Foolishness since 2007

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

The Left Is Organized and Ready to Pounce

I didn't have a post for this Saturday and then this popped up.

We were surprised and yes a wee skeptical of the highly professional way a few of the students expressed themselves following the shooting. We wondered if this was a school for gifted students.

“Can you believe these kids?” It’s been a recurring theme of the coverage of the Parkland school shooting: the remarkable effectiveness of the high school students who created a gun control organization in the wake of the massacre. In seemingly no time, the magical kids had organized events ranging from a national march to a mass school walkout, and they’d brought in a million dollars in donations from Oprah Winfrey and George Clooney.

The Miami Herald credited their success to the school’s stellar debate program. The Wall Street Journal said it was because they were born online, and organizing was instinctive.

On February 28, BuzzFeed came out with the actual story: Rep. Debbie Wassermann Schultz aiding in the lobbying in Tallahassee, a teacher’s union organizing the buses that got the kids there, Michael Bloomberg’s groups and the Women’s March working on the upcoming March For Our Lives, MoveOn.org doing social media promotion and (potentially) march logistics, and training for student activists provided by federally funded Planned Parenthood.

The president of the American Federation of Teachers told BuzzFeed they’re also behind the national school walkout, which journalists had previously assured the public was the sole work of a teenager. 

In other words, the response was professionalized. That’s not surprising because this is what organization that gets results actually looks like. It’s not a bunch of magical kids in somebody’s living room. 


The real tip-off should have been the $500,000 donations from Winfrey and Clooney. Big celebrities don’t give huge money to strangers on a whim. Somebody who knows Winfrey and Clooney called them and asked.


11 comments:

  1. What exactly are they ready to pounce on? Are they finally getting tired of having meal-ticket being exposed, one shitty layer after the other. The left knows there is no power and no $$$ in actually getting shit done. The $$$ and the power is in constantly telling blacks/woman/gays and every variation thereof, that the right is out to kill them, and that trust in the government is the only way to protect themselves, and to someday, possibly, maybe, potentially living a live free life? You know, that whole using racism in the fight against racism thing?

    Guh, don't get me started.

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    1. The left knows there is no power and no $$$ in actually getting shit done.

      Never heard it said that way, but it rings true with me.

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  2. Of course it’s professionally organized. These kids have no mind of their own. They follow, they don’t lead. They listen to whatever their “idols” tell them is the right thing to do.
    Ever notice thought that these flare ups after any incident last about two weeks at most and then die off. That seems to be about the attention span of most liberal responses. You get the outcry of the left, the printing of T-Shirts to make a statement and then the celebrity endorsements, who usually talk more then they actually do any good. It’s all bullshit and as I have said many times it’s just a pure hatred of Trump and his supporters that brings this on.
    As “sub hub “ mentioned, the left has no interest in solving any issue. If they did they’d have nothing to bitch about.

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  3. If the protestors have printed signs, you know it's a lib cause as most print shops are union.

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  4. Isn't it just a bit ironic that we are supposed to listen to these students' wisdom and maturity when it comes to guns, yet as a society was have already said they don't have enough wisdom or maturity to have a gun?

    This is not directed at the students. It is directed at the radical left that never misses an opportunity to politicize any event, horrific or otherwise.

    Carl H

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  5. Bogey - Not seeing your point exactly. Are you stating that these kids were coached or that the response, i.e. the organized protests, were not entirely solely there doing?

    All - Seems like you all here are one step away from going along with the conspiracy theories. Or perhaps you are all already there. I sure hope not.

    I hear a lot of passion in those students speeches and I would think you would too if you had your friends killed in front of you. And before you all even start off with the war stories, remember a school is not meant to be a war zone in the literal sense.

    I don’t see genuine viable solutions being offered from either political party. Everyone is too busy making extremists of the other side, mocking the other side, etc; rather than looking for genuine answers. And that is just part of what adds to this ongoing problem.

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    1. Yes, Buzzfeed reported the response was professionalized. The $500,000 donations from Winfrey and Clooney that were reported elsewhere seem to add some credence to Buzzfeed's report.

