Carol Platt Liebau: The False "Romance" of Protest

Friday, April 14, 2006

The False "Romance" of Protest

Rosa Brooks has nothing but contempt for Americans who won't take to the streets in protest, like many illegal immigrants have done in response to proposed immigration reform legislation.

How hilarious. How like a leftist. Because the fact is that, contrary to what Professor Brooks asserts, none of the protests have prompted Republicans to "reconsider" parts of the bill. Rather, the protests have, it seems, worked against the protestors' interests, hardening unfortunate (and no doubt inaccurate) impressions on the part of many in Middle America that the protesting illegals are more interested in asserting non-existent rights to citizenship than in following American laws.

Liberals like Rosa Brooks somehow cherish the notion that street protests are noble, romantic, empowering -- an expression of collective outrage by engaged citizens. Actually, street protests -- including the ones she points out overseas -- are the signs of profound political failure. They occur most often against political systems that aren't working, because they don't have more peaceful and effective ways of gauging, representing, responding to and incorporating the opinions of the unhappy protestors (setting aside, of course, the regimes like China, Iran, N. Korea and Saddam's Iraq, where protestors are simply jailed or killed).

Rose Brooks may be sorry that there aren't more street protests in the U.S. I'm glad. And proud.


Blogger Sven said...

Amen to that. I noticed "Ms." Brooks didn't come clean about her own disruptive, law-breaking public transportation protest stunt.

Sure, she got a lot of public sympathy, but only because MSM totally bought into her sob-story persona. She was portrayed as a venerable, frail ladyfinger just trying to get to work when in fact she was a 42-year-old radical lefty with years of extreme activism under her belt.

Let's hear the whole story, Rosa, not just about how "The Man" is keepin' you down.

11:38 AM  
Blogger COPioneer said...

I don't agree that the hardening of Red-State America against the non-existent rights of the illegals is unfortunate.
Wouldn't their protests have been much more effective if they had brandished American Flags and shouted "I Love America, Mexico is a dictatorship, I just want to work"... 'sigh' One can dream.

11:52 AM  
Blogger dodger said...

They must be down there thinking as they march along how they are going to be the change agent, just as I sit here wearing my fingers to the nub, also thinking somebody gives a rats rump what I say. Knowing they don't is reassuring. Because we aren't governed by protesters, nor should we be, nor should any protester want to live in a country where mobs rule. Yet that, if any, is their message. I would be scared ....less if the President suddenly announced, "Ladies and gentlemen, I am going to follow the demands of dodger writing in todays blog and we are going to do as he instructed." I would, of course, then do as Hill and Kerr do, get the old fingers to work to advise how inept such action would be. You have to believe Hill and Kerr do their about faces just to tweak us, or can they truly not remember what their various positions are?

5:28 PM  

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