I Get The Sentiment

I really, really do. 

What conservative, when seeing the precious, twee pretense of “arty” progressives’ political statements, hasn’t been tempted to cut loose with a can of spray paint, a sawzall or an air horn, just as a statement of artistic criticism?

The grotesque caricature masquerading as commentary?

The sanctimonious preening masquerading as high-concept art?

Or anything Ken Weiner ever drew? 

The struggle is real. 

Which is why I’m of two, or actually three, minds about this story – the (cue cliche alarm) Florida man who slashed the “Trump Baby” balloon.  

“I don’t know how many of ya’ll Republicans out there got any balls about yourself, but they got that Baby Trump balloon down here on campus right now and I’m going down here to make a scene, so ya’ll watch the news. If you got any balls, come join me,” Hutchinson [said in a Facebook video]. “This is pathetic. I’m fixing to get rowdy, so ya’ll pay attention. I’m shaking, I’m so mad right now, but I’m fixing to go, I’m fixing to pop this balloon, without a doubt. Stay tuned. Should be interesting.”
“Baby Trump” has been seen around the world where Trump has been, such as London, Buenos Aires and Los Angeles. Over $6,500 was raised through a GoFundMe to bring it to Tuscaloosa.…First-degree criminal mischief is a Class C felony in Alabama that is punishable between 1 to 10 years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines.

There’s a legal defense fund for the guy, and it’s racked up a ton of money. He’ll need it.

On the one hand – it’s fun to think about confronting those precious fops physically.

On the other hand? A conservative should be showing some respect for others’ freedom of speech, not to mention their property rights. A person’s right to swing their fist ends where the other person’s nose begins. Fun as it is to think of the snowflakes who haul that excrescence around wetting their pants at the thought of someone disagreeing with them, meeting them with violence makes you no better than “Anti”-Fa. One meets bad, stupid speech with more, better speech – so if someone wants to build a “Baby Snowflake” balloon, I’m all on board.

On the third hand? Hey, look – it’s a red state, and the authorities are arresting and prosecuting someone whose politics they most likely agree with, but who is breaking the law and inflicting violence on other. Someone tell Jacob Frey that that’s how it’s done.

Although telling Jacob Frey how it’s done will probably get prosecuted as a hate crime.

13 thoughts on “I Get The Sentiment

  1. I agree, stand up for what you believe in WITHOUT breaking the law. That is for the Left, were better than that.

  2. You’re being played. Guy popped a balloon. You think the term “Baby Trump stabber” wasn’t chosen for the greatest emotional effect?

    As for the so-called defense fund? The left’s got that covered.

    Currently, GoFundMe has a clause that does not allow any campaign it deems to be “for the legal defense of alleged crimes associated with hate, violence, harassment, bullying, discrimination, terrorism, or intolerance of any kind relating to race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender or gender identity, serious disabilities or diseases, or financial crimes or crimes of deception,” according to its terms of service.

    So anything GoFundMe wants if it doesn’t like the reason the fund was opened for donations.

    The arrested, the so-called stabber doesn’t regret a thing. There’s going to be more of these sorts of “attacks” from the right – I’m not encouraging them, I’m predicting them – because a growing number of people are tired of being told how being morally superior and losing their country to people who intend to turn it into San Francisco or CA is the best advisable course.

  3. … and speaking of what GoFundMe permits. A whistleblower complaint has been filed against the whistleblower, and against his lawyers (including Disney Princess Hotness Evaluator Mark Zaid), for raising money for their impeachment op on GoFundMe and permitting foreign donations. Wouldn’t these interfere with the American political process?

    A newly filed complaint to the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) alleges that the whistleblower whose allegations touched off House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry may have violated federal law by indirectly soliciting more than a quarter-million dollars from mostly anonymous sources via a GoFundMe page.

    I’m sure it’s nothing.

  4. Yeah, when they go low; we go high…that’s working out swell for us. /s

    Anyway, I ran across this article recently. SJW’s are *not* amused when right wingers use leftist tactics against them.

    “Calling right-wing provocateurs performance artists is an insult to performance artists”

    Performance today spills from the confines of the playhouse or pop-up in Bryant Park, and fuels the viral economies of TikTok, YouTube, Snapchat. It bubbles inside the daily drama on Capitol Hill and is executed by politicians on national news. It has found new, often absurd and inflammatory life among right-wing conspiracy theorists and personalities. When their lawyers and media outlets started calling their stunts “performance art,” it raised the question: What does that designation even mean anymore? Who gets to be a performance artist, and why?

