THE REPUBLICANS ARE COMING!!!
THE REPUBLICANS ARE COMING!!!
(Think: Chicken Little's infamous "The Sky Is Falling" chant)
You really would think that New York is preparing for an oncoming plague. Protests everywhere. Signs holders trooping about like life depended on it. Police literally EVERYWHERE, in helmets, some with riot gear, some still snacking on donuts, some on bicycle runs. Anti-Bush memorabilia and plenty of it (saw one chick on the news the other day who quickly sold out of her "Bush for your Tush" toilet paper--gotta' admit I really liked that one). SOME anti-Kerry stuff too--including flip-flop shoes with Kerry's picture on it but there's like 10 times more anti-Bush stuff then there are anti-Kerry crap. Idiots getting arrested for "protesting" in the nude in mid-Manhattan, barricades, etc. etc. etc.
Yesterday me and my friend Shireen came out of the Loews theater on 34th and 8th (after seeing "Collateral" which I HIGHLY recommend by the way) to nothing but cops behind cops (this was around 10 at night), MORE barricades and people just milling about like a big fight was gonna break out. Of course it was MY fault for picking a theater only 2 blocks away from Madison Square Garden, better yet, the EXACT spot in which the President and all his minions will be at next week. But the theater was pretty spanking and only a year old, but I hadn't been there yet and wanted to check it out.
And not to get too political here (not YET anyway), but hearing about those protesters in the buff getting arrested downtown as well as the hundreds of protesters who got arrested yesterday for doing all kinds of stuff in the streets including blocking major traffic spots as well as a couple of ambulances....got me kinda irked. Let me explain....as someone whose participated in many a rally against tuition hikes, budget cuts, police brutality and the like, I can say that one thing that pisses me off about these mostly white, young liberals is the way they go about their business at times. Put aside the fact that I cant stand liberals anyway, in my opinion they do a lot of more HARM then GOOD in getting their so-called "points" across esp. when they make complete and utter asses of themselves like they did yesterday and like they're planning on doing all this week while the Republicans are in town. I mean what kind of message does parading around nude send exactly? How do you say you're about PEACE when you cause major disruption to traffic and risk people's lives in the process?
I'm all for rallies, protests, sit-ins and the like, but there's a major difference between constructive criticism and utter nonsense. And it just seems too that so many of these pro-Kerry, anybody BUT Bush-ites are so angry that all they do is end up spreading hate, making spectacles of themselves and looking like fools in the process. They're all so quick (esp. In New York) to jump on the anti-Bush bandwagon and yet half of them have no idea what the issues are about or what the key swing states are in the upcoming election or the fact that Kerry too voted "yes" for the war in Iraq. Most of them refuse to even listen to what the other side has to say (I REALLY find it ironic that Kerry's camp would be calling for Bush to get rid of these "Kerry lied about Bush" ads when Kerry said nothing while his pals went on for weeks questioning Bush's service) which is really ignorant, not to mention the fact that Kerry receives almost 10 times more funding then Bush does from the "527"'s--the people who supply "soft-money" to use for ads for whichever candidate they're siding with.
But what am I complaining about? Fuck that "lesser of 2 evils so vote Democrat" theory that so many Black people be on. I think BOTH Democrats and Republicans are equally EVIL and on some BS. Republicans are just more in-your-face about their evilness while Democrats smile in your face and make BIG promises, but almost always fail to come through.....so frankly speaking, both of them can kiss my BIG BLACK ASS!!!.....
'cause fuck that....I'm voting for Nader!