This month Time Magazine (the rag of all rags) named as its Person of the Year the protester. Per the subtitle, all that was necessary to be saluted in this ridiculous tribute was to be against what was going on in one’s surroundings and be disruptive, lawbreaking, violent, or sickeningly unsanitary about it.
If you were civil and respectful in presenting your grievances, you missed the honor. That’s right – in the cover’s subtitle it reads “from the Arab spring to Athens, from Occupy Wall Street to Moscow”. No, the polite Tea Party gets no reference there, and, considering the source, no one should be shocked at all.
Editor Rick Stengel, who has as little class with his liberal bias playbook at Time as GE’s Jeffrey Immelt has compassion for Americans out of work, said, “Everywhere, it seems, people said they’d had enough. They dissented; they demanded; they did not despair, even when the answers came back in a cloud of tear gas or a hail of bullets. They literally embodied the idea that individual action can bring about collective, colossal change. And although it was understood differently in different places, the idea of democracy was present in every gathering.”
Domestically speaking, here is who has had enough – the citizens of this great but culturally eroding nation who have had to walk through, around, or just be downwind of the filth left by entitled brats, most of whom are clueless about how to conduct their lives in a capitalist society (other than to demand that the haves, who used their energies earning and accumulating assets or even wealth at the same phase of their lives as these have nots, forfeit a fair portion of that to all non-producers).
But, somehow, the deep and discerning Stengel could see through handmade signs that demanded socialismnow! and gleen the presence of democracy in the midst of it. Is he profound or what? This editor, with all his shrew-like vision, honors those who defecate on public property, form ad hoc puppet tent governments that deter the reporting of rapes and other atrocities to authorities, scare innocent children by marching on homes of private citizens, and block American ports to the point of work shutdowns.
In other words, Time magazine salutes sheer anarchy and lawlessness of any type, let alone the waste of tens of millions of dollars in an already cash strapped society that must police and clean up after the mess.
Having read Demonic by Ann Coulter earlier this year, I can’t help but believe that the best selling author could not thank liberal leadership and media enough for the way they have manifested her premise just in the months since the book’s release. Her research reveals that ever since the French Revolution, liberals have embraced, gravitated to, and participated in mindless mob activity with all the trimmings that go along with it – from the 18th century beheadings of that European event to the racially motivated oppressions and lynchings at the hands of, yes, good ol’ boy southern Democrats in the last century all while laying the blame on Republicans, the party of emancipator Abraham Lincoln himself. And the history challenged media fall in unblinking line.
France and our own racial prejudices of yesterday have since righted themselves (if you can overlook liberals who habitually play the race card in the face of any disagreement all these years after Martin Luther King, Jr. and in the wake of electing a partially black president). But the evidence continues on today with the love affair that liberals and media have for anything labeled revolt, regardless of the rebels’ cause.
Take a look at Athens. Twenty-somethings and younger protest that they might not get to retire when they become the ripe old age of, what, 55? The fact that young countrymen love their entitlements three to four decades away more than they love their Greece now, and have no desire to sacrifice and rescue it from inevitable ruin is telling in this age of self, party and union over country. It has become the new American model in spite of the fact that we can gaze daily at European financial charts – all of which look like a child’s sketch of sky-to-earth lightning – and ignore the results of a system our irresponsible majority leadership painstakingly tries to emulate hourly.
The complete irony lost on the media is that these pet revolutionaries, unlike the courageous dissenters of yore, protest that, because of a nation’s mismanaged economy and entitlement programs, more provisions must be freely given or re-distributed to them, the non-contributors (the very practice that has brought on the economic ills). So, their solution is more wasteful reward for their idleness or failure.
In foreign affairs, the media, on cue from Barack Obama, embraced the Arab spring. What lies ahead now for our nation whose president went all in with anything that threatened the status quos over there remains to be seen. Libya and Egypt may well become more problemmatic to surrounding countries and to Israel’s security, respectively, as well as to our own. Should hostilities increase against our loyal and devoted ally, the US will have to decide once and for all where it stands with Israel. Obama’s good will toward the Jewish people is hardly a given, and everyone knows the occupiers’ shallow and collective opinion of them.
But as Stengel implies with a magazine cover honoring the disorganized or violent protester, wasn’t it great fun raising our NATO disguised fist along with Libyan rebels (not to mention the brutal killing of its dictator) and all but sponsoring the resignation of former Egyptian President Mubarak, a flawed but stable US ally, in similar fashion to the snubbing of the Shah of Iran in the dark Jimmy Carter days. (And don’t forget where that has brought us). Now we can only cross our fingers with the vacuum that exists in both of those countries for opportunistic, extremist Islamic underminings – all with the ever antagonistic, but never seriously challenged, Iran in the wings.
And was there a magazine cover in tribute to Iran’s demonstrators when they took to the streets and were crushed by the state in a quick response that featured disappearances, imprisonment, and death? (But as with the president, properly addressing that would have called for uncowardly initiative on the editor’s part).
Otherwise, the message is clear with Time magazine. If you protest, you need neither an alternative proposal to the subject of your grievance, nor a venue for debate or the exchange of ideas. You simply need to be angry to the point of lawlessness, and start breaking things or defacing property. Against that very backdrop, the Tea Party has been mocked and attacked by every liberal leader and any so-called media giant, be it the New York Times or MSNBC (which, along with Time, represents three failing businesses, ironically, for not conducting the business of objective reporting).
The Tea Party stands for small government, judicial deference to the US Constitution, controlled spending, and a balanced budget. It’s organizers pay for all applicable permits to assemble in public. Its participants respect property and pick up after themselves. After dispersing, there is probably no physical evidence they were even there. Still, the media all but cries, “Hide the kids!”, then promotes a certain congresswoman on prime time screaming out that the Tea Party can go straight to hell.
The American citizenry, as a whole, is still a high-minded and ethical society subjected to the cultural joker’s masks as shown above. It’s time for its proud people to demand positive change – driven by conviction, resolve, and action going forward, rather than unworthy recognition, pipe dreams and the egging on of recent months.
With Time magazine naming the generic protester in all its unflattering forms as Person of the Year, I guess we should take some comfort knowing that the distiction is shared with one other notorious recipient of that honor in 1938 – the inimitable Adolf Hitler.
And with that, I’m off for a family vacation to Orlando for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. I had better not encounter anything that even smells of Occupy Walt Disney World while I’m there.
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