Protesting as if it meant something.
S.V. has been observing the treatment of Tibetan protestors at the hands of the host of the next Olympics. This causes him to wonder at the cluelessness of some citizens of the United States.
There are 130, and counting, Tibetans who have assumed room temperature because they have dared to criticize their Chinese Communist oppressors: Occupiers of Tibet since 1951. Unlike Berkeley, California rhetoric regarding Marine Corps Recruiters; Oppressors and Occupiers actually mean something in this case.
The Chinese have killed over a million Tibetans, established a Gulag, stripped the region of its culture and crushed civil liberty. In short, the Tibetan protests are about actual freedom. For a start, the freedom to speak out publicly without being killed.
We see Tibetans beaten every day on television lately – which is as much an indication of the Chinese regard for “world opinion” as it is evidence of their vicious Maoist heritage. In the words of Michelle Obama, the ChiComs are “just downright mean,” they preside over “a nation of struggling folks who are barely making it every day” who are “guided by fear” – in ways Michelle Obama probably can’t conceive. The Chinese totalitarians, moreover, do not inspire pride in country.
The United States, on the other hand, tolerates and even celebrates protesters. These range from those who shout “God Damn America” from their pulpits to those who would break into a church during Easter Sunday service in order to throw blood on the worshippers, including children. The difference between freedom and lack thereof is demonstrated by the fact that the preacher in the former example is still free to spew his vitriol, and that all six blood-slingers are still among the living. Further, their mug shots show no evidence of beating.
If they had done this in Tibet, where pitching blood on a Commissar might have had some relevance, I think two of them would be dead and the rest wouldn’t be able to stand unassisted.
In 1989 the Tiananmen protesters made this. It doesn’t necessarily follow that they had pride in the United States, but it most certainly meant they thought WE ought to have it. In 1989 Michelle Obama was 25.
I doubt Jeremiah Wright, Michelle Obama, Donte D. Smith, Ephran Ramirez Jr., Ryane Ziemba, Mercedes Phinaih, Regan Maher, or Angela Haban actually understand any of this. It would help if they looked here, here and here.