The Republicans are in NYC this week for their convention. I’ve already expressed my distaste for their week long exploitation of September 11th, so I won’t even get into that. I’m stuck in Kalamazoo following along, but I wish I was there on the streets. I don’t think my individual participation in the protests would make much of a difference, but I’m dying for a more physical way to show my anger and frustration about the policies and actions of our government. With events like the Great American Shout Out happening I don’t think I’m alone is reaching more than an intellectual breaking point.
I’m happy to see such creative protests happening. I think that Billionaires For Bush are hilarious. Check our their vision for America with key points such as “Allow corporations to run for office”. You can get a feel for the pageantry of their protests in this video (QuickTime, 31MB).
I also like the idea of The Unemployment Line, a single file line of 5,000 people holding pink slips to represent the 1.2 million jobs lost since March 2001. I think it will be a powerful visual statement and by staying in a line and not blocking the sidewalk they apparently avoid needing a permit.
Inside Madison Square Gardens is the expected exaltation of George W., but I was surprised to see that USA Today has given Michael Moore a press pass to the event. Check out his views on RINOs in his article The GOP doesn’t reflect America.
For random photo goodness see all the photos tagged with RNC on Flickr. I’ve only recently signed up for a Flickr account, but it seems like a cool online photo organizer with some good community features.