I always thought that conservatives were deeply concerned about civil unrest and too much democracy, while liberals defended free speech - right?
Well yesterday officially marked the moment when either we entered some weird, Star Trek opposite universe or hypocrisy is so prevalent that no one - NO ONE - seems to notice it anymore.
Consider the father of conservatism - James Madison - here quoted on the American Conservative Union webpage bashing democracy along with mob rule. And yet we see conservative journalists of every shape and color lauding these protests. Ah folks, will you be cheering as they charge the Bastille?
Consider the liberal iconic days of the 1960's in which people protested for women's rights, gay rights, animal rights, gay-female-animal rights, about as frequently as people drink lattes today. And yet yesterday we saw Keith Olbermann and a ton of other liberal outlets ridiculing people for engaging in free speech. Next thing you know liberals will be idealizing George Wallace.
Yes folks, days like yesterday are why I could no longer, with a straight face, teach about politics anymore. Principles get thrown out the window in a heartbeat. It's about winning, power, access to resources to give to your friends, and then justifying it with broad platitudes. All the while the rest of us pay the bills and continue to struggle along.