The Passing Parade: Cheap Shots from a Drive By Mind

"...difficile est saturam non scribere. Nam quis iniquae tam patiens urbis, tam ferreus, ut teneat se..." " is hard not to write Satire. For who is so tolerant of the unjust City, so steeled, that he can restrain himself... Juvenal, The Satires (1.30-32)

Friday, March 26, 2010

MARCH ON WASHINGTON: And so there they were, the Congressional Black Caucus, marching bravely through the mobs of racist tea partiers screaming racial epithets and spitting upon the tribunes of the people as they went up the stairs into the Capitol to do the nation’s business. Having reached the safety of a friendly press conference, the members of the Caucus complained mightily of their mistreatment in terms that bordered on the near apocalyptic, except, of course, without the part about no one actually screaming racial epithets and that the one spitting incident seems to have been an accident—a tea partier let some spit fly as he was shouting a nonracial epithet at one of the Congressmen. In any case, and please forgive me for being cynical here—I assure you it is entirely unintentional—but wasn’t the point of the Congressional Black Caucus’ marching through the outraged throngs of their fellow citizens to elicit the very threats, racial epithets, and assaults on personal dignity the Caucus says it endured, and which no camera in a camera saturated area seems to have recorded, including the cameras of some members of the Caucus carried as they made their way through the maddened racist throng? This last fact is particularly interesting, I think, since if the N-bomb were flying fast and furious during the Caucus’ march to the Capitol we can assume that the video would have hit YouTube that night. That no one has seen the Congressional cameras’ view of these events suggests to me that the files are probably resting on some staff member’s technodork nephew’s computer even as we speak, awaiting epithet insertion at the appropriate places. The left cannot permit the masses’ lack of cooperation to spoil a perfectly good narrative.

After his distressing non-life threatening experience, Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina said that the situation outside the Capitol reminded him of the darker days of the civil rights struggle, and so it should, I think, especially to any white segregationist establishment politician trying to uphold an unpopular law in the face of the principled opposition of the American people. The times, they are a-changin’, ain’t they, boys and girls?

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