I'll kiss your ass!
On the way home from playing for Mass this morning, I encountered this (mainly) anti-Israel demonstration on the Village Green. Most of these people are "professional" protesters. Given good weather, they are out there protesting something every week.
I recognized quite a few of these characters. Most are relentless letter to the editor writers, political organizers and general pains in the ass. Best to avoid them if you are in a cafe or club in town. That is, unless you want to hear their current pitch.
One pro-Israel protester protested the protesters!
The semi-magical belief that you are "doing something about it" if you hold up a poster and stand on the Village Green puzzles me. What is that supposed to accomplish?
More often than not, protesters in Woodstock are preaching to the choir, since the town is almost uniformly far left Democratic. In this case, however, Woodstock is split.
I know quite a few of these protesters, as I said, and they are one faction of the Jewish community in town. The pro-Israeli Jewish faction is much quieter, for the simple reason that arguing with the anti-Israeli crowd will do little except to aggravate the hell of out you.
Woodstock is home to a big contingent of foreign policy experts and world savers. I used to be one of them, so who am I to complain? The notion that Woodstock is a serious player in these fields is pretty funny.
The Adirondack Trailways bus was boarding for New York City right across the street from the protest. I think those poor folks were the target audience. Lots of day trippers who drove up from the city for the weekend, too.