Uncivil Disobedience

Just a couple of months ago, in the wake of Jared Loughner’s shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, simple talk of “targeting” a political opponent for defeat was treated as beyond the pale. But let’s look at some more recent language — and conduct — that our bien-pensant punditry can’t be bothered to notice, let alone condemn.

In Michigan, protesters opposed to Gov. Rick Snyder’s austerity budget broke a window to get into the capitol building. One faces felony charges after assaulting police with an edged weapon; 14 were arrested.

In Washington, DC, the windows at GOP headquarters were shot out, not the first time that Republican offices have been subject to such attacks.

Unhappy campers: Protesters who threatened to sleep at Michigan's Capitol carry their bedding after being thrown out by state police last Tuesday.

Unhappy campers: Protesters who threatened to sleep at Michigan’s Capitol carry their bedding after being thrown out by state police last Tuesday.  AP

In Madison, Wis., the state capitol was occupied for weeks by teachers union members and their supporters. Doors and windows were broken; a mob tried to keep Republican state senators from entering the Senate chamber to vote.

And blogger Ann Althouse — a Wisconsin law professor who voted for Barack Obama — received nasty threats for the crime of posting video depicting this thuggish conduct on YouTube: “We will f— you up,” the threateners wrote. This was not the first threat she has received for her blogging.

The GOP state senators who supported Gov. Scott Walker’s budget also received death threats, including an e-mail reading, in part: “I want to make this perfectly clear. Because of your actions today and in the past couple of weeks I and the group of people that are working with me have decided that we’ve had enough. We feel that you and your republican dictators have to die.

“This is how it’s going to happen: I as well as many others know where you and your family live, it’s a matter of public records. We have all planned to assult [sic] you by arriving at your house and putting a nice little bullet in your head.

“However, this isn’t enough. We also have decided that this may not be enough to send the message. So we have built several bombs that we have placed in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequent. This includes, your house, your car, the state capitol, and well I won’t tell you all of them because that’s just no fun.”

This threat was more credible because mobs of union protesters had already visited senators’ houses, screaming and banging on the windows.

At the Huffington Post, liberal Lee Stranahan wonders why this kind of thing isn’t getting more attention from the traditional media who were tut-tutting over much more minor (and even imaginary) offenses to civility so very recently. “Ignoring the story of these threats is deeply, fundamentally wrong. It’s bad, biased journalism that will lead to no possible good outcome and progressives should be leading the charge against it.

“Just before writing this article, I did a Google search and it’s stunning to find out that the right-wing media really isn’t exaggerating — proven death threats against politicians are being ignored by the supposedly honest media. If you’ve never agreed with a single thing that Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly et al have said about anything, you can’t in any good conscience say that they don’t have a point here. Death threats are wrong and if a story like Wisconsin is national news for days, then so are death threats.”

He’s right, but the big-media folks seem so anxious to peddle the same tired storyline — right-wingers are violent and ignorant, left-wingers are peaceful and virtuous — that they almost have to ignore anything that will spoil the narrative.

But in doing this, they only undermine their own position more. Word still gets out — even to liberals at the Huffington Post. And people catch on: If there are big stories out there that traditional media won’t cover because it offends their storyline, then why listen to traditional media at all?

Glenn Reynolds teaches law at the University of Tennessee. He also hosts “InstaVision” on PJTV.com



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1 Response to Uncivil Disobedience

