- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 2, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Over the weekend, scores of leftists converged on Washington, D.C., to pay homage to their green god whilst calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, and so forth and so on.

Days later, city workers were still removing the trash they left on the streets. Social media was filled with the images. Need more be said?

It’s like when the bus driver for the Dave Matthews Band pulled alongside the Chicago River to dump about 800 pounds of human waste into the water. Sadly, the driver didn’t do a proper lookout from the bridge, and much of the waste actually ended up on the heads of passengers aboard the Little Lady tour boat. Oops.

But the bigger oops was this: The band prided itself on its environmentalism.

The optics, to put it mildly, were not good.



But that was 2004 — and since, the bus driver has served probation and paid a fine, while Matthews, the lead singer, doubled down on the “principles we hold dear: environmentalism, accountability and mostly, principles of humanity,” he said, after the bus bust, Rolling Stone reported.

Now?

Fast-forward to 2017. The environmental crowd has another hypocrisy to fight.

Heatstreet tells the scene: “As [People’s Climate March] protesters packed up and celebrity climate activists Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Gore and Richard Branson boarded their carbon-spewing private planes to jet off to their next destinations, the Washington Mall was left littered with garbage, including paper signs, food containers and plastic bags.”

One local city resident described the scene to Heatstreet as pitiful, citing the “giant piles of signs and trash” left on park grasses.

Maybe we shouldn’t be too hard on the environmentalists, though. Yes, its true, they may be contributing to the very causes they’re fighting — pollution. But perhaps the trash-based problem is deeper than a single protest, or a single segment of leftist society.

This, from the Daily Caller in March 2017: “Unlike the Tea Party, Leftist Political Rallies Leave Mounds of Trash.”

That would seem to suggest those on the left, whether environmentalist, or socialist, or feminist, or what have you, just can’t help themselves — they can’t help their trashy ways. It’s just part of the whole leftist movement; it’s part and parcel of their culture. An ingrained behavior.

Pity. Because that means the other half of America, the conservative thinkers, have to clean up the messes made by the left.

But come to think of it — that’s how it works in the political world, as well.

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