October 07, 2004

Where Is The Outrage?

When three rednecks dragged James Byrd to death in Texas, Democrats chalked it up to a "climate of hate" fostered by...well, any public right-of-center thought, talk radio being the boogieman du jour. Never mind that the killers' overwhelmingly-Republican state sentenced two of the three to death -

When Matthew Shepard was murdered in Wyoming, we got more of the same; fevered declamations that conservatives and Christians were, at least indirectly, responsible for the murder. Never mind that every significant conservative talk host, and to the best of my knowledge every conservative, condemned both the specific murder of Shepard and the more general practice of murder; it's all of our faults, to too many on the left.

Violence at an abortion clinic? Those dang Christians.

And every time David Duke turns up? Never mind that his entire political body is black and blue from being kicked to the curb harder and faster than Manchester U's practice balls; Nosirree, the Duker puts that "R" in front of his name, and every few years a whole new generation of shining liberal lights "discovers" a link between the GOP and the Klan! Hypocrisy! Lies!

No, we on the right have had a lot of practice at condemning behavior and associations that we have nothing to do with, but get slagged for anyway.

OK, Democrats; pony up.

The AFL-CIO is not a fringe player in Democrat party politics, nationwide or in Minnsota. It's one of the biggest parts of one of the Dems' biggest constituencies.

On Tuesday, we saw an outbreak of violence at GOP offices in three hotly-contested battleground states: Wisconsin, Florida, and of course in Saint Paul. These attacks are part of a long series of attacks not only on GOP offices around the country, but on individuals showing GOP lawn signs and bumper stickers.

"Don't tar us with that brush!", bellow the offended lefties. "We didn't do that! It's the fringe!"

The AFL-CIO is the fringe?

Three "protests" at GOP offices turn violent; offices taken over, people attacked, the peaceful exercise of a presidential campaign interrupted. The offices are in battleground states; they are staffed, like most such offices, with older folks and stay at home moms and others who have time to spare during the day. Pretty intimidating stuff, huh?

So, Democrats - especially all you lefty bloggers out there - where's the outrage? The AFL-CIO - one of Your Guy's key supporters - is promoting a climate of violence and fear; they're trying to intimidate Bush volunteers in battleground states (where, by all accounts I've seen, we've out-organized you by a sizeable margin).

What are you going to do?

For most of you, I suspect the answer is "issue a lukewarm scolding, deny that it was a big deal, and then meander around to a back-door justification of the attacks". You know - the kind of thing that would send you into paroxysms of self-righteous fury if you thought a GOPer was doing the same thing.

Posted by Mitch at October 7, 2004 08:08 AM | TrackBack

My question is why St. Paul Police didn't seem to be interested in at least a trespassing charge. According to the Red Star, the police said it was a peacful protest.

Posted by: Loren at October 7, 2004 09:50 AM

When you ReTHUGlican's don't Realize is that this is only cratching the Survace.

If the people could show they Real feeling about the reTHUGlican dictatorship, thing's would be alot more voliant and I think It might be a good thing because it might teach them a lesson. The real voliance is against people of Color and Gay's and Women And Children and Teachers and its the reTHUGlians doing it it's time reTHUGlicans feel the RATH of the People. ReTHUGlicans are ignorant and they want you to be to.

John Kerry will Win 45 state's.

Posted by: Left4ever at October 7, 2004 11:47 AM

Left4ever, can you name 45 states without looking them up? you left off the
/LLL tag.

Posted by: billhedrick at October 7, 2004 11:57 AM

I see an AFT member has weighed in.

Posted by: hcq at October 7, 2004 11:58 AM

Hah! I think it's just too funny that left4ever can't spell wrath, violent, or violence, and hypenates the words things, gays, and states. The random capitalization is pretty humorous, too. I think that the ignorant finger might have been pointed in the wrong direction.

Posted by: Dave S. at October 7, 2004 12:36 PM

At first I thought the "Left4ever" message was just a parody, but he shows up in comments elsewhere, so:

Grocer's apostrophe, idiosyncratic spelling, random capitalization, run-on sentences -- it has all the hallmarks of authenticity.

In fact, it's so convincing that I feel that it might be changing my whole outlook on life. I might have to allot a lot of time for deeper consideration.

Nope, it was just gas. Ahhhh, I feel so much better now, though the person in the next office is looking a bit peaked.

Dood, FeeL the LaFF of the People.

Posted by: Doug Sundseth at October 7, 2004 12:37 PM

So, Left4ever, did you come up with "reTHUGlican" or did your union leader tell you to say that?

Posted by: Klarion at October 7, 2004 01:16 PM

11:47 am is a little early to start drinking, isn't it Left4ever? (Shouldn't it be Left4Evah or something more clever?) I'm a lefty, but I wasn't aware we had a wrath coming, and should Kerry win 45 states, I'll eat my hat - with W ketchup, even. If he doesn't win 45, I propose that you sit down and read the collective work of Jackie Collins and Ann Coulter. Bet?

