The End of Rolling Thunder? We Can Only Hope So!
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Among the most annoying of this group was the POW-MIA crowd. Given all the bogus patriotism invested in the issue, their self-righteous dogmatism in the face of facts was unpleasantly noticeable. Not only did they present no credible evidence of their theory beyond sketchy travelers’ tales, the very lack of evidence was in their eyes irrefutable proof of the meticulous perfection of the U.S. government’s coverup. When John McCain, himself a POW, supported resumption of U.S.-Vietnamese diplomatic relations, some of these zealots denounced him as a traitor and Manchurian Candidate.
As for Rolling Thunder, riding around on motorcycles without mufflers and disturbing the peace simply because it’s fun obviously has no transcendent meaning. You’re no different from Marlon Brando in The Wild One. But if you can convince yourself it’s furthering the noble cause of releasing some 80-year old POW from his tiger cage in the Golden Triangle, you’re rendering a service to a nation that ought to be grateful.
The executive director of Rolling Thunder is blaming his organization’s difficulty in staging the event on federal agencies that made it too hard: “We’re just sick and tired of getting the shaft from them.” They blame DoD for making it difficult to use the Pentagon parking lots. The outfit also opposes “restrictive” DoD security guidelines, a merchandise sales ban, and limits on sponsors.
But DoD, like all federal agencies, has regulations on getting involved in commercial activities. Security guidelines, particularly at DoD, are notably inflexible: after 9/11, even as a security-cleared congressional staffer, I needed a Pentagon employee to meet me at the entrance and escort me at all times. Ten thousand riders on 800-pound steel hogs present far greater security and logistical concerns than a like number of pedestrians assembling for a rally on the Mall.
Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction
December 18, 2018 at 12:09 PM #1915HassleCatParticipant
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I knew several people who rode in the Rolling Thunder procession. Some of them had never served in the military, and were just into the general good feeling they got from making lots of noise with other riders. I’m not sure the ride ever had any real purpose, and it certainly has none today, other than to allow a few thousand riders a day of cheap patriotism. They remind me of all those Harley riding guys I see with denim jackets proclaiming their intention to ride their hogs for Jesus. They often have a Bible verse citation embroidered on the jacket, but I never encountered anything in the Bible that says, “Ride thee around aimlessly to further the Kingdom of God.” Same with Rolling Thunder. I think it’s just a bunch of guys who like to get together and make noise.
December 18, 2018 at 12:24 PM #1925EnthusiastParticipant
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If you would suggest that the Nation of Vietnam doesn’t continue to hold American POWs you better be ready to fight. They are stupid. They are just as ignorant as a bunch of white supremacists or rabid Trump fans. As a matter of fact there is a tremendous crossover.
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December 18, 2018 at 2:35 PM #1965bazukhovParticipant
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Rolling Thunder and their MAGA ilk are prime examples of the “fools” part of the quote.
Tell me, great captain, how do the angels sleep when the devil leaves his porch light on? Tom Waites
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