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As Peaceful as a Tea Party
WSJ ^ | April 2, 2010 | John Steel Gordon

Posted on 04/02/2010 10:28:25 AM PDT by yoe

Perhaps a measure of its threat to the liberal agenda, the tea party movement is being accused—with little or no supporting evidence—of using threats, insults and violence to intimidate the political process.

Rep. John Lewis, (D., Ga.) claimed that when he and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus walked through a tea party protest last week in Washington, they heard the N-word hurled at them 15 times. No video or audio recording—in an age when such recorders are ubiquitous—has surfaced to back up the claim. No one was arrested.

Liberals in the media have taken up the cry that tea partiers and Republican politicians have issued threats of physical violence. On March 25, Paul Krugman wrote in his column in the New York Times (echoed in an editorial the following day) that the chairman of the Republican National Committee "declared that it was time to put Ms. Pelosi on 'the firing line.' And Sarah Palin put out a map literally [sic] putting Democratic lawmakers in the cross hairs of a rifle sight. All of this goes far beyond politics as usual."

It does? "Firing Line," after all, was the name of a highly regarded television interview program that ran for 33 years, hosted by the eminently civilized William F. Buckley Jr. None of the hundreds of politicians who appeared on it were afraid they might be shot. Such words as "target" and "cross hairs" are standard journalistic metaphor, such as this headline in the March 5 New York Times, "Looming Climate Regulations Put EPA in Conservatives' Cross Hairs."

………person arrested in recent days for threatening violence against a politician was held for threatening Eric Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House. A spent bullet also hit the window of Mr. Cantor's district headquarters recently.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: reichstaggers
A la Chavez....get your goons out early, SEIU, Uaw, EPA, etc.....let the propaganda go forth and stop all this silliness about obeying the Constitution or anything else that smacks of Americanism. Obama is the head Marxist!
1 posted on 04/02/2010 10:28:25 AM PDT by yoe
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To: yoe

Chris Matthews suggests on his show that congressional criticism of Obamacare should be criminalized.

This week: MSNBC
Next week: New York Times
Next month: Paragraphs here and there in AP stories
July: Mentions on radio and TV news
This fall: Legislation proposed
Next year: Legislation passed


2 posted on 04/02/2010 10:41:19 AM PDT by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
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To: mbarker12474

Repeating anything CM says merely shows his aptitude for being a useful idiot.


3 posted on 04/02/2010 11:25:40 AM PDT by yoe
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To: yoe

As someone who has been personally attacked by the Left both physically and verbally while peacefully exercising my rights, I can testify. We’ve had cars vandalized, been spit at, had eggs/cereal/drinks thrown at us, been physically assaulted, etc. My boyfriend was punched in the back/kidneys a few months ago. A Lefty threatened me with his bike two weeks ago. No one can tell me about the so-called Peace people. They are anything but peaceful.


4 posted on 04/02/2010 1:44:30 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: mbarker12474

It is only my respect for his right to free speech that curbs me from calling for his criminalization.


5 posted on 04/02/2010 1:45:39 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: yoe

What Good Can A Handgun Do Against An Army...?
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/backroom/2312894/posts?page=242


6 posted on 04/02/2010 2:46:07 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/backroom/2312894/posts?page=242)
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