Democrats have their share of nutcases. Protest group attempts to levitate Denver Mint.

Crazy comes in all political persuasions, this is important to remember. Sometimes it’s Christians praying for lower gas prices and sometimes it’s hippie protesters trying to levitate a Federal Mint:

Anti-war protesters put a cap on their second day of rallies and marches during the Democratic National Convention Monday with a decidedly unconventional stop outside the Denver Mint. The event, which was organized by umbrella protest group Recreate 68, drew a small crowd of about 50 people armed with “magic mojo” they hoped would enable them to levitate the Mint building to shake out its loose change using nothing but the collective power of their minds.

Turns out, it was just wishful thinking.

Well duh. “Magic mojo” is just as effective as the “power of prayer.” That is to say, it isn’t effective at all. Not that they didn’t give it a good try:

When asked if he thought the crowd would actually be able to levitate the Mint, protester Jeff Burk answered “with any luck.”

Recreate 68 gathered the group on the outskirts of the Mint facing a cordon of riot police. Group co-founder Mark Cohen, wearing a red velvet wizard costume, began a chant of “Peace, Love and Justice,” interspersed with cries of “Peace, shalom.” A man calling himself the Yippie Pie Man, who has attended every Recreate 68 protest so far, used a megaphone to lead the crowd in the chants and also to appeal to bystanders.

“Don’t be a spectator,” he implored, “join the spectacle!”

For those more interested in a concrete reason to try raising the Mint and liberating it of its change, others in the group were happy to provide a few.

“We need to free the $50 million (inside the Mint) for the people who are starving, we need this money, we need to distribute this wealth,” shouted Kenneth Sanchez, who stood at the front of the protest group, wearing a red bandanna around his face.

Recreate 68 even threw plastic quarters into the crowd, perhaps hoping to preempt the real money that they soon hoped would be covering the block.

“Take money from the war, give it back to the poor,” shouted the crowd, joining hands to form a small half circle that spilled out into the street.

While I agree with the sentiment that the war is a huge waste of money that could be better spent on social projects, this sort of silliness isn’t going to accomplish much outside of getting people, like me, to laugh at them.

And when you think about it seriously it’s probably best for these idiots that this stunt didn’t work. Could you imagine what would happen if a bunch of yahoos managed to literally levitate a Federal Mint and shake it till all the money fell out? Do they really think they’d be allowed to scoop it all up and give it to the poor? No, they’d be shot with tranquillizer darts and carted off to either rot in prison or some government lab for experimentation. There’s no way in hell people with that kind of power would be allowed to roam free. You think the Bush Administration doesn’t respect your rights now, just wait until you demonstrate a real paranormal ability. Fortunately for these nutcases such abilities only exist in comics and movies.

The true power of peace and love, alas, is in giving people the warm fuzzies which will sometimes make them act a little more decently towards one another. That’s about it, though sometimes that’s enough and still worth striving for. If we could manage that much then levitating Federal Mints wouldn’t be necessary.

5 thoughts on “Democrats have their share of nutcases. Protest group attempts to levitate Denver Mint.

  1. Well, I guess hanging out with them would be a good way to meet some hippie chicks and maybe get a good smoke connection.

    If you are into that sort of thing, of course.

  2. Does nobody study hippie history?  Or rather, Yippie history?  This event was a copy of a 1967 anti-war march on the pentagon.  The most entertaining version I’ve read is from Abbie Hoffman’s first book, Revolution for the Hell of It.  I’m sure that many here would find it a little too “hippie” or idealist, but I’ve always liked his writing.

    These days, I guess people are just too used to freaks, too desensitized to get any message out of such shenanigans, or even be a little freaked out by them.  As far as I can tell, nobody at either levitation event expected to levitate anything…it’s just a yippie-style bit of absurdist street theatre using humor to draw the attention of the media and public.  If we actually lived in a free country, there might be stronger tactics available, but all a real protest will get you these days is a visit to your local freedom cage or maybe some good old-fashioned police brutality.  Fox news has led the media vanguard in ignoring protests no matter how large, except to make snide remarks and praise the glory of our armies of thug cops.  It takes a big joke or a ridiculous press release to make even a blip on the media radar, since the news outlets have apparently decided that large groups of outraged protesters are passe and to be ignored, unless there’s a police bloodbath to crow about.

  3. I suppose it’s one way to get your message on the news, but if it just makes you look stupid then I’m not sure how it helps.

  4. Yeah, but at least “magic mojo” is fun to say. I bet the TM party is all ticked that they’re entire platform every cycle has been jacked. Or they would be if they got ticked.

    Say it: magic mojo, magic mojo, magic mojo, …hey, where did everybody go?

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