(Sorry for the light posting of late.)
Why on earth are the anti-Trump protesters in Arizona resorting to these tactics
For hours, the protesters - about two dozen in total - parked their cars in the middle of the road, unfurling banners reading "Dump Trump" and "Must Stop Trump," and chanting "Trump is hate." Traffic was backed up for miles, with drivers honking in fury.
Protesters were also chanting, "Donald Trump, shut it down, Phoenix is the people's town."
The notorious Joe Arpaio arrested three of the protesters.
Sending an anti-Trump message is right and proper, but blocking a highway is absolutely the wrong strategy. If you make life harder -- even a little bit harder -- for the public, you will accomplish nothing positive. You will give your own cause a nice, shiny black eye.
When you protest, always ask yourself: What is the practical goal here? Will my action further that goal? Or am I doing this simply to vent my own feelings?
Politics is not a place for infantile attention-seeking. Politics is not about Me Me Me
. Politics is not a place to unleash the Monster of the Id.
Politics is about setting goals, calmly and thoughtfully, and then using only
those tactics which help you attain a victory.
No Id: Rely on your Superego. Emulate Spock. Don't be the Hulk.
On another topic:
A few days ago, fellow blogger Alessandro Machi (friend to this humble site) offered an interesting suggestion
Hillary Clinton can make a magnanimous step towards reeling in Bernie Sanders supporters by taking the innovative, confident and daring step of releasing her super delegates now as long as they agree to not align with either candidate until the democrat convention.
Hillary Clinton would still have a lead and it would mathematically show Sander's supporters that she is winning fairly and squarely from the popular vote.
Of course, Clinton-hate is so powerful a force that this gesture would still displease the die-hard BernieBros. Give 'em what they want and they'll snarl "It's a trick!"
As I said above: Politics is not a place for the Monster of the Id. My problem with the BernieBros is that they think like the Hulk, not like Spock.
So, too, do the Trumpian Hordes. The difference: Bernie himself behaves much better than do his more rabid cultists, while Trump is an even bigger asshole than his followers are.
Some of you may now be thinking: "Yeah, but don't a lot of bloggers speak in ways that are more Hulk-ish than Spock-ish?" That's a valid observation. Too often, it's true even of yours truly.
But what you can do on a blog differs from what you should do out there in the real world.