You'll have to excuse the language today. I know this is a family blog, but I just couldn't think of an appropriately strong phrase to describe the SRRT ass-kicking by the ALA Council.
At Library Juice, you can find the SRRT's own report about the success of their shenanigans at ALA Council in Seattle. The two resolutions totally unrelated to librarianship were defeated, I knew, but I hadn't realized just how soundly. I hadn't noticed the actual numbers when reading about the ALA Council votes regarding defunding the Iraq War and lobbying to have President Bush impeached, but considering the vote count the SRRT report should have been called "We Got Our Collectivist and Collective Ass Kicked."
The resolution on the Iraq War was defeated 98-48. That's a pretty good ass-kicking by anyone's standards. According to the balanced and objective author of the SRRT report, "Almost everyone we talked with was in favor on a personal level, but there is a disconnect between their personal views and their professional lives. We just have to work harder to connect our issues and break down these barriers to fundamentally change our society."
"A disconnect between their personal views and their professional lives." Well, that's certainly one way to put it. Another way to put it is that, unlike some of the SRRT folks, not everyone subscribes to the totalitarian mindset that the personal and the professional and everything else is subsumed within the political. There is nothing outside the SRRT! Hail the SRRT! Somebody should tell the totalitarians at the SRRT that lots of people like to separate their personal and their professional lives, but I guess that's harder to understand if you don't have a personal life.
This is what I have to say to the SRRT totalitarians: it's not so much that I want to separate my professional life from my personal life as that I want to separate my professional life from your personal life. You can have your rallies and give your self-righteous speeches on your own time, but why should the rest of us be inflicted with your troubled personalities? Hyper yourselves into a frenzy that the ALA isn't righting all the wrongs of the world one library card at a time in the privy of your own home.
Apparently more folks on the Council are starting to agree with me. Consider the resolution to impeach President Bush. As I've stated before, what you think of President Bush (or the Iraq War, for that matter) isn't important. I've deliberately avoided stating my personal beliefs on these issues. What matters is that the ALA has no business taking political stands unrelated to American libraries and the SRRT folk have no business to thrust their personal politics on the organization.
The SRRT report didn't even have the heart to give the full vote numbers, but limply noted that "in the end, only about ten councilors voted for the resolution." I'm reminded of a comment made about Walter Mondale when Ronald Reagan defeated him 525 electoral votes to 13 in 1984: "That's only 13 more votes than I got, and I didn't even run!"
The SRRT folk who are so dedicated to "diversity" are still going after the poor little Boy Scouts. This is despite the fact that the majority of Scout Leaders are allegedly pedophiles, which should endear them to the open-minded SRRT radicals. Fortunately, their latest jab has been stalled until Annual. Maybe for the SRRT, diversity means that the ALA has room for both Stalinists and Trotskyites. At Annual they'll probably introduce a resolution that anyone who is a Boy Scout isn't even allowed to use libraries. Because you know the motto of the SRRT: Intellectual Freedom is the Freedom to Think Like Us!