From: "Pedro Martori"
Subject: The self-immolation of the infantile left
Date: Sun, 20 Oct 2002 12:31:52 -0400
NNTP-Posting-Date: Sun, 20 Oct 2002 12:31:29 EDT
Organization: Bell Sympatico
De: " ricardo a. gonzalez"
Asunto: The self-immolation of the infantile left
Fecha: Sunday, October 20, 2002 9:42 AM
"There's a fine line between democracy and stupidity"
Pat Buchanan October 2, 2002
The self-immolation of the infantile left
Threatening to shut down the city, the People's Strike of the
Anti-Capitalist Convergence Alliance stormed into this capital
week -- and went directly to jail without passing Go.
Perhaps a fifth of the promised 20,000 demonstrators turned up,
Friday afternoon 649 were in the custody of Police Chief Ramsey,
with failing to get off the street. Raged 42-year-old Eric
Laursen of New
York: "These streets are our streets. We don't need permission to
be in the
street and send a message."
Replied Ramsey: "They made it clear the last five months they
were going to
try to shut down this city down, they were going to try to cause
damage through some kind of point system. We're not going to let
that in our city."
Mark Goldstone of the National Lawyers Guild whined that he was
talk to arrestees who, on release, griped about the food, water
facilities at Chez Ramsey.
Said the chief: "It's jail. It's not a resort, so people can't
expect to be
treated the same way they would if they checked in at the
Hilton." If the
chief keeps this up, he may soon be mayor.
Some 300 activists trooped to Georgetown with signs reading "Stop
Sweatshops," then trivialized their cause by stripping to thongs,
underpants to protest Gap's alleged exploitation of Third World
Saturday, a cardboard Trojan Horse being moved to the World Bank
got snagged on a tree branch and lost its head. "Kind of symbolic
protests," said Chief Ramsey.
The strike was intended to shut down the city and disrupt the
of the IMF and World Bank. It was a total bust. Some workers
home, and others found traffic less congested than normal, as
outnumbered and swarmed the demonstrators everywhere they turned.
The People's Strike may rank as the biggest flop in 40 years of
demonstrations. Like their fathers before them, these infantile
seem never to learn how self-defeating their antics have become.
Many Americans might support a write-off of poor-country debts
owed to the
IMF and World Bank, in return for a shutdown of these socialist
that regularly loot Middle America to subsidize corrupt and even
Third World regimes and their foolish bankers
But all the disrupters accomplished was to call attention to
self-righteous, obnoxious selves. And if this is the caliber of
demonstrators coming here on October 26 to protest a preemptive
war on Iraq,
President Bush can launch with impunity. As Reuters reports,
faced tangled commutes to their offices or had long-planned
sightseeing trips disrupted had little sympathy for the
"There's a fine line between democracy and stupidity. Especially
climate after 9-11," said Carol Tyler of San Mateo, Calif. "You
to err on the conservative side."
Consider how the Left has emasculated itself in recent years.
In December 1999, 50,000 folks, most of them union workers and
members, came to Seattle to protest NAFTA and GATT at the big
meeting of the
World Trade Organization. Backing them were populists of Left and
as workers made their case with marches, speeches and interviews,
anarchists rioted for days. Eating up all the airtime, they left
and world with the impression that all anti-globalists are
wackos. This weekend's gathering on D.C. streets served to harden
For 40 years, the pattern has repeated itself. When the
of the 1960s gave way to Black Power rants and riots from Watts
Washington, the white backlash began. And when the antiwar
marches of the
Vietnam era degenerated into violence in Washington in 1969, 1970
Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew channeled America's disgust at the
the overprivileged, while working-class kids were fighting in
into the greatest landslide in American history.
Nixon's New Majority that gave Republicans five victories in six
presidential elections between 1968 and 1988 (including three
was grounded in the Silent Majority's revulsion at Black Power
League militants who assumed their cause entitled them to trash
people's property and break our laws.
President Bush may be today at 70 percent today, but America is
the dissenters who oppose this coming war. Disorders on Oct. 26,
will play into the War Party's hand and may give GOP the Senate a
If the Democrats don't condemn the weekend antics of the
they may suffer the same fate they did in the Nixon-Reagan era.
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