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Perot Theatre - Texarkana, USA 

Built in 1924, the Perot theatre, previously named the Saenger Theatre, is a fully restored Italian Renaissance theatre. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Much of the money raised for its restoration was donated by the local community, with the remainder being donated by the family of former American presidential nominee, Ross Perot.

Initially built to also project films, the theatre solely hosts live theatre today. 

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Today a lady walked in through the exit, too busy staring at the guide in her hands to notice my coworker stationed there trying to get her attention. I had to step in front of her to get her to stop.

Me, pointing: Hi, you’re actually going to enter through the red brackets over there.

Her: Where does that go?

Me: To ticket taking, to enter the museum.

Her: Ticket taking? For what?

Me: For the museum.

Her: Oh, we already paid. We have tickets.

Me: Okay, great, they just need to scan them right over there.

She eventually went, but remained looking confused and disgruntled. This is not the first time I’ve had that conversation.

Has anyone even stopped to ask what party Mark Zuckerberg wants to run under? He has literally not expressed a single opiniom on any issue. This could easily be a Ross Perot situation. 

marie-xo  asked:

I wonder, especially in times like this, what is stopping us from going to the white house with pitchforks and burning it to the ground? It workes before, maybe a gesture of that scale would get some sort of order? I don't know, I'm just very angry at all the events unfolding in the US lately.

Personally I don’t think we’re there yet.

Don’t get me wrong, things are bad, and I’m of the mind that if they continue down this same path for a little longer it could be pitchforks in the street bad pretty easily. For millions of Americans, including Trump voters, desperation has been driving their political choices for a while. Whether it’s supporting a third party, an independent candidate like Ross Perot, or an outsider like Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders, or just not voting at all, I would argue each of those moves is more a failing of our political system than anything else. And if that continues to get worse I think I would be very worried.

Still though, I don’t think we’re there yet because even though there is WIDESPREAD dissatisfaction with our political process, it still works. As voters we are still more than capable of pressuring congress. It’s still possible to write into your local paper’s letter of the editor section with your political opinions and complaints, hopefully sparking a discussion in your community. It’s still possible to rally in public places to try and push for change. It’s still possible to tap into people’s discontent in a positive and constructive way and while that remains true I think it has to be the best option.

Mostly because as dissatisfied as I am personally, I still think people in the street with pitchforks ends badly. I’m sympathetic to the plight of people living under the serf system in Russia, but the historical forces of pissed off Russian farmers in the street were harnessed for a lot of bad things. Legitimate discontent was used to take power in a bad way. Fidel Castro had a point when he got Cuban farmers riled up, but it didn’t end well for a lot of Cubans. Hitler wasn’t entirely wrong in the 1930′s when he was in Bavaria telling poor farmers that the post World War I world order was hurting them and their families. Obviously that anger boiled over in a hugely destructive way.

I’m a fan of mass movement politics. But it’s important to recognize that when mass movements get angry, they almost always create a situation where really really bad things happen.

I think that’s especially true in a country with 300+ million guns. It just seems like a recipe for disaster. Especially considering there are 60+ million Trump voters, some small percentage of whom would definitely be out in the street as well. It wouldn’t end well. It wouldn’t further a progressive agenda, and if I had to guess I would say it would probably just further strengthen the right in the long run.

I’m not advocating for politics as usual, MLK started a mass movement, but it was a peaceful and inclusive one that paid dividends in the long run. It worked. It didn’t solve every problem caused by poverty or race in America, but it was an important step that had real life legislative and cultural impact.

That said, there is a breaking point. People will be in the streets eventually. When politics quits working and people are pushed to the edge, they react. Both on the right, like in 1930′s Germany, or the left, like Russia in 1919. When things reach that point, it almost always ends badly. I don’t think we’re there yet, but we’re a lot closer than most people thought a year ago. In my opinion the United States is a giant pile of gasoline soaked wood just waiting for a match and personally I really hope we can get rid of that wood before someone throws that match.