Skip to comments.Debating Daily Kos: Is the Tea Party Violent?
Posted on 10/04/2010 1:31:32 PM PDT by jazusamo
Daily Kos' dear leader says the Tea Party has violent tendencies. The facts disagree with him.
Kos, it turns out, is a spectacularly ill-informed individual. Either that, or hes just a bald-faced liar. For now, Ill go with spectacularly ill-informed. In his pre-show post, Kos badly misplaces the incident in which a deranged man flew a plane into an IRS building by a long shot, moving it from Austin (where it really happened) to Dallas. Hes only off by about 195 miles. And Kos also mistakes the man for a righty Tea Party activist. Wrong again.
In the debate, Kos went with a theme that the Tea Party is violent but being more or less tamed by going mainstream. As evidence, Kos proffered the aforementioned Austin plane crasher, whom he didnt bother to name let alone attempt to describe factually or fairly. Kos also offered grand, sweeping statements about folks stocking up on ammo and committing unnamed acts of violence against unnamed non-Tea Party individuals.
So lets get the Austin plane crasher out of the way. His name was Joseph Andrew Stack, and his manifesto shows that he was a very frustrated individual who wasnt purely on the political right or left. He was slightly to the left but mostly just crazy. He was anti-tax, but also anti-Catholic Church and anti-big business, and had evidently gotten himself into legal trouble here and there. To hold him out as an example of a Tea Partier as Kos does shows either rank dishonesty or a lack of familiarity with the facts.
Likewise, Kos sweeping statements that the Tea Party carries with it an undercurrent of violence just dont hold up. He cites a Time magazine story and touts the Obama administrations misguided and controversial monitoring of Tea Partiers and returning veterans, but otherwise offers no specifics. Ill offer some, but they dont agree with his premise.
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. Thats the Chicago way.
Thats extreme. And its violent, at least in its imagery. And it came from the lefts 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 lefts 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. Its 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.
Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, hails from Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
I'll go with both.
The Daily KOS and its founder is LIVING IN DENIAL over the reality that conservatism is SURGING UPWARDS.
Is the Tea party violent? NO Is MarKOS a moron and a loon? YES
Does he mean like this?
Lets not forget that Special Ed Shultz basically declared war on the conservative “forces of evil” the other day.
That was a moment of projection...and intentional deceipt...but war was declared none the less, right?
Its “projection.” They’re accusing the Tea Party of being violent, when, in fact, its the Leftists who are violent.
Last time I checked, Tea Partiers had not punched or beaten up anyone.
Can’t that much for Union thugs, Envirofascists, and other left-wing organizations.
"I'll go with both."
+1...it's not a mutually exclusive proposition...both is correct.
Ping for later...
“Daily Kos’ dear leader says the Tea Party has violent tendencies.”.......
L.O.L!.......Maybe this idiot should check out the whack left violent protests from the sixties before he opens his pie hole!......
Absolutely, and they know it. They can't argue the facts so they strike out physically. Union thugs have done it for decades and one one the worst (Trumka) leads the afl-cio now.
one one = one of
Yeah, the same Ed Schultz that said voter fraud is GREAT if it benefits liberals and the same Ed Schultz who is so upset at the Democrats that he said he’s not even going to vote.
He’s just praying that someone will “right-wing violence” him. Please...please let some conservative be violent to me!
Is the Tea Party violent?
Does anyone know of an incident at a Tea Party that turned violent??
Is the Tea Party violent? Of course it is... after all, there’s lots of evidence of Tea Party activists engaging in wanton violence and destruction, right? I mean, based on this clear, solid, objective, completely credible and irrefutable evidence, we can logically conclude that the Tea Party is indeed not just violent, but the most violent group of people who ever lived, in the whole entire universe.
I've never read or heard of a single incident.
“Does anyone know of an incident at a Tea Party that turned violent??”
Not since July 4, 1776
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