The Eye Of The Beholder

 Pop quiz:  Who said:

“The movement is a wild orgasm of anarchists sweeping across the country like a prairie fire.”

But first;

Former President Bill Clinton warned Friday that the anger some members of the Tea Party movement express about higher taxes and the size of government could feed the same right-wing extremism that led to the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 [Fox]

Get in your DeLorean, charge your flux capacitor gun it to 88 MPH and let’s go back 40 years. 

Anti-war protests around the country railed against the government.  The president was called a Nazi and was hung in effigy.  The outcry was energized by protest songs and anti-war movies.

University and government buildings were besieged, ransacked and some, set afire or even bombed. (see William Ayers)

The press played up the demonstrations and gave voice to those the government called “insurrectionists,” “anti-American” and “Communist lackeys.”

When challenged, demonstrators demanded their constitutional right to free speech and questioned the legality of the government’s actions. 

In 1969, Bill Clinton, then a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, organized an anti-war protest.  In addition to being a coward and conducting his protest from a distance and separated by the Atlantic Ocean, did Clinton consider that his words might incite left-wing extremism?  Does he now, as a former President, regret that protest for the potential it had to damage the country?

John Kerry was so moved that he lied before Congress about alleged atrocities by the U.S. military in Vietnam. 

Curiously, in that same testimony, Kerry said:

We have come here, not to the President, because we believe that this body can be responsive to the will of the people, and we believe that the will of the people says that we should be out of Vietnam now….

Where is John Kerry’s moral indignation now?  Where is his concern for “the will of the people.”

Our troops were called “baby killers,” yet now, those same outraged citizens promote abortion.  Irony?

The war also became a focal point for civil rights leaders:

In a January 1967 article written for the Chicago Defender, Martin Luther King, Jr. openly expressed support for the antiwar movement on moral grounds. Reverend King expanded on his views in April at the Riverside Church in New York, asserting that the war was draining much-needed resources from domestic programs. He also voiced concern about the percentage of African-American casualties in relation to the total population. King’s statements rallied African-American activists to the antiwar cause and established a new dimension to the moral objections of the movement. The peaceful phase of the antiwar movement had reached maturity as the entire nation was now aware that the foundations of administration foreign policy were being widely questioned.  [Mark Barringer]

Does any of this sound familiar?

“…draining much-needed resources from domestic programs.”

“…concern about the percentage of African-American casualties in relation to the total population.”

“…a new dimension to the moral objections of the movement.”

“…the entire nation was now aware that the foundations of administration … policy were being widely questioned.”

Now, those who stood beside Dr. King in indignation, support an administration that is causing the very damage they protested in the ’60’s and ’70’s.  The difference is, of course, the responsible person is African-American and the Democratic Party is leading the way.

I suppose it depends on which side of the castle moat one resides that determines if the actions of government are “just and proper” or “illegal and immoral.”

And on which side of the moat does one find the media?  Certainly not on the outside, but rather, comfortably lodged within the walls, lobbing arrows at the “racist,” “psychotic” and “ignorant” crowd beyond.

It may seem immoderate to compare a real war to the domestic policies of the Obama administration, but that’s not the point.  This is about citizen indignation – protest – over the actions of their government.  Those who believed in it then, do not subscribe to that right now.

The quote at the beginning of this post wasn’t from Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barney Frank, James Carville, either Clinton or Barack Obama – although, in the range of comments they’ve made about the Tea Party movement, it would certainly be in like company.

The complete quote is:

“The antiwar movement is a wild orgasm of anarchists sweeping across the country like a prairie fire.”

Yeah… today’s Democrats sound a whole lot like yesterday’s Richard Nixon.

~ CS

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