Last week, when Attorney General Mukasey suffered his attack while addressing the Federalist Society, it was reported that prior to that he had been heckled. A man was noted to have stood up and shouted, “Tyrant! You are a tyrant!”
Whenever I hear stories like that, it gladdens my heart.
I also enjoy hearing and seeing accounts of President Bush being vilified and excoriated in public. I smile when I see the giant papier-mâché heads that are de rigeur at so many political protests. I warm when I see protesters taking turns waterboarding each other and dressing up in orange hooded jumpsuits like Guantanamo detainees. I swell a little with pride when I see the American flag being burned or trampled upon. And I hold a special place in my heart whenever I hear about Nazis or Ku Klux Klan members holding parades and rallies.
Because, to me, that is all emblematic of what is truly great about America.
Mukasey’s heckler turned out to be Richard Sanders, a justice from the Washington State Supreme Court (not to be confused with the actor Richard Sanders, who famously played Les Nessman on WKRP in Cincinnati.) Sanders has a solid reputation as an outspoken crank, and his outburst toward Mukasey came as little surprise to many.
I personally find all of the examples I cited as repugnant, for various and sundry reasons and to differing degrees. But I welcome their expression, as they represent the essential nature of America:
Such things are not only allowed, but guaranteed.
The innate contradictions of these people’s actions always seems to escape them. In Sanders’ case, were Mukasey truly a tyrant, then Sanders would have been hauled off by the secret police and tossed into a prison somewhere, alongside people like Keith Olbmermann, George Soros, and Barack Obama, just to name a few. But it was the sheer impossibility of that happening that encouraged Sanders to stand up at this gathering and make a complete and utter ass of himself without fear of government retaliation.
Likewise, the rest of the examples. If our government — our nation — were anywhere near as brutal and unjust and oppressive and violent and unprincipled as they say it is, then they would never have the opportunity to say so.
It’s why laws banning flag-burning are so absurd. The flag represents freedom, and that includes the freedom to burn it.
There is an added bonus to permitting such vile conduct in public: it makes it easy to identify the idiots. Subversives and domestic terrorists like the Klan, the neo-Nazis, William Ayers, and the like have always thrived in the shadows. They do their best work, their most successful recruiting, when they can wrap themselves in the romantic cloak of being fugitives and covert operatives. These public demonstrations often galvanize more people against them than they recruit. Indeed, their best recruiting has always taken place in private, in places like dark bars and other such quiet corners.
So the next time you see these idiots, join me. Celebrate their rights to make such public displays of their vile ideology and juvenile cries for attention and pathetic demonstrations. Rejoice that we live in a nation where such things are not only tolerated, but protected by the law.
Then join me in laughing at them. Because not being taken seriously is the greatest insult we can give them.