I guess I'm just too dumb to understand the reasoning behind some political protests. I understand why people protest, but sometimes the way they go about it makes little sense to me.
For instance: I was listening to the scanner website this afternoon while attending to a few household chores. Apparently there is an immigration bill being debated in our federal legislature. There was a protest staged in downtown Minneapolis concerning this proposed legislation.
The police were scrambling to deal with several buses carrying protesters converging on the downtown area. Downtown Minneapolis is a traffic hell under the best of conditions. Then they were dealing with the protesters themselves, who were doing their level best to stop all traffic downtown, right at rush hour. They had to block off streets and re-route traffic, while trying to keep the protesters under some sort of control. It made for a nightmare of a mess.
Now I can understand people protesting legislation that they don't agree with. I believe that folks should be engaged in what is happening that affects their lives. I will have to confess that I am not up to speed on the current immigration legislation being debated. There is so much garbage being thrown at the people of the United States these days that keeping abreast of all of it is a full time job.
But I'm willing to bet that those folks who, at 5:00 this afternoon, just wanted to get home to their families, have dinner with their kids, walk the dog or just relax with an adult beverage after a day at the office, but were delayed in a huge traffic snarl caused by several bus loads of people sitting down in the middle of the streets of downtown Minneapolis and thus preventing the working public from going home, are not going to be too sympathetic to the cause of these protesters.
If you want support for your cause from the general public, I'm thinking that there are better ways to do it than to tick off those very people you want to help you. Just saying......
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