Saturday, May 17, 2014

The fall of the 'American Spring'

I don't know if you heard or not, but some self-styled patriots converged on Washington, D.C yesterday to demand the resignation of President Obama on what they referred to as an "American Spring," aping the "Arab spring" of a couple of years ago that toppled a number of dictators. They bragged that 10 to 30 million people would show.

And how many did? By one estimate, 126. So if you hadn't heard, well, you weren't the only ones. Maybe they didn't get the memo or something ...

But seriously, apparently these folks live in such a bubble that they don't realize that most of the rest of the nation doesn't hate the president as much as they do.

More to the point, the demonstrators in Arab countries were in their 20s and 30s, in contrast to the baby-boomers who were making a lot of noise here, and were demanding good governance, not the head of someone they see as a mere political adversary.

And something more important: The folks who cry "tyranny" at the drop of a hat are the ones most likely to engage in it down the road. Oh, and did you know that calling for the overthrow of the government is considered treason?

So it's probably a good thing that these fellas got little play. They're not worth it.

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