    See, you can smear menstrual blood on a church statue of the Virgin Mary, you can pour a gallon of paint on a statue of Columbus; hell you can tear down a statue if it offends you enough, you can even post a picture of you holding a replica of Trump’s decapitated head…as long as it’s directed against the right; it’s performance art.

    But when a guy like SABO changes a billboard advertising a new movie to say “Once A Time In PEDOWOOD”, well that’s a felony.

  5. I just know that PeeVee has a catalog in his head of all the violent attacks made by Tea Party activists, but the fact of the matter is that the Tea Party movement in the beginning was *exactly* like the Nice Right would prefer right-wing activism to be – I mean, f’r’chrissake, they picked up the grounds after their protests.

    Remember how the Tea Party was treated in the media and by their own government? I’m pretty sure there’s a number of them who thought and are thinking, if we’re going to be harassed anyway, why not make it for something real?

  6. jdm, as I recall the Tea Party mostly consisted of retired white folks. Don’t recall any violence from them, unless you count murdering the English language on their signage!

    Today, there is the III%ers and Proud Boys out there knocking the crap out of skinny leftist thugs.

  7. TL;dr version: do not confess to the crimes you intent to commit, statements against interest can be used against you.

    People with a strong conscience and sense of fair play are uncomfortable punishing someone without giving fair warning. Nice conservatives have been giving Liberals fair warnings for years. “If you do that, it’ll turn out badly and you’ll be sorry, so you’d better not do that.”

    Liberals don’t care. They do it anyway, it turns out badly, they blame conservatives for it (Obama care is a classic example – they botched it, then blamed us for not fixing it).

    So quit giving warnings. That was this guy’s problem. Don’t give a warning. Just show up and do it, wearing a mask, then flee and don’t brag about it. Don’t confess before, during or after the crime.

    High road? Sure, go ahead, you take the high road; but the guy who takes the low road wins the race (geez, even the Scots know that, how hard can it be to understand?) That’s why Liberals have been winning the race for decades, right up until the awful, horrible, no good, very Bad Orange Man started playing by their rules.

    At this point, it’s just slashing balloons. Let’s hope it doesn’t go any farther.

  8. “Don’t confess before, during or after the crime.”

    Posting on social media about your shenanigans is talking to the cops. As we all know, it’s never OK to talk to the cops.

  9. The main problem is that when the Proud Boys are at an event, Antifa, the Democrat party’s Bownshirts, instigates 99.99% of the trouble, but it’s the Proud Boys get arrested and charged. Left wing mayors and DAs make sure that THEIR justice prevails.

    That said, according to a friend of mine in another liberal sanctuary city, a recent disturbance by Antifa thugs, resulted in 3 of them getting their butts kicked. It didn’t get any lame stream media coverage, because two of the thugs were the sons of a couple of prominent citizens who wanted it hushed up. In this case, it was all about the Benjamins.

  10. Boss, it’s fun watching leftists getting their asses handed to them; I can certainly see the attraction of getting some licks in. But in the bigger picture, it’s a waste of time. I meant think about it; whenever they are arrested and identified, we see they are losers. Mostly unemployed, a lot of them drug addicted. Hell, most of them don’t even vote because the Democrats aren’t radical enough for them. Confronting them gives them a legitimacy they do not deserve.

    Oh, I’d vigorously respond if I were attacked, but I’d never go to a protest with the intention of fighting with them. There are more important things to be doing.

  11. Swiftee,

    I’m totally on board with not being the aggressors, but my friend told me that it was “equal response”. There was a little bit more to the story.

    These particular thugs thought it was OK to assault two women in their 50s, because they were wearing Trump shirts. Being the gentlemen that are, my friend and the two others with him, were just defending the ladies, but one of those ladies apparently was quite capable of defending herself one on one, even though the thug was bigger. I understand that she was well schooled in kick boxing and took on one of the thugs by herself. My friend said they (and secretly, the police officers that responded), got a good chuckle out of the situation; big, masked tough guy, gets butt kicked by little old lady.

  12. Oh, by the way, Mitch, I did/do so appreciate the picture that accompanied the “The sanctimonious preening masquerading as high-concept art?” comment. She seems nice.

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