Do Protests Matter?

Not really, in the big scheme of things.

Hola, I’ve been paying some attention to what’s been going on in Baltimore Maryland here in The US of Hypocrisy as a result of these out-of-control thugs/gangs called la policía/the police and their brutality towards “We The People” in various US cities. Just like the out-of-control and thoroughly corrupt US government, la policía en los Estados Unidos are out of control.

For those who haven’t kept up, the people in Baltimore have been protesting the police killing of Freddie Gray.

Do protests matter? Not really. Not in the big scheme of things. I’m not criticising the people of Baltimore or any other city or town for protesting police brutality. The people feel they must do something to show their rage and disapproval. It’s just that I can’t think of anything I’ve protested over the decades where our protests stopped anything (such as the US government’s terrorist attack on Afghanistan or Iraq, for example) or even slowed anything down from happening. Because the corporate-fascist politicians we were protesting at the time didn’t work for us (and they still don’t) so they didn’t and don’t give a fuck what any of us think, which partisans can’t stand to hear. US terrorist attacks on countries continued (they called them wars), and prejudice and bigotry continued. Some people including myself feel the need to “push back” because it’s therapeutic for us and that’s where protests and blogs exist. Peaceful protests don’t do anything. They are the equivalent to a ceremonial procession with los manifestantes/the protesters carrying protest signs. Unlike peaceful protests, violent protests get some people’s attention but usually not the attention of the corporate political parasites the protests are directed at. The US sheeple being D and R pro-Establishment and believing anything their television tells them they then proceed to hate on the protesters. The corporate media love violent protests—even though they would publicly disagree with that statement—because violent protests usually give the corporate media an opportunity to support the Establishment and its corrupt D and R politicians, and it also gives them another opportunity to hate-on and smear the protesters. Violent protests also give the corporate media some footage to put on their noticias/news to try to win another so-called “journalism” award. It’s just that the corporate-fascist political parasites in positions of power of the Oligarchy don’t give a fuck about anyone’s protest because, again, these politicians don’t work for us. They work for their corporate owners. These D and R Establishment politicians also usually entirely miss the point of the protests including the violence on occasion.

I heard one idiot say, “these protesters in Baltimore are not making any statement. They are stealing.” Well I suspect los manifestantes wouldn’t need to steal or resort to that if they had la plata/money—where salaries kept up with inflation—and if we were not in a society of increasing “haves” versus the “have-nots.” These bourgeois elite politician who make these ignorant comments before microphones never have to worry about la plata at all. They have anything they want. There would possibly be la plata for the person stealing if we lived in a more equitable society where, for example, The Empire’s Imperialistic War Machine budget wasn’t the biggest-bloated expenditure in the budget for the childish war games that these useless D and R corporate parasites like to play with people’s lives in the Middle East, for example, for US Empire building and world domination (Project For The New American Century, also known as PNAC). The social eruption in Baltimore is a result of intense anger over poverty, social and financial inequality, social decay, class-ism, unemployment, the continued police violence and murders throughout the US of Hypocrisy, and other problems which are not being addressed by these D and R corporate politicians of the US Oligarchy.

And protests require a permit issued by the city which really defeats the entire purpose of a protest. When a protest requires the approval of The State with a permit, it’s merely a state-sanctioned charade (with The State saying: “We’ll allow you to protest if you follow our rules, our route and stay within our boundaries and our requirements for your little protest,” with the unspoken part being: so that the status quo continues and we continue this charade and illusion of a Democracy.)

I’m convinced that most people here in The Empire would have whined, moaned, complained, spit on and looked down on what’s known as the “founding fathers” of the US/los Estados Unidos. The “founding fathers” were very violent in their protests. It was called a revolution. But the timid, mealy-mouthed, wimpy, bent-over, bootlicking sheeple of today love to hate on los manifestantes/protesters, except when it’s a protest they agree with then they’re all for the protest and some will get out there and join them.

Didn’t I heard some politician say he welcomed Al Sharpton to come to Baltimore? Oh jesus, not him. They drag out the same people over and over: Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson. Reminds me of the same people politically: Bush, Clinton, Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush. Don’t be surprised if Ms Messiah (Michelle Obama) doesn’t try to stick her nose in there and run for la casa blanca too at some point. The same needy and elitist people keep recycling themselves over and over with their self-absorbed and self-entitled personalities. They don’t know when to stop. Why don’t these attention-seeking corporate Establishment whores (no disrespect at all intended towards sex workers) go away and leave the rest of us alone. jesus fucking christ! Get some intense psychotherapy for your narcissistic personalities.

