself in a manner that is against the law, blocking traffic and generally causing more pain for regular Joes’ and Janes’…that I have a problem with. Maybe I’m getting too old and cranky. Perhaps its the (R) blood shining through.

Perhaps my point is that when I see pictures from The Met with “FU*K a PIG!” sprayed on a wall…I have to wonder. I have to wonder what the point of this aggressively explicit wordplay is exactly. Sure, getting your point out is one thing. Knowing your audience is another.

Perhaps that’s my point. Denver is not Seattle. Maybe Boulder could pass for the Northwest. Here in Denver we’re a little more…intellectual. Mind you as I walked the streets on Sunday I heard plenty of statements about the men and women in Blue that threatened to send me into a tizzy. But maybe, just maybe…adjusting the manner of broadcasting your message might be better suited? I can only imagine how tired people are going to get of this week long protesting and violent action.

I guess what I’m asking for is some discussion. Our comment section has kind of gotten some cobwebs lately. I know there’s plenty of people out there with a unique perspective. So, let’s see if we can have a civil conversation about all this.

Savvy?

Update: Here’s a sample of a protester from today, via BigBagNews (warning, their normal videos are VERY coarse)

[youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xti4va8-TM0[/youtube]

6 Comments so far

  1. abisset on August 26th, 2008 @ 2:04 am

    I did take the photo you mentioned, the spray of ‘FU*K A PIG’. You’re right, things like that come off as childish. In no way do I think what I shot glorifies this, I’m just trying to capture what’s going on.


  2. Aaron DeLay (den_aaron) on August 26th, 2008 @ 2:29 am

    *nods* to abisset…and I’m glad to hear it. I cannot count the amount of people I walked around on Sunday who seemed to go right along with those who seem to think that kinda stuff is "cool" and "challenging the man".

    If it sounded like I was slammin’ ya, that wasn’t the intent. Keep up the great photo-work tho. It creates a conversation. :)


  3. mchristo on August 26th, 2008 @ 6:55 pm

    first, i would posit that 98% of protestors who wear a bandanna do so to guard against being identified and targetted/harassed by the police or any other federal agencies. the history of this country is filled with examples of ordinary citizens put under surveillance, added to watchlist and no fly lists for far less than a peaceful protest. face coverings are also useful when this nonexistent "Man" you speak of tear gases an entire crowd without provocation.

    spray painting a slogan on a wall isn’t going to change anything, people are angry. if a wall takes the brunt of that, so be it. Yes, there are some people standing around, just part of the crowd. wanting to see what happens. wanting to see when some cop is going to snap and hit someone in the face with a baton. or funnel a peaceful protest into a seething mob that has been trapped and shot at with paint balls filled with pepper spray. americans have the right to assemble, to speak freely, to protest. we do not need a city permit to do so. we are living in an oppressive state, and I for one will not sit idly by while our freedoms are taken away piecemeal. you should be thankful for those who are willing to stand up to their government in your stead.

    6 minute video of protest yesterday = http://tinyurl.com/6264gc

    http://rocksli.de


  4. Aaron DeLay (den_aaron) on August 27th, 2008 @ 1:53 am

    First, covering your face to avoid being identified is cowardly. If you believe the police will put you on a no fly list, watch list and whatever lists "they" have simply because you (or whoever we’re referring to) threw a tantrum in front of the Sheraton Hotel…you’re really stretching it.

    Also, you’re not living in an oppressive state. Head over to Zimbabwe. Or China where they make you vanish and you’re never seen again. Georgia is a great place to protest I hear this time of the year. Hell Saudi Arabi has special lanes for the non-muslims I hear. Oh and Iran has great progressive dress codes for women too. You should totally check it out. Even better, the Russian Army is known for due process. Here we just book you, charge you and process you. You’re never snatched up and hidden.

    Yours (and mine if you’re able to believe that) friends at the ACLU and other various watch groups have made this all possible, which is probably fascinating to 95% of the world around us. Until you (or whoever we’re talking about here) started making a mess of things and getting borderline violent and threatening y’all were fine. I watched the anarchists and various groups allowed to move UNSTOPPED up and down 16th mall all of Sunday. Police just followed behind ’em to make sure they didn’t break laws and act the fool.

    I suspect the same was true last night.

    Also. I’m not thankful for, "those who are willing to stand up to their government in your stead." I’m thankful for those who take part in grassroots political movements. Those that take action to get things that matter onto the ballot. Those that work everyday 8-5 or more to keep this country moving. I’m thankful to those that support the peace filled, intellectually founded and forward thinking democracy at play in Denver this week. The non violent kind that inspires change, hope and a chance to make a difference.

    The ones that understand the Law. The idea of freedoms and speech. And what that really means.

    I probably won’t change your mind, but I figured I should put my opinion out there to respond to you.


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  6. John Wilker (den_johnw) on August 27th, 2008 @ 9:16 pm

    I gotta agree with Aaron. covering your face is the most cowardly thing I can imagine. I mean, you want to protest, and more, but don’t want the people you work with, live with, go to school with, to know it was you? Your convictions are so strong, you’re embarrassed?

    This warrants repeating so I’m just gonna cut/paste cuz it’s exactly how I feel.

    Also. I’m not thankful for, "those who are willing to stand up to their government in your stead." I’m thankful for those who take part in grassroots political movements. Those that take action to get things that matter onto the ballot. Those that work everyday 8-5 or more to keep this country moving. I’m thankful to those that support the peace filled, intellectually founded and forward thinking democracy at play in Denver this week. The non violent kind that inspires change, hope and a chance to make a difference.



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