Conservative Protests: Stage II

Indeed, it’s hard to think of the last time conservatives have come out in such numbers for anything—Wednesday’s rally topped 3,000 in Washington, and some 700 other such parties attracted tens of thousands nationwide.

Ah, come on now, Christopher Beam, surely you can think of something? Let’s go back to 2005:

Where many of the protesters who stood in prayer had arrived days ago – and some weeks ago – quite a few arrived Wednesday, traveling great distances to see the spectacle they had only previously witnessed on television and in the newspaper.One man, carrying his banjo, arrived Wednesday from the east coast of Florida. Another drove from New York on Tuesday, with his trumpet. A family from Georgia migrated with silver bowling pins and tennis balls.

“I felt like God said come on down, I want somebody out there juggling,” Nathan Dorrell said.

Terry Schiavo’s death and 2005 and those kids standing in rows with LIFE plastered over their mouths seem so long ago, but at the time they seemed to mark conservatism learning how to look cool while protesting. Their initial efforts to adopt the cool aura of 60s protests, hadn’t gone so well visually. The Tea Party protests seem to subtly reclaim the Republican Party for the  nutty, secular and anti-government, as opposed to the nutty Christianist and anti-abortionist.  Indeed, the Tea Party doesn’t seem so much like the affirmation of conservatism in the face of defeat, so much as the ascendance of one wing of the party over another.


2 responses to “Conservative Protests: Stage II

  1. Yet another nail in Slate’s coffin. Brilliant! What’s your take on the secessionists BTW? I’m not sure I’m for secession, but I’m all for increasing states rights. Seems the political atmosphere be less poisonous if red states were allowed to restrict abortion in their own states in return for the right to smoke weed in “blue states.” Also, given that aside from Texas, the blue states are the economic engines of the US, I’d be more than happy to give them more economic independence (i.e. less of my tax dollars). The repressive social measures in the red states would no doubt drive anyone with a modicum of entrepreneurial spirit into the arms of the blue states.

    Sure that might leave the residents of these states screwed since their leaders would run them into the ground, but even this is for the better. We would end up with a failed state next door, complete with cool things like pirates and outlaws and cowboys and such that we could visit as part of package adventure tours. Red state residents would be happy since they finally would be able to experience the apocalypse.

    We should probably consider annexing Canada to make up for all the farmland we’re losing, but we would have had to do this anyway because of global warming. Win win I say. Win win.

  2. I do like the idea of Alaska seceding. If Hawaii secedes then the u.s. can go back to being contiguous, which is as a country should be.

    But I agree with you on the states’ rights. On some issues it makes no sense for the lives of Californians to be dictated by the moral code of Texans, and vice versa. I also like it when these national culture wars are fought outside the realms of the national government — for instance, on the question of evolution in textbooks.

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