The student activists, bankrolled and showcased by Hollywood, the mainstream media and the Democratic Party, captured the attention of the nation on Saturday. They don’t mind being used because they’re enjoying the limelight and they know this experience will propel their college and future career prospects. Maybe it’s time for them to go back to school. They’re not quite ready for prime time.
It’s been difficult to watch the media coverage of Saturday’s “March for our Lives.” This has gone well beyond mourning their friends. The students, and in particular their student-activist leaders, David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez, are reveling in a feeling of power, self-importance and pride. The students and their adult organizers are exploiting the Parkland, FL tragedy to advance their personal agendas. And they are enjoying it.
It is clear that “March for our Lives” was highly planned, well organized and political. Celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney and Steven Spielberg, funded the event and Hollywood producer and liberal activist Deena Katz organized it.
“The March for Our Lives permit application was filed by Katz, a co-executive director of the Women's March Los Angeles Foundation. This wasn’t just a little bit of professional activist assistance.”
“The application lists Katz as the “Person in Charge of Event” and as the president of the March for our Lives Fund.”
“42 West handled media contacts for March for Our Lives. The agency is a full-service PR firm operating out of New York and Los Angeles that represents major celebrities. George Clooney…supposedly recommended 42 West.”
David Hogg, now the “face” of the Parkland, FL shooting, is the epitome of a rude, arrogant, profane, self-centered teenage boy. He thinks he is the smartest boy in the room, which is understandable because the media has been treating him as if he is the smartest boy in the room. (I bet if Nikolas Cruz has been watching the media coverage, he probably hates what he’s done for David Hogg and Emma Gonzales.)
As expected, Hogg spoke at the event. Please see the video below. He began by telling the crowd,
“How much money Marco Rubio took from the NRA for every student’s life in Florida. One dollar and five cents…if you listen real close, you can hear the people in power shaking…they should start preparing their resumes.”
Next, Emma Gonzalez took to the stage. Resembling a Latin American dictator, she wore an army green jacket with a Cuban flag decorating the shoulder. Is she idealizing the country of her heritage? Does she believe that life might be better if she lived in Cuba, where citizens have no Second Amendment rights? In fact, they have almost no rights, which is probably why her father “sought refuge from Fidel Castro's regime by moving to New York in 1968.”
She spoke for two minutes about waiting in the “hot, scorching sun after the shooting not knowing” which of her friends had been killed. Her anger escalated as she referred to each victim by name and how they would never do this or that again. Then she abruptly stopped and stood at the podium for 6½ minutes in silence to symbolize the 6½ minutes of the shooting. Following the silence, she left the podium to wild applause.
Washington Post reporter Geoffrey Fowler, said of Gonzales, “I’m star struck.”
Many speeches followed. One teenage girl became so stirred up during her own speech that she stopped speaking, threw up behind the podium, and then resumed her speech. Echt!
The event was a Hollywood production. An eleven-year-old spoke. Later, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s granddaughter spoke. One after another, children blamed politicians and the NRA for the murders of their friends. Strangely escaping their acrimony were local law enforcement, local mental health workers, school officials who wouldn’t allow Nikolas Cruz into class with a backpack, but took no action and the FBI, who had received two calls on their tip line but failed to act. The word of the day was emotion.
Jarrett Stepman, editor and writer for the Daily Signal, attended the march and said, “there were people on almost every street corner trying to register people to vote.” No surprise there.
The organizers of the event estimated the crowd to number 850,000 people. This figure was at odds with Virginia-based Digital Design & Imaging Service Inc.’s guess. The company “uses aerial photos to calculate crowd sizes, reported the event’s peak crowd size was at 202,796 people around 1 p.m. The firm said the number's margin of error is 15 percent.”
Will these students open their eyes to the real causes of the Parkland, FL massacre? A hundred red flags were raised over the last eight years that were ignored by a hundred officials (police officers, school officials, mental health workers and the FBI). There is no excuse for so many people to have missed the obvious signs.
Why aren’t the students railing about them? Because by directing their anger at the NRA and the politicians, the same agenda of the mainstream media and Democratic lawmakers and wealthy donors, they have become the focus of national attention.
This attention is intoxicating and they like it – a lot. They also like what it can do for their futures. This is no longer about mourning their lost classmates.
One of my readers pointed out the irony of this situation. The students and their organizers and donors are protesting to have their rights taken away. Why would anyone do that?Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.