They made us groan. They made us grumble. They made us a global laughingstock. The whiners of 2003 embarrassed themselves -- and the nation -- with their unrivaled sense of entitlement, arrogance and shamelessness. Let's send them off with a 21-hankie salute and a collective kick in the pants:
-- Human shields. Among the hundreds of Saddam Hussein's stooges around the world who volunteered to protect "strategic sites" in Iraq were 20 American antiwar activists. They knowingly violated U.S. sanctions against travel and commerce with Hussein's regime. They let themselves be used by a merciless dictator.
Upon arrival, they complained about being placed too close to smoky oil refineries and being roughhoused by scary Iraqi National Guardsmen (with -- gasp -- guns!). Upon return to the United States, they whimpered when the Treasury Department fined them up to $10,000 for breaking the rules.
But what about our free speech? they blubbered. What about it? It's one thing to trot around naked in Berkeley with "I Hate America" tattooed on your chest. It is quite another to travel to Baghdad to impede a potential American military operation and endanger our soldiers' lives. One American human shield, Faith Fippinger, bawled to the BBC that she might lose her house if forced to pay the fine. Poor baby. "Civil disobedience" has consequences. What would Henry David Thoreau think of your caviling? Pipe down and pay up.
-- Illegal alien litigants. How do you say "chutzpah" in Spanish? After being caught working illegally at Wal-Mart, a group of nine illegal aliens is suing the company for alleged discrimination in failing to pay overtime and withhold taxes. Meanwhile, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund has filed suit against seven public colleges in Virginia. MALDEF is challenging an advisory opinion issued by Virginia's attorney general, Jerry W. Kilgore, who urged college officials to deny admission to illegal alien students. MALDEF's creative legal team claims that Virginia is violating the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution and "impermissibly occupying a field that Congress has the exclusive authority to occupy."
Finally, the open-borders lobby has discovered an American law it wants to see enforced.