Skip to comments.[from 2010] The Day Democrats Dumped the Antiwar Movement
Posted on 09/02/2013 8:29:56 PM PDT by chessplayerEdited on 09/02/2013 9:52:08 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
Inauguration Day 2009 was not only a historic day for our nation, it was also a turning point for the antiwar movement: It was the day Democrats stopped opposing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
At least that's the conclusion that can be drawn from a new a sociology paper on the partisan dynamics affecting the antiwar movement.
First Things Blog March 24, 2010 Joe Carter:
The Day Democrats Dumped the Antiwar Movement
University of Michigan Study:
PDF of 20 page report: THE PARTISAN DYNAMICS OF CONTENTION: DEMOBILIZATION OF THE ANTIWAR MOVEMENT IN THE UNITED STATES, 2007-2009
There's been a lot of talk about the absence of a strong and visible anti-war movement, the way there was during the George W. Bush Presidency.
While there are protests against intervention in Syria, in general the movement seems to be a lot weaker under Obama.
If you guessed that this had something to do with the fact that Obama is a Democrat... you'd be correct!
In 2011, Professors Michael T. Heaney and Fabio Rojas published a study titled: The Partisan Dynamics of Contention: Demobilization Of The Antiwar Movement In The United States 2007-2009 which looked at nearly 6,000 surveys of anti-war demonstrators between January 2007 and December 2009.
This one chart basically tells the whole story. The percentage of Democrats attending anti-war protests collapsed at the end of 2008, and in early 2009.
n 2011, Professors Michael T. Heaney and Fabio Rojas published a study titled: The Partisan Dynamics of Contention: Demobilization Of The Antiwar Movement In The United States 2007-2009 which looked at nearly 6,000 surveys of anti-war demonstrators between January 2007 and December 2009.I want to go to bed now, otherwise I'd just post a pic of astroturf.
Its kind of like how there would be a similar chart for those favoring limited government in the transition from the Clinton years to the Bush years.
One should also plot the number of French socialist-communist activities AGAINST the “war with Hitler” before - then after - the June 1941 invasion of Russia BY Hitler.
All in a sudden - all in one week (once Stalin regained his mind from depression) - the French Communists were all in a sudden “against Hitler’s war” and were for the French resistance they had previously been themselves fighting!
There was no anti-war movement. However, there was a strong anti-Conservative and anti-Republican movement during the Bush administration. What we strongly suspected, and have been vindicated in our suspicions, the drum banging, tamborene playing scum were full of s***. They did not believe a word of their anti-war message. Their only goal was to gain power for the Left. Unfortunately, enough dummies fell for it to get us a full serving of Obama.
Actually, they had two goals. One was to help gain power for the left, of course.
The other was to collect as much anti-war cash as they could. ANSWER, in particular, was heavily funded by Saddam Hussein.
I suppose if I’m looking for an indicator of the direction of the wind, France would be the best wind vane I’m going to find.
The strong and vibrant anti-war movement did not collapse. It became irrelevant because war was not its object of protest. Non Democrats in power was the sole object of the movement’s protests. Anti war was the convenient hook to hang the attitude on. The kenyan’s wars do not draw the movement because they are left actions and therefore Right and Good, done by One of Ours. Every protest, every anti=XXXX is a matter of Us and Them, nothing more.
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