Well, today was the big day- Operation American Spring, when somewhere between ten and thirty million people were going to swarm into Washington D.C. and refuse to leave until Obama, Holder, Pelosi et. al. were frogmarched out of their offices and put on trial for treason.
Well, what the hell did you expect? It looks like, after months of agitating, the organizers of this march managed to entice something on the order of 120 or 150 people to actually show up. Here are a few photos of this pathetic spectacle:
Well, I am going to avoid Green Eagle's usual derision, which he would normally deliver in ample quantity toward these very deserving targets, because there is, I think, a serious point to be made about these continuing failures. And this is the point: the right wing in this country is, by and large, a charade- a chimera created by the Republican party, and paid for by their rich backers, to create the appearance that a large part of the country is behind them.
On the left, we have had many really large protest movements over the years, including the great civil rights and anti-Vietnam marches of the sixties, which drew crowds of hundreds of thousands to Washington, and very large numbers to other cities as well. We had similar things in the Bush Administration. I remember being at a Washington march against the Iraq war a few years ago, which was attended by about 350,000 people, and which was virtually ignored by the mainstream press. The Occupy movement drew large crowds in cities all over the country, despite a vicious campaign of repression against them; criminal behavior on the part of the authorities which has never made it into the consciousness of the vast majority of Americans.
What does the right have to counter this? Really, nothing. As I have spent years documenting, the Tea Parties were very largely a bought and paid for creation of the Koch brothers and a few other rich vultures. Yet, if you ask people which was a larger movement, the vast majority of Americans would say the Tea Party, because their pathetically small marches received vast publicity in the mainstream press. This has been essential to maintaining the constantly repeated illusion that the United States is a "center right" country; the "center right" being whatever suits the interests of the rich.
Of course, a guy like Larry Klayman, the perpetrator of the last of these farces, knows fully well what is going on. With a history of creating evil mirages including leading many of the lying attacks on the Clintons, participating actively in the Swift Boat smears on John Kerry, and being one of the main promoters of the birth certificate lies, he knows what he is up to. But I don't think the suckers (now totally destroyed as credible political figures) who led today's idiocy were like Klayman. I think they really bought into the preposterous fantasies about how many people in this country were so filled with rage and hatred that they were willing to destroy the whole thing, regardless of cost.
Well, they were wrong, and we need to not be suckered like they were. It is time for all of us to stop buying into the well-financed dog and pony show put on by the right, and realize that we do hold the power- the number of people who want nothing more than a decent life for themselves and their families is vastly larger than the number who will trade their lives in on a chance to start shooting a bunch of government employees, or maybe some black people. Of course, this requires finding a way to stop the uber-greedy from buying the whole country, and perhaps generating so much suffering in the process that we really will see apocalyptic violence played out all around us by ignorant, enraged suckers who will live and die never seeing that they are nothing but tools of someone who will sacrifice them without a thought.