I don’t need a protest, I need a paycheck

Well, it’s pretty darn quiet over here in the Clear Lake section of Houston. Businesses are open (as usual) and everything is running along as normal. If there’s any kind of “protest” going on, it’s far from this side of madding crowd.

In a way, I’m glad to see the local economy is not being traumatized by the “protests”. At the same time, I’m disappointed that nothing is happening… at least not here.

Perhaps the impact of lost wages by those who would protest became a stark reality upon further reflection. Once again, I hold the position that if any kind of action is to be taken on a large scale in this country, the age of mass demonstrations is over.

Instead, those who want to bring about change should seek to do so by speaking with their pocketbooks. Groups could buy large shares of stocks and threaten to take over major holdings in order to influence the powers that be. As the axiom goes, money talks… and usually very clearly in mass quantities.

UPDATE: Only 2,000 people are rallying at Memorial Park… compared to 3 million expected in Los Angeles. We suck!

3 Comments so far

  1. adrian (unregistered) on May 1st, 2006 @ 12:04 pm

    Wow Paul, I like that idea. Wow I like it a whole lot. I need to buy you a drink sometime. Seriously.

    I’m usually for the whole “show them who’s boss by disrupting the economy” but “show them who’s boss by buying the economy” sounds much much better.

  2. ChuckEye (unregistered) on May 1st, 2006 @ 4:42 pm

    A friend of mine noticed that an effect of protesters not going to work is less traffic on the freeways today. If anyone was on the fence before about the immigration issue, the protesters may have pushed them the wrong way today. “You mean my quality of life is actually better by them not being in my way? Yeah, I’ll vote for that!”

  3. reality (unregistered) on May 1st, 2006 @ 5:42 pm

    I vote for that too! Damn illegals. Who the #@!@ do they think they are. Using up all of our resources, clogging our services. I am sick and tired of them.

    I am also sick and tired of those who hire these illegals. They are the ones that really need to be punished.

    If these protestors don’t like it here, then go back. No one is stopping them. Why don’t they go back and protest to their own government about the crappy living conditions and jobs back home?? Why come to the U.S. and complain.

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