Protests: A Study in Contrasts

I’ve been watching some of the videos from the NATO protests in Chicago. Protesters throw bottles and other missiles at police. Some have called for the deaths of police and NATO personnel. Many are dressed in outfits that make them look like no more than ordinary street thugs. As some commentators have noted, this is all very organized; radical unions like the SEIU are behind the coordinated mayhem. Keep in mind these are protests against violence. Supposedly.

Police and demonstrators have clashed on various occasions. What’s interesting is that some national news reports are portraying the police in an unfavorable light, while reports from local news outlets are praising their restraint and appear grateful for their protection. Any agenda here from the national level?

When President Obama was asked about these protests, and their blatant incivility, he responded that this is what America is all about—allowing people to protest. Mr. President, there is such a thing as genuine protest, and there is also anarchy. I’m not surprised by his response, though. After all, he was a community organizer.

What a contrast with Tea Party rallies. While the national media ignore the radical dimension associated with the current protests, they pounced on any display of dignified protest against the socialist drift in our nation. They sought to explain the Tea Party as a group of angry white people. They talked of the potential for violence in the movement. They didn’t seem to recognize the many faces of the Tea Party, which included minorities fed up with the trashing of our Constitution and the massive debt being accumulated. They searched for violence in the movement but couldn’t find any. Yet the theme remains: these are dangerous people.

I’ve been to a Tea Party event. It was calm and purposeful. The speakers were coherent and principled. They didn’t resort to mindless slogans and chants. I’ve also spoken to a couple of 9/12 Project groups, which are in sync with the Tea Party. The goal of these groups is not to agitate on the streets, call for the killing of government officials with which they disagree, and promote violence. Rather, they seek to educate the public on constitutional thinking. They are performing a public service.

We need to keep in mind the worldview of the majority of our national media. They are in lockstep with the policies of the current administration and are actively working for Obama’s reelection.

The old saying remains true: freedom does require eternal vigilance on our part. I applaud the efforts of Americans who work to reestablish our foundations.

Flagrant Immaturity

It’s hard to leave the “Occupy Wall Street” story this week, especially when the cartoonists keep coming up with outstanding depictions of the true nature of the protest. One takes aim at what he considers to be the typical protester:

Others poke fun at the half-baked political philosophy that seems to dominate:

Songs appear to be a theme:

Far too often, slogans and chants [of the old, stale variety] serve as replacements for rigorous analytical thinking. What’s doubly sad is that most of them are probably college graduates—or at least they hung around college for a while—where they were indoctrinated into a pseudo-intellectualism that displays itself as flagrant immaturity. Their professors never grew up, and now they are creating disciples in their own mold.

We reap what we sow.

About Those Occupiers

The “Occupy Wall Street” protest/1960s nostalgia tour continues. Some of it is funny, while other aspects are kind of sad with respect to the incoherence of the protesters. Let me be clear [to quote a current president]: I have my concerns about Wall Street malfeasance as well, but those concerns center on the manner in which some Wall Streeters conduct themselves, not the capitalist system itself.

Capitalism cannot control all greed. The system works beautifully when it is carried out with Biblical principles; it fails when selfishness takes over. But that still makes it better than socialism, which fails every time. If you don’t think so, just remember the former Soviet Union, all the Eastern Bloc countries that it controlled, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, etc. The story is the same wherever it is tried—utter failure.

Yet these protesters seem to want [as much as one can make out at all what they really want] a large government to take care of them. They call for the destruction of the capitalist system. They claim that profits are somehow immoral. But if you look closely, you see a lot inherent contradictions:

There’s something more than a little juvenile about their attitude:

They’re attempting to turn back the clock to the anti-Vietnam, anti-establishment protests of the 1960s, which were in themselves rather juvenile. The current protests come across similarly immature:

One might wonder what’s become of common sense. One cartoonist captured that sentiment:

Ideology, angst, and rage were on display rather markedly the other day, yet most of the mainstream media ignored it:

The hypocrisy of attacking corporations was most clearly depicted in a photo that has been making the Internet rounds:

Foolishness personified.