Protests are meaningless in the United States now. One of the chief reasons is, in recent times, there seems to be a protest every 2 seconds for everything under the sun. It's not like the 1960's with the civil rights movement or the anti-war movement in protest of America's involvement in Vietnam.
One of the main differences is that the protesters in those movements seemed to be educated on the issues and had a real plan of action. I find it depressing to see independent journalists interviewing current protesters only to expose the fact that current protesters have no idea of why they are protesting or what their end goal is.