Choice of phrase deliberate: one of the most entertaining things about today’s state of activism is that the Professional Left is just now starting to realize that they have somehow become the agents of reaction without ever quite noticing how it happened. Lila Rose, on the other hand? Her pro-life organization Live Action is a classic guerrilla theater operation designed to target the weaknesses of a frankly sclerotic tool of the Establishment… in this case, Planned Parenthood. It’s not quite the same as the Sixties groups, though: the Right has never been all that interested in getting our opponents to admit that we were right and they were wrong. Winning is sufficient validation, thanks.
And this is where I think that the above Christian Science Monitor article featuring Lila missed the fundamental point. In my opinion, the CSM author approached Live Action’s program in terms of an attempt to sway public opinion; which is after all how the Activist Left always does it. But the reason that the Left always does it that way is because the Activist Left always has to convince a majority of the American public that their ideas are correct. The Right doesn’t have that problem in this country. To use this specific example: Live Action doesn’t have to start by convincing people that abortion is disgusting, because people already find abortion personally disgusting. All Live Action has to do is show that the horrid things said about abortion providers and abortion advocates are actually true. (more…)