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Posted by on Mar 30, 2010 in Politics | 11 comments

Those Awful, Violent Activists

They’re rude. They’re crude. They show up precisely where they’re not wanted and shout inappropriate, vulgar things. They not only make threats of violence, but engage in it as their preferred method of exercising their free speech rights. You know the type, right? What have they been up to lately?

When a political author hosts a book signing and speech, they shout him down, hound him from the stage and attempt to physically assault him.

Crowds of them gather, hurl eggs and shout obscenities at supporters of the other party’s candidates.

They deliver death threats to members of Congress and their families so serious that they are arrested by the FBI.

We all know who is being discussed here. The Democrats and the progressive liberal movement. From these and other examples we should readily be able to draw the general conclusion that liberal Democrats are violent people who wish to suppress the free speech of others and will stop at nothing to make sure they shut down their opponents, right?

If that sounds like an absurd leap off of the data wagon to you, you’re right. Taking tens of millions of engaged voters with a common set of goals and painting them with one brush based on the idiotic actions of a few bad actors is rather pathetic. And yet I’m hard pressed to click on the pages of any political blogs or news sites and not see the exact same type of generalizations being made about tea party activists and conservatives who gather to oppose Obamacare and support conservative candidates for office. (You know who you are.) Doesn’t this blind, one-sided distortion of reality give you a crick in your neck?

When 25,000 people gather together on the National Mall, you’re going to attract a couple of nuts. But when bloggers and cable news media types ignore 24,995 of them and focus exclusively on the handful who showed up holding a sign with a picture of a gun on it – as if that was the homogeneous tone of the entire event – you identify yourself as having the exact same level of credibility as the silly example I cited above.

When millions marched in protest of the Iraq war some years ago, did these same sources focus only on the handful of people who got arrested for throwing bricks or spilling symbolic blood in a military recruiting station? No. They did not. Large crowds attract elements of the fringe. It’s a rule of life.

Get a grip. There are a lot of people who are once again generally upset with the direction and actions of the government. They’re taking to the streets and making themselves heard. Stop with the generalizations. The only people being made to look foolish are the authors.

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  • Don Quijote

    Nice conservative talking point…

    But within the last couple of years, we had a church shot-up in TN because it was to liberal, we had some guy go into the Holocaust Museum in DC and shoot the place up, we had a doctor who performs abortion killed by some right-winger, we had a guy fly a plane into an IRS building cause he was pissed off about his taxes…

    Hell just last week, we had some right-winger in TN attempt to drive someone off the road because they had an Obama sticker on their car, and those are just the cases of violence I can remember of the top of my head…

  • Guest

    DQ, thanks for reinforcing Jazz’s point. Last “couple of years”? My, if that’s all you can come with, that’s amazing restraint on the part of 99.9997% of conservative activists.

    • Don Quijote

      DQ, thanks for reinforcing Jazz’s point. Last “couple of years”? My, if that’s all you can come with, that’s amazing restraint on the part of 99.9997% of conservative activists.

      Every one of the events, except the Car incident I listed, left dead bodies behind, and every one of those people were killed by pissed off right wingers…

      In eight year of Bush in power, how many Americans were killed for purely political reasons by liberals on a rampage?

  • casualobserver

    One of the things I will miss most when the comments are turned off is being able to keep the daily score in the tu quoque game.

  • shannonlee

    I guess Jazz never complained about liberals justifying Obama’s acts because “Bush did it too”.

    Maybe the real point is that both sides have their crazies. Peta members fire bombing scientist’s homes come to mind.

    I’m still more concerned about conservative crazies than liberal ones.

    • Rambie

      “Maybe the real point is that both sides have their crazies. Peta members fire bombing scientist’s homes come to mind… I’m still more concerned about conservative crazies than liberal ones.”

      I agree ShannonLee, well said.

  • rudi

    Crowds of them gather, hurl eggs and shout obscenities at supporters of the other party’s candidates.
    Just watched the Breibart video(oh the pain). Where is an assault? One vague verbal threat is all I heard…

  • The_Ohioan

    I guess you’re right, Jazz. Those of us that bemoaned the actions of “liberal” activists such as you mentioned, should just suck it up about the tea partiers.

    If someone, other than the guy that the FBI already arrested, actually kills someone – THEN is the time to berate the tea partiers.

    Tell it to the Hutaree.

  • mantis

    One side kills. The other hurls obscenities. False equivalency much?

  • EEllis

    Oh come on. Does no one remember the shooting at a Synagogue a few years back? Liberal wacko. Every repub convention loons come out to riot. What is it about saving the earth that seems to make some throw bottles at cops, because that’s seems to be a common event. Wackos are wackos and maybe some viewpoints attract a greater number but the real truth is that normal people on either side don’t go bonkers. As bad as the rhetoric may get reasonable people don’t get violent because of it. So demonizing either side is stupid, unreasonable, and partisan. DQ is a fan rooting for his “team”. He doesn’t care how they cheat, how dirty they play, what the consequences are, just roots for the win and he will trash the opposition no matter what they do. That’s fine and all but it makes for a boring conversation.

  • CStanley

    My counterpoint to what DQ is saying is that those incidents were the work of lone wackos, not organized movement activists. Meanwhile on the left, there is a history of violence within movements as in the case of the Weathermen (they may have been incompetent but they certainly had the intent to cause injuries and/or deaths.)

    I’m not suggesting that rightwing activists will never do such things (the militia type groups would be most likely, much more so than the much larger Tea Party group.) But since the history for a movement to splinter off radical revolutionaries is on the left, not right, it seems a bit disingenuous for all of the concern to be coming from the left about the current agitation among conservatives.

    As for lone wackos- I would potentially entertain the notion that there might be something that would make it more likely for a disturbed individual to be attracted to some twisted version of conservatism, than for them to have some pretense of liberalism that might motivate them to attack. I’m not quite sure what that ‘something’ is or how to describe what I think it might be- I guess fundamentalism is the best way to describe it, with a paranoid perception that there’s a threat to some principle they hold as absolute.

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