I’ve spent a few minutes off and on today, watching coverage of the Anti-War March in Washington on C-Span.
It’s fair to say I’m not overwhelmed. In fact, I’m not even whelmed.
As soon as I tuned in, I was regaled by the hollering of Lumumba Bendale of the Coalition for Racial Justice. First of all, anybody named in part, or in entirety for Patrice Lumumba will not get my vote. Mr. Bendale himself is an American African American chap, who assured us that the bombs we are dropping in Baghdad, are the same as if we were dropping bombs in Bedford Stuyvesant. And that it was just as racist to have troops in Baghdad, as it would be to have troops or cops or something in Bed-Sty. That’s right, the war was waged in order to further white supremacist goals and oppress the brown-skinned peoples of the world. Therefore, the Coalition for Racial Justice, in order to fight White Supremacists, has formed a tight knit group of lesbians, gays, poorer blacks, non-English speaking Latinos and other oppressed persons, including “immigrants [who are often unfairly dubbed “illegal immigrants” by radical extremist right wingers], to liberate the land by any means necessary. Naturally, these protests aren’t aimed at the troops. Mr. Bendale was careful to point out that none of this was meant to disparage Blacks and Hispanics in the military – we all know they only joined because they were too poor and too oppressed to see any other route out of the ghetto.
Mr. Bendale was followed by another African-American chap who mainly screamed about BushHitler and someone else – perhaps CheneyHimmler?
And so on. And so on.
We got a little diversity – some fat White girls with greasy bad hair, the usually skinny white dudes with unconvincing beards and the weedy physiques you can only get from subsisting on bulgur wheat… but the message never changed. Bush=Hitler, war=racism, and “get your racist hands off my brown skin Jihadi friends, who are only seeking to worship God as they see fit, by blowing your white asses to hell.” Or something much like that.
I watched for about an hour, fascinated in the way one might be fascinated by a train wreck, or somebody croaking on the operating table. Go to Moveon.org, or any of the Indymedia sites, and you’ll see a slightly watered down version of the deranged lunacy I watched this afternoon. These folks are good at screaming, but damn poor at providing anything like realistic policy advice or a meaningful political alternative. We should not hate them, we should pity these lunatic remnants of the 60’s left, and their anti-globalist / anti-capitalism offspring.
What it comes down to, is at best, you just can’t take this kind of marxist post-colonialist cant seriously. If these are the best and brightest minds the left has to offer, if this is where the Democrats’ anti-Bush rage has led them, if these are the party activists… well, if all that is true, I can’t understand how George Bush can keep from laughing his ass off 24-7.
If these activists, who drive the Democratic Party, are the best that party has to offer in 2004, get ready for a Bush sweep. He isn’t my favorite president of all time, and I think he’s substantially screwing some things up, including some underperformance on security issues… but one look at the alternative nearly had me cutting a check to the Republican National Committee.
Yeah, the only thing in doubt for 2004 is how big of a Dem landslide Terry MacAuliffe predicts.