Saturday, December 16, 2017
Politics

Hey, hey, ho, ho; protesters chant against status quo

TAMPA — For soldiers in the Army or even musicians in a marching band, the chant of "left, right, left, right, left" is a charge to move in unison.

But marching in lockstep certainly has not been a trait of the protesters meandering through the streets of Tampa this week to decry the GOP, or Bain Capital, or a police state.

Many of the marches have been impromptu — and so have been the chants the groups use to make their messages heard.

Some of the lines made up on the fly sound clever. Others, not so much. Heard on the street:

• "They say cut back, we say fight back."

• "You're sexy, you're cute, take off the riot suit."

• "Human needs, not corporate greed."

• "Dance for that anarchy! D-d-d-dance for that anarchy!"

• (Call:) "Show me what democracy looks like!" (Response:) "This is what democracy looks like!"

• "Hey hey, ho ho. The GOP has got to go."

• "Hey hey, ho ho, Dirty coal has got to go."

• "The banks got bailed out. We got sold out."

And for the existentialists:

• "What do we want? Time travel. When do we want it? It's irrelevant!"

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