When Deplorables Rally

Today, Feb. 11, hundreds of rallies took place across the nation to defund Planned Parenthood, under the aegis of #ProtestPP.

Where there are pro-life rallies, you’ll also find liberal counter-protesters. And who is PP more worried about? Hint: it’s not the pro-life crowd, who are normally well-behaved; they pray, hand out literature, and in general don’t make jackasses of themselves.

From Slate, the purveyor of leftist dogma:

But the Defund Planned Parenthood rally, as it’s called, has become one more spur to action for eager progressives. This coming Saturday, the biggest concern at many Planned Parenthood clinics isn’t that they’ll be flooded with anti-abortion picketers—whose presence they have decades of experience in managing—but rather that they’ll be inundated by sign-waving masses of their own loving supporters.


“While the counterprotesters might have the best intentions, it might not always come across that way to the patient,” Julie Lynn, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of Illinois, told me. “It might be very confusing and almost frightening to walk into a clinic through large groups of people,” regardless of which side’s slogans they’re chanting.

I suppose the “best of intentions” include stuffing a used sanitary pad into a pro-life demonstrator’s mouth, using the foulest, most vile language imaginable, and generally behaving like uncouth savages. That’s how the left shows love.

But it’s wrong to compare the worst of one side’s behavior to the best of another. Or as Ravi Zacharias is prone to say (I’m paraphrasing), it’s never right to compare two systems by their abuse. So let’s look at how the left and the right handle protests when they’re not at their worst.

In September, 2009, a “sea of protesters filled the west lawn of the Capitol and spilled onto the National Mall,” the New York Times reported. It was a protest against Obama and the radical left’s agenda. It was the genesis of what became the Tea Party.

While there was no shortage of vitriol among protesters, there was also an air of festivity. A band of protesters in colonial gear wended through the crowd, led by a bell ringer in a tricorn hat calling for revolution. A folk singer belting out a protest ballad on a guitar brought cheers.

No limos were torched. The protesters packed out their own trash. The left the place fairly clean. A conservative blog compared the 2009 protest to Obama’s own inauguration.

You judge which is the deplorable crowd.

On August 28, 2010, Glenn Beck led the Restoring Honor Rally on the National Mall. Tens of thousands attended. No burning limos, no flinging of disgusting disease-ridden personal hygiene waste. They left the area clean.

Just over a month later, the left countered with a “One Nation Working Together” rally. Tens of thousands of giddy, happy liberals descended on Washington, D.C., the home of their beloved president. The Washington Post quoted one joyful New York City leftist who carried a sign “Jesus Christ is a Liberal,” who told them, “it’s about time the Democrats marched.”

On their best behavior, in a friendly city, they couldn’t bother to clean up after themselves.

Who are the deplorables? Who cares more about public property, cleaning up after themselves, honoring our fallen, respecting the “people’s house,” and in general not acting like idiots?

Today, in far-left Minneapolis-St. Paul, the home district of Rep. Keith Ellison, whom WaPo calls “so far to the left that he is actually having to try to clean up some of his radical past statements and actions,” there was a #DefundPP protest. It was covered by the Star Tribune. According to the newspaper, pro-abortion counter-protesters dwarfed the pro-life crowd by a factor of ten.

What you won’t find in that article is how the two groups behaved. One thing is certain: you probably didn’t find the larger leftist group praying the rosary, like the crowd in Orange, Calif.

Demonstrations also were expected at other Planned Parenthood locations in California, including Los Angeles, Long Beach, Riverside, San Bernardino, Pasadena, Pomona, Whittier and Van Nuys.


In Orange, Enrique Zuniga, 77, carried a 25-pound cross he made. The protesters included Mecki Grothues, 76 of La Habra, a regular demonstrator in Orange for 10 years. She and her fellow parishioners were praying the rosary as they held signs along the street.

The size of the protests in left-leaning cities might be small in comparison, but remember there were over 200 gatherings today, less than a month after the March for Life, which saw massive attendance in Washington, D.C. and other cities. Pro-life supporters have been marching for 43 years, with very few incidents.

Aside from some Americans who tout their Southern heritage, or who get a bit zealous with their patriotic fervor, or who get drunk and stupid, conservative protests don’t turn into riots. The left, even on their best behavior, are hedonistic jackanapes. They are the real deplorables.

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Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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