An excellent slide show on the parades across the nation.
Well another May Day is upon us. I’ve not usually liked this holiday, and probably it’s because of the Communist takeover of a day once dedicated to dancing around “maypoles” whatever the heck purpose that served. I’m sure my lovely bride, who is also into all of these pagan rituals, though not nearly as much as she once was, will tell me what it’s all about, and I’m sure it has some sexual ritual aspect to it all.
However, this year’s May Day Parades were lacking two notable features, no Fidel in Cuba and about one-half as many illegal immigrants taking to the streets as they did last year. In Los Angeles it was even more notable where over 250,000 appeared on the streets last year, but estimates are between 15,000 and 20,000 this year.
Last year’s parades/protests were probably among the best organized mass demonstrations put together in many years, and one has to give credit where it is due no matter what cause is being celebrated. However, this year’s marches while active and newsworthy, were notable for their decreased size and a lack of intensity, caused in no small part by a growing anti-illegal immigrant mood in this country and more enforcement via raids of gatherings of illegal immigrants, give the whole effect upon the events as more ho-hum than last year’s huzza’s.
In reality the comparative lack of intensity is caused by a boomerang of public sentiment of the average citizen, and the attention was caused by the success and fervor of last year’s parade. The illegals are in reality victims of their own success.
This may be the typical case of overplaying an admittedly strong hand. While illegal day workers do compose a significant part of the economy, and many Americans are sympathetic to the struggles they may face as individuals, the sight of millions of angry faces, mostly with different skin tones that John and Jane Middle Class Citizen, raised the awareness and more importantly changed perceptions towards this group of people. Perhaps most in mainstream America were aware of this issue, but more than happy to let it lay beneath the radar, often hiring day laborers to do small work around their house or in the stores, but with awareness of the brewing discontent that many illegals demonstrated, the mindframe of John and Jane changed. What was once more or less a disinterest as long as their lives weren’t being effected, became a rallying cry of “another thing which is wrong with America”. No longer was the mainstream yawning, the rallies caught the attention of the public, but the results weren’t what the demonstraters anticipated. The attitude of most Americans seems to be, we gave an inch, and now they want a mile; The hell with you, go back home, NOW.
While this issue is important and clearly there are rational arguments that can be levied from both sides of the fence – not the literal one, at least yet – it is pretty clear that sometimes demonstraters would be better off keeping their mouths shut, and not awaking sleeping dogs. They tend to bite.