"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Civility Update (and the Inevitable Double Standard Alert)

Since the pundits in the MSM were so concerned about civility in January when Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot by an apolitical lunatic in Arizona -- where there was no connection whatsoever between political rhetoric and the insanity of the shooter -- I wonder if they'll be commenting on incivility where political positions are actually connected to violence and threats of violence:
Senate Republicans were harried by swarming crowds. “We tried to get out of the building after the vote, because they were rushing the chamber, and we were escorted by security through a tunnel system to another building. But, after being tipped off by a Democrat, they mobbed the exit at that building, and were literally trying to break the windows of the cars we were in as we were driving away,” Republican senator Randy Hopper tells NRO. Such tactics, he sighs, were hardly unexpected. “I got a phone call yesterday saying that we should be executed. I’ve had messages saying that they want to beat me with a billy club.”


Here's the text of an email sent to Republican legislators last night:
Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your familes will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks. Please explain to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then it will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell. Read below for more information on possible scenarios in which you will die.

It goes on, describing how they will come to the legislators' houses and put a "nice little bullet in your head," and how they've "also built several bombs that we have placed in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequent.  This includes, your house, your car, the state capitol, and well I won't
tell you all of them because that's just no fun." 

These are sick, deluded people.  They need to be investigated by law enforcement, prosecuted, and jailed.


The threat received by Republican State Senator Dan Kapanke of La Crosse, WI said the following:
"We will hunt you down. We will slit your throats. We will drink your blood. I will have your decapitated head on a pike in the Madison town square. This is your last warning."
Again, these are sick, deluded people.  When will the Democrat Party start toning down the rhetoric?  Stop talking about how "this is war," how Republicans are taking away "civil rights" (public employee collective bargaining is not a civil right... federal employees can't bargain for wages or benefits, for instance, nor can state employees in almost half of the 50 states)?   Stop talking about how Republicans are "killing" the middle class?   Stop talking about how Scott Walker is like Hitler?   Somebody is going to get hurt, and the Democrat Party is going to be responsible.    


Here's a note that was slipped under the office door of a Wisconsin Republican State legislator:

Nice, people, huh?   Civil discourse at its finest.  

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