Forum Post: And The Protests of the 1960's Changed/Accomplished What..........?
Posted 11 years ago on Oct. 31, 2011, 1:16 p.m. EST by 1960sProtestor
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nothing changed except the baby boomers got a piece of the action and then sold out their country to globalization, multiculturalism, diversity, homosexuality as a mainstream, expansion of the welfare state, drug and alchohol abuse being popularized, promiscuos sex..........
broadening of civil rights, equality for women (jesus, nobody realizes what the bra-burnings did?) helping end the draft and the war
When thousands of people are out in the streets demanding justice the politicians get nervous. Their decisions - like getting out of Iraq - are influenced by the mood of the people. Only the despots and tyrants ignore their people and usually at their peril.
A good summary of What protests have accomplished. http://www.freakonomics.com/2009/08/20/do-protests-matter-a-freakonomics-quorum/
The pentagon papers of the 60's specifiacally talks about the influence of public opinion on shaping their policy to start negotiating with the north vietnamese and not send anymore troops in even though they were requested by General Westmoreland. But beyond that it furthered the feminist movement just look at the difference that has made in how women were treated in the 60s as opposed to now.
Linden Johnson decided not to run again because of the protests. People made it clear he did not have public support.
I don't know if you are trying to demotivate occupy protestors but this kind of statement certainly will achieve the opposite. just look at all the great civil rights changes that came out of the 60's protests, it is very inspiring for the younger folks who were not around to witness it.
1964 Civil Rights Act
Ended the Vietnam War
Amended the Constitution to lower the voting age to 18.