Monday, March 29, 2010

The Left/Right Divide: Which Side Would You Choose?

Zombie and I are on the same wavelength, since I've been thinking about the exact same thing all week. See his entry, "Searchlight vs. L.A.: Rival Rallies Reveal Stark Right/Left Divide":


On March 27, 2010, thousands of people gathered in the small town of Searchlight, Nevada, for a political rally.

Just 250 miles away and seven days earlier, there was another political rally of similar size in Los Angeles on March 20, 2010.

The Searchlight rally was generally oriented toward the political “right.”

The Los Angeles rally was generally oriented toward the political “left.”

Now, if you had only the entrenched media as your sole source of information about these rallies, you might likely assume (without even bothering to investigate) that the right-wing rally was an epicenter of hate, racism and craziness, whereas the left-wing rally was undoubtedly about peace, tolerance and rationalism.

Luckily, we no longer have to rely on the mainstream media. In both cases, citizen journalist bloggers were on hand to document the proceedings with eye-opening photo essays:

El Marco: Tea Party Express rally, Searchlight, March 27

Ringo: Anti-war rally, Los Angeles, March 20

Two rallies, not very far apart in time or location — and yet they couldn’t be more different.

I consider myself neither left-wing nor right-wing, and I disagree with one side or the other on various issues — but after viewing these images, I don’t think there’s any question where I’d feel more at ease.

Below is a sampling of images from each rally. (Click on the links above for the full reports.) Scan them and tell me: At which rally would you feel more comfortable?

Show this essay to people you know who are liberals, or conservatives, or middle-of-the-roaders, and ask them: In all honesty, if you had to choose to be associated with the protesters at either rally, which would make you least embarrassed?

They say you are defined by the company you keep. Time to choose ...

I wanted to post it earlier in any case, so I've only included El Marco's photograph of Hannah Giles at top. His full essay is here.

Zombie's got more pictures at
his entry, and visit Ringo's Pictures as well.

And recall my coverage of the Hollywood protest, "
Stop the Wars! - ANSWER L.A. 'U.S. Out of Afghanistan and Iraq' - March 20, 2010."

And thanks to my dear readers for tuning in here. I'll be back tomorrow with more commentary and analysis.


Dave said...

As a true, for-real, no-shit libertarian, I come down on the side of true individual freedom.

Either you have it, or you do not.

There is nothing else - in between or otherwise.

Over the last 100 years, this once great nation has been slowly stolen from the productive and turned over to the mooch, leech and tick class.

We have but one election left to correct this lunacy, or we're fucked as a nation.

No bullshit.

It's just that simple.


Anonymous said...

It does me good to see the Tea Party members acting in a civilized manner. The only tactic the left has remaining in their arsenal is to discredit the movement. I'm glad to see that we are not giving them the ammunition to use against us. Great post and great links thanks.

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