"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

Monday, March 7, 2011

Double Standard Alert - "Incivility"

With the extraordinary incivility of some of the protestors in Madison (see here), and the unbelievable incivility of Wisconsin Democratic State Representatives (see here), the trope of the Left that all incivility in American political discourse stems from the Tea Party or the right is dead.   It's just not going to fly anymore to claim that right-wingers are the ones who are violent or angry or loud or unwilling to talk reasonably.   (It never should have flown to begin with; anyone who's been on college campuses over the last fifty years knows that it's the left that shouts people down, that refuses to hear opposing viewpoints, that attacks speakers they disagree with.)

But, as double standards go, this is ridiculous.   As reported by the legal blogger, Legal Insurrection, Sarah Palin's father gave an interview with the BBC, detailing death threats against the Palin family:
Palin's father Chuck said a man recently had sent the family photocopies of a receipt for a gun he had bought, together with a photocopy of a one-way ticket to Alaska.

The family had laughed it off, but the man subsequently turned up in the state and was arrested by the FBI, Chuck said.

"We sleep with the guns," Palin's father admitted.
Interesting how the death threats against the Palins are not plastered all over the American media, how there is no outrage, and how the threats are not imputed to the entire Democratic Party and left-wing blogosphere, as was done with the ridiculous claims that Sarah Palin's electoral map had some connection to the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords.

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