Atlanta, Phoenix, Dallas, San Antonio, Indianapolis, & New Orleans are considering putting their names in the hosting hat for the 2012 RNC. Here in Saint Paul, Minnesota (pop. 250,000) we hosted the RNC, and we have some advice for those cities: DON’T DO IT!! You may ask, “Why not host the RNC?” Here are our top ten reasons.
1.1.Extreme makeover; National Special Security Event Edition.
http://erikhare.wordpress.com/2008/09/01/the-rnc-wall/, http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/08/18/rncbusdetours/, https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/blog-entry/2008/10/08/u-s-army-rnc.html, and https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/article/2008/09/10/outside-convention-truth-testimony-violence-rudeness-and-inconvenience.html.
2.House Raid times five! http://firedoglake.com/2008/08/30/inside-an-rnc-raid/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Republican_National_Convention
3.Delegate buses shuttle delegates between private parties, the convention, and hotels, leaving little benefit for “Main Street.” http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/09/17/rnc_business/?refid=0
4.Hats silly enough to embarrass any self-respecting elephant. http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0aU9afSft6aQL/610x.jpg http://www.underconsideration.com/speakup/archives/kingsley_elephant_hat.jpg
5.People yelling, “Who’s cage? Our cage!” in the militarized “free speech” area. http://www.flickr.com/photos/bryankennedy/2822913995/ & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_speech_zones & http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=s70RseDCQkY & http://weblog.timoregan.com/2008/09/rnc-2008-photos-from-march-on-rnc-anti.html
6.Got surveillance? Imagine being watched and followed and filmed when the roving police state descends. http://wcco.com/local/cameras.rnc.security.2.791275.html
7.Lawsuits, lawsuits and more lawsuits. http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=20307
8.Red, white, and blue! And terror? From red pepper spray to tear gas in all colors, the riot police in their black turtle gear don’t hold back. http://drunkatdnc.blogspot.com/
& http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/09/footage-of-clas.html & http://minnesotaindependent.com/7923/crowd-control-at-the-rnc-fifty-million-unanswered-questions & http://gnooze.com/archives/235
9.Sixty thousand people including 20,000 media, 7,000 delegates, 18,000 convention personnel, and thousands of sex workers, VIPs and protesters. http://www.tcpedia.com/pub/news/rnc-increase-prostitution-minnesota & http://www.twincities.com/ci_10339904
10.It will not increase municipal revenues. A Saint Paul Neighborhood newspaper reported that “[St. Paul] officials had expected an increase in [St. Paul’s Sales Tax Revitalization program] funds this year from additional sales tax revenue raised during the Republican National Convention in September, but that did not happen.” (Jane McClure, Villager, p. 4, December 17, 2008.)
The Twin Cities Daily Planet (TCDP) had the best coverage of the RNC in Saint Paul. To get a feel for what we went through visit hundreds of articles, photos and links on TCDP’s RNC pages.