Excuse me.... but there are a few things I'd like to clear up. First... I
never said that the U.S. is a police state. The fact that title of the post,
which I had absolutely nothing to do with, is called "Yarrow's daughter
confronts the new police state" does not reflect what I, in fact, wrote. So
shoot the messenger, but leave me out of it.
What I DID say was that at the rally, on the corner of 53rd and 3rd Ave, our
civil liberties had been reduced to levels REMINISCENT of... a police
state... (no freedom of movement, no freedom of assembly, police
intimidation, etc.) If you had been there, which you clearly were not, I
guarantee that you would have felt the same.
In spite of the "my first rally comment," which was sweet, I have been going
to rallies and marches since before I could talk... not to mention singing at
demonstrations for crowds of up to 2 million people all over the world: in
New York, DC, Los Angeles, Central America, South Africa, the Middle East,
Chile (were I lived for two years) and the Philippines ... but NEVER have I
seen this kind of behavior from the police when responding to a completely
peaceful crowd.. . (although I have seen several very violent demonstrations
in the West Bank/Gaza/ and in the townships of CapeTown).
But Feb. 15th in NYC on 3rd Ave. was peaceful... there were no anarchists
breaking anything... there were people young and old, children writing peace
messages on the pavement with chalk, college kids dancing to their own beat
and North Koreans drumming and singing on the sidewalk.... so the mayhem
producing anarchists seem to have taken a pass on the 15th.
Look, I was born after the Vietnam war had already ended, so I know an
America that is prosperous and generally at peace and I have been fortunate
enough to take my freedoms for granted. The wake-up call of the rally was
that under this administration and in this climate no one can take their
freedoms and civil liberties for granted. They are being slowly eroded in
subtle and not so subtle ways. And at that moment, penned in by cops it did
NOT feel like the America, or the New York that I know.... and it did not
bode well for the future.
My reaction to the rally is just that: a short personal reaction. To be run
over by horses is not a fun experience... but my husband's toes are the least
of my worries at this point. ...And if I sound pretentious and spoiled and
like a whiney brat so be it. Put it all in the mix and play your Merle
Haggard as loud as you can.... and thank god there is someone left in the
world who has never heard of Puff the Magic Dragon.
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