Compared to the past, there are virtually no protests today in the new Conservative, Corporatist, Lobotomised San Francisco. San Francisco has essentially become a seaside suburb of Silicon Valley—with the techie basura living in San Francisco and riding free corporate techie shuttles down to Silicon Valley—and suburbs are not known for protests. San Francisco used to be a very activist city well known for all kind of protests—which the rightwing nuts/conservatives always despised—but those activists unfortunately got evicted to Oakland and other places. So San Francisco today is pretty much dead in the protest/activism department. Not much going on here even in the therapeutic sense for protests. And what remains of the conservative and lobotomised so-called “gay community” in San Francisco is equally dead as far as protests are concerned. I think it’s accurate to say that the words, “liberal, “progressive” and “protests” are considered “dirty words” in the new conservative San Francisco. (If you’ve not read anything else I’ve written about how San Francisco how drastically changed, let me just say that this city has done a “180.” It has done a complete reversal of its past self.)

I understand the therapeutic need to “push back” against so many injustices on a daily basis. It makes those pushing back feel better that they’re at least doing something. But in the end I don’t think it really accomplishes much of anything, unfortunately. Because again (yes I know I’m repeating myself, but some people are thick), those in positions of power don’t give a fuck what “We the People” think because in a corporate-fascist system (politely called an “oligarchy”) they don’t work for us:

“A new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities has found that the United States’ government more closely resembles an Oligarchy or a Corporatocracy than a Republic or Democracy….The researchers write, “The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence.”—Princeton and Northwestern Universities’ study

Chau.—el barrio rosa

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11 comments on “Do Protests Matter?

  1. Nobody you know

    I suspect the protests will die down. They come in waves. They’re little flare ups in the pan, while the status-quo and injustice of police brutality continues. It’s only going to get worse.

  2. I Love Salsa

    I agree with that. I read that six cops in the murder of Freddy Gray are being charged and that reporters in Baltimore are being threatened with arrest for interviewing protesters who were arrested. It’s clear the establishment doesn’t want this crackdown recorded by the networks. Unconscionable. Regardless of protests IMO the police brutality with continue if not get worse and the elite will defend the cops (Obama makes me sick to my stomach; I can’t stand to look at him) to protect their elitist power and wealth. I read that the prosecutor was in close contact with Obama. The decision to charge six cops is intended is to try to stifle protests in Baltimore and to discredit continuing solidarity protests across the country.

  3. strangetimes

    i was once again very disappointed in ‘mr hope and change we can believe in’ obama when he denounced the youth in baltimore as “criminals and thugs.” i suspect that some of his policies have caused people in other parts of the world to think of him as a criminal and thug esp when their wedding party of 15 is killed in yemen by a u.s. drone attack. strangetimes.

  4. FormerSanFranciscan

    I read this on the World Socialist Website….

    “Thousands of workers and students demonstrated in Baltimore Wednesday, defying the military-police crackdown in the city of 622,000. Solidarity protests, including those demanding the removal of the National Guard from Baltimore, spread to other cities, including New York City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Washington, DC.”

    When I lived in San Francisco we were always at the top of the list of cities protesting this type of injustice. It’s so sad what my former city has become.

    1. rosa_barrio Post author

      Hola FormerSanFranciscan, yeah well. The solidarity protests with Baltimore have been in Oakland. Nothing in San Francisco to my knowledge and frankly I no longer expect any protests here for anything. Lobotomised techies don’t seem to give a fuck about anything but their phone addiction. I get the sense that San Francisco has turned into a city of bootlickers just from some of the things I hear and see when I’m out and about, especially in The Castro. “Worship and Adoration of the Police” is what I sense around here, and I’ve even heard some of that from locals (they seem to have forgotten our history). It’s part of the intense Class Warfare this and other cities are currently experiencing. Gracias to everyone for your friendly comments. Chau.

      1. Ed in the Castro

        “I get the sense that San Francisco has turned into a city of bootlickers just from some of the things I hear and see when I’m out and about, especially in The Castro. “Worship and Adoration of the Police”…..”

        You’re not the only one. I’ve heard comments along that line. A woman was being put in a police car at 18th and Castro and she was making a lot of noise and putting up a fight. In front of me walking down the sidewalk towards Castro near Collingwood, three guys were talking about the noise and one said that it looks like the cops are arresting some woman. Without knowing anything about the situation or what was going on one of the guys said to his friends, “well I’m sure she deserves it.” He was serious. I felt so angry hearing that from him make this cops-can-do-no-wrong assumption. He had no information about it. I quickly walked down the sidewalk to get away from them so I didn’t have to hear any more. I thought about challenging him but I thought that wouldn’t do any good with someone like that. It really pissed me off. I just wanted to say that the sense that you’ve picked up around here is spot-on I think.

      2. FormerSanFranciscan

        Thanks for the info about Oakland. Looks like Oakland is where I should look for info about any future protests in the Bay Area.

        This is off-topic, hope you don’t mind but I thought you would find this interesting. A gay couple I know were in SF last month. They sarcastically told me they had to check their map upon arriving in SF to make sure they were in the right city. I suggested they check out the Castro but don’t expect much. Walking over to the Castro they noticed the gay sports bar on Market Street because it was so loud. They checked it out. They reported back to me the same thing you’ve written about that bar which is it looked like gay guys trying to be straight and all jock-like. Didn’t do much for them. The SF team was playing a game that they lost again. I told them that means they’ll be called “world champions” again. I can’t think of any other competitions or fields of study where if you lose about half the time or lose half of the games like the SF team does that you’re given the “world champions” title. Never mind that it’s only teams from the U.S. They showed me pictures they took and I noticed the new condo building in some of them. Expensive eyesores for the wealthy. No one has ever accused the wealthy of having good taste! They mentioned all the stupidphones you’ve written so much about and the tech shuttles.

