Hi there! My name is David A. Lynn, and I live in Philadelphia, PA. I am originally from Kansas (Auntie Em, Auntie Em!) I came east to go to school at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and stuck around.
Normally, I like my politics straight up -- find a good candidate, go out and win the election, call it a day. I am not a street protester. In 2000 in Philadelphia, I did not protest. In fact, I'm not a big crowd person, so I tend to shy away from those kinds of things (I'm kinda shy sometimes.) But then I witnessed what the Philadelphia police and the District Attorney's office did to the Bill of Rights, and I got angry. Really, really angry.
And let me be clear about something -- I am a registered Democrat, and I am proud of that -- most of the time (although I average one Republican vote per General Election.) It was the Republican Party that benefited from the suppression of civil rights in Philadelphia -- but it was a Democratic city administration that aided and abetted the trampling of the constitution.
So I started this thing called the Shadow Protest. I figured, ya can't arrest protesters that aren't there, can ya? Besides, it's kinda like George Bush's Shadow National Guard Service -- sign up, show up for the photo, then disappear.
I am still kicking myself because I didn't get it up in time to botch things up in Boston before the Democrats recruited all of their volunteers, but hey, the Republicans may do their own Shadow Protest as payback in 2008. I will be happy to help free of charge. In the meantime, the Republicans who benefited in Philadelphia have a big question mark attached to their volunteer recruitment efforts. And I say "Rock on…."