“Code Pink” vs “MoveAmericaForward”
Today is the showdown between Code Pink/antiwar activists and MoveAmericaForward and others regarding the Marine Corps Recruiting Center in Berkeley. Ah, the smell of tear gas in the morning! Has the sixties returned to Berkeley? Of course not, the sixties are dead and gone, times change. History may reflect the past, history may resemble the past, but history never repeats itself. Those who forget this are living in the past. Each day is built on top of all the days before, each event in history is the sum of what came before. The view backwards as we stumble into the future may be familiar, but the road ahead is always unknown and always new.
Philosophical and metaphysical ramblings aside, despite my previous rant, I have changed my opinion on this matter. I will not be attacking any crowds of protesters. I know, it must be annoying to some that I change my mind, but what can I say, I am trying to lead by example. Plus, I have always believed that one of the signs of sanity was the ability to change one’s mind when presented with reasonable argument. And annoyingly enough, I still think I’m sane.
Basically, upon further thought, I’ve decided that both sides in this dispute have their points. Worse though, both sides in this dispute are being cynically used by the powers that be to further their agenda. Great. More divisiveness, let’s fight among ourselves while the ultra rich rob the country blind and pursue a military spending empire the likes of which the world has never known. Yeah, that’s going to be productive.
For their part, MoveAmericaForward is part of the “support the troops” scam. Why is it a scam? because it’s the same as a prior generation’s scam, the so called “family values” shtick. Why are these scams? Because they imply that anyone who disagrees with their agenda is “against the troops” or “anti-family.” By claiming you are “for” something that virtually all Americans are for…it makes it possible to claim that people who disagree with you are “anti-troop” and “anti-family.” The beauty part of course is one doesn’t actually have to make the claim that your opponents are against the values all Americans hold dear, one just claims to be “pro-whatever” and let people make the implication themselves. Slicker than whalesh*t really.
And of course misguided antiwar types act as a wonderful target for the pro-war crowd. Granted the ultra pro-war people target everyone, even Senator McCain is taking flak for not being conservative enough. (My mind is still reeling over that one.) Code Pink though has taken the cake so to speak by attacking the USMC. They might as well be printing Marine Corps recruiting posters. When antiwar protests don’t have broad support among mainstream liberals, they’re doing the cause more harm than good.
So I will drop by today to see what’s going on, but I doubt there will be anyone protesting both sides. (If there is, maybe I’ll join them.) I did write letters to the mayor and my city council member asking them to change their mind on the issue. I still adamantly think that the city should not have taken sides and provided city support to a protest group, but I’m not going to join what is effectively a pro-war pro-Bush protest just because I side with them on this particular issue.
And divide and conquer is how the ruling elite stays in power. While people are all worked up over what can only be described as a minor issue in the greater scheme of things, the real issues go unnoticed. I mean, Americans and Iraqis are still dying daily in the model democracy we are supposedly building in Iraq, our government is so bankrupt it’s frightening, and the economy is going down the tubes…and we’re demonstrating over a recruiting office? That makes sense.
Searching for an image to use for this post I came across this site. After viewing it I feel sick and sad. Since when was hatred an American value? One of my theories is that the more rabid and one sided people are about an issue…the more they are using it to compensate for their own inadequacies and insecurities. People make fun of Rodney King for saying “Why can’t we all get along?” I guess because so many of us love to hate.
(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It is not being used or profit and is central to illustrating the post. Credit: PipelineNews.org)