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So Austin City Limits is a giant music festival in Austin, TX, and it is currently in session this weekend. (Paul McCartney and Metallica are playing at opposite ends of Zilker Park!) Literally thousands of people converge to one section of the city.
What do I see as I walk over the pedestrian bridge that runs parallel to the bridge for a steady stream of vehicles going to ACL? A major traffic pinch-point at the best of times, much less during a major event?
None other than a group of 20-30 protestors shouting “Hey, hey, ho, ho, Kavanaugh has got to go!” while blocking cars from moving. This, mind you, is after the judge has been confirmed.
Three thoughts crossed my mind at once:
- Texas needs to have more than football coaches teaching children civics and history so that they’re aware of when protesting becomes a futile exercise in self-indulgence,
- I am grateful, grateful, grateful to not be in a car on that bridge trying to go to a festival for which I paid $300 or to my job or to any other destinations that are important to an individual’s life, and
- Maybe some people in Austin — those stuck in hot cars on the bridge? — will rip off their Beto bumper stickers and go out now to vote for Ted Cruz?
Hard to say what the impact those people think they are making, but I suspect it’s not actually a positive one.