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The Commons
Voices / Letters from readers

Where were these protestors during the Obama administration?

Originally published in The Commons issue #395 (Wednesday, February 15, 2017).

RE: “We don’t have a choice anymore” [Dispatch, Feb. 1]:

While reading Brenda Lynn Siegel’s inspiring account of her experience at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., I began to wonder something about the rising “new left/woman’s protest movement.”

I honor Ms. Siegel’s direct action, making time in her life to stand with her sisters, but her outrage at Republicans’ lies and Donald Trump’s insanity makes me wonder how she and millions of her protesting sisters feel about the 100,000 bombs that Barack Obama dropped on women and children and his choice to use white phosphorus that burned children alive.

Or his deporting three million immigrants — more than any other president.

Or his granting the president the right to assassinate anyone in the world with no congressional or judicial oversight.

Or his continuation of the Guantánamo torture base.

The danger I see in this growing leftist movement is that it may demonize the current administration to the point where if — miracle of miracles — Donald Trump gets dethroned or the Democrats return to office, the New Left will pat themselves on the back and act as if the big, bad guy is finally defeated and things can return to normal.

But what was normal about the ongoing torture, killing, and maiming of women promoted by our first Black president, and why were those horrors not protested by millions of women taking to the streets?

So far as I can tell, rather than good guys versus bad guys, we now have a case of bad guys versus very bad guys.

Mark Borax


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