The comment which sums up the moral vacancy of the left came early in the article, when Mary Mapes called the cruise an SDS reunion, meaning that in a clever and humorous manner.
I just read a long review of the SDS in an article posted on the Internet. Their origins are Communist, although there was some infighting during the early years about whether or not the Soviet Union should get some of the blame for the Cold War. By the late 1960s, though, it appears that the SDS was completely coopted by radical leftist groups whose goal was the destruction of the United States and American culture.
Interesting that is the metaphor for those people on the cruise.
One other thing: If I used a forged document anywhere in my duties as a teacher and then tried to pass it off as genuine, my career would be over. My certificate would be taken away. My pension would vanish. And I wouldn’t be on a fabulous cruise this summer.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in all my years about the left, it is this: there are two sets of standards, one for them, and one for the rest of us, and the one for them is far more forgiving.
I’m always impressed with how cavalier liberals are about the whole communism thing. They go ballistic at the slightest whiff of imaginary fascism, but when it turns out that last Tuesday’s peace rally was organized by a communist front group, well that’s no big deal. A quarter of their congressmen belong to the Progressive Caucus which has open ties to the Socialist Internationale but, again, no biggie...in fact it’s kind of cool. It’s stunning how these people can align themselves with a hostile ideology and still consider themselves patriots. And it’s impossible to shame them about it. You’d think that having it pointed out that you were marching with totalitarians last Tuesday would rattle them some. But, nope.