I know Scott Koenig (“know” in the internet sense, that is, not the biblical or any other one) from back when he was just the Indepundit and before he was known far and wide as LT Smash (and no, I didn’t figure that one out until he told me himself); we e-mailed and traded links back and forth for a good while way back when. When he went back to active duty and was preparing to be sent back to the Sandbox I e-mailed a thank-you for his service and wished him godspeed and a safe return, and now it looks like I owe him another thank-you. Really, we all do; Scott has put himself on the front lines once again, and he’s making a principled, courageous stand against the enemies of freedom, this time here at home:
IT ALL STARTED three months ago, when I attended a “peace rally” in Balboa Park. I went “undercover” and alone, in an effort to gain a better understanding of the people behind the movement.
What I learned on that day shocked me into action: these people were not just opposed to the war in Iraq, many of them were openly advocating support for our enemies, and some even went so far as to call for a “worker’s revolution” in America.
The following day, I volunteered to be the leader of the newly formed San Diego chapter of Protest Warrior.
Three weeks later, we held our first event: an infiltration of an anti-freedom rally in Logan Heights. Fifteen of us managed to blend in with the A.N.S.W.E.R. crowd. When I identified myself to the organizers as a veteran, I was even invited to speak at their rally – before a representative of the neo-Stalinist Worker’s World Party recognized that the messages on our signs had not been pre-approved by the Central Committee, blowing our cover.
Since that day, we have held a series of counter-protests against the radical left in our community. Our numbers have been steadily growing, and our methods have become more and more sophisticated.
This past Saturday, we raised the bar even higher.
Read all of this one, and be thankful that we have men like Scott on our side. We’re in a war here, folks, and not all the battles will be fought “over there.” One hates to think of it, but I can’t avoid the conclusion that there will be bloodshed here too before it’s all over. We can lament it, we can agonize over the sorry pass the Left has brought us to, but it’s not going to help anybody to shy away from it.
The hard Left in this country has grown accustomed to having its own way. The media and the Dems have pandered to them for years now, giving them a free pass in news stories, op-eds, and interviews, lobbing softball questions at their preferred candidates while working overtime to lambaste anyone who disagrees. The hard Left has been content to hide behind the skirts of mainstream libs and the Democratic Party while working behind the scenes to push their protectors ever leftward.
We now live in a society where a moderate like Bush is routinely denounced everywhere as a “right-wing extremist” — but it’s considered dirty pool to call people who promote socialism here “socialists.” Liberals shy away from the “liberal” tag like a skittish horse from a firecracker, and there’s a reason for that. The reason is that liberals know that there is a vast number of Americans who believe, as Reagan did, that big government is usually not the solution but the problem, and that America is not wholly to blame for all the world’s ills. Since they’re pro-big government (another truth they go out of their way to hide and/or deny) and anti-American, their only hope for grasping and keeping power is subterfuge. For the hard Left, whose anti-Americanism is more hardened and clearly defined, the situation is even more dire.
There are still plenty of people out there who sympathize with some of the Left’s goals — they wonder why we can’t have things like Euro-style universal health care, a higher minimum wage, more gun control, and so on — but don’t see the essential contradiction between socialism and the American way of doing things, and still basically consider themselves patriotic Americans. The Left depends on the blindness of their dupes for its eventual success and therefore must attempt to keep their facade of reasonableness and moderation intact. They know that mainstream liberal Americans won’t relish the prospect of another American Civil War and most likely won’t be willing to engage in a stand-up fight for the purpose of advancing the agenda of total state control under one world government via the UN. So they dissemble.
And the media helps out any way they can. The situation in Iraq is getting better, not worse, so they have to paint a picture of failure, chaos, and sinister intent by any and all means. They report relentlessly on any bad news they can find and ignore or bury the good. They simper on about Abu Ghraib and ignore the hideous atrocities of our enemies. Before the successful war in Iraq (not without missteps, not without mistakes, sure — but none but a liberal would ever claim that we could move forward there without making a few), they seemed content with innuendo — as in the relentless claims that “Bush lied” about an “imminent threat” — and character assassination — as in the “Bush was AWOL” story and other like fabrications that failed to catch on with anyone but themselves. But as their cause has become more truly and completely hopeless, they’ve now resorted to out-and-out lying.
And the Dems have to go along too, because they’ve spent the years since the 60’s (their long-past watershed, one they’re still plainly nostalgic for – otherwise, Ted Kennedy would have been universally recognized long ago as the cartoonish misogynistic buffoon he is) pandering to the enemies of freedom on the hard Left and can’t turn it around now. They don’t dare risk offending their base, and their base is Left. But they don’t seem to realize that the Left is leading them slowly, inexorably, to a quite likely violent confrontation with the part of America they ridicule and deride when they’re not ignoring it entirely. The hard Left knows this quite well. The liberals can’t bear to look — and both depend on forbearance based on love of country on the part of the rest of us to avert it.
