Hey, I’m back. The Stooges were pretty damn amazing, and I’ll tell you about that later. Right now I want to mention something that came to me over the weekend.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent most of the last week in a state of disbelief, anger, shock, depression, and several other emotions I can’t even name. Mostly, just a profound feeling of anger at the incompetent mishandling of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and an equally profound sadness for those who’ve lost their lives, those who’ve lost friends and loved ones, those who’ve lost homes and possessions. It is an impotent feeling, one that makes me feel worthless since there’s very little I can do to change the situation. I’ve donated to Red Cross, as has Science Girl (have you?); that addresses, in a very small way indeed, the need to help the afflicted. But what about afflicting those responsible for the delays in relief? I’ve found that throwing shoes at the TV has little to no effect on the government.
I’ve spent a fair amount of time thinking of ways in which I, as a regular American citizen, can make my displeasure (to put it mildly) with the federal response to this disaster. What I came up with is enormously impractical and probably impossible to pull off. Still, it has distracted me a little from the grim reality of things as they stand, so I will pass it along in the hope that it may do the same for you.
My idea is this: a silent march on the White House. No signs, no placards, no slogans. Just a silent mass of pissed-off Americans, all dressed in black, marching behind a second line. When they reach the White House, the band stops. There are no speeches made. The entire group folds their arms and stares at the White House, in silence, for at least five full minutes. The crowd then disperses.
As I say, I doubt it could be pulled off. Somebody would have to spout off, which would ruin the entire effect. Silence is key to the whole thing. But I find the image of 100,000 angry Americans staring down the White House and its inhabitants to be very soothing.
If anybody out there thinks they can pull this together, feel free to run with it.