Our buddy DD posted a video, made yesterday, of the Wisconsin protest that he seems to think makes the protesters look bad. The little bit of narrative at the beginning reveals that the person making the video is hostile to the protest (he refers to the protesters as “sheep” at one point).
But I watched the whole thing, and it was inspiring. These are patriotic citizens peacefully assembling to express their grievances of government. This is what America and the Bill of Rights are all about. You watch it and see what you think; maybe I missed something.
Now, my question is — on what planet does this video make the protesters seem bad or corrupt? Or, put another way, how twisted do you have to be to watch this video and interpret it as being anti-protest?
This illustrates brilliantly why it is Right and Left talk past each other. Even when we look at the same thing, what we see is radically different.
At the very beginning of the video, the narrator is baffled by a sign that says “Ethics Trumps ‘Values’ in a Civil Society.” Next to the word “Values,” someone has written in “whose?” Eerily, the video itself makes the same point. The filmmaker’s “values” are that he hates the people he is filming and cannot see them as anything but wrongdoers who don’t deserve to be allowed into the state capitol. And for this reason, he thinks the state is justified in treating the assembled protesters as second-class citizens whose right to be inside the capitol building can be denied. In other words, his subjective “values” trump ethics.
But a democracy, never mind a civil society, cannot operate that way. When people in power can demand their so-called “values” can override ethics and even the law, that’s totalitarianism.
Note that these same righties march around in their pro-liberty T-shirts claiming that they are for “freedom,” but when push comes to shove they run into the waiting arms of the dictator, every time.
Update: Althouse has the same video, and the, um, quadrupedal, ruminant mammals (Ovis aries) that flock to her site are dutifully sneering at the “libtards.”