Riddle Me This
Note:Thanks and all praise to my compatriot in the metro Detroit zone of Blogistan, Hesiod, for leading me to the videos discussed in this post. You can read his report on what happened at Rockford College. The videos I downloaded and watched came from the video of Chris Hedges’ speech link in the Update section of his post.
I just got done watching the first two parts of a video of somebody just ripping into the junta
during a commencement speech. I’m going to steel myself, and listen to the next two while writing this. Because some people started chanting, they unhooked the sound system, and they have (so far) hurled insults and threats towards the person giving the speech. They just generally seem to be causing a disturbance at the event.
Now, the subject of the speech is war, our lack of understanding of what we are doing right now in the world, and how America’s current course of action looks to him as though we are ruining ourselves. I think he was trying to suggest ways to fix the problem, but I couldn’t hear them because he was shouted over by these people. It was a boring commencement speech, a lot like hundreds of others that day. Mostly.
These dissenters have ruined the graduation event for their own kids! Yes, there were some who applauded the speaker afterwards, and the remarks made about free speech. But there were a significant minority causing a disturbance, and no effort to restrain them by the rest of the crowd. The tape also lets you hear an awful lot of the dissenting opinions of those trying to stop the speech from being heard. And how their dissenting opinions were loudly and intrusively heard by the rest of the people trying to hear what the speaker had to say.
Watching this video, it just feels awful funny to me. I didn’t see these
protesters being rounded up, threatened with expulsion and/or denial of their degree. I didn’t see a rabid cheerleading section, which, if you look closely at several events over time, seems to consist of the exact same people every time. I actually
saw a protest disturbing a peaceful event, and marring it. Oh – that’s right. The words coming from the podium make sense, and need to be said. And it’s not that damn sock puppet mangling them this time, either.
The reality of the situation is that there will always be people like this in any society. They would have been in charge of the lynch mob (and the sheep dip) anytime else in history. With the possible exception of the previous century from time to time, and place to place. Most reasonable individuals tend to leave them be. It is hoped that, if you minimize your dealings with this type of person, you will be okay, they will self-destruct, and life will go on. Some who are almost as vicious as these people, and are responsible for the same sort of disturbance at events with a stridently conservative tone, would seek to eradicate their counterparts on the other side. Just as the fanatics on that
side if the fence would like to do to their counterparts. And the rest of us hope that no crabs will manage to make it out of that particular bucket.
There are also those who do not agree with what is being said, but choose to protest peacefully. Without disturbing others, who may agree with what is being said. Who choose to leave the building while the offensive speech is taking place. Who turn their back on what is being said. Who choose creative and peaceful means to get the point across. As long as they aren’t forcing
their opinions to be heard and/or agreed with, shouldn’t this be within the limits of acceptable behavior?
Anyways, . . . enough biting political discourse from the Funny Farm. Have yourselves a good Memorial Day weekend, if you are in that rarefied atmosphere which gives you the divine right to celebrate this holiday. Maybe you can try to remember those heady days, when life was easier, and we had someone who was actually elected sitting in the Oval Office. I know it’s hard to remember those days, what with all the media hypocrisy and lies, and aWol McDumbAss
swaggering around like a tin-plated dictator with delusions of godhood. But give it a try. It’ll be good for ya. . .