by: Mike Lux

Tue Oct 26, 2010 at 16:00

This appalling story of a woman MoveOn activist in KY being grabbed, pushed down to the cement, and having her head kicked by a Rand Paul supporter, as terrible as it is, only becomes the latest in a long line of political violence in the past few years. From relatively isolated incidents to ones even more violent and troubling, there's a growing pattern here, and as someone who reveres American democracy, I find it quite frightening. Here's just a few examples from the current era:

  • Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller hires a group tied to a paramilitary militia to do security for him, and his paratroopers assault and handcuff a citizen journalist just trying to get a question answered.

  • a bullet is shot through Rep. Grijalva's campaign office window, and obscene threats are delivered to his ofc as well.

  • Rep. Perriello's gas line to his house was cut.

  • Republican congressional candidate Allen West using a motorcycle gang known for violent criminal activity for security, and then gang members actually harassed and bullied a Democratic staffer trying to videotape a public event.

  • Vandalism and assassination threats occur at offices of Congressional members during the health care fight.

  • a doctor who performs abortions in KS is brutally murdered while coming out of his church on a Sunday morning.

  • a guard at the Holocaust Museum is murdered by an anti-Semitic racist stoked by listening to Limbaugh and Beck.

  • a lunatic also stirred up by Glenn Beck shows about the Tides Foundation is stopped on his way to murder people at the Tides office in San Francisco.

These are just the actual acts of violence. In the meantime, we have people coming to town hall meetings and Presidential rallies with assault weapons, Republican Senate candidates talking openly of having to use "Second Amendment means" in case regular politics doesn't work, Republican Governors (both Rick Perry and Sarah Palin) meeting with secessionist groups with ties to racist leaders. Rand Paul's wimpy statement about civility is only the latest in Republicans' utter unwillingness to clearly condemn violent acts or rhetoric on the part of way too many of their supporters.

The sad thing is that all this violent talk and action, along with the cowardly acceptance of it by the political party benefiting, is a terrible reliving of American history too many times over. When lynchings and church bombings and the brutal murders and beatings of civil rights activists were going on in the South during the civil rights movement era, politicians in the South rarely said a word to condemn or even restrain their citizens. When an abolitionist Senator, Charles Sumner, was caned by a Senator Preston Brooks from South Carolina, he was cheered and congratulated throughout the South. When the staff at abortion clinics have been murdered several times over the years, "pro-life" politicians have fallen strangely silent way too often.

If Republican politicians don't strongly condemn the thuggery of way too many of their followers, they share in the blame. When they ratchet up their own rhetoric, and talk about second amendment solutions and the President being friends with terrorists, they share in the blame. Democracy is premised on us being able to freely and vigorously debate the issues, and on those who win elections governing the way they believe, but our entire democracy is at risk if violence becomes just another standard operating procedure and isn't swiftly and strongly condemned. Republicans who welcome paramilitary militia members and people with ties to violent racist organizations do so at not only their own peril, but our entire way of government.

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Libruls are just as bad! (4.00 / 2)
Remember guys, all of this right wing violence is justified because of mumble mumble Black Panthers something something!

You forgot to mention the (4.00 / 7)
drones attacks and police taser killings and prisoner abuse and assassinations of terrorist suspects and extraordinary rendition...

or is violence not "political" when the government does it?

even if you are (0.00 / 0)
a professional paid protestor.  you should be able to rush candidates and have your picture taken with them while handing them a phony award.  shame on the foot stompers!!!

More and more lately, (0.00 / 0)
I cannot help but think of the musical "Cabaret," especially this song.  It always gives me the chills.

"We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid."
Benjamin Franklin

More and more lately, (0.00 / 0)
I cannot help but think of the musical "Cabaret," especially this song.  It always gives me the chills.

"We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid."
Benjamin Franklin

Sorry for the double post (0.00 / 0)
Don't know how that happened- please feel free to delete one.

"We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid."
Benjamin Franklin

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Did This Make Network News? (4.00 / 2)
I thought Fox may have aired this story but wonder how much air time it garnered on TV and print? You'd think actually hurting a person would be news.

I'm sick and tired of these conditional apologies (4.00 / 2)
"I'm sorry that it came to that, and I apologize if it appeared overly forceful, but I was concerned about Rand's safety."-Tim Profitt, the fuckhead who stomped on activist Lauren Valle's head last night.

I apologize if it appeared overly forceful? who the fuck cares how it appeared? you stomped on her you dummy, you didn't create an animation on a computer...

Perriello's Brother's House (4.00 / 1)
It was actually Perriello's brother's gas line that was cut, after tea partiers accidentally posted the wrong address and encouraged other tea partiers to pay him a visit.

A small thing, but worse in a way because it was collateral damage.

We PTDB! Now, let's pass Grayson's Public Option Act!

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