Robert Knight

Back to the rallies. The pattern has unfolded for years: dirty leftist events and clean, conservative events. It’s the entitlement mentality versus personal responsibility, playing out on the grassy fields and public streets.

The Obama inauguration crowd on Jan. 20, 2009, for instance, celebrated hope and change by leaving mountains of trash. In fact, The Washington Post reported that the estimated crowd of 1 to 1.5 million generated more than 100 tons that was hauled away the next day, and that the “rubbish left behind was of historic proportions.”

Nine months later, at the Tea Party rally of Sept. 12, with at least as many people and perhaps more, the mall was virtually free of litter. A lot of people were wearing pants with cuffs, apparently.

The good news is that it’s getting harder for the Left to cover up its dirty ways, such as Hollywood’s obsession with all things sordid.

Not that the Left has a monopoly on dirt. There are also folks on the right who think they’re entitled to live by a different set of standards than the quaint morality of those they lionize as “the people.” The difference is that the Left is shameless about sin and demands that others celebrate it and pay for its consequences.

Miscreants on the right still have the common decency at least to rise to hypocrisy, which is the tribute that vice pays to virtue. In a way, they have to. In a world dominated by liberal media, they live in a glass house. If you’re a married conservative who gets caught cheating, it’s a very hot story. If you’re a liberal married man caught cavorting with prostitutes, you get your own CNN talk show!

For decades, the media have been covering up and excusing the Left’s dirty secrets. Without talk radio and the conservative press, we would not have known about the mess left at the White House following the Clintons’ departure in 2000. Incoming Bush staff found broken furniture, trashed computers, keyboards missing gouged-out letters, and hard drives full of smut. Meanwhile, Air Force One towels and knickknacks were turning up on E-Bay following the plane’s looting.

The corrosive attitude of the Left is that if it belongs to everybody, it belongs to nobody. So if it’s trash, leave it, and if it’s worth something, take it. This contrasts sharply with another standard, which is to do unto others as we would have them do unto us. Also, thou shalt not steal or covet.

A couple of years ago, somebody took our country, folks. And we need to take it back before they trash it any more.

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.