Still Pissed Off About the Hawley-Smoot Tariff

Monday, September 06, 2004

And Another Thing...

I responded to Paul Krugman's astounding claim that liberal protestors did nothing "outrageous" during the RNC by pointing out examples of behavior that normal people consider outrageous. But the Commissar tips a story that suggests another angle:

"Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said his department had averted a violent week, frustrating the plans of the angriest protesters with a huge show of force, widespread arrests and high-tech planning. 'Disruptive elements,' he said at a news conference yesterday, had planned to shut down the financial district, crash delegate parties and interfere with the convention itself, but they 'were thwarted at every turn in their plans to disrupt the city.'"

This is somewhat akin to the possibility that America will prevent another major attack, and the left will respond by saying, "SEE!?!? There's no real danger anymore!"

Just as largely successful efforts by the police mean many of the planned outrageous actions never happened, and Krugman uses that as proof that liberals never intended anything outrageous in the first place. (Assuming that beating a cop unconscious is not "outrageous.")

Spaseeba, tavarech Commissar!