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Liberal Organization Calls Gay Activists Neo Nazis?

In response to a supposed wave of vigilantism (in reality, a handful of isolated attacks) against Democrats who voted for increased government control over our health care system, Mark Potok of the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center has become quite incensed.

He is right to decry violent acts against any individual for speaking his mind or voting his party’s will.  It is wrong to attack an individual physically or to vandalize his property because of his vote. That sad, I do wonder where Mr. Potok was when liberal activists trashed Republican campaign offices in 2004.  Or when gay marriage advocates published the names of those who contributed to “Yes on 8,” hounding one man out of his job and steering business away from one restaurant because one employee supported the campaign.

Still, he must criticizing those gay marriage activists for publishing the names of those who oppose gay marriage:

“This is what neo Nazi leaders in America do today,” Potok said. “They post personal information about their enemies and sit back and wait for somebody else to act.”

Or is he?

He only “compared the online posting of a public official’s address to tactics used by hate groups.”   Maybe it’s okay then to post the address of a private citizen online?

Look, the main reason I am writing this post is because I believe these actions are absolutely reprehensible.  Folks like Mr. Potok are right to be outraged.  But, they–and the left-leaning media which echoes their complaints–have been strangely silent when outraged left-wing protesters committed similar infractions, inciting violence and publishing the names of private citizens who supported causes they didn’t like.

Much as I decry such violence, it seems outgoing House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s is grandstanding when he demands that “Republicans to stand up and condemn the threats.”  I wonder if he ever decried violence against Republicans.  Still, his Republican counterpart, John Boehner, the 61st Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives,

. . . called disrespectful acts towards members of Congress “unacceptable” and urged health law opponents to speak with their votes instead.

“Violence and threats are unacceptable. That is not the American way,” he said on Fox News. “Yes, I know there’s anger, but let’s take that anger and go out and register people to vote, go volunteer on a political campaign, and let’s do it the right way.”

Not only are violent acts wrong.  They are also counterproductive.  Vandalism and violation of privacy only help advance the cause of the targeted individuals.

The gay marriage advocates who targeted those who contributed to the “Yes on 8″ campaign didn’t help advance the cause of gay marriage, instead looked like sore losers.  Similarly, opponents of Obamacare in threatened those who voted for the measure help turn the focus away from the bill’s myriad flaws to their acts.  And we all know how ready the media are to highlight reprehensible acts of angry right-wingers.

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11 Comments

  1. “This is what neo Nazi leaders in America do today,”

    That’s also what ACORN and the SEIU thugs did to AIG executives a few months ago.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — March 25, 2010 @ 6:01 am - March 25, 2010

  2. I commented on Mr. Potok’s blog post:

    First of all, these acts of violence/vandalism are shameful. I would like to point out though:

    “Coleman’s absolutely despicable actions were remarkably similar to those of American neo-Nazi leaders who in recent years have made a practice of posting their enemies’ addresses and other personal information.”

    ACORN and SEIU did the same with the information on AIG executives last year. Gay activist groups (I’m gay, BTW) do the same. After the Prop 8 kerfuffle in CA., people opposed to gay marriage had their information posted. Same thing has happened in other states. I’ve seen many examples of people’s jobs or businesses threatened, even other gays, because they opposed gay activist groups. I know there’s a difference between picketing and threats or cutting someone’s LP line, but it’s reasonable to believe that the fear is still there.

    I’m not saying that all of these threats are false, but the left has a habit of manufacturing some of these things. There was a representative, I think from Washington, who made a false claim of a death threat during the town halls last summer. Maurice Schwenkler, a democrat activist, was arrested for vandalizing the DNC hQ in Denver last year. Not to mention there’s quite a list of people who manufactured incidences of vandalism, painted racial epithets and swastikas and nooses. There was also, during the town halls, a fellow who posed as a TEA partier with an Obama = Hitler sign who was later seen handing out pamphlets for a local democrat. I think that was in Oklahoma, if I’m not mistaken. Too tired to look.

    At any rate, I take these things with a grain of salt. I know those democrats who’ve received the threats can’t and they shouldn’t. However, I don’t see much point in getting all worked up about it myself. I sure don’t see any reason for calling Americans “racist” with ZERO evidence, especially when there are black, Hispanic, gay and Asian TEA Partiers. Nor is there any reason to lash out and call them “neo-Nazis”. That’s just plain irresponsible and shows your own intolerance.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — March 25, 2010 @ 6:37 am - March 25, 2010

  3. Ha ha ha! Nice catch, Dan! I missed the connection. :)

    Comment by John — March 25, 2010 @ 6:46 am - March 25, 2010

  4. Moral relativism breeds the kind of thinking where political correctness justifies some distasteful means as acceptable because of the noble ends. It is equally true that moral relativism breeds the kind of thinking that permits hyper-moral outrage if it is your ox that is being gored.

    Threats, epithets, and base actions are thuggery at best and they cheapen the cause. That said, Obamacare was the child of threats, epithets and base actions. It takes a well disciplined opposition not to react in kind. Gandhi and Martin Luther King specialized in spreading that truth.

    Nonetheless, I rather enjoy watching the left insist they have the high ground and get all moral and prissy. There they stand, knee deep in their own sewage complaining about how other people smell.

    Comment by heliotrope — March 25, 2010 @ 8:28 am - March 25, 2010

  5. Liberal Organization Calls Gay Activists Neo Nazis?

    More left-liberal projection, as modern Left governance is nothing more or less than the economic program of fascism (i.e., government regimentation of the economy).

    “This is what neo Nazi leaders in America do today,” Potok said.

    Well, he should know.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 25, 2010 @ 10:13 am - March 25, 2010

  6. This just in: According to Rep. Clyburn (D-S.C.) opponent of the Democrats health care “reform” plan are aiding and abetting terrorism.

    http://michellemalkin.com/2010/03/25/clyburn/

    Gosh, this makes me nostalgic for the good old days when dissent was considered the highest form of patriotism (14 months ago).

    Comment by Sean A — March 25, 2010 @ 11:25 am - March 25, 2010

  7. Wow! The Democrats are apparently just getting warmed up with today’s smears. Bawney Fwank is now comparing the opponents of Obamacare to bullies that drive teens to suicide. Seriously.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCpyUl_EqTM&feature=player_embedded

    Comment by Sean A — March 25, 2010 @ 11:56 am - March 25, 2010

  8. Sean A, wonder if Barney is going to ask Democrats to differentiate themselves from him. Looks like you may have given me fodder for another post.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — March 25, 2010 @ 12:05 pm - March 25, 2010

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  10. Ah, the beloved “reductio ad Hitlerum”. Why don’t they ever accuse anybody of being Stalinists or Maoists? Those guys killed off way more people. But they weren’t “racists”, so it was just a misunderstanding.

    Comment by EssEm — March 25, 2010 @ 10:07 pm - March 25, 2010

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