Massive Street Protests in 2007?
by Vox Populi, Tue Dec 26, 2006 at 03:27:14 PM EST
From Dan Conley on Political Insider:
Let me be the first Political Insider contributor to offer a prediction for what will be the most important political event of 2007: the return of the Vietnam-era street protest.
Having seen that non-existent public support and a Democratic Party takeover of Congress is not enough to keep President Bush from escalating the Iraq War, war opponents will take to the streets in the largest anti-war protests since the early 70s. By spring, expect a massive, million + participant march in Washington to coincide with the fourth anniversary of "Mission Accomplished." Every Democratic candidate for President ... and at least one Republican ... will speak at the rally.
Conley brings up an interesting prospect. Do you agree that 2007 will be a year of massive, people-powered street protests against the escalation in Iraq? Is that something our country has the stomach for? Will there be a V-For-Vendetta ending to the sordid Bush administration?
I think it's a bold claim that in the end won't pan out. I don't think the American people have the will anymore to take to the streets in the millions for a purpose. The capacity is there, but I think the people of today are much more comfortable behind their keyboards than on a picket line or marching against political wrongs.
I think it's an interesting hope though, and would like to see that kind of civic involvement. Especially my generation (born in 1982 here), which hasn't known the meaning of protest.