by Scott Creighton
This year more people were arrested at the DNC convention in North Carolina, 21, than were at the RNC down here in Tampa which was recently revised down to 2. Probably because a few more people showed for the Democrat’s little booster conference.
These numbers stand in stark contrast to political conventions of the past and markedly so to even the most recent presidential election year of 2008 where 800 were arrested at the Republican convention compared to 150 at the rival get-together.
The convention protests were also marked by a new form of “radical” protest which involved the same infiltrated leadership of the Occupy movement (I wonder if they teach infiltration of movements at Harvard and Yale these days) sitting around negotiating with the police as to where the least effective location to protest would be and then declaring “victory” while shuffling the protesters off to obscurity. It’s a “kinder/gentler” form of protest which I’m sure would make the Egyptians and the Tunisians proud to witness.
Between the two cities, $100 million dollars of your taxes was shelled out by the federal government for security alone. That’s a lot of money folks. To put that into perspective, Planned Parenthood’s budget proposal in 2011 (which was highly contested) was a total of 75 million and that was to provide clinics and family planning clinics to low income women throughout the entire country.
Planned Parenthood is just one example of a myriad of programs which have been deemed “too expensive” for our post banker-planned depression era which cost 100 million or less. There have been many resulting in catastrophic hardships for the people of this country.
Yet, for weapons, manpower, surveillance systems, and military hardware for our two cities, it seems the sky is always the limit when it comes to opening up the federal purse-strings.
Nothing for the people but anything for the police state.
Much has been made about this new “sit and chat” tactic employed by both the Tampa and Charlotte police forces. Both venues featured eerily similar scenes, which of course made it to the front pages of papers across the county. The scenes I am talking about are of Occupy “protesters” hashing it out with leaders of the local police departments and coming to an “agreement” as to where the “protesters” can take their little march (and when I say “little” I mean very little as that very few people bothered to attend both conventions this year in terms of protesters and participants alike (especially the RNC which most people agree have conceded the “election” to the president))
In the run-up to the convention, Tampa police prepared themselves for a war. They hired another 1,700 officers, spent millions equipping them with state of the art riot gear, rolled out their tank, and even went so far as to clear out a local jail making ready to process thousands of arrested protesters.
When barely a handful showed up two weeks ago, mostly Code Pink women wearing fabric vaginas draped on their chests along with the Raging Grannys, there needed to be a different “victory” mapped out for the Tampa PD else-wise the only story left would be that they overreacted and spent 50 million dollars on nothing.
Towards the end of the convention, the Occupy people (whom it is widely accepted to be heavily infiltrated at this point) decided to block an intersection somewhere downtown. Along comes a high ranking Tampa PD officer and all kinds of professional photographers, and they have a little pow-wow and determine just where the Occupy people are going to be “allowed” to march.
Consider what these same infiltrated Occupy people did in New York. When they were right at the cusp of taking Wall Street, they had the Teamsters on their way down to join them and it looked like we finally had a legitimate Tahrir Square moment in the making, these same “leaders” of Occupy decided they had won the day by making Wall Street wait 5 minutes to ring their opening bell, and they proudly led their minions (dupes) back to their little park miles away from Wall Street to “celebrate”.
Now consider the victory of the convention in Charlotte. Same scene. The Occupy “leaders” blocking an intersection, talking with the leadership of the local police, and coming to a compromise as to where they could take their protest next.
The lesson being taken from these incidents by the press and thus the lesson you are supposed to take from them as well is that we all have to treat each other with respect and sit around and chat with our local police state betters to determine the most pleasant and constructive way to petition our government for redress.
Better still, you need to stand back and let your occupied leadership sit around and hash out a plan with the opposition for YOU to FOLLOW.
Sounds kinda like politics these days doesn’t it?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad the agent provocateurs didn’t get a chance to incite riots and teargas letting on the real protesters in both cities as they have done many times in the past.
I’m glad no citizens and officers were hurt during the protests.
I’m both troubled and glad that there were such low turnouts to both protests because at once it shows that people are coming to understand what a fraud our election system really is and are unfortunately becoming apathetic to it.
I do not know if what happened that day in the intersection in Tampa was organic or if it was a prearranged PR stunt designed to set a new narrative for the overreacting Tampa RNC hype. But given what I know about the infiltration of the Occupy movement at the top and the fact that the exact same thing just “happened” to occur the next week in Charlotte, seems altogether to convenient for me to swallow without a little wonder.
To me it’s a disturbing development in what we laughingly call “protests” in this country these days. Protests by their nature are meant to be disruptive, not necessarily destructive, but disruptive of the designed flow of whatever is being protested. That’s the ONLY way they make any difference at all.
These “leader pow-wows” effect no change and it is my conclusion that whomever represented the protesters in the last two was well aware of that simple fact.
It’s the Obama pragmatic approach to resistance I suppose. The “3d chess” version.
Well, we see what that got us, don’t we?
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