Though we in the real world may have missed this, there has been a tremendous amount of attention drawn by right wingers to their latest grand act of rebellion, the "Rock Stone Mountain" rally, held today at the suburban Atlanta location of the founding of the KKK, in 1916. The rally, as you can guess from the photos below, is intended to shove the Confederate flag in the faces of decent people. Here's a little coverage from CNN:
"Rock Stone Mountain -- the name given to Saturday's rally by organizers -- was held two days before the observance of Confederate Memorial Day in Georgia, a paid day off for some state employees. John Estes, an event organizer with the group Rock Stone Mountain, said Saturday's rally was intended to focus on what he called attempts to erase Confederate history and the white race altogether.
When asked about perceptions that the event carried a hateful message, he replied "Everything we do is out of love. Love of our people. The only thing we hate is what the Bible teaches us to hate."
Apparently, the Bible teaches us to hate black people, whoever "us" is in this case. Anyway, how did it go? Well here are a couple of pictures:
"One "pro-white" demonstrator and eight counter-demonstrators were arrested Saturday during a rally at a suburban Atlanta landmark that pays tribute to Confederate leaders.
The eight counter-demonstrators were among a crowd that appeared to outnumber by nearly 10 to 1 those wearing "White Lives Matter" shirts and waving Confederate flags."
So there you go. How many of these humiliating failures will the right have to put on before the mainstream press reports the obvious truth: there is no there there. The supposed massive right wing movement of furious patriots ready to come together to overthrow the government is a fiction.
I remember during the Vietnam era, we could get crowds of 5,000 or more in 20 cities simultaneously with only a day or two of notice. The last anti-Iraq demonstration in Washington gathered 350,000 people, and the Occupy rallies drew tens or hundreds of thousands on many occasions. These events are routinely all but ignored by the mainstream press, but three dozen people camping out in Oregon get wall to wall coverage for weeks, almost non-existent tea party rallies were covered over and over again, and things like today's event are treated as a real phenomenon in American politics.
Well, it all serves to keep up the illusion that there is a real popular force in the country behind the corporate agenda that is all that right wing politics is really about.
Enough already; I've made my point.