Debating Daily Kos: Is the Tea Party Violent?
Just this past weekend, the left held their "One Nation" rally in Washington. There was violence -- against a Human Events reporter who was there to cover the scene. Human Events is a conservative outlet, edited by my friend Jason Mattera. It would be fun and probably informative to find out the identity of the woman caught on video taking several swings at the Human Events reporter. We know that SEIU and other unions bussed in protesters by the hundreds.
Last year during the town hall meetings that took place nationwide, there was violence. For instance, SEIU folks in their trademark purple shirts assaulted black Tea Party activist Kenneth Gladney at a Russ Carnahan event in Missouri. And it was Barack Obama, not any Tea Partier, who said this about his opponents:
"If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun. That’s the Chicago way."
That's extreme. And it's violent, at least in its imagery. And it came from the left's leader.
Kos goes on in both the debate and in his absurd book, American Taliban: How War, Sex, Sin and Power Bind Jihadists and the Radical Right, to assert that the right is similar to and may even be making common cause with jihadists.
Counter punch: On the right, anti-jihad blogs and writers are common, so much so that at some level just about every righty blogger has opined against jihadists and sites like The Long War Journal, Jihad Watch, Atlas Shrugs, and our own commonly inveigh against jihad and jihadists. But where are the left's dedicated anti-jihad bloggers? Where is their anti-jihad blog? To be sure, lefty blogs will offer occasional criticism of jihadists, but they spend the vast majority of their time calling anti-jihad bloggers "racist" and hammering against U.S. war policy and slamming the West in general.
And it was Kos himself who said this, when jihadists murdered and mutilated Americans in Fallujah back in 2004:
They are there to wage war for profit. Screw them.
That attack was an al-Qaeda operation, probably masterminded by al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. To this day, Kos has never retracted that statement, which evidently reflected his gut reaction to seeing video of jihadists dangling the corpses of dead Americans from a bridge. So who is more likely to make convenient common cause with jihadists?
The fact is, as I said in the Lehrer debate linked above, the Tea Party is a quintessentially American movement. It's a gathering of citizens seeking their Constitutionally guaranteed redress of grievances from a government that is not listening to them. To call the Tea Party a violent movement is nothing less than a smear. To link them to jihadists in any way is, frankly, fundamentally dishonest.