This is so great. There are two big things to appreciate: the passion of the Trump supporter who wades into a crowd trying to save the American flag from desecration, and the hypocritical inanity of the protesters who intend to desecrate it.
The videos are from the DNC a couple of weeks ago. They’re just going viral now. Our Liberty Alliance colleague Wayne Dupree has one of the videos, which is a must-watch to get a good view of the flag-defender’s stand against the flag-burners. (Getting a front-row seat at the protest-element fashion show is rather entertaining in its own right.)
I salute the young man, whose name is given at Facebook as Larry Peyton, for his effort in that mocking, snickering mob. At one point, he looks around and makes a brief appeal to see if there isn’t someone else who will stand with him, and that moment is hard to watch. But it makes you appreciate what he’s doing all the more.
There’s another video of the event posted at YouTube, and it too is a must-watch. This one shows a bit more of the interplay at the beginning. And it’s a window into the banal, foolish, overprivileged illogic of the protesters: because in trying to verbally beat down Peyton, they revert to exactly the norms of social morality that they insist on their right to break.
They’re like a mob of six-year-olds, except six-year-olds have better manners and superior superego development.
In the first minute of this second video, we see the guy in the mask (yes, there’s a statement of integrity and owning your political stance) lecture Peyton that the flag is his property, so Peyton has no right to take hold of it and try to save it from burning.
We can be 100% certain that, with Mask Guy, respect for property is something that never constrains him, but only other people. He’s deploying the concept out of utter cynicism.
But he does it, of course, with the same sanctimonious tone as the older guy in the fray, who lectures the flag-defender that he needs to “not call people names,” and keep it civil. This is after Peyton called the flag-burners (earmuffs, kiddies) “commies.”
Suddenly these people who intend to gravely offend another person by burning the American flag, and who lined the streets of Philadelphia with posters covered in F-word, S-word, B-word and other unprintable verbiage — and shouted all those words at passersby — are advocates of “civility”?
They aren’t, of course. They’re just making a highly juvenile tactical maneuver. It’s even a bit pathetic that they expect their maneuver to pay off. They want to have their cake and eat it too: insist that the rest of society respect its norms and beliefs, so that they can keep railing against those norms and beliefs in comfort. They’d turn tail like scared rabbits if someone came along who actually took them up on their demands.
Although it’s funny, it’s also disquieting. There’s a great moral and intellectual void at the center of this hydra-headed “protest” movement. They’re literally bent on nothing but destruction. That’s all they’ve got to argue for: their “right” to destroy.
I’ll take Larry Peyton and stand shoulder to shoulder with him, every day of the week. Be sure to watch the second video all the way through. Both videos together are about five minutes out of your life, well spent.