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The Invisible Bigotry Of Raised Expectations

Last week, I wrote about two stories that, on the surface, didn't have much in common. First up, I wrote about the anti-war nuts in Olympia, Washington who are trying to stop the military from using the port there to move military hardware. Then I wrote about the International Committee of the Red Cross offering a three-day seminar for Palestinian terrorists on the rules of war.

But the more I thought about those stories, and a few others, the clearer I discerned a common thread in there, an insight that tied them -- and a host of others -- together.

I believe it was George W. Bush who started using the phrase "soft bigotry of lowered expectations" to describe the attitude to expect less of people simply based on their race, sex, ethnic background, or other factors.

It's a two-sided coin, however. The flip of that attitude is to expect more from people and groups based on the same factors.

Let's look at the Olympia idiots. They say that the US military is a savage, brutal, terrorist mob and it is their moral duty to stop the movement of war materiel (even that materiel that has been brought back from Iraq for repair and refurbishment). So they stand in front of the gates of the port, making blockades of themselves (and, often, their children) to stop the vehicles.

If these people really believed, in their heart of hearts, that the US military was all the things they say it was, they wouldn't dare do such a thing.

Have you ever seen what a tractor trailer can do to a human being -- or several human beings -- that get in its way? I have. It's not pretty. And if they unloaded the Strykers and drove them through the mobs, the morons would pose even less of an obstacle than the improvised barriers they had put up -- and the people would fare far worse. Remember, Strykers are designed for combat -- a bunch of dipshits with bandannas and candles and the occasional cinderblock or dumpster are nothing compared to RPGs, IEDs, land mines, missiles, automatic weapons, cannons, and other hazards of the modern battlefield.

Likewise, look at the links I posted in my piece on the Red Cross' seminars. Palestinians routinely accuse the Israelis of atrocities, but willfully commit such acts while at the same time depending on the Israelis to not respond in kind. For example, they deliberately target Israeli children (witness the regular rocket attacks on Sderot, one of which was called a "welcome back to school" barrage), yet use children as human shields and fire mortars from the yards of occupied schools. If the Israelis half as unprincipled as the Palestinians say they are, then they wouldn't use such tactics -- because they wouldn't work.

This also ties in to those who have the worst strains of Bush Derangement Syndrome. If he was half as megalomaniacal and evil as they say, they'd have been hauled off to Guantanamo long ago. And we wouldn't bother having these presidential primaries, he'd be declaring himself dictator for life instead of thinking about what he'll do with himself as of January 21, 2009. (Hmm... no more primaries and campaigns? That doesn't sound that bad, really. I might have to think about that one...)

It might be a stretch to call it "bigotry," but I don't really think so. And I think it speaks volumes about the bigots.



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Comments (8)

You make the mistaken assum... (Below threshold)
epador:

You make the mistaken assumption that these folks are indeed sane. Or your prejudice against the mentally unbalanced has raised your expectations of these sad victims of substance and psych-social abuse.

The "Anti-War nuts" are sab... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

The "Anti-War nuts" are saboteurs and should be treated as such.

If these people really b... (Below threshold)

If these people really believed, in their heart of hearts, that the US military was all the things they say it was, they wouldn't dare do such a thing.

Which really points out the stunted character of these people. They really rely upon the moral character of the people they libel/slander/attack NOT to respond as they charge. Such reliance belies their slanders.

Gandhi never would have succeeded if his "nonviolent protests" had been made in say, Germany of 1940, rather than British-occupied India.

I just watched the movie <i... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

I just watched the movie Bug. About 3/4 of the way through I realized that the whole thing is an allegory about liberal Democrats. This realization made the movie bearable and somewhat entertaining. Watch it to see what I mean. You'll see lots of tinfoil, the nefarious plans of the Bilderbergers exposed, and more.

As a flip side to your flip... (Below threshold)
MagicalPat:

As a flip side to your flip side, I wonder how the media and these same people would react if this type of demonstration were put on daily in front of abortion clinics.

What would they call someone who stood in front of an abortion doctors vehicle with their children at their side? What would they do if the medical supplies to carry out the procedure were sabotaged and blocked from entering the facility?

We already know that they want anyone who dares to throw a rock through a window at an abortion clinic treated like terrorist. We also know they want to ban people from carrying anti-baby killing signs.

Ah, the smell of double standards is as pleasant as a fart in a sulfur factory.

What these particular anti-... (Below threshold)
Dave:

What these particular anti-war idiots fail to realize is that they are using the same tactics of the insurgency in Iraq, albeit without explosives. It reminds me of the ultra-liberal radicals of the 60's, who blew up buildings in the name of peace.

No good bunch of wackos sho... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

No good bunch of wackos should be at home and sending their kids to school instead of running around in some stupid protest. Its just they want the attention of the liberal left-wing news media and perhapes some hollywood director making some crappy movie about them

As FrnakJ once said, they'r... (Below threshold)
Veeshir:

As FrnakJ once said, they're playing Live Action Role Playing games.
They get to pretend they're fighting the Evil Bush Cabal instead of vampires, but it's really just the same thing.

As for the Palestinians, they only mouth that stuff to allow the NYTimesWashPostCNNABCCBSNBCetc. to practice the moral equivalence game. I bet it used to totally crack Yassir and the boys up. I would be surprised if they didn't make it a game. "Let's see how ridiculous a statement can we make about the US or Israel and still get it printed in the NY Times."
It surely seemed that way to me.




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