Friday, August 15, 2008
Gitmo On the Platte
Denver prepares for the Democratic National Convention with a Gitmo Style jail facility.
Wow! They call it the Land of the Free.
They claim the regular Denver jail is full, so they neeed this auxillary jail space. They hear organizers inviting throngs to come to Denver to join a protest-- the 40th anniversary of the Chicago Democratic Convention, where all hell broke loose, because young Democrats were mad & gathered to demonstrate ~ Vietnam war deaths, and the military draft- angst erupted. Then Mayor Daley vowed to keep control of the protests, using any means necessary. 6000 people gathered to protest. Mass riots broke out with tear gas, billy clubs, and violent clashes.
1968 Democratic Convention Timeline Flashback:
August 23, Friday: At the Civic Center plaza (located in the Loop and now known as the Daley Center) the Yippies nominate their presidential contender—Pigasus the pig. Seven Yippies and the pig are arrested.
Almost 6,000 National Guardsman are mobilized and practice riot-control drills. Special police platoons do the same.
In his welcoming address, Daley says: "As long as I am mayor of this city, there's going to be law and order in Chicago."
The arrest count for Convention Week disturbances stands at 668. An undetermined number of demonstrators sustained injuries, with hospitals reporting that they treated 111 demonstrators. The on-the-street medical teams from the Medical Committee for Human Rights estimated that their medics treated over 1,000 demonstrators at the scene. At some point the anti war crowd swells to about 6000 people.
September 9: In a press conference, (post convention) Mayor Daley makes a now-famous slip of the tongue: "The policeman isn't there to create disorder, the policeman is there to preserve disorder."
For a full timeline of the 1968 convention, click here.
There certainly is a long list of things to protest about regarding the Democrats. They have had a majority since 2006 in both the House & Senate, but continue to be spineless in any significant leadership. The war funding continues to be rubber stamped with approval. They failed to bring forth impeachment hearings on the most criminal presidential administration of this country. The allowed torture, and human rights abuses, and the existance of Gitmo detention prison in foreign soil so as to aviod obeying our own laws, and international law.
The Democrats have the blood of the illegal occupation on their hands, as well as being a party to allowing the reckless failure of the economy. Negligence and abuse of the environment.
A $9.5 Trillion dollar debt. Lack of managing and protecting Social Security. Denail of basic health care for millions. Failure to properly fund education.
I could go on, but the truth of the matter is this party has been a major disappointment, and has failed us on the most serious of human rights and foundational elements. As a majority since 2006, they have no excuse.
Talk to me people ~ surely you have thoughts on the matter.... I'd love to hear them.