And this is good old Boston
The home of the beans and the cod
Where the Lowells talk only to Cabots
And the Cabots talk only to God
Ah…Boston. The historic liberal bastion that gave us Ted Kennedy, Michael Dukakis and that poster-girl for the whacky left, Elizabeth Warren. They claim you haven’t really lived until you’ve got scrod in Boston.
But over this weekend Boston shined with dueling protests done right. Conservatives (not white supremacists) held a demonstration to support free speech, speaking out in essence against the efforts of the intolerant left to stifle and brand them. The practice was lampooned in the HardWired News article of August 1, “…Berkeley…Bayonet Training…” The legal, licensed conservative march was met with a large counter protest held by the left.
The demonstrations were orderly and largely peaceful but for a few isolated scuffles. It was more like a festival, a “happening” as it would have been called in the 60s. Now in fairness, the leftists, in true progressive fashion, did taunt the conservatives as Nazis and KKK members, which they clearly were not. The right took great strides, admirably so, to eliminate such elements from the march. Of course, that didn’t stop the liberals from displaying their bigotry toward their nemeses (HardWired News, August 16 “The Ascent of Bigotry – How the Left is Fomenting Hate and Violence”).
I’m all for the expression of free speech and ideas through peaceful demonstrations. And by all accounts, in Boston they remained peaceful due in good measure to professional police work that kept the two movements at a respectable distance, and jumped in to quell trouble when it did briefly spring up. And one must acknowledge the good will and admirable character of most Bostonians.
As a conservative I continue, however, to be offended by the wrong-minded taunts of racism hurled by the left. I’ve spent about half of my adult life as a left leaning Democrat and the other (more recent and enlightened) half as a conservative Republican. I’ve known people with racial prejudice from both sides, but without exaggeration, I can say I’ve never met a Republican white supremacist in my life, although I can’t say as much for a few Democrats I’ve known (not characterizing them all; that would be embracing the bigotry being shown on the left).
There is not a thing wrong with people holding to different political philosophies. What is wrong is violence and bigotry toward those who believe differently. Despite the few prejudiced name-calling incidents by the left, the Boston demonstrations offered a ray of hope for civility in political discourse. And just maybe the aspirations of a noted African-American can finally be realized: maybe we can “…just all get along.”