Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Protestors Do the Robot

It turns out that the massive protests against anti-illegal immigration legislation were coordinated and organized by Spanish-language radio personalities. DJs gave protesters their "marching orders", which included bringing American flags and picking up their trash.

Aha!, say some conservatives. We knew it! These demonstrations weren't "spontaneous", which means that they're illegitimate. Only spontaneous demonstrations can really reflect the feelings of those involved.

Indeed. Just like the 1963 March on Washington during which Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. It was organized by a multitude of groups, including the SCLC and the NAACP. In fact, most civil rights marches were organized by religious and social justice groups, so they don't count either.

To hit a little closer to the GOP heart, the 2000 Florida recount demonstrations don't count because they were organized by GOP staffers themselves. The same goes for any anti-abortion rallies organized by churches that bus in their supporters to intimidate pregnant teens. Gosh, according to this standard, the only demonstration that would really count to some conservatives is an honest-to-God riot. Now that's a platform they can run on in 2008.
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