Thursday, July 21, 2016

You’re On Fire, Stupid!

Clipped from WSJ web site credit European PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

It is a moment that should be captured and framed for more than its comic, irony.  As the Wall Street Journal described it:

“A crowd of hundreds of police officers, reporters, and onlookers swarmed around the flag burning protest carried out by a small number of communist activists.As the flag began to burn, it touched the back of one of the protesters, prompting a senior police officer to begin shouting “You’re on fire, stupid! You’re on fire!”At that point, police officers – some on horseback and some with bicycles – moved in to isolate and handcuff a small number of protesters.Police said two of their officers were assaulted, suffering minor injuries. It was not immediately clear how many people were charged with crimes as a result of the incident.”

I know, its almost too perfect. While the ignoramuses and terrorists (in this case they style themselves as communist revolutionaries) play out their destructive dramas and make war on reality, it is left to the police who are pledged to protect and serve to save them from the fantasy that they were making a “political statement” and prevent them from burning themselves along with the flag. 

As if that were not enough, the flag burners are wearing black t-shirts emblazoned with this logo:

Note the flaming color of the lettering, what a brilliant garment to set on fire with you in it!

So who is BA? Non other than Bob Avakian, a sad little aging communist revolutionary apparently still pining for the salad days of the revolution that never came in Berkeley. BA has been stalwartly manning the run-down, shop worn roadside commie sales booth since the sixties. He is still mongering the same, tainted, fermenting fruit salad of one-world liberation of the dispossessed masses that most of the rest of us recognized at the time as not just pathetically impractical but far more oppressive and lethal than almost any alternative. Just think of Mao, Stalin and Lenin (who are BA’s inspirations and exemplars) and the millions that were liberated from their earthly existence under their regimes and you get the picture. 

I’ve been to his web site, I hate to give him the clicks but I just had to do it. Take my word for it, its only good for a reminder of the crap that many more people used to accept as thought than do now. Oh, those “Heady” days of the drugs, sex, rock and roll.  Once again, even nostalgia isn’t what it used to be. Anyway, I’ve been to the web site so you don’t have to. It is mainly about flogging his film, radio show and his warped view of the world. Here is the centerpiece quote, apparently from his movie:

"Those this system has cast off, those it has treated as less than human, can be the backbone and driving force of a fight not only to end their own oppression, but to finally end all oppression, and emancipate all of humanity.”

Human beings are funny, aren’t they? “The end of all oppression”, Emancipate all of humanity” It sounds too good to be true. That’s because it is. We already have (at least the post Obama remnants of) the system that has done the most in human history to reduce oppression and increase emancipation and we have seen the evidence of what Communism’s alternative are. I’ve already mentioned Stalin, Lenin and Mao but you can add in Chavez’s legacy in Venezuela where thousands are flooding into neighboring countries to avoid depravation and starvation, and don’t forget Pol Pot and the millions of innocents who died in the killing fields.  It is amazing that the idiots that rail against capitalism and the “antquated constitution of the U.S. seem willing to believe in the utopian ravings of a blatant self-promoter who wants to bring the utopia of communism here. So why should we be surprised when they set their stupid selves on fire.

The Cleveland cop summed it up better than I can, “You’re on fire, stupid!” 

God bless the police, I would have been tempted to let them burn.

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