  5. D8

    I’m not disagreeing with anyone here, but years of protests and activism can give the –appearance– they’ve had an effect. What comes to mind is gay marriage. When politicians & their corporate owners realize they can exploit and use people for their financial benefit they change their tune on some issues like Obama’s cheap decision on gay marriage and how he supposedly “evolved.” The gay community fell for it…..

    “However, it is notable that, even within this framework, Obama’s statements were typically cowardly and craven. He framed the issue not as a question of democratic rights, but rather as the “evolution” of his “personal” attitude, which he couched largely in religious terms. The administration also stressed that it considered the issue a matter of “states rights,” making the president’s statements, in terms of practical implementation, meaningless. There was also an element of crass financial calculations in the decision to make the statement. On Wednesday, Obama sent out a message to supporters highlighting his new position on gay marriage and requesting donations. According to the Washington Post, the campaign received a “massive surge of contributions” in response. On Thursday evening, Obama was in Hollywood for a fundraiser at the home of actor George Clooney, expecting to net the campaign a record-setting $15 million in a single day. The Associated Press commented, “Hollywood is home to some of the most high-profile backers of gay marriage, and the 150 donors who are paying $40,000 to attend Clooney’s dinner Thursday night will no doubt feel newly invigorated by Obama’s watershed announcement the day before.” The AP added that over the course of a number of fundraisers in the next several days, gay marriage will be the dominant issue, “culminating in yet another fundraiser Monday in New York sponsored by gay and Latino Obama supporters.” The gushing enthusiasm among these layers for Obama will be translated in different forms by the publications and organizations that function as the “left” supporters of the Democratic Party—from the Nation magazine to the International Socialist Organization. Issues such as gay marriage serve a definite and important function in American politics. For most of the population, regardless of sexual orientation, they are of decidedly secondary importance. According to a recent PEW poll, gay marriage ranked 18th in the list of important issues, coming far behind the economy, jobs, health care and war.”

    Read the full article here:
    Obama backs gay marriage

  6. E in Sunnyvale

    In the police violence situation, the Sharptons and Jacksons are called out because they are the Establishment – they’re basically P.R. people for the state. They are also trying to paint the whole issue as purely a race issue. Certainly race is a major factor, but CLASS is a much bigger factor. It’s the old “divide and conquer” strategy – spread seeds of hate and discontent among the lower classes and get them fighting each other so much that they don’t even notice that their own “democracy” has crumbled: they’ve lost their rights that their parents/grandparents/great-grandparents/etc… fought and died for, their jobs have been sent to foreign countries or foreigners are brought in to do those jobs at a fraction of the cost to the Oligarchs (the infamous H1B program).

    I’m increasingly beginning to believe (perhaps against better judgement, perhaps not) that the time for an all-out armed revolt is fast approaching. In other words, a “protest” of the sort that this nation’s founders carried out. We had (past-tense intended) the 2nd Amendment for a reason. I abhor violence, but sometimes it is necessary, especially when dealing with those whose only language is violence.

    We’re all slaves now; welcome to the machine.

    Where’s John Lennon when we need him…? Oh yeah, they got him.

  7. FedUp!

    No, protests don’t matter in an Oligarchy. I used to be a Democrat, but when I realized they had abandoned me I gave them a big fuck you by not supporting them by the two ways they had come to expect from me – my vote and my money. I’ve lost most of my friends which I’d acquired through my political activism. They were political friends. I came to realize what good little cult members they could be. It didn’t matter if the Democratic Party was wrong or right the party had the support of my friends. You’ve written that Democrats stand for nothing but party line and supporting the party at any cost. That’s very true and they do so unconditionally. When I left the party I had nothing in common with my political friends. Since Obama has been in office, to my knowledge my friends have not participated in any protests like they did under Bush. To borrow from your words, I expect the fucking hypocrites to be back in the streets after Jeb is selected going through the partisan theater they call protests.

  8. Alejandro

    Hoooooooola, I’m in complete agreement.

    I’ve taken part in some protests but our protests didn’t do anything. My #1 complaint was that we were always protesting to empty buildings. The protests were on weekends when the people we were protesting weren’t there. WTF? But like you say even if they’d been there they wouldn’t have cared.

    >>>Why don’t these attention-seeking corporate Establishment whores (no disrespect at all intended towards sex workers) go away and leave the rest of us alone. jesus fucking christ! Get some intense psychotherapy for your narcissistic personalities.<<<

    I wish they would sit down and shut up! I'm as tired of these people and looking at them as you are.

    Muchas gracias for your post.

Fin. The End.