The protests at Mizzou last week are evidence of the new wave of achieving social change: screw those old-fashioned tactics of passive aggression such as peaceful demonstrations, boycotts, petitions. You know, the stuff of the 1960's that ended the Vietnam War, and brought down a president during the Watergate scandal. Well, that was then, and this is now. Those tactics are worn out and tired. We need to resort to 'new' methods to achieve our goals.
The targets of those antiquated tactics have over time figured out how to use effective countervailing measures to lessen the impact of these quasi-legal methods to achieve their usually nefarious goals of free stuff, free services or a change in the status quo.
No, the tactics of miscreants among us such as 'Black Lives Matter,' 'Occupy Wall Street' and now 'S.W.I.N.E.:' Students Wildly Indignant about Nearly Everything (a parody of the student protests of the 1960's by MAD Magazine nearly 50 years ago) have gone retro: real, live aggression. You know, fists, clubs, knives, torches, bombs, that's the way to effect change nowadays.
Flat-out angry aggression, such as was used throughout antiquity to effect wanted change by a self interested individual or group is making a come-back: recall when Thag the Caveman wanted Ooma the Cavewoman to go out with him, and she showed little interest? Thag wants what Thag wants, and brings his great big oaken club out, and presto-chango! Ooma is now Thag's girl friend, and she's got a nasty lump on her skull to prove it. See how this works?
And it worked very well for thousands of years. The biggest thugs with the biggest clubs called all the shots. Then that bothersome thing called 'civilization' came along, and the thugs' preferred methods of persuasion such as clubs, sharp sticks and big rocks were frowned on by the rest of the tribe, and the biggest thugs eventually had to go along with this new fangled way of determining how resources were allocated among a population. Dang.
On the campaign trail, benevolent anti-capitalist Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) is on the podium railing against the system, and along come the thugs from Black Lives Matter, and they simply take his microphone away and start spewing their message. That's the way you do it, now.
Michael Brown bull rushes a Ferguson policeman in an attempt to disarm the cop and is shot dead. Did the black community, whose poster boy of what is wrong with everything in society today, Michael Brown who just robbed a convenience store before getting stopped by police, resort to peaceful protests to show their disdain of police efforts here? Hardly. These mobs burned the town to the ground. That's how you do it now, folks.
Student mobs at the University of Missouri, who want change at the top because a drunk frat boy called a black student the "N" word, physically eject a reporter and camera man at a mob rally because he represents the 1st Ammendment of the Constitution of the United States: something that's got to change to accommodate the mob and what the mob wants: free tuition. This is the wave of the future, boys and girls.
Why stop at free tuition? Now that they can simply grab anything they want, just as Thag the Caveman did back in the day, why not free food, free cars, free apartments. Come to think of it, to hell with free apartments: they want free mansions. And free yachts. And free villas on the French Riviera.
And they want them now, or they will wreck the place.
We as a society are coming full circle. Thag the Caveman would be so proud....
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