Did anyone catch Ward Churchill on C-SPAN Saturday night? (Shows how boring my life is if Im watching C-SPAN on a Saturday night. . .) Three observations:
1) If this is the face of the Left today, they havent much of a future. Pathetic.
2) Whats with the burly security perimeter around the dude? The audience was whooping and hollering for the guy; there was no threat of disruption or harm to the speaker. The security people, with their fake paramilitary-looking vests, made the thing look like a low-rent Nuremberg rally--which is what it was, come to think of it.
3) When the Italian-American chap asked why he shouldnt have his free speech rights to hold a Columbus Day parade, Churchill offered an absurd explanation involving the Ninth Amendment and international treaties. To repair once again to the Gertrude Stein-on-Oakland remark, "Theres no there there" with this guy. It is all posing and hatred. At least the SDS in the 1960s had a manifesto, the Port Huron Statement. This guy probably writes in crayon.
Prediction: Whether this guy is fired or not, he is going to be a leading Left celebrity for the next few years. Watch for book contracts, appearances with Michael Moore, TV shows, T-shirts, etc. But all the while dont ever forget how American represses dissent.