How’s that new civility stuff working out for you?
Michelle Malkin writes:
This is Tabitha Hale, a young conservative activist/original Tea Party organizer/blogger who works for Washington, D.C.-based FreedomWorks. I know her from her great grass-roots work with Smart Girl Politics when the Tea Party movement was just emerging.
Today, Big Labor groups took their Grievance March to the offices of FreedomWorks.
This is one of the CWA t-shirt-wearing goons who showed up at the protest at FreedomWorks today:
And this is what the CWA t-shirt-wearing goon did to Tabitha Hale.
Also at that same Freedom Works rally was this incident — no violence, but plenty of hate-filled rhetoric:
Meanwhile, out west, “Gay Black Tea Partyer Harassed by SEIU Activists at Denver Rally:”
(And it gets worse.)
Earlier today, even before these videos surfaced, James Taranto wrote, “The rhetoric around Wisconsin’s government labor dispute is getting more violent:”
NHJournal.com reports that Rep. Michael Capuano, a Massachusetts Democrat, said this yesterday at a Boston “solidarity” rally: “I’m proud to be here with people who understand that it’s more than just sending an email to get you going. Every once and awhile you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary.”
The Boston Globe reports that the union crowd responded to Capuano’s exhortation with “cheers, whistles and applause” and that Capuano, issued a written semiapology: “I strongly believe in standing up for worker rights and my passion for preserving those rights may have gotten the best of me yesterday in an unscripted speech. I wish I had used different language to express my passion and I regret my choice of words.”
It will not surprise you to learn that Capuano is another “civility” hypocrite. On Jan. 9, the day after a madman in Tucson, Ariz., got a little bloody, the Globe quoted him: “What the hell is going on? There’s always some degree of tension in politics; everybody knows the last couple of years there’s been an intentional increase in the degree of heat in political discourse. . . . If nothing else good comes out of this, I’m hoping it causes people to reconsider how they deal with things.”
As Michael Barone notes, public-sector unions “are a mechanism by which every taxpayer is forced to fund the Democratic Party,” Capuano’s party:
Unions, most of whose members are public employees, gave Democrats some $400 million in the 2008 election cycle. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the biggest public employee union, gave Democrats $90 million in the 2010 cycle.
Follow the money, Washington reporters like to say. The money in this case comes from taxpayers, present and future, who are the source of every penny of dues paid to public employee unions, who in turn spend much of that money on politics, almost all of it for Democrats.
Capuano’s rhetoric at yesterday’s rally was not just violent but authoritarian. He urged government employees to “get a little bloody”–to commit violent acts against citizens, as if this were Libya. As we noted yesterday, public sector “collective bargaining,” in which public officials “negotiate” with the unions that helped elect them, is essentially a conspiracy to steal money from taxpayers. Capuano, it seems, would like to escalate that to armed robbery.
But don’t worry, “The unrest in Wisconsin has inspired Van Jones,” Jonathon M. Seidl writes at The Blaze:
In fact, he‘s so touched by the outpouring of support for the unions he’s calling on people across the country to protest even more. And everywhere. This week, Jones announced a plan to “rally on the steps of every statehouse in the union,“ calling it the ”positive” Tea Party moment. Not surprisingly, the plan is being sponsored by a who’s who of progressive organizations.
“Moveon.org and others have issued just this kind of call to action; everyone should prioritize responding and turning out in large numbers,” Jones says in an op-ed on the Huffington Post titled, “Introducing the ‘American Dream’ Movement.”
“On Saturday, the powers-that-be (in both parties) should see a rainbow force coming together: organized workers, business leaders, veterans, students and youth, faith leaders, civil rights fighters, women’s rights champions, immigrant rights defenders, LGBTQ stalwarts, environmentalists, academics, artists, celebrities, community activists, elected officials and more — all standing up for what’s right.”
I’ll wait for Frank Rich’s review of opening night, but so far, the out of town dress rehearsals don’t sound promising.
Update: Stacy McCain tweeting to Tabitha Hale on union logic, or the lack thereof:
The thing is: HE was protesting at YOUR office. Yet he evidently felt you had no right to confront him.
Much more on Stacy’s blog.