Recall all the bellyaching in the press about the mean-spirited, racist violence Tea Party protests? Or how leading Democratic politicians warning how opponents of the big government initiatives of the Obama Administration assembling peaceably, petitioning the Government for a redress of grievances might, by their actions, be promoting violence.
Well, there’s been some violent protests recently and they’re not causing those once hyperventilating pundits and politicians to wag their fingers in pontificating mode:
Violence broke out at a political demonstration over the weekend, as protesters chased police officers, pelting them with rocks and bottles. Was this a gang of Tea Partiers running amok, as eagerly awaited by so many liberals? Well, no. The demonstration was at the state capitol in Arizona, against that state’s new immigration statute:
These folks have even festooning “the state Capitol with swastikas — swastikas! — made of refried beans and are planning legal action to block the law from taking effect.”
. . . to repudiate these new outbreaks of hate and racist incitements to violence, narrow-mindedness, bigotry, etc., etc. Look for it tomorrow on the Daily KOS and other web sites dedicated to rooting out irrational prejudice and exposing the sore losers who don’t understand that elections have consequences and who won’t give a new law a chance but who divisively call for the repeal of the will of the people.
(H/t for the Kimball quotes: Instapundit.)
UPDATE: Mary Katharine Ham remembers . . .
…when Nazi symbolism, vandalism, nasty signs, misspelled signs, violence, and arrests at protests (even without proof) would have delegitimized an entire movement and caused months of media coverage about the threat to the Republic posed by such barbarians? These are different times, now.