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