COLUMN EIGHTY, DECEMBER 1, 2002
(Copyright © 2002 The Blacklisted Journalist)
THE DENVER DEMO
As I walked
towards the assembly point of the anti-Bush, anti-Bush-War rally in the Denver
late Friday morning, I ran into some of the dreaded Black Bloc walking the same
way. How did I suspect they were the Black Bloc, one might ask?
the dress and the masks. We were exchanging pleasantries, as some of my
immediate family have been known to don the mask, when a tall dark mustachioed
guy in his late thirties asked in a loud voice:
We ignored the
interruption and went on with our conversation and the guy yells louder:
After couple of
yells he continues in the same tone, "I am an original Reagan Republican.
Suck my cock!"
explains it," a well-wisher said, cheerfully.
man was looking for love in all the wrong places. I carefully and cheerfully
advised him that not everyone he was yelling at were pacifists and someone might
pass a fist through him for pottymouthing.
But it was a
cheerful crowd and a large one not inclined to hand out etiquette lessons. As
the neo-liberal speaker started to mildly rebuke the Bush man I reflected on
other wars, other times.
Then an extraordinary thing happened: another crazy, a Ms. Rodriguez, screamed at the microphone to tell us the truth. The liberal ladies let her speak about Nostradamus and the
The crowd at the spontaneous demonstration grew to number at least 2,500
a subject for late night radio rather than daytime protest. Soon she was
evoking the gentle Jesus to smite our enemies and she had a list; that was too
much even for the Unitarians running the sound system.
It was a
growing crowd. Over a thousand by the time the retired Naval retired
Intelligence officer gave us the historical background on our impending
slaughter of Iraqis to avenge the insult to the Bush's dad's honor. No, there
was nothing personal here. Only history will tell that it was Papa Bush who lost
the Gulf War.
As the march
moved out to the Adam's Mark, a non-union hotel, where Mr. Bush was arriving by
air, for lunch---a thousand dollars would get you in the room---I wondered how
many times the absent bin Laden paid this fee to the elder Mr. Bush, the one who
gave him the guns, stingers and landmines to kill the Russian Oppressors out of
kindness. I suppose in non-union hotels around the world, dollars buy votes as
well as guns, dope and lawyers.
The crowd had
grown to about three thousand more or less---twenty-five hundred at minimum. It
sure was a lot of people for a noon demonstration that had never been called
The people were
in a good mood---loud but not ugly. The police were not using their hard guys
The only cops
to get out of hand in my sight were the Secret Service. I went to photograph a
beautiful German Shepard, probably a bomb dog, by the side entrance of the scab
hotel when a Secret Service steroid, a fat jock type with eyes glazed over,
started to come unglued.
I am not
fearful of jock type cops because they are generally strong, but slow and heart
attack prone. This one looked stoned on something bad for him. White man's drugs
are bad for cops. They use a lot of Meth-based chemistry (which deadens The
Pain). His eyes were psyco-city. He is representative of the new Secret Service:
the washed up, drugged out, malignant dwarf-personality type. He had to be
restrained by his handlers.
He is symbol of
the New America---the Bully. This dog was really good looking.
started dancing and dispersed without incident. There was no mention of this
peaceful demo on the news, until the nine p.m. rewrite for NPR. People really
concerned about the war were expressing themselves but there was no free press
there to see it. Or at least damned few.
freespeech.org tv was there as was Rocky Mountain Media Collective. There looked
like some people from the Denver dailies as well.
speculation was that the cops were on hold because the Colorado Repubs didn't
want to look like they were eating and fund-raising while their thugs were
creaming the electorate.
another Friend of Bush, headed for the Beltway. He is
a man who has distinguished himself by cutting off aid to the disabled,
the mentally disabled, the elderly, education, kids health, the arts and the
He was munching
his free lunch, protected by the people he has increased aid to---the highway
builders, the tree choppers, the developers, the courts, lawyers, the cops. They
are the people who keep him.
Joe Calhoun an
astute filmmaker, put it this way: "Who really counts? The two hundred
fifty up there feeding at the trough or the millions out here?" Sadly, we
On our way home
we saw our friend, the original Reagan Republican, who was still looking for
love. Or for a beating. ##
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