Crazier and Crazier: America’s “Activist” Class

Outsiders. mostly of the leftist persuasion, seem to be taking an intense interest in Virginia these days. Some examples from today’s Richmond Times-Dispatch:

  • Michelle Renay Sutherland, a New York activist, was arrested for indecent exposure yesterday after she exposed her breast when recreating the state seal on the capitol grounds. Sutherland, who goes by “Sister Leona,” belongs to a group called Radical Matriarchy. She was demonstrating in support of Virginia’s ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
  • A California man was charged with misdemeanor vandalism and littering Monday after police say he threw red dye into a fountain on the state Capitol grounds. Patrick E. Talamantes, of Sacramento, had joined activists marching to demand the resignation of Governor Ralph Northam.
  • Internet inventor and polar-bear advocate Al Gore and the Rev. William J. Barber II, a North Carolina civil rights leader, visited the Union Hill community in Buckingham County to protest Dominion Energy’s proposed compression station. (I’ll have more about them in a follow-up post.)

Meanwhile, in an act that may have been related to the red-dye-in-the-fountain incident, someone vandalized a pillar at the entrance to Thomas Jefferson’s boyhood home at Tuckahoe Plantation in Goochland County. The pillar was splashed with red dye, and graffiti said, “We profit off slavery.” Thee women with a black SUV were seen vandalizing the property. It is pure speculation to suggest that they were from out of state, but if they were linked to Talamentes, they, too, might well have been… from out of state.

Who are these people? Well, we know who Al Gore is. He is a huckster/entrepreneur who has figured out how to cash in on Global Warming  with his alarmist yet hysterically unprophetic movie, “An Inconvenient Truth,” even as he lives in a sprawling mansion and jets around the globe, spewing CO2 into the atmosphere and creating an environmental footprint the size of a hundred normal American families.

But who are these other people? Do they have normal occupations? Are they on the payroll of foundation-funded activist organizations whose “job” is to rush around the country from one controversy to the next? Are they indulged trust fund babies searching for meaning? What kind of  country supports an entire class of “activists” whose function in society is travel from state to state, meddle in other peoples’ business, commit acts of petty vandalism and get arrested?

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10 responses to “Crazier and Crazier: America’s “Activist” Class”

  1. Steve Haner Avatar
    Steve Haner

    Once the ERA is in place, I assume laws against exposure of female body parts will be invalid unless a man would be arrested for doing the same thing. So an appropriate protest gesture on her part.

  2. Peter Galuszka Avatar
    Peter Galuszka

    Didn’t Ken Cuccinelli want to cover things up on the state flag? Shocking!

  3. Reminds me, there was a time in the 1920s and 30s when people were arrested on NY and NJ and MD beaches for exposure of the male (or female) torso above the waist, for violation of decency standards. That at least was equal treatment of the sexes. Why not go – equally – all the way now, consistent with our Greek artistic and athletic ideals?

    1. Adolescent males will be thrilled with your proposal. The more bare boob the better!

    2. djrippert Avatar

      Given some of the males I’ve seen on New Jersey beaches I’d support a return to the good old days.

  4. Reed Fawell 3rd Avatar
    Reed Fawell 3rd

    These latter day traveling performance art shows are following in the footsteps of Antifa and the KKK. Thank goodness one lost his bid to be President of the United States. Let’s hope our good fortune holds.

  5. djrippert Avatar

    Rumor has it that the estate of Al Capone has demanded that Al Gore and Al Sharpton both find new first names so as to stop besmirching Mr. Capone’s reputation.

  6. Dick Hall-Sizemore Avatar
    Dick Hall-Sizemore

    And I was downtown yesterday and missed all the excitement!

  7. Acommentator Avatar

    I’m happy people are still demonstrating for what they believe in this country. Don’t laugh at them. Throwing the tea in Boston Harbor was a protest action. I lknew someone who spent a year in prison for taking an action against the Vietnam war with father Berrigan. This is no joke.

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