The Republicans’ only hope?

Radical leftist groups, hoping to recreate the disruptions of the 1968 Chicago convention, are planning big protests at the Democratic convention in Denver.

The spectacle in Chicago basically destroyed the Democratic progressive movement and put Richard Nixon in the White House.

Have you noticed that certain ideological groups are so purist that they do not seem to want to win, since they can be purer in opposition than with the inevitable compromises of actually holding power? This does not just pertain to politics.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://poststop.wordpress.com Ethan

    Looks like they will keep them locked up and contained.

    http://www.rutherford.org/OnTarget/default.asp

  • http://poststop.wordpress.com Ethan

    Looks like they will keep them locked up and contained.

    http://www.rutherford.org/OnTarget/default.asp

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Weren’t the ’68 protests so shocking because they were relatively unique at that time? Will any sort of protest at a national convention really be able to distinguish itself in such a way, especially in the face of the media’s continued “baby boomers did it first and better” fascination (cf. “The Iraq war is the new Vietnam” … will someone please find another generation to compare things to)? Unless things get surprisingly violent (and Denver is known for such things, though usually due to sports victories), I don’t see why anyone will particularly care about Yet Another Leftist Protest. You know the drill: dozens or hundreds of disparate groups, each trying to rally people to their particular cause while feigning interest in a general united atmosphere, and generally failing at doing more than raising a cacophony.

    But I think you are wrong in guessing that these groups are associated in any way with Democrats — see your assumption that they would rather not “win”. Many of these groups detest the Democrats just as much as the Republicans. The only way they can win, in their eyes, is to garner publicity. Their party will not be the victor, regardless.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Weren’t the ’68 protests so shocking because they were relatively unique at that time? Will any sort of protest at a national convention really be able to distinguish itself in such a way, especially in the face of the media’s continued “baby boomers did it first and better” fascination (cf. “The Iraq war is the new Vietnam” … will someone please find another generation to compare things to)? Unless things get surprisingly violent (and Denver is known for such things, though usually due to sports victories), I don’t see why anyone will particularly care about Yet Another Leftist Protest. You know the drill: dozens or hundreds of disparate groups, each trying to rally people to their particular cause while feigning interest in a general united atmosphere, and generally failing at doing more than raising a cacophony.

    But I think you are wrong in guessing that these groups are associated in any way with Democrats — see your assumption that they would rather not “win”. Many of these groups detest the Democrats just as much as the Republicans. The only way they can win, in their eyes, is to garner publicity. Their party will not be the victor, regardless.

  • WebMonk

    Agreed with tODD. Another protest = yawn = no news coverage. It either takes something special about the protest to gain coverage, or the protest needs to already be in line with a particular favored news topic.

    I think most of these groups (the ones mentioned in the article) get lumped in with the Democratic party since they are so much more likely to vote Democratic than Republican. They declare both parties to be _____ (fill in derogatory description) but push come to shove, they’ll vote Democratic if they vote.

    There are groups like that on the Republican side too – while they declare both to be bad/evil/corrupt/etc they’ll vote Republican before they vote Democratic.

  • WebMonk

    Agreed with tODD. Another protest = yawn = no news coverage. It either takes something special about the protest to gain coverage, or the protest needs to already be in line with a particular favored news topic.

    I think most of these groups (the ones mentioned in the article) get lumped in with the Democratic party since they are so much more likely to vote Democratic than Republican. They declare both parties to be _____ (fill in derogatory description) but push come to shove, they’ll vote Democratic if they vote.

    There are groups like that on the Republican side too – while they declare both to be bad/evil/corrupt/etc they’ll vote Republican before they vote Democratic.

  • http://amusedmomma.blogspot.com Paula in Colorado

    Interesting how Dr. Veith connects this to other things beyond politics.

    I can see great correlations between the idealistic purist among segments of the LCMS and also the homeschool community. While intellectually I can understand such passion and adherence to what you believe is right, I also see it as being prideful and putting the wrong emphasis on the wrong thing.

  • http://amusedmomma.blogspot.com Paula in Colorado

    Interesting how Dr. Veith connects this to other things beyond politics.

    I can see great correlations between the idealistic purist among segments of the LCMS and also the homeschool community. While intellectually I can understand such passion and adherence to what you believe is right, I also see it as being prideful and putting the wrong emphasis on the wrong thing.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    Ya know, Denver has just outlawed the public possession of feces in an effort to keep protestors in line. If there isn’t coverage of this kind of shenanigan, the press won’t be doing its job.

    And yes, if the “nutroots” decide to go forward with such a protest, people just might clue in that THOSE people have Obama’s ear and vote accordingly.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    Ya know, Denver has just outlawed the public possession of feces in an effort to keep protestors in line. If there isn’t coverage of this kind of shenanigan, the press won’t be doing its job.

    And yes, if the “nutroots” decide to go forward with such a protest, people just might clue in that THOSE people have Obama’s ear and vote accordingly.


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