i love the smell of moonbats in the morning
[See update(s) at the bottom for more info on the subject]
fas·cism n. often Fascism 1. A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism.
2. A political philosophy or movement based on or advocating such a system of government.
Oppressive, dictatorial control.
In his two comments on the post in question, the writer summons the words of Norman Mailer to dispute my thoughts (scroll down to Prototype), tells me to read 1984 and invokes 1930's Germany.
Oh, how I love when the moonbats come crawling out of the woodwork and profess to know everything about you from one single entry on your website.
In much the same way he accuses right-wingers of blind loyalism, the moonbats subscribe to the same blind loyalty to the stalwarts of their movement. They repeat ad naseum the same mantras heard over and over, they quote the same tired passages from the likes of Mailer, Moore and Chomsky, and they never, ever look beyond what's right in front of their faces.
Gilmore's wearing of that button was nothing more than him stating "Hey, look at me, I'm here to cause controversy!" That was most likely his only statement. I do understand the sentiment behind the words "suspected terrorist," in a way everyone is suspect these days. But I have better sense than to disprupt everyone around me in order to make my views known.
And that is the problem inherent to the far left these days. They care about no one but themselves and their message which, when it boils down to the bottom, is nothing but I Hate George Bush. They will firebomb houses (see, ELF), yell epitaphs at little children in parades (see, Israel parade in NYC), destroy public property (see, G8 protests), support suicide bombers (see, Adam Shapiro), and now, after chastising the Republican party for holding their convention in New York so close to September 11, they are planning on staging "massive" protests in New York on that day.
They do not care about anyone but themselves and their "this makes me feel good, so why not?" attitude. When the counter-culture hippies of the 60's said If it feels good, do it, this is not what they had in mind.
Speak your mind all you want, I have no problem with that. Protest, chant, yell, shout your dissent from the rooftops. You are allowed to do that in this country. But when your activism and grandstanding is only a front for your penchant for pushing buttons, and when those pushed buttons cause all kinds of havoc for many people, the point of the action becomes moot and you become just another blatant example of the selfishness of the far left.
I am not a fascist. I am just someone with a sense of common decency.
UPDATE: Jim sent me a link to this message board which is dealing with the same topic. There's some good debate there by Charles of Six Different Ways, who pretty much sums it up with the line that Gilmore should have been given the opportunity to "weigh his right of expression against the rights of the other passengers."
I did say the airline went overboard. But Gilmore did not care about the rights of the other passengers.
For more insight, scroll down to the 3:37 a.m. post on that link where Charles (who is a liberal, I believe, as well as an attorney), posts on the legal aspects of the case.
UPDATE 2: For some background info, Gilmore is a multimillionaire and one of the people behind Electronic Frontier Foundation.
See this Reason article for more info.