November 15, 2004
I've seen 'em
Why are anti-American protesters such flaming assholes? I'm serious about that question. If I were organizing a revolution and I really wanted to bring my message to "the people," the LAST THING I would do is make myself out to be the leader of a raving band of complete nut-logs.
Got-dam! Even the Black Muslims understood that simple fact. Sometimes, you Dress for Success, and have some RULES, even if your cause is is orbiting somewhere out there beyond Pluto. Nobody's gonna take you seriously if your idea of "changing the world" is to drop your britches and shit on the sidewalk. If THAT'S your point, you damn sure proved it, whatever it was.
I'm sorry. I'm ranting. But I visited here and I got carried away.
Theirs was the usual confusing mass of mixed messages: religious pacifists mingled with anarchists; communists selling newspapers for a dollar each; anti-capitalist vegans holding up a banner advertising a “yeast-free” bread shop; a woman -- made up to appear like a victim of multiple gunshot wounds -- lay supine on the sidewalk, draped in an American flag.
Go see the pictures. They're good, too.
Wish I had been there, just to see their faces when the marines showed up. That must have been fun.
Think about the state you have to be in to be anti-American in the first place. You’re probably operating in serious denial and/or from a serious inferiority complex. You may have issues like low self-esteem and/or low intelligence. You might be part of a cult, a behavior pattern which is fed by assholism. You are probably not operating from logic, which is the main antidote to flaming assholes. And you are definitely not operating from tolerance, which is a defining characteristic of Americans and non-assholes. Actually just about all of the things which would prevent one from being an asshole are also things which might prevent anti-American-ism. So in the end it isn’t surprising, it is almost tautological.
P.S. As a Californian I could say the same things apply to anti-Californians. Even though California harbors more than its fair share of anti-Americans and flaming assholes :)
P.P.S. And as a resident of Los Angeles, I could say the same things apply to anti-Los Angelinos. Even though Los Angeles is a world center for anti-Americans, anti-Californians, and flaming assholes :)
Bic lighter and too many beans last night? I dunno...
Thank you for the compliment on the photos.
I have a whole gallery of them up now.
Anytime you come out this way, you're welcome to join us in a counter-protest. We have a damn good time together during...and even more fun later, when we have lunch/dinner/drinks (whatever happens to be on the menu)