For those of you who thought it was over-reaching to invoke rhetoric of brown shirts and KristallNacht imagery, I have unfortunately been vindicated. The news is now breaking that we had our very own tiny attempt at a KristallNacht. From Alabama, Mike Vanderboegh, has called upon people to break the windows of Dem officials' offices. 5 offices in 4 days have had bricks thrown through the windows. Congressman John Lewis was spat upon and racially heckled this morning as he walked in Washington DC. Sarah Palin has called upon the public to "reload", labeling locations with gunsites where elections should be "targeted". "If Brown can't do it, a Browning can" is on a billboard in Massachusetts. Others have received death threats.
Congressman Bart Stupack (D) labeled baby-killer by Neugebauer (R) during congressional session, today used his misbehavior as a fund-raising tool, after he publically apologized for his inappropriate comment. Hypocrite. If he is so passionate about his comment, then he should "grow a sack" and stand by what he said, instead of offering apology then taking an about face with his speech to supporters! He needs to sit down, take a Ciallis, and shut up.
Apparently MikeVanderboegh has not bothered to look the actual meaning of "Civil Disobedience":
" Refusal to obey civil laws in an effort to induce change in governmental policy or legislation, characterized by the use of passive resistance or other nonviolent means." Dictionary-answers.com
Breaking windows happens to be an act of violent vandalism, not Civil Disobedience.
For those of you who did not manage to attend sixth grade, Kristallnacht was so named since it was "the night of broken glass" when Hitler incited German youth to break the windows of Jewish Shop Owners.
Different target. Different group of haters. Fewer windows. A far more impotent leader. Similar feelings. Similar hate. Similar, albeit far more weak, danger. The good news is that vandalism is still enforced by the rule of law as a crime! The good news is Mr.Vanderboegh remains in the fringe. Here is a sampling of his ranting:
"They do not, it is apparent after the past year of town halls and Tea Parties and nose-diving opinion polls, hear you SHOUT. They certainly do not hear the soft "snik-snik" of cleaning rods being used on millions of rifle barrels in this country by people who have decided that their backs are to the wall, politics and the courts no longer are sufficient to the task of defending their liberties, and they must make their own arrangements."
..."So, if you wish to send a message that Pelosi and her party cannot fail to hear, break their windows.
Break them NOW.
Break them and run to break again. Break them under cover of night. Break them in broad daylight. Break them and await arrest in willful, principled civil disobedience. Break them with rocks. Break them with slingshots. Break them with baseball bats.
But BREAK THEM.
The time has come to take your life, your liberty and that of your children and grandchildren into your own two hands and ACT.
It is, after all, more humane than shooting them in self defense.
And if we do a proper job, if we break the windows of hundreds, thousands, of Democrat party headquarters across this country, we might just wake up enough of them to make defending ourselves at the muzzle of a rifle unnecessary." Vanderboeghs's Blog
So fine. The government no longer represents the people. This is news? This is different than when Bush or Clinton were in office? Remember Janet Reno's troops burning Waco, attacking Ruby Ridge, or pushing an MP5 machine gun into four year old Elian Gonzales' face? Name me a president you could trust.. how far back in time do you have to go? Yet, somehow our nation has endured without hateful, corporate funded fascists pointing fingers at their political opponents. We can handle commies and socialists without stooping to shameful behavior that is far less than we are as a nation.
Machiavelli's first rule of statecraft dictates that to rule a population the ruling class must manufacture differences within the population, and polarize the governed based upon these differences. Baby-killers v pro-life. Illegal immigrant v citizen. Rich v. Poor. Working voter v. welfare recipient. Pro-health care v. private health care. Global Warming v. denial of Global Warming. Fascist v. Free. Socialist v. Free. Communist v. Free. If you don;t like socialism, remove all the corporate incentives we give to businesses in the form of tax breaks! Remove all those farm subsidies! Freemarkets are wonderful, until it takes the pork off your own plate.
If all these people are so hell bent on a revolution, what do you propose to replace our system with? If you do not have a better plan, simply attacking what we do have with nothing to relace it with will make matters far worse than they are now.
Are we so weak and disempowered that we will guide crackpot extremists and corporate special interest funding groups guide our agenda with hate?
We are better than that America. Far better.