Standing on the Corner

I’m not much for protests, it just isn’t my style.

Yet, last Monday, there I was down on Green Street standing under Congressman Hinchey’s office window standing with the Tea Partiers, and taking in the atmosphere.

There were several motivations for me to be there: For one, to get a picture or two for One of Nine.  For another, to support the like minded people out there, some of whom also feel that protests aren’t their style. 

And, of course, the main point of the event: to let folks know that there are some people, even here in blue Ithaca, that don’t believe in the progressive, Marxist, Communist, social justice, We are One, UnCut, global warming, sustainability, ICLEI, no fracking, dependency, tax (or kill) the rich, truther, blame Bush, George Soros funded, Center for American Progress organized, Media Matters vetted, class warfare hyping, moonbat blathering religion which is de rigueur in our fair county.

This “protest” wasn’t about convincing anyone about anything.  There is a fine essay about this fact over at Marginal Futurity, which I incorporate here by reference. 

For me, the main point was to create some thinking space for people who don’t really agree with the left-religion, but are inundated by its drumbeat.  The point was, by mere presence, to carve out some breathing room for people who haven’t been involved in politics, but who sure can see prices rising every day.  To create a little opportunity for someone to ponder what is happening to the little 403b account they have been accumulating for the past 20 years.   To let even one person wonder what they will do once all of the money has been spent, and none is left to pay their underfunded pension, their social security or their Medicare. How can the debt we have already incurred ever be repaid?  If it isn’t, will it mean a war to defend our land?  Who owns the Federal Reserve, and why do we accept their inflating paper money?  Why are so many working to hard to undermine the concept of private property?  Who will benefit from that?

Some people came across the street with an apparent expectation that if they could get a great sound bite or video clip that the “Tea Party movement” might be discredited.

“Do you listen to Glenn Beck?” asked one with an audio recorder pushed at us.  “Do you think he tells the truth?”  

“Can I interview you?” says the video camera in my face.  Well, no.  That’s not why I’m here.

You might be convinced, but not by someone who can turn a phrase on a street corner. You might be convinced by honestly looking at the world as it actually is.

h/t to Lost Napkins for the video.