The Goal Is to Silence, Not to Oppose
The opposition went to the immigration law enforcement rally, last Friday, dressed humorously to distract from their underlying intent, which is to prevent the public from hearing or understanding an argument with which they disagree:
Suddenly, demonstrators in polyester clown suits filed through security and entered the State House rotunda, carrying signs that said, “Clown Power,” and “Clowntocracy.”
At that point, the “Clowns for Immigration Law Enforcement” outnumbered Palumbo-bill supporters, whose critical mass never exceeded 50.
The clowns mocked the speakers with whoops and applause: “Peter Palumbo! Clown in Chief!” “Peter Palumbo! Clown in Chief!” “When I say ‘Clown!’ You say ‘Power!'”
It’s not surprising that, in the middle of a work day, it’s easier to raise a crowd opposed to enforcing immigration law than supportive of it. More to the point, the intention here — as with protestors at the recent rally hosted by the National Organization for Marriage, in Providence — is to make it more difficult for a public conversation to be had.
Take away the “clown,” and all they’re shouting is “power.”