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Re: BEATS NOT BOMBS in San Francisco

Actually it becomes incumbent upon people who take on the "anti-war" 
to accurately identify their political affiliation(s) so that the public - 
the people they're trying to win over to their argument - will know what 
agenda really is.  Of course quite a few so-called "anti-war" types are 
quite often something more - "anti-democracy", or "anti-capitalism", 
"leftist", "socialist", communist", or plain old "anti-Republican".  Funny 
how this is rarely done.  What do such folks have to hide, and why?  Is it 
because their actual agenda is known to turn off people who would 
be hoodwinked effectively into supporting something which, if they really 
thought about it, may be repugnant to them?  I've found a disturbing 
tendency on the part of protest movements in the past 15 years or so to be 
less concerned with whether they're VIEWED as "right" than whether they're 
actually "right" or not.  For me Political Correctness (spawned during a 
particular non-Republican's term) is nothing more than the outgrowth of 
someone else's inane need to oppress others through imitation 
intellectualism and cooked numbers.  Individuals of all kinds and colors 
tend to rebel against this when they know what it actually is, which is 
likely why some items are often blurred a bit or put under a banner 
presenting something "more palatable" and therefore easier to SELL.

Alas, honesty is still the best policy, and not just for "someone else".  
suppose I'm some kind of "bigot" for expressing this opinion.  Beware 
however - expressing an individual opinion is usually averse to the 
interests of the Left, or for that matter cults like Scientology.

I was asked to play a London event in 2002 that was initially described to 
me as a "gathering of like-minded people", then it was said to me that it 
was "in the interest of peace", and finally described to me as an 
rally".  I persist in the belief that politics should be peoples' own 
business, and I don't care for GroupThink either.  If this makes me a 
conservative, then I guess I'm one of those, but not in all manners.  I 
make it a point not to adhere to stereotypes, or other pre-constructed 
expectations.  I suppose doing so could make me a "contrarian", or perhaps 
just a non-conformist.  I prefer the latter.

It's a good thing that in San Francisco (and the rest of the United States 
of America) you can't be imprisoned without trial and put to death just 
expressing an opinion that opposes some Ayatollah's Fundamentalist Regime. 
No, Pat Robertson doesn't even come close.

Stephen Goodman
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jeff Shirkey" <jcshirke@midway.uchicago.edu>
To: <Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com>
Sent: Friday, 09 September, 2005 06:05 AM
Subject: Re: BEATS NOT BOMBS in San Francisco

> On Sep 9, 2005, at 12:03 AM, Larry wrote:
>> You're dead-on, Matthew: this anti-war stuff is the typical, knee-jerk
>> response of far-left-wing America-haters.
> And thanks for your own knee-jerk response that does nothing more  than 
> stereotype all anti-war sentiments as the "knee jerk responses  of 
> far-left-wing America-haters." Yep, I'm glad you took the time to  think 
> that one through. Personally, I prefer the anti-war sentiments  to the 
> pro-war ones. Call me "crazy"--or "left-wing," or "anti- American," 
> or...(fill in the blank with your preferred stereotype of  the moment).
> Jeff