  1. BMG says:

    Not only do leftist activists engage in violence as detailed in this article, but they also have people in places of influence and power saying such things. Like Stephen Lerner formerly of the SEIU speaking about crashing the economy at Pace University (http://www.businessinsider.com/seiu-union-plan-to-destroy-jpmorgan), President Obama and his infamous “punish our enemies” speech on Univision Radio (http://hotair.com/archives/2010/10/25/obamas-turnout-pitch-to-latinos-get-out-there-and-punish-your-enemies/), the way that George Bush was treated by the left while he was president (http://www.zombietime.com/zomblog/?p=621) and of course, Dylan Ratigan on MSNBC http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/11/the_threat_of_leftist_violence.html). MSNBC is considered part of the ‘mainstream media’. One would think that the ‘mainstream media’ should abstain from airing calls for open violence in support of any agenda. Now of course some lefty out there will jump up and scream, what about Palin and her ‘cross hairs’ and ‘reload’ comments and Timothy McViegh? Well, the left side of the isle has several politicians that have said the same or similar things and frankly most people pass those statements off as metaphors and rightly so. As for McViegh he appears to have had ties with radical muslims – not the right side of the political isle (http://www.patriotledger.com/features/x1777801225/Author-links-man-arrested-in-Quincy-to-the-subject-of-her-book-on-Oklahoma-City-bomb-ing).

    It comes as no surprise that the leftists/democrats are acting all violent now that things are really not going their way. After all, all four presidential assassinations in our history have been carried out by leftists.

    1) James Garfield: Charles J. Guiteau; who was a ‘disappointed office seeker’ who enjoyed a ‘hippie lifestyles’ of the day, even joining a free-love, free-sex commune in upstate New York for a time.
    2) Abraham Lincoln: John Wilkes Booth; a believer in the Democratic Party’s staunch support for slavery and secession.
    3) William McKinley: Leon Czolgosz; a leftist anarchist.
    4) John F. Kennedy: Lee Harvey Oswald; a pro-Castro, pro-Communist leftist.

    Also, leftist Giuseppe Zangara failed an attempt on FDR, but killed the Mayor of Chicago and Puerto Rican leftists Oscar Collazo, Griselio Torresola tried for Harry Truman, killing a Secret Service officer. Then there are others like Squeaky Fromme (Ford) and John Hinkley (Reagan) who were just legitimate nutcases and can’t be attributed to either side of the political isle. It comes down to about 25% of presidential violence was from nutjobs and 75% from Leftists.

    Leftism in fact is responsible for killing more people in the 20th century than had been killed in all wars on Earth before 1900 combined.

    Hitler (and yes, contrary to what the left would like everyone to believe, Hitler was indeed a leftist; National Socialism is a hybrid combination of Socialism and Totalitarianism) killed 12-17 million people. The only other two figures in history to have killed more people than Hitler were also leftists:

    Joseph Stalin – in 1917 he is responsible for approximately 20 million deaths, including up to 14.5 million needlessly starved to death. At least one million executed for political “offenses”. At least 9.5 million more deported, exiled or imprisoned in work camps, with many of the estimated five million sent to the ‘Gulag Archipelago’ never returning alive. Other estimates place the number of deported at 28 million, including 18 million sent to the ‘Gulag’.

    Mao Zedong – in 1959 his socialist government through his ‘great leap forward’ caused “the worst famine in the history of mankind” in which an estimated 43 million died.

    Not to mention the multiple millions that have died as a direct result of Margaret Sanger’s eugenics program that targets ethnic minorities, otherwise known as Planned Parenthood. The death toll as a direct result of her legacy of genocide tops all the rest on the list combined and continues to outdo them all each year since her policies are still being utilized and supported right here in the United States and indeed, all across the planet by the left. Last estimates I read were around 44 million worldwide each year.

    History plainly shows that violence, intimidation and insurrection is the standard operating procedure of the democrat party. They were on the wrong side of the civil rights movement (Bull Connor and the fire hoses and it was a leftist that assassinated Martin Luther King), the KKK is the terrorist arm of the democrat party (“Setting the Record Straight: American History in Black & White” by David Barton, http://openletter260.blogspot.com/2008/03/kkk-was-terrorist-wing-of-democrat.html) and union thugs are of course, infamous for ‘breaking knees’ when they haven’t gotten their way in the past. So it doesn’t surprise me in the least to see them up to their old tricks now…their history is very well documented and easy to research.

    The only thing that is surprising to me is how so many Americans can continue to support leftist programs and ideals when it is historically clear how racist, violent and downright evil these people really are.

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