Is Protesting Only Reserved For the "Crazies"?Submitted by d4chin on Thu, 09/29/2011 - 20:14
There seem's to be a lot of confusion stemming from what the word protest really means, and the way that we think of the word today, or the way in which it's currently perceived.
Definition of 'protest' Random House Webster's College Dictionary
1. (n.) protest
an expression or declaration of objection, disapproval, or dissent, often in opposition to something a person is powerless to prevent or avoid.
2. (v.i.) protest
to give manifest expression to objection or disapproval; remonstrate.
to make solemn or earnest declaration.
4. (v.t.) protest
to make a protest or remonstrance against; object to.
to say in protest or remonstrance.
to declare solemnly or earnestly.
We would be wise to notice that the word protest never carries any negative, or agressive connotations, but rather is one's way of expressing there objections to someone or something.
Many of us consider ourselves protestants as Christians. This means those who followed the path that Luther did when he PROTESTED (PROTESTant) against the Roman Catholic Church.
Many of us also consider ourselves Americans as well. This means that we should follow the path that our forefathers did when the PROTESTED against the tyrannical reigns of the crown.
Yes we do find ourselves at a crossroads today as we yet again need to protest, but have found ourselves without a voice. Many think of protesting as a last resort, and in many ways they're right, because all generations before us have made the mistake of protesting when its already too late. I hope this isn't the course we will will take.