Perhaps, the richest thing about listening to various liberal pundits and their ideological confrères in Congress denigrating the Tea Parties is their attempts to lecture Tea Party protesters on civility. Now, I certainly agree with their concern for rhetorical decorum and their opposition to hateful epithets, but I question their sincerity.
If they’re so concerned about rhetorical excess, I want to know when they, to borrow an expression, differentiated themselves from the hateful speech spewed during the Bush Era. Note that all of a sudden when we have a Democrat in the Oval Office, promoting a vast expansion of government, they’re concerned with the level of discourse. Guess it didn’t bother them too much when countless protesters compared a Republican president to Hitler.
Not to mention the hateful speech spewing from elected Democrats and from MSNBC anchormen.
Now, to show that our movement in reality is as hateful as the one in their imagination, some left-wingers are trying to crash the Tea Parties, masquerading as hateful bigots. Whatever you do, if you see such folk, don’t play their game. Tell them that you’re there to promote freedom, not to denigrate any group or individual.
Be civil. Be courteous.
Tea Partiers should look around and listen and notice people who might be Crashers. Whether they are Crashers or actual fringe Tea Partiers, talk with them. It’s good for people at these gatherings to talk to each other and be friendly anyway. It helps project the image of normality, which, I think, is the reality with most Tea Partiers.
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And should you confront such folk, ask yourselves (but not them), why right-wingers didn’t feel any compulsion during the Bush Era to crash the anti-war rallies.