Posted by: ryan at October 7, 2004 01:59 PM

Thanks so much, Left4ever. You've made me re-think my whole attitude toward the Party of Love and Reconciliation.

Posted by: Lars Walker at October 7, 2004 02:03 PM

I'm already hearing the usual refrain of "both parties are guilty of this sort of thing," except I can't for the life of me think of a single time Republicans (or Republican supporters) went on a violent spree against Dems or DNC offices. I'd appreciate anyone proving me wrong.

Posted by: Drew at October 7, 2004 02:16 PM

Yeah. I'm trying to think of any time a Republican-affiliated group has done anything of the sort.

Moreover, let's think of a time that a group affiliated with the GOP, and *of the same stature in the GOP* as the AFL-CIO is in the Democratic Party, did something like this. The NRA? The American Chamber of Conference? American Legion?

Show me the violence!

Posted by: mitch at October 7, 2004 02:21 PM

I've been waiting for somebody to address the hate issue. For years we've been talking about and now we have laws about hate crimes. I rember admonition that hate is not "family value", nor a valid civilized emotion.

I rembered being labled a Clinton hater, but I never
would use the term myself. I would admit calling Clinton Sleazy or dirtball or something similar, but never use the term hate.

I remember being shocked when I first read the columist who admitted hating Bush. Now the mainstream dems openly proclaim their Bush hate.

Shouldn't these crimes be punished as "hate crimes"?

Posted by: Sam at October 7, 2004 03:44 PM

Considering the post from Left4ever, I guess that in at least one case we have mission accomplished if we "reTHUGlicans" want someone to be ignorant too! Holy. Is that illiterate fool one of the products of public school these days?

As far as the violence at GOP headquarters around the nation, it's so absolutely galling that conservatives are labeled the "haters" when from abortion to this kind of crap it is exactly the other way round. Spoiled, naive, petulant and lawless...that describes leftists to one degree or another. The violent, hate-filled ones are euphorians without the euphoria.

Posted by: Colleen at October 7, 2004 04:23 PM

AFL-CIO a fringe group? It reminds me of something from my college days in Michigan. In my first ever polisci course, my professor (never one to reveal his personal preferences in ANY way) said something along the lines of "In Michigan, the Democratic Party is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the United Auto Workers."

I don't know if the UAW has mended fences with the AFL-CIO yet, and these days. It may also be equally valid (if not more so) to substitute "the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees" (AFSCME). With the secular trend in manufacturing employment, union's biggest growth sector is government employment.

Posted by: John at October 7, 2004 04:49 PM

Let's hire some of these guys (Protest Warriors) to guard the gates. By the way, my son is knealing in front. The t-shirt reads STOP RACISM AND SEXISM....KILL ALL WHITE MALES. Such a sense of humor.

Posted by: Stan at October 7, 2004 05:50 PM

Opps. forgot the site address

Posted by: stan at October 7, 2004 05:52 PM

Okay, I'll bite:

The actions were wrong. Unconditionally wrong. They should stop. Democrats should not interfere with BC04 anymore than Republicans should interfere with KE04. The "takeovers" are childish and wrong, and need to stop, and the people who do it should get off my side. Now.

Clear enough for you?

By the way, I've been on the "other side." I had the windows of my van smashed out for having Clinton/Gore and Wellstone stickers on the bumper. (At least, that's what the note said.) That was wrong, too. But I don't blame all Republicans for that--I blame the lone idiot who did that. There are idiots in both parties. And idiots on both sides deserve opprobrium.


Posted by: Jeff Fecke at October 7, 2004 08:30 PM

Mitch- didn't you get enough of this circular argument stuff when the "little girl on daddy's shoulders" thing happened. You don't approve of this stuff... and we don't approve of this stuff. Now seriously... name calling Dems or liberals and charging them ALL of VIOLENCE really gets us nowhere. Some generalizations surrounding politics is fine... but when it comes to violence we should all be VERY serious.

Posted by: Carson at October 8, 2004 12:26 AM

And while I understand what you are trying to do with your comparisons to the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd murders... I think it is somewhat of a stretch.

Are there no better examples for you to use???

Posted by: Carson at October 8, 2004 12:34 AM

Here's a distinction I feel you guys have missed: I'M NOT BLAMING *ALL* DEMOCRATS. For anything.

I'm just asking them to observe the same standard of separation from this week's thuggery that the left demands of the GOP.

Jeff, Carson - do either of you see the difference between what you've written and what I wrote? Show me where I *blame* *all* Democrats for anything?

I don't.

Posted by: mitch at October 8, 2004 02:08 AM

I know about this polarization. We have it here in Israel. It's not enough to be a Christ-killer, I'm a Rabin-killer as well. In '95 a friend of mine on a motorcycle was run off the road for not getting his anti-Rabin stickers off fast enough after the assassination. I was basically hounded out of a tenured government job (for which I am thankful)

Posted by: Goyisherebbe at October 8, 2004 04:13 AM

Where is the MSM on this. I think Dan Rather forgot to mention this in his broadcast last night.

Posted by: tinker at October 8, 2004 07:35 AM