Monday, May 17, 2010

The People, United, Will Never Be Defeated! (Irony Edition)

(photo by uncredited co-worker, to protect the innocent)

On the way back to the office after getting coffee this morning, a co-worker made me stop and watch this protest.  

Apparently this was one of a series of protests today (and this weekend) in DC.  So what was this group protesting?  A law firm in the building, according to the guy passing out flyers.  The conversation went something like this:

  • Me: So, what are y'all protesting? 
  • Flyer guy: This law firm.
  • Co-worker:  Why?
  • Flyer guy:  They're one of the biggest lobbyists there is.
  • Me:  Huh?  Are you protesting the firm or its clients?
  • Flyer guy:  Um . . . 
  • Me:  I mean, is your problem that they lobby? Or their lobbying on behalf of a particular client?
  • Flyer guy:  They lobby for the slumlords.
  • Co-worker:  The slumlord trade association?
  • Flyer guy:  All of them!
  • Me:  So you're expressing your first amendment rights against lawyers who help people express their first amendment rights?
  • Flyer Guy:  The people, united, will never be defeated!
(I made that last one up.)  Yea!  First Amendment in action!


Anonymous Co-worker said...

Co-worker: Are you the people that went to private homes this weekend and protested on front lawns?

Flyer guy (stunned at being identified): Um, yeah. We didn't do anything illegal.

Co-worker: Well, that's not really true. So, I bet you wouldn't want people coming to your home with your wife and kids there.

Flyer guy: [awkward silence]

Co-worker: Well, good luck with the protest...(moron).

Anonymous said...

Hilarious! Thanks for the laugh Jessica, keep your posts coming :)