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  •  But the RIGHT people have to be annoyed. (0+ / 0-)

    Just annoying a few regular folks like me will result in some annoyed people and no actual change.

    I don't think it'll come as a surprise to anyone here that I'm not an important person in Washington. I don't have access to the halls of power or the ear of anyone who can do a damn thing about anything. Hell, the person who represents me in Congress doesn't even get a vote!

    A similar amount of power is held by those in the other buildings surrounding Freedom Plaza. The R*** Building, from what I understand, is rented out to organizations and companies, and so is the space above the Warner Theatre, National Theatre, and some of the space in the Hyatt Hotel. The other building on Freedom Plaza is the Wilson Building—which is the home of DC's city government, which has exactly zero power to affect federal policy in any way.

    Hell, it's even probably the one place in this part of town where there won't even be a Cabinet secretary within earshot; the closest one would be Commerce, kitty-corner to the plaza at 14th and Penn/E, and we currently don't have a Secretary of Commerce.

    If they're going to annoy people, they should annoy the people who are causing the problem, or the media so they'll report on them—not just regular folks like me, who are trying to do our jobs and who have absolutely no power to effect change in Washington.

    •  Effecting change in DC is something no one is (0+ / 0-)

      quite sure how to do as it hasn't happened yet in this century. Personally, I think if all traffic in DC metro & NY near the stock exchange were brought to a halt for a couple days...there'd be a lot of change.

      Meteor Blades seems to do an outstanding job of community moderation despite the abject failure to be perfect.

      by catilinus on Mon Aug 08, 2011 at 08:08:11 AM PDT

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      •  But this won't bring traffic to a halt. (0+ / 0-)

        Even if the marchers were able to block 14th St.—which I don't think the police would let them do—it would just be a snarl, not a halt, as drivers would hop over to 15th or take 9th/12th under the Mall to get to and from 395.

        And Penn isn't exactly a major east-west corridor, as it comes to an end at the White House/Ellipse/Treasury complex at 15th.

        Not to mention, there's still Metrorail, which you can't really block like you would a city street.

        All that would be a pain in the ass, but wouldn't cripple anything.

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