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Fri Sep 20, 2019, 07:50 AM

Every six months I ask "is it time to take to the streets and have massive demonstrations

in cities across the US?Ē

Itís just about that time again. So Iím a askin. See yíall again in six months.

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Reply Every six months I ask "is it time to take to the streets and have massive demonstrations (Original post)
Ninga Sep 2019 OP
handmade34 Sep 2019 #1
Ninga Sep 2019 #2
Fullduplexxx Sep 2019 #3
Ninga Sep 2019 #9
Tommy_Carcetti Sep 2019 #4
Ninga Sep 2019 #6
StarfishSaver Sep 2019 #5
Ninga Sep 2019 #7
StarfishSaver Sep 2019 #11
Newest Reality Sep 2019 #8
Ninga Sep 2019 #10
HAB911 Sep 2019 #12
Firestorm49 Sep 2019 #13
bamagal62 Sep 2019 #14
gibraltar72 Sep 2019 #15
bdamomma Sep 2019 #16
Falcata Sep 2019 #17
PhoenixDem Sep 2019 #18
chowder66 Sep 2019 #19
DemocraticSocialist8 Sep 2019 #20

Response to Ninga (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 07:51 AM

1. I ask

that question every morning

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Response to handmade34 (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 07:54 AM

2. England asks too. So now there are 3 of us. Nt

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 07:55 AM

3. Im right behind you where do we start?

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 07:58 AM

4. I'd say Ukraine and Maidan, but...

....Ukraine was (and still is) a fledgling democracy just two decades removed from autocratic rule, so everything was still fresh on their minds.

Here, weíve grown complacent over 200 plus years of relative stability minus a five year civil war in between.

When things got hairy, they seemed to work themselves out. Nixon ultimately felt the heat and resigned. Or we simply waited out bad presidencies until the next election cycle.

But we are in unprecedented territory now, and 200 plus years isnít a strong enough buffer against the worst of possibilities that we probably have yet to have faced.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 08:03 AM

6. Tommy, I'm 76. I spent time demonstrating and marching against the Vietnam War. Even

pushing a stroller with my 2 yr old son.

Some of the most notable songs of that era were anti war.

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 08:03 AM

5. Maybe it's time to stop asking and start marching

Waiting for someone else to do it isn't effective activism.

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Response to StarfishSaver (Reply #5)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 08:08 AM

7. I attend each and every demonstration held in my area. The last was a few weeks ago regarding

the deplorable conditions for detained migrants and their children. We numbered about 300.

We need a leader who will give voice and urgency.

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Response to Ninga (Reply #7)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 08:25 AM

11. We don't need leaders to give voice. WE create the movement and the leaders emerge from that

not the other way around.

Martin Luther King didn't start or lead the Montgomery Bus Boycott. He was designated the spokesman AFTER Rosa Parks was arrested and a group of ordinary people had already organized and launched the boycott.

We have much more power than we give ourselves credit for. If we wait for a leader to come lead us, we'll never get off the dime.

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 08:14 AM

8. Good Question

If things get bad enough, then protests might break out as an emerging response and a sign of desperation. However, I think those are the pot boiling over kind and they can get very chaotic.

Then, there is the question about whether they work well here anymore? They used to have more impact, or so it seems to me, in the last century.

I think that the MIC is far more resilient and, from what you see from polls about what the people want and what actually gets legislated, politics seems to be rather insulated as well. In that case, mere protests may have sensational value, but one has to wonder if the investment of time and energy is worthwhile if we are talking about planned, orderly and repeated events.

It seems that, due to the resiliency of corporations, (the MIC) and the apathy of politicians may require something that is felt over and above marches and chants these days. I guess I am getting at various forms of general strikes that are felt and that reverberate through the system. Otherwise, one might just be adding to the current spectacle and everything gets lost in the churn of the news cycle eventually.

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 08:36 AM

12. +++++++++++

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 08:43 AM

13. I agree. For the life of me, why are we not peacefully protesting on the streets?

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 08:56 AM

14. I was asking my husband this very question last night.

What can we do, en masse, that will actually make an impact? I saw a small blip on the news this morning that some young people were marching for climate change across the country. And, it actually looked like a lot of people. But, it really hasnít been news. They mentioned it and quickly moved on. We know that nothing will come of those marches. They donít care what we think. They are just going to keep doing what they are doing. So, any ideas? What can we do? Itís very frustrating.

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 09:00 AM

15. It's half past time.

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 09:02 AM

16. We got to believe

the WE the people have the power to make change. We have too.

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 09:45 AM

17. How many women

marched in the "women's March"? Seemed to be a lot. What changed? Nada. Politicians don't care if you march, they are set for life.

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 09:48 AM

18. I think the time is now

 

Especially over the whistleblower obstruction

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 10:40 AM

19. #WeThePeopleMarch tomorrow in DC and other cities

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Response to Ninga (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 12:07 PM

20. I'm an American and I think we're too passive and complacent in this country

Too many don't want to accept that a large segment of the population has been so thoroughly brainwashed that they're supporting destructive policies out of fear and false outrage. What many thought wouldn't happen here is actually happening and you're literally seeing many people put their heads in the sand

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