Originally Posted by Random
And why can't these events ever focus on one topic?
Seems to be the nature of the beast. Given the general apathy of the American public combined with a complete lack of immediacy regarding the topic, the only people who tend to go out and protest are those who have an issue that is of such mindboggling importance that it overrules everything
. Like freeing Mumia, or ending the WTO, or such.
Unfortunately, if you don't let people have a shout or two about their pet topic, they'll decide to stop showing up. And when things are anemic enough that cops outnumber the protestors, you'll let people talking about anything they want to for fear that they'll splinter and create their own group that won't march with yours.
With moderate or large sized groups, this practice creates effective coalitions - Big Labor joining uneasily with Progressive Social Reformers to keep the Democratic Party in power from the '30's until the '60's; the Moral Majority teaming up with Small Government types to get the Republicans in power from '80 to now. Unfortunately, with small groups scraping for attention and desperate for size, there's a tendency to grab anyone willing to lift a finger in support, which means that these tiny grass roots protests can tend to collapse under the weight of their varied slogans.
But as John Mace says, God Bless 'Em. At least, as long as they're not disturbing my