Monday, August 30, 2004

What would Jesus bomb?

Thousands of people jammed the streets of New York City yesterday to protest the arrival of the Republican National Convention which starts today at Madison Square Garden.

Many commentators are saying that the Republicans hadn't anticipated this kind of welcoming, hoping instead that New York would symbolize the American unity prevalent in the wake of September 11, 2001. Part of me disagrees. Knowing how divided the country really is, Republican planners undoubtedly knew there would be wide-scale protesting if the convention were held in New York City - a notoriously Democratic stronghold, like most urban centers. Yet they still chose to hold the convention in NYC. Why?

Maybe because they hoped to portray the protesters as typical liberals, out of touch with American values. Too conspiratorial, you say? Well, some conservatives have already started a group purposely designed to mislead through the power of soundbite - Communists for Kerry. Is this the kind of deceitful politics we want in "the land of the free"?

Enough rambling. By far the highlight of the protests/convention thus far: one clever, if simplistic, sign - "What would Jesus bomb?"


2 Comments:

At 4:26 PM, Blogger Deborah said...

Never too conspiratorial for the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld triad and the mind of Karl Rove. Interesting blog. I may link it to my blog (www.heartsoulandhumor.blogspot.com) with your permission.

 
At 8:56 PM, Blogger jj said...

Absolutely. Please link to us.

 

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