Friday, June 30, 2017

“Where, oh where, have all the protesters gone?”

Can you believe our little City of Lake Worth hasn’t had a protest of any sort for almost 16 months! Hard to believe, but it’s true.

Always a big hit with my readers, the blog post below titled “Where, oh where, have all the protesters gone?

Recall the ‘forced relocation’ that wasn’t? The ‘curfew’ that never happened either?”

To the question: Where have all the protesters gone? Our City hasn’t had a protest since early March in 2016. Not even one from our friends who live in a local trailer park community. Is it because Mr. Snarky and all his friends have left town to stir up trouble somewhere else?

We all survived another election season last March here in the City of Lake Worth. As you know, City elections can bring out the worst of some in the press and the media. Do you remember, “One of the ways you know it’s getting close to election season”?

There was never a “curfew” here in Lake Worth. That was the Post’s headline editor trying to stir up trouble last year:
The word “curfew” is an example of loaded language: “wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes.”

So what happened to all those protesters prior to our municipal elections in March of 2016? The signs, megaphone, bells, whistles, and banging of pots and pans? The answer to the question is, of course, obvious.

All of this silliness was about our Downtown Cultural Plaza being closed for certain overnight hours, ordinances created by cities and towns all across this nation every day. It’s not unusual despite what some protesters and others try to claim and it’s certainly not “draconian”, or “criminalizing” people, or even as one protester said, “throwing the baby out with the bathwater”, whatever that was supposed to mean.

Then the pictures began to arrive via email from all over the world. . .

Literal translation of sign in the image below using Google Translator: Evacuation plan Vigipirate 4:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. closed park
A ‘curfew’ in France too?

And another one:
Translation: “Opening hours of the fountain gardens”. Again, no mention of a ‘curfew’.

Central Park CLOSED!

And remember the “trailer park” protest that turned into a dud in Lake Worth? The advice for people back then was if they wanted to see what it’s like to be a protester, they better do it before election day. There won’t be any more protests for a long time now. The next election of candidates isn’t until March 13th, 2018.

You see, all those protests ostensibly about the homeless — who never did get any help from the protesters who were too busy protesting — the protests over trash pick-up at the trailer park, and all the others were just for show. It was all a stage act in front of the press, the TV cameras and the rest of the media who fell for it. Those protests were all about manipulating the results on election day in 2016. Period. And it all failed spectacularly as evidenced by the results: all the incumbents were re-elected by landslide victories.

To learn the truth about that “trailer park” nonsense The Lake Worth Herald explained it all quite well. Now. . . let’s take a look back at CBS12/WPEC’s hysterical take on what they thought that protest was all about last year:

Seniors argue reduced city services all about forced relocation
This ‘story’ was by Israel Balderas in February of 2016, just prior to our City’s elections.* Here is an excerpt:

LAKE WORTH (CBS12) — Hundreds [?] of senior citizens voiced their fears outside city hall Tuesday night over feeling pushed out of their homes.

“Hundreds”? There were about ten or so. But isn’t it interesting how much news reporting can change leading up to an election in Lake Worth? And lastly, then came that Palm Beach Post article from last year that had to be retracted:

Click on image to enlarge:
It’s because of reporting like this that some newspapers have what’s called an ombudsman, or a “public editor”.

Anyhow, stay tuned. Before long Summer will be over and the entertainment will begin all over again. Remember, this is the “quirky” little City of Lake Worth.

*When you hear the words “forced relocation” what comes to mind right away? An excerpt from Wikipedia: “The internment of Japanese Americans in the United States during World War II was the forced relocation [emphasis added] and incarceration in camps in the interior of the country of between 110,000 and 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry who had lived on the Pacific coast.”

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