Remember back to those halcyon days of 2005, when, in the wake of George W. Bush’s historic reelection (never before in U.S. history had the son of an President won a majority of the popular vote in his own bid for the White House or been elected to a second term) and those protesting his policies showed such civility and respect, unlike, say, the gun-toting loonies who gather today to protest his successor’s statist solutions to all manner of problems.
Back then, it was only grannies and others who had never previously protested along with a diverse group of everyday folk who took to the streets on their own steam to take issue with an out-of-touch Administration:
In the crowd: young activists, nuns whose anti-war activism dates to Vietnam, parents mourning their children in uniform lost in Iraq, and uncountable families motivated for the first time to protest.
Connie McCroskey, 58, came from Des Moines, Iowa, with two of her daughters, both in their 20s, for the family’s first demonstration. McCroskey, whose father fought in World War II, said she never would have dared protest during the Vietnam War.
But, today, save the AP’s Erica Werner (and a few others), when the MSM turns their attention to the rallies, they focus not on the grannies (of whom they are very, very, very, very many) protesting the President’s proposed healthcare overhaul) and others taking to the streets for the first time, but the loony-toon-toons, of whom there are a few.
As anybody who has ever participated in a political organization or cause can tell you, there are always a handful of loony-toon-toons.
Back in 1995, when I took the environmental activist Democrat I was dating to a Republican event, he commented how the make-up was exactly like that of liberal events he had attended, a diverse mix of folk, with a share of, well, crackpots. We didn’t do a scientific survey so could not determine whether my side or his had a greater percentage of crackpots, but they were there–and very often, the friendliest of the lot.
Had the media covered the 2005 anti-Iraq War rallies as they cover the anti-Obamacare rallies, they would have written much about the socialist ideology of the sponsoring organization, pointing out that many left-wing groups were bussing in their acolytes and showing, not bespectacled grannies in comfortable clothes wearing sensible hats to protect them from the sun, but angry leftists with hateful T-shirts, hoisting colorful placards depicting the then-President as Hilter and his supporters as goose-stepping Nazis.