Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The Enemy of My Enemy Is ... a Chicken?

Last weekend's news from the Middle East has turned some liberal activists' world upside down, and thrown more than a few California blondes into a headspin. No, we're not talking about news from Iraq, or Afghanistan, or even the latest on the nuclear ambitions of Iran.

Today's Democrat Party is ruled by an unholy alliance of radical leftwing extremists. Now, I'm not talking about the rank-and-file, everyday citizen that leans a little left of center in their views and their voting habits. I'm talking about the Party, the leadership -- or more accurately, the folks who the Democrat leadership think they must appease in order to keep their power base. Within the movers and shakers of the DNC cause are groups as diverse as NOW, PETA, the NAACP, the Sierra Club, MoveOn.org, the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Council, the American-Iranian Council, the ACLU, and many others. With so many diverse goals and agendas, the main things that bind these organizations together are a common liberal philosophy and a common set of enemies: President George W. Bush-Hitler, the Nazis of the Republican Party, and the evil brown-shirt conservatives that seem to rule the American heartland with an iron thumb. Simply put, "the enemy of my enemy is my friend." Or at least my political ally.

Let's take, for instance, PETA -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Dozens of celebrities -- including such big names as Playboy Bunny Pamela Anderson [PDF], comedienne Ellen Degeneris [PDF], actor Alec Baldwin, NFL bad-boy Dennis Rodman [PDF - don't look!], drummer Tommy Lee, consumer watchdog Rev. Al Sharpton, musical legend Sir Paul McCartney, and NAACP President Kwazy Mfume -- have flocked to join PETA's various causes, from vegetarianism to protesting fur and leather clothing to the recent revolt against the chicken chain KFC, who PETA charges willfully tortures chickens "in ways that would result in felony cruelty-to-animals charges if cats or dogs were the victims."

Another pet project of many Left Coast celebrities -- including Hollyweirds like Alec Baldwin, Sean Penn, Barbra Streisand, Alan Alda, Ed Asner, Mike Farrell, and many, many more -- is opposition to America's War on Terrorism and the evils of the war in Iraq. And one of the most popular recent celebrity responses to this tenet is a loud public rejection of all things American and support for the very countries who either oppose America politically (France, et al) or harbor terrorists and terrorist organizations (Iran, Syria, North Korea, etc.).

But what happens when political agendas conflict?
The U.S. flag serves as a doormat to an office and nearby merchants announce "we boycott American goods", but some Syrians can't seem to keep away from American fast food at the new KFC fried chicken restaurant.

"I oppose American politics totally, but what does food have to do with it? Politics is one thing, and food is something totally different," Tareq Mashnouk, a 26-year-old fashion designer, told Reuters.

KFC opened its first outlet in Damascus this month, becoming Syria's first fully licensed American food franchise.
Oh, what is a liberal wacko to do?

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