Monday, October 10, 2011

Nina vs Protesters

I know, I know, before you go klonking me on the head with the 5 Freedoms, I'm fully aware that the government allows the right to Assembly in a nonviolent manner. But you know what bucky? It also states this fun little right called the Overused and Abused "Freedom of Speech", so put a sock in it.

Here's my protest against protesters: After hundreds and hundreds of pointless marches and walks down avenues holding catchy rhyming signs.. doesn't the purpose get lost in translation? And what objective does protesting have anyway, besides creating fantastic traffic blockage and making driving a horrible nuisance? Pardon my rain on your parade, but there's gotta be a better way to stick it to the man.

Let's take this past weekend's protest on the Manhattan bridge. Did this protest impact me? Sure it did, as a commuting vehicle, the bridge was blocked the moment we were about to go on. Was it a positive impact? No, it was misery to drive in heavy traffic another 2 1/2 hours to get on the next cleared bridge.

Oh, and, note to Protest Organizers: Try to make sure the day and place you choose to overcrowd with complainers isn't already booked by your next "wonderful" cause. For example, this past Saturday crowds against Wall Street and hordes against Genetically Processed Food shared a bridge with other random pedestrians. There's gotta be another bridge in NYC you can cluster in.

The view from the road of protesters on Manhattan bridge.
So what were we talking about? Oh yeah, the effectiveness of Protesting- or lack thereof. Seriously, news crews are as tired as we, the spectators are of watching hundreds of average people walking around town  for a cause. Let's try more flash mobs and less protests, and replace signs with glow in the dark sticks. That's something I would definitely support.

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