Of course, so can bullets…
At least 10 Democratic members of Congress who voted for health-care reform (there were 219 of them) have had threats made against them, according to The Associated Press, with one Democratic lawmaker sustaining a brick through her office window and one New York county’s Democratic Party office also sustaining a brick through a window, this brick with a note attached: “Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice,” which, the AP notes, “roughly [quotes] 1964 Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater.”
I agree wholeheartedly that extremism in defense of liberty is no vice.
So where was the brick-hurling when George W. Bush & Co. blatantly stole the White House in late 2000? Democrat Al Gore had won the popular vote by more than a half-million votes; Repugnican presidential candidate George W. Bush’s brother Jeb was governor of the pivotal state of Florida, which Georgie “won”; Florida’s top elections decider, Katherine “No Conflict of Interest” Harris, had sat on the state’s committee to elect Gee Dubya; and finally, five right-wingers on the U.S. Supreme Court decided to decide the presidential election for the American people.
That was the largest blow to the nation’s democracy in my lifetime, and to my knowledge, nary a single fucking brick was tossed through a single fucking window.
How about the unelected BushCheneyCorp’s launch of its illegal, immoral, unprovoked and unjust Vietraq War in March 2003? The war that the United Nations Security Council would not rubber-stamp, and so the Bush regime launched it anyway, bypassing the council? The bogus war that thus far has cost us taxpayers almost $750 billion?
Where were the freedom-lovin’ brick-tossers then?
Oh, but a health-care reform bill passes — democratically and legally — and suddenly the defenders of the nation’s liberty, who have been snoozing for at least the past 10 years, suddenly come to life!
Of course, the bricks aren’t about liberty or freedom or democracy or God or Jesus or puppies or kittens or cute widdle fwuffy bunnies or butterflies or marshmallows.
Let’s fucking face it: The bricks are the closest thing that the “tea party” fascists can come to lynching the uppity nigger in the White House (White House!). That’s what the bricks stand for: the intense hatred of the nation’s first black president — whose worst crime is presiding while black — who scored his first major legislative victory against the stupid white man’s power structure.
George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and the other traitors and war criminals who comprised the unelected Bush regime got away with murder — the murder of more than 4,300 of our troops and tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis whom they permanently “liberated” — because the BushCheneyCorp represented the stupid-white-male power structure and because the vast majority of liberals are too pussy to resort to shows of force (or even just vandalism).
How far will the wingnuts take it?
The Repugnican Party and the “tea party” ringleaders deny inciting violence, but Repugnican and “tea party” queen Sarah Palin-Quayle yesterday posted, on her Facebook page, this graphic:
Yes, those are images of gun crosshairs to refer to Democratic lawmakers. And Palin-Quayle Tweeted yesterday:
Commonsense Conservatives & lovers of America: “Don’t Retreat, Instead – RELOAD!” Pls see my Facebook page.
Today, bricks — tomorrow, bullets?
It would be interesting to see what would happen in the aftermath of a “tea-baggin'” fascist actually assassinating someone, and I have to wonder if the question isn’t whether that will happen but when it will happen.
Hey, sign me up for the next civil war! I’ll be happy to fight for the blue states! This next time, though, we need to finish the job!