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Is It a Revolution?

racist_signFrom, by Kevin Deanna

The doctor shoved the syringe into the old man’s neck. He collapsed in convulsions before lying still. The Grim Reaper cackled surprisingly loudly in the background, as President Obama (or at least someone with a mask that looked like him) danced in celebration at the macabre spectacle. “There goes the media,” said one of the protesters in disgust as the cameramen predictably ran over to film the farce.

We were outside the Comcast Center at the University of Maryland, protesting President Obama’s latest attempt to smear some lipstick on his effort for healthcare “reform.” A hardy band of about 15 University of Maryland students, fiscal conservatives all, were joined by a protester from DC FreeRepublic holding aloft the Stars and Stripes and the Gadsden flag. At some distance on one side were Randall Terry and his cadre of homicidal doctors and grisly Specters of Death. On the other side, holding the ubiquitous Obama-with-Hitler-mustache signs were a few of the thousand yard stares of LaRouche PAC. Despite rolling their eyes at the other protesters, the students were pleased with the action, confident that President Obama’s speech could at least not be reported as being received with unanimous support by the campus. The emotional pleas by several Campus Progress activists (wearing their official George Soros funded t-shirts) for the media to “stop covering them” went unheeded.

In miniature, this was the Taxpayers March on Washington on September 12, and pretty much every Tea Party protest that has surrounded the healthcare townhalls. There was even that same liberal guy with the giant Public Option Now sign and the shirt with slogans in Hebrew. Every possible facet of the Right has at least implicitly supported these actions, mostly because it centered on precisely the most wonkish, uncontroversial, easily controlled, and most unanimously supported aspect of modern conservatism—limited government. In other words, it centers on the kind of harmless tinkering with the welfare state that the Conservative Movement is all about. From the tax-cutting leftists at Cato, to LP members, to Sarah Palin-loving conservatives, to College Republicans, every single possible person and faction is showing up to these protests, with nary a disagreement between them. Everyone at the protests is reasonably satisfied about how they are going. At the same time, it has attracted those who the Movement either wants to keep some distance from or cast out from respectable society altogether. Hence, the faux horror of leftists who find a sign that upsets their tender sensibilities in a gathering of (depending who you believe) 70,000 to several hundred thousand people.

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