America Seems Fed Up With Peaceniks.....

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at VERIZON.NET
Fri Nov 9 15:10:06 MST 2007

L. Brent Bozell


"Peace" Movement Passe?
by <>L. Brent Bozell III
October 30, 2007 <>
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If the “peace” movement holds a protest and no 
one in the press covers it, does it still exist? 
If Americans are sick of the war, they’re also 
sick of the “anti-war.” Even the media have grown 
anti-war-weary. Rallies on October 27 drew only perfunctory news mentions.

The peaceniks have now become a bipartisan 
political problem, now that the Democrats who 
control Congress haven’t dared to placate the 
radicals by cutting off money for the troops. 
Cindy Sheehan is threatening to run against House 
Speaker Nancy Pelosi. But suddenly – surprise, 
surprise – the media aren’t interested in 
Sheehan’s new crusade. Crusades only have a point 
when it’s an anti-Republican point. Camping out 
against Bush during his Texas vacation was news, 
fun news, important news. But running against 
Speaker Pelosi is not news. It’s a sign your 
fifteen minutes of fame are all used up.

So they’re getting desperate. The radical group 
named “Code Pink” drew some ink by getting right 
in the Secretary of State’s face during a 
congressional hearing. The ugly Pink lady charged 
forward with blood on her hands to charge Condi 
Rice with being responsible for mass killing. 
NBC’s Matt Lauer tried to prod Rice into 
condemning this crude publicity stunt. To her 
credit, Rice simply rolled her eyes at the pink protester.

Others continue to jump-start the Sixties. A 
“peace” concert at the Episcopalian National 
Cathedral in Washington starring some 
retirement-age hippies, David Crosby and Graham 
Nash, was followed by a sympathetic tour through 
the liberal 24-hour news networks. These aren't 
Code Pink crazies, but in their own way they’re equally out of sync.

On MSNBC’s “Hardball,” Crosby lamented how our 
soldiers are – to borrow an old phrase – poor, 
uneducated, and easy to command types. “You know, 
on the one hand you've got a young kid who is 
patriotic, who loves his country, believes in it 
and he's being told, ‘Yeah this is the truth and 
we've gotta go in there to protect your mother 
and your sister.’ And he goes over and he finds 
out the job is killing somebody else's mother and sister."

“Where have all the flowers gone...?”

Our commanders are urging the troops to fire on 
innocent Iraqi women and children? Chris Matthews 
should have been outraged. Instead, he could only 
manage to say supportively “Yeah, yeah.” Crosby, 
perhaps hearing himself trashing the troops, 
tried to reel it back in: “We can't be wasting 
some of the best young people we have sending 
them over there to be killed and then, killing 
hundreds of thousands of Iraqis at the same 
time.” They’re the “best young people we have,” 
but they slaughter innocent women and children at the drop of an officer’s hat.

MSNBC is at best a wobbly-kneed “news” network 
when hackneyed left-wing rock stars unspool crazy 
talk against our troops. Here’s what Matthews 
should have said: “Boys and girls, this is your 
brain on drugs.” If he wasn't going to demand an 
apology, he could at least he could warn children 
of the danger of pharmaceuticals.

Over on CNN, reporter Carol Costello said Crosby 
and Nash were complaining the power of protest 
was ebbing because of Bush’s “brainwashing.” Out 
came the Bush the Dictator lines. Nash: “It’s the 
administration controlling the populace.” Crosby: 
“You can watch all of these same moves out of any 
other dictatorship or junta,” to which Nash blurted out: “Emperor.”

After hearing all this loony banter about the 
Bush Reich, it’s amazing these men are still 
thrilling tie-dyed audiences with the song “Teach 
Your Children Well.” Their political theories 
prove they haven't learned anything since the 
acid trips of the late Sixties. Even these 
factually-challenged “news” segments feel like 
the networks are going through the motions. Not even they are buying it.

The “peace” protesters face a real crisis here. 
Under the loaded rules of protest media coverage, 
the cameras are almost required to show up 
whenever 150, or 50, or four people gather on 
behalf of a “progressive” cause. (By contrast, 
conservatives can turn out 80,000 at pro-life 
marches and their coverage is zilch.) Leftist 
protests never seem like a “pseudo-event” – an 
event staged solely for the cameras – when the 
reporters arrive to sell breathlessly the 
continental shift of the American people that the 
protesters allegedly represent.

But the people today are sour. Harry Reid and 
Nancy Pelosi have lower approval ratings than 
President Bush. Right now, the “peace” movement 
looks passe. They have no energy, and nothing 
original to say, and with the change in Congress, 
they have no more public-relations magic. They 
better not stand in front of a banner reading “Mission Accomplished.”

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