Some panicked congressional targets of the Tea Party movement have responded by shutting their offices, closing their blinds, and shooing pesky constituents off public property. The White House health czar’s office is mustering up Internet snitches to report “inaccurate” blog posts and “casual conversations” from health care opponents. And liberal bloggers and cable yakkers are waging their own war on the Tea Party movement by redefining participatory democracy as “thuggery” and “hooliganism.”
Talking Points Memo blogger Josh Marshall bemoaned a fiscal conservative activist’s memo offering advice on how to “pack the hall..spread out” and challenge a politician early “to rattle him, get him off his prepared script and agenda.” Horrors! “This amounts to a sort of civic vigilanteism,” Marshall fretted.
No, showing up at a congressional town hall and booing a talking points-programmed political hack isn’t “civic vigilantism.” Throwing rocks, pouring cement on train tracks, blocking military shipments, smashing windows, hurling paint, slashing tires, vandalizing businesses, and throwing shoes are vigilante acts.
That is what the anti-war, anti-free trade, anti-Bush mobsters did over the last eight years – and there wasn’t a peep about those brute tactics from Obama’s blogging pals.
They sat quietly while Code Pink disrupted hearings on the Hill and harassed Marine recruiters.
They gave their tacit approval to self-declared “bank terrorists” like Boston housing entitlement organizer Bruce Marks, who show up at the schools of bank executives’ children and bullies them because of their parents’ employment in the name of social justice.
Make sure you read the whole thing, she links up to all the relevant urls showing the type of left wing angry mobs and then compare them to the people at these townhalls who have not perpetrated one act of violence but are still making their voices heard loud and clear.
Then compare the hypocrisy of those whining now to their silence when the left wing mobs were out of control and being carted to jail for their violent acts previously.
The second Malkin piece I want to point you toward are videos of those very same violent protests conducted by the left, by those throwing a hissy fit now that conservatives are daring to make themselves heard.
There is a world of difference between these acts of left-wing vigilantism and the civic participation of vocal taxpayers peacefully, but forcefully, challenging their representatives in public forums.
Hot Air reminds everyone of a specific comment from Barack Obama on his campaign trail:
“I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face.
So, in the words of Barack Obama, to the tea party members and to every voter making their voices heard at townhalls across America "GET IN THEIR FACE."