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August 25, 2008
Direct from Denver and the DNC: Sunday, Recreate zzzzz 68
The Democratic National Convention started Sunday not with a bang, but a whimper. The radical left-wing group Recreate 68 "commandeered" the steps of the Colorado State Capitol to protest the war in Iraq. (They had a permit.) The speakers spent the entire morning decrying "fascist America" and pronouncing the death of the freedom to assemble and freedom of speech. They used a very large outdoor sound amplification system.
The crowd was small (less than 200 people.) The media was omnipresent (as many reporters as demonstrators.) The hypocrisy was overwhelming.
The message was crystal clear. The unjust war in Iraq is merely a symptom of a much greater problem. America is a racist, sexist, fascist, war-mongering regime bent on destroying all forms of dissent. One speaker went as far as to compare hurricane Katrina with the holocaust.
The demonstrators were not only anti-American, some were pro-terrorist. This large banner was prominently displayed during the rally:
You read it correctly. These protestors were showing their "solidarity" with a man who has been directly responsible for killing hundreds of American soldiers and thousands of Iraqis.
The speakers included Cindy Sheehan (lately famous for running against Nancy Pelosi because she's too conservative); Ron Kovic (a wounded Viet Nam war vet, and perennial protestor, who had the audacity to announce through a thousand watt public address system that he could not speak his mind in America); and the indefatigable ignoramus Ward Churchill. Professor Churchill, you might recall, claimed that the people slaughtered on 9/11 had "provoked" the attacks.
The "emcee" of the event kept trying to provoke the police who were providing security for the protest. He claimed, just as the police in Chicago had been responsible for the riots at the Democratic Convention in 1968, that the police in Denver would be responsible for any violence that occurred during this demonstration in Denver.
Here are the "vicious thugs" and "storm-troopers" he was describing:
That's right. This is the security detail that tagged along behind the protest march of Recreate 68 yesterday in Denver.
Conservatives are not entirely absent from Denver. Newt Gingrich's "Citizens United" premiered its new documentary film, Hype, The Obama Effect. The movie is cutting edge and includes some of the information on the Obama/Ayers connection (via the Chicago Annenberg Challenge) that has been reported here at American Thinker by Thomas Lifson.
The Minutemen Civil Defense Corps (the group of volunteers that patrol U.S. borders) is holding a rally today at Congress Park in downtown Denver. Alan Keyes, Rep. Tom Tancredo, and the Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr are the featured guests.
The far-left Recreate 68 was allowed to hold its rally on the steps of the Capitol. The right-wing Minutemen have been sloughed off to a tiny park several blocks away from the "action."
When is someone going to tell the "right-wing corporate pigs" who run America (according to Recreate 68) to start giving conservatives a better venue?
Larrey Anderson is reporting this week from the streets of Denver on the DNC for American Thinker. Photos by Larrey Anderson and Brett Olson.