      You are right viable solutions are being offered. I would start with mental health. Not a single of of the shooters was in his right mind and in all the cases I can think of someone knew it but was powerless to control was happened. Gun control is just noise. Mental health is the root cause. And it's real expensive. Up to now, it must be more expensive than dead kids.

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  6. Enzo, no one here is jumping on conspiracy theories. I think the main point trying to be made is that these things become platforms for both sides to blame each other. True, no one puts forward any positive solutions.
    Although I tend to agree mental illness is a big issue here and not gun control, I’d like to ask all just how this generation of kids became so mentally unstable.
    I may be dating myself but back in the day it was rare indeed to have a tragedy involving guns. Sure there were gang fights and such but no mass murders and it most cases it was settled in short time afterwards.
    What drove this generation now to this position of madness? I blame all this social media and lack of family influence and upbringing.
    Toss on video games that do nothing but profess death and destruction.
    These kids grew up with this, they believe it the norm. Couple that with all this progressive thinking such as 30 different gender types and no wonder these kids are screwed up.
    I don’t think they have a real grip on the difference between fantasy and reality.

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  7. Hands63 - Although as I said before I agree that both sides blame each other to extremes, that is not the point that is coming across from the comments and the original post. What comes across is pure blame on liberals for multiple issues. Sure if you want to have some fun at poking those with opposite opinions of yours - have at it, but constructive dialogue is what is missing throughout and not just here.

    I don’t believe these mass shootings are generational specific although they do seem to be occurring way too often during our current lifetime. Let’s take the example of the Las Vegas Harvest Festival murderer. He was 64 years old so thus does not fit at all into the easy blaming that it is only the “young generation” that is messed up.

    The constant turning of the subject to blame liberals for organizing protests and that the protests are simply anti-Trump motivated is missing the point. There were mass shooting before Trump and yes there were protests then. Granted not as large as the scale as what is planned; but perhaps that is simply a sign of the current times where people are fed up with the killing of innocents.

    So to clarify, were these upcoming student protests helped to organize by celebrities and existing organizations? Sure; probably. But again that misses the point. The conservative right is too damm busy focusing on that, or why liberals can’t properly identify types of guns, or some other petty nonsense - that all irritates me to no end. They, like the rest of America, should be focused on finding answers and preventative solutions so these types of murders don’t happen again. Have I heard anything constructive from the Right? I have not. All I hear is - don’t take my guns. Well, that remains a threat of what can happen because no one, especially the Conservatives, have offered up any other solutions. Fighting for the Second Amendment and better safeguards against the murder of innocents should not be mutually exclusive.

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    1. Thoughtful comments all. I will bone pick one thing Enzo. You said ..." were these upcoming student protests helped to organize by celebrities and existing organizations? Sure; probably. But again that misses the point. The conservative right is too damm busy focusing on that..."

      As far as I know only Buzzfeed got the story. The WSJ, a center right pub, missed it as did everyone else. That is the reason I posted it so a few more people could understand.

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    2. Bogey - By all means pick away; I am willing to discuss.

      In regards to your specific bone pick about my comment that conservatives are too busy focused on the celebrity donations and the help by existing organizations = Prior to reading your post here, I had seen complaints all over social media with links to a Fox News online article. I always thought Fox was pretty conservative. So good on Buzzfeed for doing their journalistic duty and digging a bit deeper than the press release (the same press release I am sure they all received) and bad on WSJ for not.

      Regardless, what I am trying to say is: A) Is this really such surprise to anyone, left or right? [Really Bogey, were you surprised? I wasn’t.] and B) again this shouldn’t matter! If some people are truly upset that this is creating a biased view of the Second Amendment and of possible stricter gun regulations then step up and offer something, anything.

      As I said above, but perhaps not clear enough, these constant petty complaints I hear about the “other side” solves absolutely nothing. All differences aside, I believe everyone - Conservatives & Liberals - all agree that these mass shootings should never have happened. Perhaps, I am still naive after all the years that people can cross party lines and work together to come up with solutions to save lives in the future. I stand by my previous statement, Fighting for the Second Amendment and better safeguards against the murder of innocents should not be mutually exclusive.

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