The unbridled enthusiasm of youth — well organized, well coached, at the top of their game and eager to show what they can do. They step into the televised limelight, and viewers tune in to the highly anticipated spectacle. We expect this each March from college basketball.
We saw it this past weekend from a bunch of high school students, not athletes, but budding left-wing activists; some are instant celebrities, due to politics and circumstance. Liberal media, liberal celebrities and establishment politicians, mostly Democrats, most hostile toward a robust Second Amendment, heavily promoted the so-called March for Our Lives that took place on Saturday. Query: Have the media ever given such enthusiastic coverage to the March for Life, put on each year by the pro-life movement? Of course not.
Despite what establishment politicians and the Liberal Media Complex would have us believe, this ‘youth movement’ is not organic in nature, nor is it truly student-organized. Saturday’s media spectacle was well scripted and produced. Serious money and professional talent went into it. Worth noting: If conservative minded youth skipped school en masse, and marched on the National Mall to demand, say, gun rights, gun safety and armed guards to protect students in schools, the liberal media would demand to know who put them up to it, who financed it, who helped organize it, which cynical politicians are using these unwitting students as political pawns — liberal media never ask such questions when demonstrators support a cause with which the Left agrees.
What we see instead is a new type of March Madness, wherein enthusiastic youth, organized, coached and manipulated by ruthless politicians and media types, march to promote an extreme political agenda. They want to whittle away at the Second Amendment until it becomes impotent, irrelevant. And they want to win elections, lots of them, along the way. This March Madness is a liberal media dream, harkening back to the hallowed days of anti-Vietnam War protests. The Left is co-opting everything that worked back then, updating and augmenting it with all they’ve learned since about mass media finance, production and promotion.
This week the photogenic youth from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are on the cover of TIME. Where they go from here has less to do with their cause and their passion than with their political usefulness, and, of course, which talent agency or PR firm may sweep them up. As for the rest of us, allowing a bunch of ill-informed teenagers to dictate public policy is … well … madness. The little secret, however, the Left wants their audience to ignore is that these kids are not masters of their own destiny. They are puppets. Someone else pulls the strings.