You used to be so amused
At napoleon in rags and the language that he used
Go to him now, he calls you, you can’t refuse
When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose
You’re invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal.
How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?
In her post Ramsey Clark rides again, Neo-neocon asks how former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, supporter of civil rights, can defend mass murdering dictators? How can he display such indifference to the oppressed victims of authoritarian regimes?
Why am I interested in all this? It’s what so often grabs me, intrapersonal political change. So my question about Clark is: how did what originally seems to have been a relatively mainstream guy end up esposing views that put him in the running with Noam Chomsky? Did something happen to change him? Or was he always like that, despite having served in the Johnson administration?..
..Ramsey Clark’s appointment paved the way for Marshall’s elevation, as planned, and gave Johnson an Attorney General deeply committed to the civil rights agenda. Ramsey Clark was a prime mover of that cause during the 60s, and it was undoubtedly his finest hour.
It is hard to reconcile Clark’s support of civil rights in America with his current support of mass murderers, but it does reflect on the course that the rest of the ‘radical’ left has taken. Although civil rights activism was an unquestionably positive thing, it may have produced some side-effects.
From civil rights activism, the Left learned that influencing the government through activism was an effective way of forcing Americans to change their behavior. Since then, whenever the Left wanted to force the American people to change their ways, they didn’t try to positively influence the general population – they focused on using activism to change the laws of the land. Winning American hearts and minds became irrelevant – shouting and ordering them around was lot easier, and more fun.
Already leaning towards stasism, the Left saw the general population as a herd that could be pushed in one direction or another by activism and state control. They lost all interest in gaining the support of “Joe Sixpack”. In fact, they felt free to hate his guts and to laugh at him at every opportunity. The opinion of the average ‘redneck’ American meant as much to the Left as the opinion of a cow.
The extreme Left freely expressed their hate and eventually, America started to hate them back. Over the years, they lost their hope that Socialism would cure all ills. Then, they lost their belief that the UN would do the same. They lost their influence over the American public. When they lost the house, the senate and the presidency, they lost everything. All that remains of the old guard are a few ageing professors, Hugo Chavez and random media figures.
People who believe that they have no ability to win power through the Democratic process will turn towards authoritarianism. Neo-nazis like David Duke and have been aware of their political powerlessness for years. People like Ramsey Clark are just discovering their own. The American people flushed extreme Leftist ideology down the toilet. The formerly powerful, like Clark, are finding themselves swimming in the same tank that David Duke and Pat Buchanan have been in for years and they can’t stand it.
Clark, Duke and their ilk are doing their best to push their ideologies in any way they can. Clark and Duke say they’re doing it for the love: Duke says he’s moved by his compassion for the white race, Clark says he’s moved by the humanity of dictators and murderers. Both are stasists who believe that the state should force others to live according to their personal beliefs, and both are probably doing it all for the money and whatever power they can grab.
David Duke has made several friendly overtures to the Left, most recently with his support of Cindy Sheehan’s crusade. With his own anti-GOP crusade, Pat Buchanan has won some favorable reviews.
Will Clark and his friends accept these overtures? It’s an offer they may not be able to refuse.