Rally the people, or perhaps not yet…
05 May, 2011
Rally the people, or perhaps not yet…

I used to look forward to the protests in Tbilisi, the same way I looked forward to a new season of bad singers on American idol, with popcorn in hand and glee in mind. (Not the singing Glee, the other kind of glee).
It was just so much fun to watch grown men sit in cages, threaten others with baseball bats, and claim the imminent demise of the current president and so on. Fun! Lately thought, it h

asn’t been quiet as fun to eat the popcorn. Either, the protesters have lost their pizzazz, or maybe I have simply outgrown them like I did with American Idol.
I was about to reclaim my excitement, much like the new American Idol judges who had reclaimed the television ratings, when the rally got canceled. I was all set to watch the May 2 rally, as was promised by Ex-speaker of the Parliament Nino Burjanadze. She claimed it was going to be “National Day of disobedience.” “Irreconcilable people will not yield, and achieve victory,” - quoted her agency “Trend”. Yet, there I was  May 1st, joyful first day of Spring, one day away from popcorn popping frenzy, getting ready for TV ratings to skyrocket  through the roof, only to find out that the rally has been postponed by Burjanadze herself. Why, cruel Gods, why? Interestingly enough the news websites that tend to be just that news sites, hadn’t reported the cancellation yet. For CivilGeorgia (www.civil.ge) the rally was still on. For Georgia Times (www.georgiatimes.info), a very pro- Russian website, not to be confused with Georgian Times (http://www.geotimes.ge) who did report that the movement on May 2 would lay out some of the key parts of the action plan for peaceful protest rallies, the news had hit the minute it was available.
Which begs the question: just who is Burjanadze’s audience? And why weren’t we, the public consulted in this? Was this a tease? Was March indoor rally a ploy to gauge popular interest? In the States we call this an exploratory committee. Officially it is a committee assembled by a candidate who is exploring the possibility of maybe running for Presidency of United States. In reality it is a committee find out just how much money will back the candidate if he decides to run. Running for a government seat is unfortunately always about money, never policies. If the government positions were applied to like regular jobs, where applicants were rejected or accepted, the lobbyists would all have to get real jobs, and the politicians would actually have to do theirs. And that would end my beloved rallies, for who has the time to organize a payout to thousands of people while trying to govern the state?
There were other televised events I could console myself with. There was the first ever public press conference from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. After his open talks, the dollar fell, and the pound soared to $1.667, its highest since December 2009 – just as I applied to a grad school in London. Must have been some reassuring conference!
Of course there was the Royal Wedding, again in London. The taxpayers who were said to have to pay for the 20 million pound wedding didn’t seem to be very happy about it, but the pictures were cute and it made for good television. The lesson from this wedding was stick by your man even after he dumps you. It had inspired millions of young girls to stalk their former boyfriends and not take no for an answer. Apparently this lesson had some influence on Mrs. Burjanadze’s decision to continue planning the rally. When once you don’t succeed, try and try and try and try and try again.

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