October 3, 2010

Only One Side Counts

Justin Katz

I've been meaning to note Bob Kerr's continued function as the elder statesman who says what the younger folks must strive to keep to themselves at the Providence Journal. Here's the crux of his Wednesday column:

You might remember protest. It's an honored American tradition. It's how this whole thing got started. People speak out and other people are moved to think about things they hadn't thought about before. ...

This is not the golden age of protest. Despite the brutal cost of two misguided wars and an economy knocked cruelly out of balance, it is difficult to move people to take their feelings out in public.

It might be fear, it might be indifference, it might be the desire to stay comfy and cozy at any cost.

His purpose, the reader quickly finds, is less to make grand statements about protest culture than to promote a particular protest with which he's sympathetic. But in his entire column, he offers not one sentence, one phrase, one carefully sharpened jab about the Tea Party movement that has been redefining politics in the United States. In the left's strained and rigid lexicon, shining ideals like Protest can never be applied to people with whom they disagree.

When the Kerrs of the old guard raise "question authority" to the highest of principles, they conveniently neglect to consider that, as they slipped into their social positions and reached middle age, they themselves became authorities who must be questioned. And so, not only are many deliberate in their refusal to answer, but some try with all their might not to hear the inquiry.

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Kind of like how on January 20, 2009 dissent went from being the highest form of patriotism to the lowest form of racism.

Posted by: David P at October 3, 2010 6:33 PM

Bob Kerr somehow has set himself up as the "voice" of veterans,particularly those of us who served in Vietnam(actually, unlike Blumenthal)and as far as I'm concerned he couldn't represent me in a piss drinking contest.
Kerr looks like a junkie.

Posted by: joe bernstein at October 3, 2010 9:08 PM

"You might remember protest. It's an honored American tradition. It's how this whole thing got started."

Gee Bob, you wouldn't be referring to the Boston TEA PARTY, would you? Or were those guys just tea bagging cowards and racists for doing the deed in the middle of the night and dressing up like Indians, oops, I mean Native Americans.

Posted by: Patrick at October 3, 2010 9:15 PM

Kerr looks like a junkie.

Posted by joe bernstein

Kerr does NOT look like Glenn Beck or
Rush Limbaugh,

(maybe a little like Ted Nugent)

Posted by: Sammy at October 4, 2010 12:34 PM

OK sammy-you got me there,but I said he LOOKED like a junkie-no idea at all if he is.Nugent is a real scumbag.Surprised I think that?
Limbaugh became medically addicted.It happens with people who have intractable pain.

Posted by: joe bernstein at October 4, 2010 2:41 PM
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