While many of you have a tendency to romanticize the '60s, clearly, there are certain events no one wants to relive: Vietnam. Assassinations. Abbie Hoffman.[Update: "Many of you." That's great. Have to admit to once suffering from the disease myself.]
This 2008 Democratic convention is beginning to shape up to be a royal pain. It has nothing to do with the Democrats - a peace-loving bunch - but rather those fringe groups demanding that the city capitulate to their whims.
The outfit making the most noise has been Re-create 68. The "68," is a reference to the violent 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. This group has a call out to "all the grassroots people who are tired of being sold out by the Democratic Party."
Power to the people!
Right arm! And farm out! Required graf:
That out of the way, Harsanyi gets to the point:
Re-create 68 claims to be anti-war, anti-racism, anti-imperialism, and though all of it is framed in boilerplate freshman-year Marxist inanity, like any other group they deserve all the protections provided by the First Amendment.
But they don't deserve exclusive perks.
So it's been irritating watching Re-create 68 members constantly in "talks" with the mayor's office, or the Denver Police Department and even federal officials. Is their cause any nobler than any other protester in this city for the past 30 years? Or has the implicit threat of violence moved elected officials to take meetings?