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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-11 03:57 PM
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119. I think it's delusional to believe the people are going to take to the streets.
Of course this is the DU alternate universe where the reality of the regular universe does not count.

Take to the streets and do what exactly? Demonstrate? Sit-in? Civil disobedience? Riot?

How many people might you expect to do this because as bad as things might seem here it is much better than the rest of the world. Basically people are too comfortable, too satisfied with the status quo. If 40% of the electorate don't even bother to vote in a presidential election, how many would ever take to the streets.

I live in Wisconsin. I suppose I took to the streets last winter in Madison, one of the tens of thousands there, but really precious few have taken to the streets here in any number since. We will do well if we can keep people inspired enough to vote in the recall elections must less continually take to the streets.

This is not Tunisia or Egypt. Sure, people took to the streets in the history of this nation for labor rights, civil rights, or in the anti-war movement, but that was then and this is now. At this time, in a very divided nation, what is the one cohesive thing that would bring people together enough to inspire them to take to the streets? There could be a lot of things and many of them might be people taking to the streets for things we would not agree with here.

I'm not saying taking to the streets might not be a good thing, but I don't see it happening in any meaningful way that you might envision.

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