The American Way: Mobs in the Streets


By: Thomas E. Brewton

Ralph Neas’s “People For The American Way” wants us to follow the path of France’s revolutionary socialism: let street mobs determine national policy. Mexican illegals are their acolytes.

The “Who We Are” page of People For The American Way displays a portrait of the organization’s president Ralph Neas, who is quoted: “We’re fighting to maintain and expand 50 years of legal and social justice progress that right-wing leaders are trying to dismantle. We won’t let them turn back the clock on our rights and freedoms.” Social justice, of course, is code for socialism’s basic remedy for society’s ills, that is, to redistribute income in order to make everyone equally poor and thereby entirely dependent upon the collectivized welfare-state. This is the “50 years” of progress that actually commenced 75 years ago with Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal.

The People For The American Way’s ideal society is that of the feckless and clueless multitudes in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, who were so enervated by generations of welfare dependency that they knew only to sit down and wait until the government came to feed, clothe, and house them.

How are the liberals to attain this Nirvana? Our clue is the web page’s headline “Taking Action to Defend Democracy,” which features photographs of street mobs waving placards with their demands.

The essential political innovation of socialism was using propaganda to foment street mobs that intimidate politicians and may even lead to violent revolution. Evanescent and volatile public opinion is to become the standard for political action. Established law, history, and tradition are to be cast aside as decadent conservatism.

Forty plus years of pamphleteering by France’s revolutionary philosophers culminated in the July 14, 1789, mobs rampaging through the streets of Paris and hanging government officials and Catholic priests from the lampposts. This revered and glorious tradition is now on display for the many-thousandth time, with the student and labor union protests against new employment regulations. It’s the French way to legislate.

If it’s good enough for their socialist forebears, why not for the followers of John Kerry, Teddy Kennedy, Charles Schumer, Hillary Clinton, and Nancy Pelosi? Why not for the Mexican illegals?

In neither case does established law and clearly defined Constitutional principle figure into the process. It’s just a matter of what liberals think the law ought to be. It’s just a matter of how much opinion-poll pressure people like Ralph Neas can foment.



Thomas E. Brewton is a staff writer for the New Media Alliance, Inc. The New Media Alliance is a non-profit (501c3) national coalition of writers, journalists and grass-roots media outlets.

His weblog is THE VIEW FROM 1776 (www.thomasbrewton.com)

About The Author Thomas E. Brewton:
Thomas E. Brewton is a staff writer for the New Media Alliance, Inc. The New Media Alliance is a non-profit (501c3) national coalition of writers, journalists and grass-roots media outlets.
Website:http://www.thomasbrewton.com/

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