John Hinderaker writing today at Powerline describes his experiences with Leftwingers doing their protester thing, September, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota:
“The Democrats have tried to change the subject away from their health care debacle by claiming that conservatives are threatening violence against them. Their complaints are pathetic where they are not out-and-out lies (e.g., Clyburn and Lewis), and they have taken a lot of well-deserved criticism. It is liberals, not conservatives, who rely on ad hominem attacks, outrageous allegations and violent imagery. We talked about this on our radio show today, and several callers reminded us of a particularly sorry episode of liberal violence that, for some reason, has not gotten much attention: the 2008 Republican convention in St. Paul.
I attended the convention and remember the terrorist acts that were carried out by anti-Republican protesters very well. They threw bricks through the windows of buses, sending elderly convention delegates to the hospital. They dropped bags of sand off highway overpasses onto vehicles below. Fortunately, no one was killed.
These were anti-Bush and anti-Republican protesters. Is it a stretch to think that some of them, at least, may have been inspired by over-the-top, hateful attacks on the Bush administration by Democratic Congressmen, DNC Chairman Howard Dean, Michael Moore, who was a guest of honor at the Democrats’ own convention, various show business personalities, and many other leading liberal figures? I don’t think so. We haven’t seen that sort of hate campaign since the Democrats went after Abraham Lincoln. It seems unlikely that none of the “protesters” who tried to commit murder were inspired by those liberal voices.
Yet, hardly anyone seems to be aware of the violence that took place in 2008. At most, the story was treated with a ho-hum attitude in the press. For some reason, political violence was not a concern less than two years ago. Yet today, we can hardly imagine what would happen if a group of tea partiers were to drop sandbags off a highway overpass, trying to kill motorists below. Liberal reporters’ heads would explode. Yet this is exactly what anti-Republican Party protesters did in 2008, and no one cared. To my knowledge, not a single Democratic politician condemned this anti-Republican violence or attempted in any way to distance the Democratic Party from it.
Keep that in mind next time you hear a Democrat whining about the Republican effort to “fire Nancy Pelosi.”
Comment: I also attended the convention. I was working security at the convention. Being inside I didn’t see much of the more violent protesting. I had to walk through some of the indimidating crowds numbered in the thousands. Conservatives would have to go through fantastic changes in their ages, sizes, drinking and drug habits, costumes, clothing, lack of clothing, face and body paintings, piercings, to go with the inventiveness of this type of Lefty expression.
I found them amusing. I arrived early and left late. I missed most of protester aggression which seemed done to provoke the police. That would prove newsworthy on lefty media since it would be picked up as police brutality “bought’ by Republicans. The pictures would show how violent the police and their conservative allies are.
I stopped by one group of those costumed being questioned by an attractive older lady. The costumed, gals in their twenties, admitted they were hired to do protesting from time to time…….and yes, they were paid to come to St. Paul. They said they didn’t like Republicans anyway. I asked if they knew any……They giggled.
I don’t ever remember seeing a conservative demonstration against Democrats…..until Obama’s Marxism came to the White House. They didn’t look at all like lefties on protest. Some of them looked my age.
Peggy Noonan wrote her view in her Wall Street Journal column today. She writes about the verbal violence in general. For proof of conservative talk violence, she refers to phone calls made to Representative Stupak, the guy from Michigan who pretended he wasn’t going to vote for Obamacare because of its government paid abortion clause. I use the word ‘pretended’ here because I didn’t know anyone who thought he would not support Obamacare in the end. His pretense was a facade.
Peggy Noonan lists a series of what you’d expect from the vile who don’t have to identify themselves. But Peggy Noonan did identify them….all the vile callers to Stupak, as “These are the people whose professed mission is to save children.”……and “These are messages left by individuals who appear to be pro-life activists-that is, people who have put themselves on the line to support generous and compassionate treatment of the unborn.” She matches the vulgarity with these associations.
We don’t know who these callers were. We could guess the sex by the guess of sound. It could be that every one of the vile calls were from anti-abortionists. But we don’t know, nor does Peggy Noonan.
It is commonplace among leftwing campaigners to plant callers to stage phone calls to their own “innocent” candidates having them shout obscenities and threats hoping the Peggy Noonans of the world would pick up the scene and report it exactly as she did. How did she know Stupak didn’t stage the calls?