Many years ago, during The Roe v. Wade Fight (Part II: The Rise of the Right Wing Yahoos) a student came to me and asked for a break because she wanted to join a bus full of Brandeis students heading down to DC to protest stuff. I told her not to worry about the quiz coming up, just go and do her civic duty. That’s when she chose to casually mention that “at least these days, we know how to do it, not like in the old days when protesters against the Viet Nam War were violent.
This caused me to whup her up side the head. Verbally, of course.
I explained that in the old old days, when the population spoke up against authority, their villages were burned and people were randomly identified as trouble makers and impaled on stakes. I talked about the early union protests, and how one workers’ village was burned to the ground with the women and children hiding in the wooden houses. I mentioned the US Amy using machines guns on veterans protesting for their rights in Washington. And so on. And, eventually I pointed out that the reason she could drag her sorry ass down to DC and have a nice peaceful protest was because of her fore-bearers, not because she and her friends had “figured something out.” Previous protesters stood in front of onrushing mounted police or railed against soldiers carrying live ammo knowing a) “I might be killed” and b) “If I am killed, it will reduce the chance that the state will be able to use these techniques on future generations of snot-nosed privileged Harvard undergrads.”
But at least, she wasn’t primarily interested in the 1980s equivalent of Justin Bieber’s New Haircut. So, now that I have your attention, here are a few current news stories:
- The Rally to Save the American Dream live.
- Democratic Governor To Walker: ‘You Are Cutting Your Own Throat’
- The Wisconsin Lie Exposed – Taxpayers Actually Contribute Nothing To Public Employee Pensions
- Board votes to dismiss all Providence teachers
- All New Richmond teachers will receive non-renewal notices
- Shep Smith: Wisconsin Fight Has Nothing Do With Budget, All About Busting Unions
Next item: Are you on Facebook? Do you work for the gummit (including universities, schools, etc.)? Go paste this as your status:
“I am a public employee. I am not the problem. Wall Street made billions, crashed the economy, ruined lives and got bailed out. Average Americans followed the rules and got thrown to the wolves. Teachers, librarians, police officers, paramedics, firefighters, and others are NOT the enemy. We live here, pay taxes, work hard, and contribute to the health of the community. If you are a public employee, copy and re-post.”
And, if Justin Bieber’s New Haircut really is still more interesting to you than the end of civilization as we know it, here’s what it looks like:
I’m told he’s the one on the left. That is all.