26 January 2015

Protesting at SCOTUS is very dramatic

As the video begins, one of the protesters can be heard shouting, "One person, one vote!"

"Money is not speech -- separate wealth and state," yells another.

"We are the 99 percent," shouts another.
Protesting at the Supreme Court is very dramatic and draws attention, I guess. But the Court can rule only on the laws that get passed and challenged. You get more change for your protesting buck by going after the lawmakers, not the judges.

By which I mean, actually contacting lawmakers in a meaningful way. Whining on social media or scribbling a blog post is not meaningful. You have to send them actual letters or faxes (insert condescending joke about fax machines being obsolete here), or at the very least phone their office.

Don't like Citizens United? Tell your members of Congress to fix the law. Upset about the CIA torture report? Remind Congress that it is the job of the legislative branch to check the executive, and they can rein in the CIA as they see fit.

I feel like this is American Constitutional Democracy 101. Don't people take civics classes in school any more? Do people feel so disenfranchised and desperate that they'll try something so ultimately ineffectual as smuggling cameras into the Supreme Court, making a fuss, getting arrested, and posting the video with a snappy little logo? What a waste of resources. Better to print up a few reams of letterhead with the logo and send letters to Congress.

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