Sunday, October 15, 2006

Ah, there's nothing like a dignified presence to get a point across

Kansas lawmaker charged with attacking protester in giant cockroach costime

Now, I can even go so far as to see the point in the cockroach protest. Sort of. I mean yeah, if cockroaches were sentient, I'm sure the ones living in abortion clinics would cast their votes for Sebelius. She does seem to be looking out for their best interests. But if you're going to do that sort of thing, just showing up in a cockroach suit and passing out pictures of the dead roaches in the clinic, with some sort of "Save our brother cockroaches from a similar fate: Support Sebelius!" on the front, and an explanation on the back, would have done the job. Wearing Sebelius masks and dancing around and interrupting the debate, on the other hand, just makes you a clown. You're no longer a protester making a valid point. You're another loudmouthed heckler.

Once you put on the cockroach costume, you're already teetering on the brink and you have to be darned careful that you make your point and make it clearly. Otherwise you're just a nutcase. And it's not like we don't already have enough trouble with the press picking out the biggest nutcases and presenting them as typical.

Thanks, Troy. Now we're all going to be seen as uncontrollable, immature hecklers in roach suits.

And nobody's going to remember the real clinic with the real cockroaches.

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