You might think it would be difficult to find similarities between the Socially Responsible Round Table and the Tea Party Republicans in the House of Representatives. However, you would be wrong.
I don’t just mean the fanaticism, although there’s plenty of that. Or the dogmatism. Plenty of that, too. Extremes of left and right often show similarities.
What’s most noticeable is the tenacity at trying to pass resolutions/legislation supported by a vocal minority and failing time and again.
When everyone but Tea Partiers see this behavior in the House, they shake their heads in bewilderment.
The House Republicans voted over 40 times to repeal The Affordable Care Act, with very little success at altering it, and no success at repealing it. Their strategy went from the empty “repeal and replace” to the pointless “let’s fruitlessly vote one more time just to show how angry we are, because this is all about our emotions.” Impotence in power.
Then we get to the ALA Council and the radical left assault on it by SRRT, over and over again. For a long time it was something about the Iraq war. Finally, in 2005, the Council passed a resolution calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and spending the saved money on libraries.
Because of the awesome sway of the ALA Council, sure enough just eight years later U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq. No word yet about whether the savings will be spent on libraries.
Thus, after years of heated exchanges and tiresome calls for a resolution, the Council finally passed a resolution that had absolutely no effect on the world other than making a few councilors feel good about themselves.
Now, it’s Edward Snowden, and SRRT has repeatedly tried to get a resolution passed with his name attached to it. The Council even passed a pro-whistleblower resolution, but darn it, that’s not good enough.
In Philadelphia, SRRT tried once again, and the resolution about Edward Snowden failed once again.
Here’s the resolution:
“Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA) recognizes Edward Snowden, as a whistleblower who, in releasing information that documents the mass surveillance programs of the National Security Agency, has performed a valuable service in launching a dialogue about transparency, government surveillance, and overclassification.”
Not particularly racy, but a lot of Councilors don’t want particular people named in this way. SRRT does, as evidenced by their repeated attempts to get the ALA to specifically back Julian Assange a while back.
So apparently it’s not enough to support whistleblowers, if you can count an ALA Council resolution as support for anything more than their feelings. Specific people have to be named.
What’s ridiculous is that SRRT has managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory every time they put this resolution up for a vote. The whistleblower resolution passed, and can easily cover Snowden and Assange.
Oh well. If it wasn’t for SRRT and their crazy antics, there would be nothing worth talking about the ALA Council at all. Like the Tea Party House Republicans, they might not be able to get anything done, but their entertainment value is worth something.