DUmmie FUnnies 09-26-05 ("ANSWER deliberately lied about the start of the march...")
The NEXT Day When Everything Finally Changed came on September 24 and was instantly forgotten amidst the plethora of Hurricane Rita news coverage. I watched NBC national news on Saturday evening and there wasn't even ONE mention of Pied Piper Pitt's much heralded event on the Washington Mall. It didn't even make the front page of the local Miami Herald. In fact it didn't even get on the second page of that paper. It ended up with a relatively minor blurb on page 3 of that periodical. Most amazingly, there was even little comment from the DUmmies themselves about that much hyped letdown. Yeah, some claim a ridiculous 100,000 figure for those in attendance but my observation of the LARGE GAPS in the crowd in both the C-SPAN coverage and in the photos shows lots of grass, not necessarily of the type you inhale. Knock a zero off that figure and you get much closer to the TRUE size of the crowd. One of the funniest things about observing the speakers who ranted in their unique Leftist sing-song manner was watching the A.N.S.W.E.R. sign on the podium in front of the microphone. At times it was covered up, evidence that even some of the leftists were embarrassed by that communist organization. At other times, the A.N.S.W.E.R. sign returned. Perhaps some enterprising reporter out there can give us the behind the scenes political struggle going on there. One evidence of this struggle is this DUmmie THREAD titled, "ANSWER deliberately lied about the start of the march...
ANSWER deliberately lied about the start of the march...." It is based on this
Daily Kos REPORT about how A.N.S.W.E.R. supposedly "hijacked" their demonstration. Sorry, DUmmies but when A.N.S.W.E.R. sponsors your demonstration, are you so naive that they won't promote their nutcase agenda? As usual, the DUmb DUmmie rantings are in Bolshevik Red while the commentary of your humble correspondent, who is lucid enough to realize that if the KKK sponsors a rally one should NOT be surprised if they use the occasion to promote their agenda, is in the [brackets]:
ANSWER deliberately lied about the start of the march...
to hold onto their captive audience.
[GASP!!! You...you mean that the Communist A.N.S.W.E.R. folks actually LIED to you? Next you'll be telling us that professional wrestling is fake.]
"I'm sorry, but these people are scum. For example, after about the third anti-Israel speaker left the stage, and the audience began to walk off, probably in disgust, one of the emcees came out and said, "We have a very important announcement about the march itself. We have a very important announcement about the march itself..."
[Thanx for that Daily Kos observation but to quote an old saying: "When you lie down with dogs, you wake up with fleas.]
Then they sent Gloria LaRiva from the National Committee to Free the Cuban 5 claiming that it's "not possible to move right now so yo are actually better off in staying here a little while longer cause it's totally jammed."
This, according to a friend who was there, was an abject lie. They were so desperate to keep an audience for their parade of radical speakers that they lied to the audience to keep them from joining the march.
Make no mistake, ANSWER is not our friend. And we must never again allow our real movement to be associated with them. In fact, we should do our best to make sure that no one ever shows up to one of their events again."
I am willing to march if ANSWER is attending, as they were last summer in NYC, but I will NOT participate if they are controlling the agenda. Their agenda is not mine.
[There is nothing wrong with our agenda. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. A.N.S.W.E.R. is controlling the transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image; make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your agenda. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to the DUmmie Limits.]
Join them and shift their focus from the inside
[Join them and become as looney as they are.]
The only reason I would ever join them...
is to find out where the hell they're getting their money from. Personally, I'm not a PI and have no desire for a "We're All Palestinians Now" T-shirt.
[How about an "I Attended This Overhyped Demonstration And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt?"]
When they started chanting "Intifada," I was totally embarrassed...and
[And I was totally NOT surprised.]
It's worth pausing for a second to note the way ANSWER works. ANSWER reflects its origins in the sectarian, Marxist-Leninist left (specifically the Workers World Party). ANSWER is deeply authoritarian in its structure. Decisions are made in a top-down fashion, reflecting their vanguardist political beliefs. It is a "coalition" that includes virtually no truly independent groups as members. ANSWER tends to announce unity statements first, and then demand that others sign off on them. Even when ANSWER makes compromises in negotiations with cosponsoring groups, they frequently renege on these promises at the last minute And ANSWER uses its front groups to push its line, both on issus of substance, and on tactical infighting with other peace groups.
[Thanx for providing us with an accurate description of the Democrat Party.]
Here's what I saw...
I was with Billionaires For Bush in front of the US Treasury bldg.Everything was fine until a group of Anti-Zionists hopped onto the balcony behind us and started screaming "Death to Israel" through a bullhorn.
[Damn those nutcases for ruining our nutcase street theater!]
Pitt posted to me on a DU thread that this rift resulted in two separate stages and two separate sets of speakers on Saturday. This is also why there were no march coordinators leading the crowd or keeping the march moving. it kept stalling in various places and nobody knew what to do.
[Thanx for providing the PEFECT epitaph for Pied Piper Pitt's NEXT Day When Everything Finally Changed: "It kept stalling in various places and nobody knew what to do."]
I strongly suspect there are elements in ANSWER that want to hijack the peace movement, dilute it, or derail it. I wouldn't be surprised if these elements came from some CIA-type people who have infiltrated ANSWER for the express purpose of derailing the anti-war movement.
[A Perfect Rovian Storm...And it WORKED!!!]
If you lay down with dogs...
...you wake up with fleas.
[I absolutely SWEAR that I didn't yet see this DUmmie post when I wrote the intro to this DUFU edition!]
In Texas, the Democratic party suffered from the fact that Republicans managed to demonize labor to the degree that other Democratic voters who were attracted to the party for reasons other than labor-related issues stopped supporting pro-labor causes, they demonized trial attorneys and the civil justice system so that Democrats who were drawn to the party with other concerns as their primary issues stopped supporting pro-consumer causes, they demonized the communities that sought immigration fairness, they demonized feminists, they demonized environmentalists, they demonized gays, they demonized advocates of urban initiatives, they demonized us all. In the end, the Republicans succeeded in dissuading too many Democrats from supporting their natural allies.
[A wasted effort. The Democrats do a great job of demonizing themselves without any outside help.]
I hate to see progressive groups turn on one another.
[It sort of gives me a warm glow to see that happen.]