Monday, April 24, 2006
Nazis from Minnesota Invade Lansing
This weekend the Nazis had a rally at our state capital. We live just a couple of miles from the capital, so we were witness to a few of the goings-ons. There were 75 Nazis, 600 police officers, and 800 counter-protesters from all over the state. We watched the 3 buses that held the Nazi organizers drive past our house along with the 12 highway patrol vehicles guarding them. Helicopters were abuzz the entire day and roads completely closed off. All of the downtown businesses were asked to close their doors for the day. Acts of violence on behalf of the counter-protesters lead to 16 arrests. Yep, the violence came from the counter-protesters, not the Nazis. It was quite the spectacle. I can't help but wonder whether or not the citizens of Michigan would have sent a stronger message to the Nazis by staying home. Would that tell them that they are insignificant? Or would it be ignoring a clear evil? But then is shouting expletives, creating violence, and spewing hate toward the evill-doer any less evil?