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Are Protesters ‘Duty Bound to Destroy the Party’ at the Democratic Convention?

Following up on this post, speculating that a chaotic Democratic Convention in Denver could cost that party’s nominee their chance to carry the state of Colorado, apparently on some lefty blogs, there is already discussion of marching on Denver if Obama is not the nominee.

Al Giordano talks about “Plan Jericho.”

Call it Plan Jericho: Like Joshua of the Old Testament and his troops who circled the halls of the city, marched around it silently for six days, on the seventh day marched around it seven times more and then, on cue, sounded a horn to end the silence and shout all at once, toppled the walls, entered the city, and “killed” (the Bible says so literally, but this time it will be politically, not mortally) every man, woman and superdelegate – including any imposter they might “nominate” by imposition – that did not participate in the certain walk-out protest that will occur under their scenario and instead chooses to remain inside the hall.
It won’t be the chaotic street protest and battle with the cops that occurred in ’68: we’ve learned too much from that. It will be organized, Gandhian in its adherence to discipline and nonviolence, and more massive than anything maybe ever seen in the United States’ long history of social movements. If the party leaders choose to destroy democracy by denying the fair-and-square winner the nomination, democracy will then be duty bound to destroy the party.
The narrative of this campaign has created an opening for the triumph of a radical, non-electoral, political narrative if the electoral path becomes blocked by a handful of insiders that think they know better than us. The big news is that, for the first time in decades, a black-white alliance from the street will be possible: Montgomery 1955 meets Seattle 1999 in Denver 2008.

This post on Daily Kos pledged to march on Denver, and generated responses like “those hacks aren’t going to steal this without a fight,” and comparisons to 1968.
As I’ve said earlier, everybody’s a big talker on the Internet, and so maybe this is empty chest-pounding.
But maybe it isn’t.


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