Sunday, March 19, 2006

Another *yawn* Protest

"What if they gave a war and nobody came?" was a popular 60's anti-war theme. Like all liberal fantasies it sounds good until you test drive it. What if the Germans declared war and the French army didn't show up? That's pretty much what happened on May 12, 1940. The French surrendered on June 22, 1940. The French surrendered in the same railcar where less than 22 years earlier the Germans surrendered at the end of WWI.

That's what happens when one nation declares war and the other nation doesn't show up. But what happens when no one shows up for a war protest? Even a world-wide anti-war protest?

The Salt Lake City Tribune reports on the consequences. Disappointed folks like the members of People for Peace and Justice of Utah started the rally in Salt Lake City with only 50 people. By twelve noon frenzied text messaging had increased their ranks to roughly 200. The protestors "marched from Pioneer Park to a rally on the steps of the City-County Building, where they listened to songs, speeches and chants condemning the war."

Going to college in the sixties, I've seen this act before. Activists like to think that they are the sole possessors of truth, that they represent the conscience of the nation or the entire planet. This self absorbed, narcissistic world view demands to be stroked by masses of hysterical, like minded wanna be victims. How else can a group with a name like People for Peace and Justice support their fragile egos? For no one else wants peace and justice more than them.

"There's just about more policemen here than people," said the Democratic candidate for the Utah House of Representatives in District 40, nodding to the squadron of eight motorcycle officers parked alongside 400 South. "I guess the longer the war goes on, the more people accept it."

A protestor outside President Cheney’s residence at the Naval observatory stated ''It's very disappointing, especially in Washington, D.C.,'' she said. ''You think this is the place where people come to make things happen. I'm just not sure why there aren't more people here today.''

It simply doesn’t occur to these people that the majority of Americans understand the nature of the conflict. Most Americans do not accept the Michael Moore/Cindy Sheehan meme. The Peace and Justice crowd must invent a mechanism to explain why adoring hordes of robots are not standing next to them shoulder to shoulder.

They can’t understand why no one shows up because, well, they care so much and it’s just not fair that everyone doesn’t feel the same way! If they just shout the right slogan, or just wear the right t-shirt or just have enough tattoos or just inconvenience enough poor working slobs then everyone will come to their senses and agree with them.

When the libs have their noses rubbed in their failure to convince the electorate that their views are correct, they lash out; 51% of the American public are too stupid to vote. It’s always someone else’s fault.

No comments: