Francis Di Domizio wrote:Well what was the original goal of the Solidarity Singers?
I'm sure everyone has their own answer to this question, but as I understand it the rock-bottom fundamental reason is to maintain a people's presence at the Capitol after the Act 10 protests died down. Nothing less, and not much more (at least, not as a group). Though opposition to Scott Walker and his policies is pretty much a given with SSA participants, it seems to me that lots of critics a make a (possibly intentional) mistake when they ask what specific thing the Singalong is protesting. The issues are beside the point. The point is to keep a space in the Capitol open for dissent. When the recall was in progress I remember hearing some discussion of keeping the Singalong going no matter who won. Elections don't nullify rights -- at least, they aren't supposed to -- and no politician is going to perfectly represent all their constituents on all matters all the time -- hence the right to petition.
Given the average American's attention span, I'm guessing (and the DOA may be hoping that) the general public looses interest soon. Which is fine, since ultimately this should have a legal solution anyway.
I'm not sure that the regulars at the Solidarity Singalong care much about the average American's attention span or interest. Though if you are bemoaning its limited and fickle nature, all the more reason to admire the SSA's collective achievement -- 600+, and still counting.
As for "legal solutions," the 4-person rule has already been shot down and the 20-person rule is now lined up in the lawyers' sights, along with (I hope) some truly atrocious behavior by the Capitol police. Bad rules and bad behavior don't get changed if no one stands up to challenge them, even if that challenge is just a by-product of a daily gathering to remind the powerful that they don't have power over everything or everybody. And to sing, which is also kind of fun.