Too shrill, too alarmist, too wild-eyed a statement for you? Don’t think that there’s a real enemy fifth-column of hard Leftists pushing an anti-American agenda behind the scenes? Well, take a look at this. Then, if you still think the Left is just misguided and not actively aligned with this nation’s enemies, have a gander at this. Finally, just to complete the picture, take a look at…oh, anything Michael Moore has ever said, and especially notice who’s leading the hallelujah chorus for his latest pack of anti-American lies. If you still need convincing, I’d suggest you look through the archives here for plenty more evidence of the same.
One of the salutary effects of the 9/11 attacks was that the silent majority of mainstream Americans woke up to what has been going on here since about 1968 or so. Suddenly, after years of mockery and scorn that had the effect of silencing people who had a deep, abiding, and entirely honorable patriotism, we found our voices after having spent almost four decades quietly and ruefully shaking our heads every time we saw another moderate Republican attacked by some mainstream news-reader as an “extremist,” or American generosity in response to another overseas crisis as “not enough,” or America-based corporations as “evil,” or American military might as “dangerous,” “imperialistic,” and “provocative.” Enough was enough, and plenty of us said so, and are saying it still.
Suddenly, news anchors were wearing flag pins in their lapels and for the most part looking very sheepish and uncomfortable doing so. They took them off as quickly as they possibly could, and some even complained at the time about the “jingoistic” nature of even that small a nod toward support for the country that guarantees their freedom to proselytize, but they wore them just the same. And the reason for that is the same as the reason I cited above: there were simply too many of us out there with flag stickers on our cars to safely ignore, much less openly make sport of as they were accustomed to doing. The ground had shifted under their very feet, and all they could really do was hope we’d forget so things could go back to pre-9/11 normal.
This puzzled the liberals and enraged the hard Left, and after a brief period when they dared not speak their minds honestly and fully (or so they thought) for fear of a reprisal most of us would have been very reluctant indeed to even contemplate due to our respect for the Constitutional guarantee of free speech for all, they went back to their old anti-American thrust-and-parry. Their subdued sympathy for the victims of 9/11 wasn’t matched by a cold fury (ahem) and a desire to see justice done at last, because it was as counterfeit and shallow as that of most of the rest of the world. Their desire (grudgingly posited, with many a “but…”) to see a real war against terrorism, after years of “police action” and UN dithering had failed to accomplish anything worthy of note, was fraudulent; deep down, they thought and still do think that we had it coming. They had to sneak around once again and find ways to euphemize it, but the sentiment is there, plainly visible with every word they utter in opposition to the very concept of a “war on terrorism.” They don’t support any aspect of this war; they’ve sought to undermine it at every turn, and will continue to do so.
They opposed removing the Taliban, in spite of their disingenuous complaints now that Iraq inappropriately diverted attention from the hunt for bin Laden. They opposed removing Saddam, and objected to it in exactly the same terms and for the same reasons. When the time comes to defang Iran, or Syria, or any of several other terrorist-sponsoring states, they’ll oppose that too, in the same way and for the same underlying reason: because a strong, confident, victorious America will guarantee defeat for their cause more surely than anything else ever could.
They don’t support making war on terrorists and their sponsors simply because they can’t afford for us to win and don’t want to be seen as rooting for our defeat (except for a handful of true extremists who deeply loathe this country and don’t care who knows it because of their deep-seated psychological need to perceive themselves as eternally put-upon outsiders, victims of a cold, unfeeling world – dysfunction, thy name is Rall). They refuse to connect any dots at all because they can’t allow the rest of us to see clearly what we all already know in our hearts: that when it comes to Islamist terrorism, all are one. All they can do is take feeble swipes at Bush for failing to do pre-9/11 what they refuse utterly to do post-9/11 — and, of course, try to make Kerry look like something he’ll never be: presidential. That, or they can vote for Nader.
And the Dems are stuck with them. John Kerry hasn’t a prayer of winning the election because too many of us know what the Left can’t afford to acknowledge: he will not prosecute the WoT fully and without regard for an “international opinion” guided not by concern for the security of the free world but by narrow self-interest and a desire to see American resolve and power thwarted. Or, in other words, the very thing the Left hopes to achieve through victory at the polls mitigates strongly against victory at the polls. Their intent trumps their ability to achieve it, and their strategy renders their tactics ineffectual. And more of us are waking up to that reality every day, spin as they might.
The Dems laid down with the dogs years ago. All that’s left for them now, and for us, is to watch them scratch at the fleas and puzzle over how they got them. Bush will win in November, barring some incredible and unforeseeable catastrophe. When he does, watch for the now-desperate hard Left to get violent. It’s another battle they won’t and cannot win, but it’s the one that in the end they’ll have no choice but to fight. They’ve done it to themselves, and therefore my sympathy is limited at best.
The Left has been spoiling for a real fight for years now, and they’re most likely going to get it. It’s the awful truth, and I don’t see anything standing in the way of it but the Left’s own innate sneaky cowardice. When push comes to shove, perhaps the Left will be willing to put down their Bushitler signs and go home peacefully. But they’re not the majority, they never will be, and the only way they can win is through deceit, disinformation, intimidation, and, ultimately, violence. Scott’s fighting the good fight here, and we all ought to be out doing more of this sort of thing — speaking out before it’s too late to change the minds of the uninformed, and the dupes are standing shoulder to shoulder on the front lines with their manipulators. God help us if it should come to that at last.