Sunday, March 06, 2011

Whatever Happened To That "Civility" The Left Was Lecturing Us About?

Alana Burke, the host of The Alana Burke show (where I was a guest a couple of weeks ago), has an excellent editorial in the Redding CA Record Searchlight which you must read: Remember the Left's Call for Civility? (excerpts below)
A gun-wielding madman who shattered lives in Arizona was the impetus for the left to demand an era of new civility. They claimed right-wing inflammatory rhetoric was responsible for the violence. However, the shooting was not rhetorically motivated. It was the tragic result of a young man's deranged psyche and the abject failure of those people in his immediate environment who, for example, chose to sit closer to the door in case he snapped, rather than get him the help he desperately needed.

Across the nation liberals deluded themselves and others into believing conservatives like Rush Limbaugh or Sarah Palin possess God-like power: Say it and it shall be done. Apparently they think left-wing pundits like Mike Malloy, with his post-Arizona diatribe to Limbaugh — "choke on your neck fat you rancid, filthy, right-wing freak" — are impotent. It must be so given the left's double standard of vitriol accountability. If you are voicing a liberal perspective, have at it, vitriol and all, if you are voicing a conservative perspective, mum's the word.

...In this new, ballyhooed age of civility, ushered in by hand-holding Republicans and Democrats at the State of the Union address, one would think the signage vitriol would have been taken down a notch. Think again! At the recent union protests, amongst innocuous signs like "Stop the Imperial Walker!" and "Why can't we be friends with benefits?" there were slogans such as "1933 Hitler — 2011 Walker" and a plethora of signs with Gov. Walker labeled a rapist, his image in crosshairs.

In any political gathering, there will be people with zero integrity and trash cans for brains. However, it cannot be denied that there is a remarkable difference between the peaceful nature of Tea Party protests and the alarming level of consistent physical and verbal violence at the union protests.

...Former Massachusetts congressional candidate Marty Lamb, a Republican, was assaulted and knocked to the ground by a union thug

as was Tabitha Hale, a young conservative activist and blogger who works for the Washington, D.C. based FreedomWorks.

Fox News reporter Mike Tobin was threatened verbally, "I'm going to break your neck" and was punched in another incident.

Frenzied protesters surrounded Wisconsin GOP Sen. Glenn Glothman, yelling and harassing him as he tried to enter the Capitol.

In this new age of civility, President Obama himself urged Americans to "pause for a moment, and to make sure that we are talking to each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds." Yet the overriding flavor of the union protests, which he has wholeheartedly fueled, has been violent, threatening and laced with verbal garbage.

So why aren't they being held to the standards of the civility they demanded?
Go to the link and read her entire piece. Notice still, the media blackout of this Leftist violence, or, in the case of Politico, they find a way to rationalize violence such as that union thug's assault against Tabitha Hale as being a "defensive" act. They also neglect to mention the anti-gay slur used by the union thug against the cameraman in Rhode Island.

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