Democracy Spring


A dud in the making?

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In case you have forgotten, the “Democracy Spring” march and rally has already begun and is working its way from Philadelphia to Washington, DC where organizers hope to have their voices heard by Congress. It started this past Saturday, April 2nd, and is scheduled to arrive in the capitol this Monday, April 11th, “for a week of non-violent sit-ins and demonstrations to highlight the issue of influence that big money has on campaigns and legislation” (according to the group’s WEB SITE).

Maybe the best way to think of this protest is as Occupy Wall Street “part deux,” as many of the same people are involved. Although it contends it is an independent operation not related to any political party, make no mistake, this movement is tied to the Liberal Left. They may claim to have peaceful intentions, but do not be surprised if many are arrested and placed in jail.

Democracy Spring is part walk, part civil action that began Saturday with the rally at the Liberty Bell. From there, a paltry 160 people left to walk 140 miles to Washington. Organizers had hoped for many more to participate. They are scheduled to arrive Monday, April 11 at the nation’s capitol for a week of non-violent sit-ins and demonstrations.

At the heart of their protest, they contend America’s electoral process is corrupt and controlled by the super-rich. Interestingly, this is somewhat the same concern shared by supporters of Donald Trump who do not trust the Washington Triad of lobbyists, politicians, and the press who know how to manipulate voters. Unlike the Democracy Spring group, the Trump supporters simply believe the electoral process is broken and in need of some serious corrections. Further, the Trump people are far less militant and will make their preferences known at the ballot box.

Unless the Democracy Spring organizers can attract a lot more people than those marching to Washington, this could be a total flop. However, if they are able to stage a successful demonstration, look for them to pursue similar events at the Republican and Democratic conventions this summer. Although organizers hope to have as many people as at the legendary 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago, in all likelihood, this will be more like the controlled demonstrations staged at the 2012 Republican convention in Tampa, which became a non-event.

A lot depends on who wins the Democratic nomination. If Mrs. Clinton wins, the Sanders supporters will likely form ranks at both conventions.

Keep the Faith!