Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Now here's an idea.

Residents of the indian village of Apantlazul, part of the municipality (county) of Tlanchinol in central Hidalgo state in Mexico, got pissed at a lack of promised electricity and potable water. So they marched on the municipal headquarters where they found the chief of police, the mayor's secretary, an accountant, a registrar and an unfortunate traffic cop who found himself at the wrong place at the wrong time, and beat the hell out of them. They then marched the unhappy group, barefoot, for 7 miles and tied them up in the village square overnight with no food or water - or shoes. They were rescued the following day by Mexican police.

Imagine that! Now, try to imagine a group of us here in the USA taking such a step against, say, the federal government. We are angered by a lack of meaningful Social Security reform, made-on-the-cheap levees in New Orleans, out-of-control borders, bribe-taking Congressmen and Senators, incompetent and leak-prone intelligence services, inability to take on and defeat the teacher's unions to improve education, Christmas cards that say, "Happy Holidays", on and on, yada, yada, yada. The parade of the beaten and shoeless would stretch for miles.

Hell, Bush would jog the seven miles and never break a sweat. Senator Byrd, however, would probably not survive.


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