It’s hard to believe that Gary Hart, now one of the most incoherent blabbering boobs on the Huffington Post, was once a serious contender for the presidency of the United States of America. It is impossible to conceive of a more idiotic argument than the one he makes in his post on the H-Bomb today:
In the late 1980s the most respected leaders in the world--Nelson Mandela, Vaclav Havel, Lech Walesa (and earlier Martin Luther King)--all had one thing in common. They had spent time in jail. More important, they had spent time in jail for their beliefs, beliefs that threatened the power structures of their countries. It seems strange that many Americans idolize protesters in other countries and ridicule them at home.
As if all protestors are the same, and all of them are protesting the equal evils. Nelson Mandela, Vaclav Havel and Lech Walsea were battling terrible tyranny and brutal repression. Those protesting the United States are fighting against the best, freest and most opportunity-laden country in the world. Hart pretends that all protestors everywhere are fighting the same thing and that the only differences between them are geographic. This is a moronic presumption.
Equally strange is the tendency of conservatives to revere the protesters of early times--Tom Paine, the Bostonians who painted themselves like Indians and threw tea in Boston harbor, even the abolitionist John Brown--and vilify those who protest today. Someone once said that conservatives are the worshipers of dead radicals.
The Sons of Liberty were protestors in a good cause. They were protesting a tyrannical British Government that denied them self government, and in the case of Boston, was trying to starve them into submission. Other protestors in history were not so noble. I doubt you’d find many Conservatives who have kind words for the Civil War protestors who tried to destroy New York City or for the Luddites who violently protested technological advances that left them jobless.
Nevertheless, there is a rich history of protest in America, by laborers, by women, by war opponents, by environmentalists, by African Americans, and in almost every case the protests changed American ideas and policies for the better. Protesters make us think, that is those inclined to think. They stir things up, they rock the boat, they challenge the status quo and the conventional wisdom. They force us to look at reality often in painful ways. Protesters sometimes get themselves thrown in jail.
So, Gary, does this mean you support the pro-life protestors who encircle abortion clinics or the Cuban-Americans who protested the deportation of Elian Gonzales? Or how about the Terri Schiavo protestors, did they force you to look at reality in painful ways? If protestors are so great why don’t you go down to your local abortion clinic and pitch in?
It is a great wonder that war opponents, including increasing numbers of Democratic "leaders," are so silent. Some of the most visible simply believe the invasion of Iraq, which they endorsed, has been mismanaged, that more troops (not fewer) are needed! Even today, they seem untroubled by the false statements and manipulated intelligence of the administration. The most difficult political statement in the English language is: I made a mistake.
Speaking only for myself, I will find it very difficult to support any Democratic "leader" who remains silent at this critical moment but who wants to be president in 2008. There are defining moments in political careers and in national life where true character is revealed, where moral authority is achieved, or forfeited. Recall Dante's well-known warning that a special place is reserved in hell for those who, in times of moral crisis, preserve their neutrality.
There are those who earn their moral authority the hard way, by going to jail or, like Cindy Sheehan, by sacricing a loved one. Such people do not merely earn an audience with the president.
Such people deserve an accounting.
What a Jackass. There is nothing intrinsically good or evil about the act of protesting. Some protests are good, and some protests are evil. It all depends on what it is you are agitating against. Cindy Sheehan and the Anti-War crowd are not involved in a noble protest similar to those made by Lech Walesa or Martin Luther King. In fact, the anti-war activists are involved in a positively ignoble activity. They want this country to refuse to protect its citizens and to leave the Iraqis in the lurch. Their protest is despicable. They are in the same class as the protestors who surrounded Little Rock Central High School to prevent nine black kids from getting in.
If you’ll remember, Eisenhower called in the 101st Airborne Division to break through those ignoble protestors and get those kids into school. We’d just like to note that then, as now; the United States Army was on the right side of history.
You know, I hope the H-Bomb kicks out Greg Guttfeld quick because I go there looking for his posts and I end up reading horseshit by Gary Hart.