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Entries in Got Civility (7)
"Political Incivility is Not the New Hampshire Way" is the title of Jeanne Shaheen's Op-Ed in the Morning Sunday News. I can only assume she is not familiar with her own State Democrat Party leadership, some of the people who have helped her get elected like Kathy Sullivan, and others; people who are on the record saying any number of uncivil things. And we're not even talking about implications of cross-walk manslaughter, nuking Japan, wishing people dead, Koch brother hate, or anything the average public sector union worker may have uttered. And what about Republican's being like the Taliban?
Seems to me that there is a very healthy supply of political incivility in New Hampshire, so what Rodney King like, "can't we all just get along," paint by the talking points numbers mural is Shaheen creating?
She is setting the narrative for her next Senate race. Jeanne is trying hard to track toward the center in anticipation of a reelection battle. She is tilling the earth and planting little placebo-seeds of moderateness to sell herself as a middle of the road, small-government is just alright with me, independent-voter attracting kind of a democrat, even though she is just another spineless rubber-stamp liberal progressive. But she'd like to be able to claim to have long been orbiting safely in the event horizon--away from the gravity of left wing extremism in her party--to attract the mythological "civil center," but her voting record (91% with Harry Reid) and her donors (Emily's List, Lawyers, Lobbyists, leadership, and Liberals) will make it hard to take that seriously.
She need to distance herself from the debacle in Wisconsin, and left wing hate all over, despite heavy union donors to her campaign. She's been bought out by Emily's List so the abortion ugliness is also an albatross around her neck. And her support of Obama and the legions of uncivil, unpopular nonsense he is a part of also weigh heavy.
So she'll have plenty of money and plenty of time, to keep the search engines filled with political platitudes. But you can bet there will be some uncivil behavior come re-elections time, sanctioned by her own democrat party, right here in New Hampshire. It's guaranteed. Democrats can't help themselves. Which is why this op-ed is the funniest thing you'll find in the Sunday paper.
A taste of the new civility reared its head in New Hampshire last week outside the NH Nullify Now event sponsored by the Tenth Amendment center. One of my co-bloggers at GraniteGrok, Skip Murphy, went out to meet the handful of protesters with another local activist (who has a high quality video rig) to see what they had to say. One of them had plenty to say, like how the Koch brothers must die.
You can see the whole 12 minutes here. The event video itself, which we live streamed and then posted, is available here and includes speeches by Michael Boldin, Dr. Tom Woods, Jim Babka, Bernie Quiqley, Dr. Robert Owens, and others. (Dan Itse, John Bush, Dan Kanna, and more...
I was just thinking back to all the loose talk from the left about ending the gun ban in the New Hampshire State House. How they imagined someone just unloading over testimony supporting same sex marriage--to use one example--kids getting cut down in the cross-fire. And how they fell over themselves trying to scare parents into keeping their children from ever visiting the place because it was now just too dangerous.
Then I look at the way the union run leftists in Wisconsin are acting. How they are storming the state house, climbing in through windows, and forcing people to flee for fear of their well being. These pro-union forces are pushing against state troopers trying to get past them. Maybe being let in by union cops. Just because they demand the ability to collectively bargain for benefits (not wages--they still have that privilege as far as I know.)
What is perhaps more instructive is that the left in New Hampshire supports them. I'd bet money you will not hear a peep in opposition to any of this from the state leadership of the democrat party. Nothing about State Senators running away like spoiled children. Nothing about the hate speech, the Hitler signs, the threats or the aggressive mob tactics and intimidation. They support that--and by their own rules support it through their silence.
So what of it?
America gets to watch the new civility--again. And this is good. This is how leftists work. Elections only matter when they win them. Democracy is only important when it servers their left wing needs. Owning the cogs of public service, from education, to public safety, to the boards and bureaucrats, to the halls of political influence, all through a coordination of unions, is not about rights or benefits. It is about power. And it is little different than that of dictatorship where a few strongmen, through fear and intimidation, mandate politics and policy for the majority. Because when the people charged with public safety pay dues to the same people who order protesters to storm a state house, there is no longer any guarantee of public safety.
There is no guarantee of an education, a fire rescue, or that the bureaucracy will function when you need it. The unions, it appears, can stop it with a phone call.
So while these people get paid by you, they obviously do not work for you.
The people running your state are not the voters, or the elected officials, they are union bosses who are not afraid to scare you, your politicians, or anyone else into silence and inaction. What is going on in Wisconsin is the progressive agenda. It is mobocracy. And if you let it succeed there, your ability to act against their will shall be diminished because they will make the same phone call in your state, or town, or village.
It is not about safety, or education, or rights. It is about union power defining all of these things for you, at your expense.
This is sometimes referred to as extortion. Your children, your safety, and your government are being used against you to extort more money from you.
So how do you feel about that?
Must be a slow day if I'm lurking on left wing twitter pages. Actually it's not. Kathy Sullivan's 'July Fourth Forum' is now following me on twitter so I figured I would pay the page a visit and this was the first thing I saw.
If you follow the video you get to watch some midget wrestling, during which the diminutive wrestler is drop kicked off the edge the ring. It's actually one midget wrestler getting wrecked by some huge guy.
I guess it's supposed to be funny. Kathy seems to think it is. And not just that, suitable treatment for Republicans. Not exactly civil.
The video and the most popular comments on the video--Kathy's like minded brethren I suspect--are below
Caution: F-bomb alert in the comments.