Posted on | July 10, 2013 | 85 Comments
In 2007, fringe nutjob Adam Kokesh was arrested on Capitol Hill.
In reporting the news, the Washington Post has rather deliberately obscured the reality of what kind of kook Adam Kokesh is, but those of us who first became aware of Kokesh as the poster boy for “Iraq Veterans Against the War” are unlikely to forget him: A self-righteous half-educated egomaniac strutting for the cameras and insulting people with ridiculous “chickenhawk” and “neocon” slurs. The first time I ever saw Kokesh in person was when he showed up to heckle David Horowitz at an event at George Washington University, FWIW.
His narcissistic camera-hogging and anti-social personality made Kokesh an unwelcome crazy even within the far-left millieu of Bush-era antiwar protests, where mental health was by no means a prerequisite for membership. (Hint: “Sociopath” is not a political philosophy.) Like a few other antiwar oddballs — including the dangerous kook Alex Jones — Kokesh drifted into the Ron Paul orbit, speaking at a Paulista rally during the 2008 GOP convention and then getting himself arrested for heckling John McCain during his acceptance speech.
Now, however, Kokesh might finally go to prison where he belongs:
Police searched the Northern Virginia home of activist Adam Kokesh Tuesday evening and took him into custody on for allegedly being in possession of hallucinogenic mushroom while also having a gun, authorities said.
Kokesh, a former Marine, was held overnight at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, charged with possession of schedule I or II drugs while in possession of a firearm, said Lt. Steve Elbert, a spokesman for the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office. . . .
U.S. Park Police Lt. Pamela Smith said her agency executed a search warrant at Kokesh’s home in Herndon about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, looking for a weapon. The park police are the federal agency responsible for policing Freedom Plaza, the concrete park a few blocks from the White House where — in a video posted to YouTube on July 4 — Kokesh appears to load a shotgun in violation of D.C. gun laws. . . .
Herndon police assisted in the search, a communications technician from the department said. But she declined to provide details.
Charging documents filed in court Wednesday morning said Kokesh was charged with possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms, a Schedule I narcotic, while possessing a firearm. Possession of Schedule I or II drugs is a felony in Virginia, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a maximum $2,500 fine. If convicted of possession of the drugs while also in possession of a firearm, Kokesh would face an additional minimum of two years in prison. . . .
You can read the whole thing. What the Washington Post will not tell you, of course, is that Adam Kokesh is the living symbol of how unscrupulously the Left provoked and exploited antiwar sentiments during the Bush era. It was the same basic tactic they used with the “Occupy Wall Street” movement and much of the gay-rights movement: Portray Republicans as evil, gin up protest mobs composed of whatever professional ax-grinders, clueless “student activists” and volunteer nutjobs you can collect, and then rely on the biases of liberal media to portray the orchestrated result as a spontaneous expression of Wholesome Main Street Middle America.
How many times during the Bush years did I go to one of these “mainstream” rallies in D.C. and see the swarms of Marxist organization — the Workers World Party, the Revolutionary Communist Party, the Communist Party USA, etc. — and their affiliated front groups in broad daylight with banners flying, handing out their newspapers, pamphlets, fliers, bumper stickers and so forth? You quite literally could not walk into the Ellipse or LaFayette Park or wherever else these protests assembled without being approached by people trying to hand you the WWP newspaper Workers World, which was not a coincidence since the WWP’s front group International ANSWER was usually the chief organizer of the protests.
Somehow, the liberal media never found time to report any of that, but would invariably search through the crowds of Commie kooks until they found someone who could be plausibly presented as “mainstream” — the housewife, the retiree, the wholesome-looking college coed — and who might in the course of a three- or four-minute interview say a couple of non-crazy sentences worth quoting.
There was a template to these kinds of antiwar protest stories, you see — a narrative, a meme — and this required ignoring the Marxists and other deranged rabble who formed the actual core of the movement that the media wanted to promote as mainstream.
It was all a Big Lie, and there were many Little Lies that were part of that dishonest liberal propaganda campaign. One of those Little Lies required that reporters not report about the sociopathic personalities of antiwar activists like Adam Kokesh. Yet even with the Bush administration a fading memory and the Iraq War receding in the rearview mirror, these lying bastards still won’t tell the truth.
Adam Kokesh might finally go to prison now, but never mind the genuinely mainstream Americans who always knew he was a kook.
UPDATE: Readers will excuse my vehemence in denouncing Kokesh, who nowadays postures as a “libertarian.” Maybe you consider gobbling psilocybin mushrooms and brandishing loaded shotguns in public to be “libertarian” and if so, please provide your home address so I can call the cops, OK? Hunter S. Thompson is a personal hero of mine, but you amateur crazies simply aren’t qualified.
You’ll notice I’ve appended Amazon ads for three books that may help you understand why the Politics of Protest invariably attracts dangerous nutjobs, and what evils typically result:
- The True Believer by Eric Hoffer — An insight into the personalities and motives of those attracted to “mass movements.” If you’ve never read it, you simply must.
- Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers by Tom Wolfe — What happens when well-meaning liberals encounter cynical opportunists demanding “social justice” on behalf of trendy radicalism? It’s hilarious, if only it weren’t so sad. A classic.
- Destructive Generation by Peter Collier and David Horowitz — One thing that the liberal media never mention, and which too many conservatives don’t realize, is that younger protesters today are encouraged in their misguided activism by idealized portrayals of 1960s-era movements. Adam Kokesh wasn’t even born until 1982, but believes that expressing “dissent” against the “status quo” is heroic because he has been indoctrinated to believe that this is what Real Heroes do. The true history of the 196os, however, teaches rather different lessons. Collier and Horowitz learned those lessons the hard way as members of the ‘6os New Left. Their account of that era (and its consequences) should be required reading for high school and college students today.
Young idiots trying re-enact a mythical past of which they have no direct knowledge ought not be praised or encouraged, but told to wise up before they get themselves imprisoned or worse.
UPDATE II: Linked by Donald Douglas at American Power — thanks!