Politics is about balance. If you're anything like me, that means balancing your crippling anxiety about the state of civil liberties in the United States with your crushing cynicism about the odds of being able to do anything about it. While most of us are doing our civic duty by posting our opinions to Facebook, the way the Founding Fathers intended, some people are organizing a protest in Washington, D.C. It's a lot like a comment thread, except with fewer people just there to play devil's advocate. Though if you fly to D.C., book a hotel, and make up signs and chants just to play devil's advocate, then props to you.
The protest is the Women's March on Washington, taking place on January 21st, with sister protests all around the country. Despite my being a big ol libtard / feminazi / cuck / whatever the four young conservatives are calling us these days, I had a bit of an internal debate about going. Here's why.
Con: It Isn't Very Specific
The stated goal of the protest is to "send a message to all levels of government that we stand together in solidarity and we expect elected leaders to act to protect the rights of women, their families and their communities." I assume that the vast majority of people reading this are on board with that goal, or else are reading this through a steam-powered time portal. While there are certainly virtues to an inclusive, broad message like that, not having a more targeted message can make it harder to achieve tangible results. (Just look at Occupy Wall Street.) Without a more specific set of goals, there is the danger that all the energy being poured into this march will fizzle without affecting any material change.
Women's March On Washington"WHAT DO WE WANT?"
"ASSORTED CHANGES IN ATTITUDES TOWARDS WOMEN IN SOCIETAL, SOCIAL, AND POLITICAL CIRCLES, LEADING TO IMPROVED REPRESENTATION AND CONCERN FOR THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN-"
"WHEN DO WE WANT IT?"
"WE WEREN'T FINISHED!"