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The Self-Righteous Virtue Signaling of the Pro-Palestinian Protester

The Self-Righteous Virtue Signaling of the Pro-Palestinian Protester

Before we get to this morning’s segment on America’s Third Watch, I want to comment on the self-righteous virtue-signaling of the pro-Palestinian protesters here in the United States and in Europe.

It was reported this morning that pro-Palestinian (read: pro-Hamas) protesters blocked both the Golden Gate Bridge in California and the Kennedy Expressway feeder to O’Hare Airport in Chicago, the latter causing people to miss their flights. If you’ve ever missed a flight you know how hard it is to reschedule and that it most often costs you extra to get seated on another flight.

The point I am trying to make is this. No one affected by the blocking of traffic or the blocking of building access – the blocking of anything, whether it’s pro-Palestinian protesters, BLM protesters, or any other cause de jour protesters, is sympathetic to the protesters' cause. The actions of these protesters, regardless of their cause, only serve to alienate and antagonize the very people they are trying to win over.

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In fact, when someone trying to make a flight, get to work, or walk into a building is obstructed by these types of protests, it creates a wave of anger—not in support of the cause being protested but towards the protesters themselves. People see these obstructive displays as selfish displays of self-righteous virtue signaling that telegraph the protesters' sense of elevated importance over everyone else.

How does making someone miss a flight benefit the Palestinian people? How does making someone late for work or a doctor’s appointment – now does impeding an ambulance’s emergency run to a hospital or a fire engine’s run to a fire or a police response to a deadly situation make people feel sympathetic to a protester’s cause? It doesn’t. It foments anger toward the protester and – through that – creates indifference and resentment toward the cause itself.

Taking to the streets in protest in the United States and the free nations of the world has become an exercise in pious pseudo-moralistic posturing that achieves very little if anything.

If protesters are sincere about advancing support for their causes, they have to engage the population with information, education, and fact-based argument, not actions that literally turn the population against them…like blocking streets, bridges, and business entryways. The people who do that, well, they are just self-important, juvenile, virtue-signaling assholes.

Then, this morning’s segment on America’s Third Watch, broadcast on the Genesis and Salem Broadcasting Networks.

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