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The Loony Left Takes the Ellipse

Monday, 26 September 2005 12:00 AM

If one were ever able to make a good case for a trial deployment of a neutron bomb – the kind that gets rid of people but leaves the buildings standing – last Saturday's Rally Against the War in Iraq on The Ellipse in Washington, D.C., would probably have been it.

In between the White House and the Washington Monument, thousands of anti-war protesters and sympathizers gathered to cheer a roster of organization leaders and speakers who harangued them all day long in an orgy of Bush-bashing and vitriol, demanding to "bring home the troops now" and trying to catch the next wave of a possible 1960s-like "Stop the War" movement.

Sponsored by the radical-left A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism) coalition, the tone of the event was stridently anti-American, insofar as the Bush administration and the current Congress represent American policy. It was also anti-Israel, anti-military, anti-capitalism – but pro-Castro, pro-North Korea, pro-Iran, pro-Venezuela's Chavez regime, pro-Haiti's deposed Aristide, and presumably pro-Zarqawi al-Qaida.

In short, it was an orgy-fest for socialists, and every government that gave lip service to being redistributionist in outlook was lauded, while capitalism – in a caricature of a "greed and profits" Bush administration – is nothing more than Bechtel, Halliburton, Exxon and Enron as willing conspirators in the "evil empire."

Watching and listening to these malcontents was a depressing trial of endurance. Overall, it seemed that the only thing that tied these disparate groups together was their hatred of the "lying" Bush and American policy, and capitalism in general. Most of the speakers exuded the stale whiff of Marxist rhetoric, frequently addressing the crowd as "brothers and sisters." Others referred to them as "comrades."

All the usual suspects were there, adding drop after drop of bile to the proceedings: Jesse Jackson; Jessica Lange; Democratic Rep. Cynthia McKinney; crazy old former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, with his Impeach Bush Web site; and the ditzy celebrity du jour, Cindy Sheehan.

Then there were the nobodies that head hundreds of splinter groups, each trying to gain some notice by piling on against the war, even though that was not directly related to their mission: the Free Palestine Alliance, the Korea Truth Commission, the Mexico Solidarity Network, the Socialist Front for Puerto Rico, the Gay Liberation Network, Waking Planet, Queer Radio.

Incongruously, speaker after speaker took to the podium and addressed the crowd ("brothers and sisters") with feel-good encomiums about "peace and love being here with you," etc., then directly launched into the most vile and shrill attacks against the president of the United States, calling him a "criminal," a "murderer" a "racist" and other derogatory terms – peace and love feelings apparently extending only to those who agreed with them.

And most of them failed to understand the purpose of a public address system, since once they were in front of the microphone, they proceeded to shout directly into it as if it wasn't working. These speeches made Hitler's Nuremberg party rallies seem almost benign by comparison.

Not to be caught short by current events, many of the speakers tried to fold in the recent devastation by hurricane Katrina as part of the message. Thus, in their view, the plight of the poor black residents left behind in New Orleans was somehow caused by a cool, unsympathetic, calculating and racist Bush, who simply peered out the window of Air Force One, removed from the misery of those suffering below – a Marie Antoinette in the air.

Of course, the looniness of these lefties stems not only from the incoherence of their thought – no persuasive arguments or positions to be made here – but also from the fact that it is mired in their emotional state, which is mostly unhinged. Rather than present a rational case for their "demands," they attribute a malevolent motive to those who have a different point of view.

Greedy corporations represent "imperialist" Americans in their search for "empire," and so on. An attempt to reason with people who view the world in this fashion is most likely a waste of time.

These bitter people, however, are a cancer on the body politic, and it was particularly distressing to see so many college students in rapt attention to this nonsense – heightening concerns about the amount of leftist indoctrination still going on in colleges and universities.

It was heartening to see, however, that after the "big names" had departed, the crowd dwindled considerably. While the last few speakers were gesticulating wildly, the camera panned the crowd to reveal only about eight or 10 people, one of whom holding a sign that read "Republican Chicks Hate Me." Is there any wonder why?

Barrett Kalellis is a Michigan-based columnist and writer whose articles appear regularly in various local and national print and online publications. He may be reached at kalellis@NewsMax.com.


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If one were ever able to make a good case for a trial deployment of a neutron bomb - the kind that gets rid of people but leaves the buildings standing - last Saturday's Rally Against the War in Iraq on The Ellipse in Washington, D.C., would probably have been it. In...
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