Ineffective "Protest" 101
[Update: I see now that jawbone beat me to this in quick hits]
Dear Mr. President we honor you today sir
Each of us brought you $5,000
It takes a lot of Benjamins to run a campaign
I paid my dues, where's our change?
We'll vote for you in 2012, yes that's true
Look at the Republicans - what else can we do
Even though we don't know if we'll retain our liberties
In what you seem content to call a free society
Yes it's true that Terry Jones is legally free
To burn a people's holy book in shameful effigy
But at another location in this country
Alone in a 6x12 cell sits Bradley
23 hours a day is night
The 5th and 8th Amendments say this kind of thing ain't right
We paid our dues, where's our change?
So not only did they donate money to his campaign, they also pledged to vote for him in the middle of the "protest". That'll show him!
But never forget it's the Tea Partiers who are stupid!
* I read in another article the total donation was $76,000. I don't have a problem, in theory, of buying one's way in so that the protest can be done. I do have a problem with buying one's way in, pledging to vote for Obama no matter what, and then calling that some sort of protest. Also, the limited imagination - what else can we do? - is breathtaking.
** Also note that what you essentially have here is a group of people each capable of raising $5000 heckling the president over the treatment of one prisoner. Not that protesting Manning's treatment isn't worthwhile, it is, but that it isn't likely to resonate with the millions of people screwed by Obama's economic policies, of which there is no mention. But then again, I strongly suspect these are some of the same "progressives" that threw working class Americans under the bus in 2008.
*** Exhibit 1,000,0005 that the Democratic Party is a roach motel for lefty energy.
(via Franklin in comments at The Distant Ocean)