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What I Learned in Summer School

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Living in Boston, I have a few ideas on the impending Democratic National Convention.  But though we conservatives here are few, it also turns out we have no idea how to welcome conventioneers to our city.  I mean, most of us are planning to leave town to avoid the whole thing.

But not these folks.  They’re more concerned that everyone get the welcome mat out in just the right way: 

Before GOP convention begins Aug. 30, veteran activists will train protesters in street tactics, legal issues, public relations and first aid in an effort they say is the largest of its kind. The aim: to create a force of well-schooled demonstrators who will carry out safe and organized protests instead of riots that obscure their message.

Yeah, riots would be bad.  People might misunderstand and think you’re “loopy.”

So instead, it’s important to get the basics down, and start at the beginning:

The four-hour class begins with protest history, from the Boston Tea Party …

and keep the really important things in mind like:

… treetop protests against logging.

It’s also important to know how to handle the “inevitable:”

Lawyers, law students and volunteers are teaching protesters about their rights and the legal process before, during and after a typical protest arrest. They learn, for instance, that they don’t have to answer questions.

That’s good for the answers would no doubt be embarrassing as people learn that protest groups seek American defeat in Iraq, support dictators and terrorists, would have the nation unilaterally disarm, and would give terrorists free run of the country.  No, better to keep quiet on that one.

Protesters-in-training also take medical classes, and learn how to treat activists who are injured or dehydrated.

Among the tips: carry cloth soaked in apple cider vinegar to help soothe eyes and skin stinging from pepper spray; don’t wear contact lenses, which can trap chemical spray; wear goggles to protect against rubber bullets.

Because Lord knows we don’t want the people holding the convention to:

have images coming out of New York City that make them [the Republicans] look like the reasonable ones, like they’re about responsibility and law and order and creating a safe society, and that the left was unreasonable and violent

No, nothing unreasonable about planning to stymie democracy and a city at the same time.

In seriousness, I have to wonder, what’s the point?  Kerry will be nominated in Boston in July, and Bush in New York in August.  Neither my leaving town, nor the aging professional protesters will alter that one whit.  The real protest comes in November – at the ballot box.  That’s what the Boston Tea Party was about – the right of a free people to vote and have a say in their own destiny.  The would-be protesters in NYC want to take that right away from people with whom they disagree.  Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t see these protests as an expression of free speech – I see them as infantile acting out.  And the protesters appear to agree:

And, of course, adult diapers can provide relief during a long sit-in or jailing.


Written by martinipundit

June 15, 2004 at 3:36 pm

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