This was particularly the same lead-in I was thinking. I've always debated with myself the actual effectiveness of protesting. While I love the symbolism incorporated with it, I still have no idea if it really has every changed anything. The conclusion I have reached, which I've noticed that a lot of people somehow miss (just like how, such as, south africans and iraqis can't such as find america on a map) that they're not trying to directly change the law makers and those in "power"'s minds, but rather it is to draw attention towards the issue to the masses, every day people, those *really* in power in terms of social "law".
Power obtained is power volunteered from elsewhere. If, as a whole, the entire nation flat out decided to not obey any of the law enforcement, then what would law be anymore? You have to have people willing to become ruled in order to rule, in short.
The second broad point I'm getting to is that I believe protests yes, are meant to draw attention to the issue, but also, and more importantly, show numbers. How likely are you to support a small group of people who believe in the same causes you do? Very slim. At the core of every civil disobedience is a crazy fanatic absolutely in love with their cause. This is not necessarily a negative thing, but it is definitely a required thing. The loudest voices *are* the most fanatical, regardless of whatever side the yelling is coming from. Typically, however, most Americans don't feel as strongly as that core, but when a cause rallies up enough support, moderates can support from the fringes of the mass, if that makes sense. This gives them a sense of participation while also making them feel as if they could distance themselves from that group if necessary.
As for this post, I wasn't concerned with anything such as car pooling or anything of that nature, but rather was curious on other's opinions about the event and that form for civil expression.
Perhaps what could be gained from this attention is that some bright mind may finally take some interest in finding "best case" solution to the problem and possibly putting it in motion. Maybe if anything there will finally be a formalized exit strategy formulated that most everyone can agree upon. Who knows? We as a nation have most definitely seen stranger things occur.
I mean, there was Strom Thurmond.