From the first Morning Jolt of the week:
Winter in Raging Whiner Nation
This weekend in San Francisco, leftists turned on leftists:
Approximately 300 people shut down Castro Street on Saturday during the night when most people are going to bars. Activists chose the Castro “because it is a space dominated by white middle class men, and is symbolic of the racial divide within the LGBT community and gentrification in San Francisco in general.”
Activists also wanted to draw attention to the fact that the Castro supports LGBT related organizations that are generally “apathetic” towards black and brown people.
Meanwhile, across the country . . .
Officials from the Massachusetts State Police and Easton Fire Department are reporting that an ambulance responding to violent car accident was blocked from traveling to a Boston hospital on Thursday.
Massachusetts State Police Superintendent Timothy P. Alben told reporters during a press conference that an Easton ambulance carrying car crash victims in serious condition had to be diverted to a lower-level hospital because of the protests.
About 11 people were arrested by police for blocking I-93 north near East Milton Square on Thursday as part of an action by the #BlackLivesMatter protest movement. The protesters blocked traffic by locking themselves together with the help of concrete filled barrel they transported to the site with a rented box truck.
Hey, protesters, #CrashVictimsLivesMatter.
Then of course, we have the brunch protesters:
In a twist on sit-in-style protests, civil rights activists entered several restaurants in New York City and Oakland, Calif., on Sunday in what organizers billed as “Black Brunch.”
About three dozen people participated in demonstrations in New York, where they momentarily “disrupted” meals at popular midtown eateries, including Lallisse, Maialino and Pershing Square — places protesters identified as predominantly “white spaces.”
Storming into bars and restaurants, locking themselves to concrete-filled-barrels and blocking Interstates . . . this is the progressive grassroots of 2015. This is the Left, capital-L. This is blind fury, lashing out at others for having the audacity to drink beverages, eat brunch, or commute in a manner that the self-appointed arbiters of justice on the Left deem insufficiently down with the cause. There is no actual “activism” here. There is no attempt at persuasion here. There is no thought here. There is only resentment and anger and a desire to lash out at anybody who isn’t one of them. There’s no agenda or plan to actually improve things. There’s no call to action. It’s just rage-whining.
My fellow men and women of the Right . . . yes, we have our bad days. Yes, there are times somebody on our side embarrasses us or does something stupid. But we can all thank our lucky stars we don’t have idiots, losers, and misanthropic rage-mongers like this claiming to act in the name in our cause.
Notice that there’s not a single prominent member of the Democratic party willing to call out this idiocy for what it is. Notice that the furies are disrupting life in Oakland, Boston, San Francisco, and New York City, places where Republicans, much less conservatives, are few and far between. The far Left is making life miserable for the rank-and-file Democrats, and Mayor de Blasio, Governors Andrew Cuomo and Jerry Brown, and President Obama are nowhere to be found, nothing to say. They can’t take the Left on too directly or too loudly.
There’s not one of them willing to say, “You’re not allowed to do this, because you’re impeding the rights of your fellow Americans, and you’re making a mockery of the ideals you claim to uphold.”
There’s a long, colorful history of the lunatic, paranoid Left turning against the slightly-less Left. I was amused to read recently that a late-1960s radical feminist group called the “Redstockings” accused Gloria Steinem of being a CIA agent:
FACT: Gloria Steinem is a CIA Agent and everything she has ever done throughout her adult life has been under the direction of the CIA.
FACT: Gloria Steinem was recruited into the CIA before she even graduated high school.
Stupid Leftists – or we could call them “rage-whiners,” whichever term you prefer – aren’t quite ruining this country, but they’re throwing sand in the gears. There’s an opening here for a real leader, for somebody who is willing to stand up and say, “The moment somebody gets in the way of a good person trying to get to work, arrest the bastard. The moment somebody starts disrupting a restaurant patrons just trying to eat their meal, call the cops and have them hauled out – it’s private property.”
As our president asked, “Can’t I just eat my waffle?”