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What if they had a violent protest & the MSM didn’t raise a ruckus?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:41 am - April 27, 2010.
Filed under: Hysteria on the Left,Liberal Hypocrisy,Media Bias

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:

Jim Hoft doesn’t “expect these violent acts to get much press./After all, they’re not conservative and they’re not at a tea party rally.”

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.

Roger Kimball expects “The New York Times, MSNBC, CNN, and kindred media outlets

. . . 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 symbolismvandalismnasty signsmisspelled 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.

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18 Comments

  1. No police violence? No rabid right wing counter protesters? Just peaceful, downtrodden, patriotic, undocumented immigrants suffering under capitalist, racist oppression. Nothing to see here. Move on to something that fits their narrative.

    Comment by redleg — April 27, 2010 @ 7:48 am - April 27, 2010

  2. I think the Hispanics should bring AK-47s to their protests–they can show that they’re good citizens (or candidates for citizenship) because they understand their 2nd amendment rights.

    Oh, and like violence has never broken out at a Pride rally. And gays have never gotten angry at being the victims of unjust laws.

    I hope that every gay who has been legally married in another state is forced to show ID and leave Arizona, where their marriage is illegal.

    Comment by Ashpenaz — April 27, 2010 @ 11:24 am - April 27, 2010

  3. I think the Hispanics should bring AK-47s to their protests–they can show that they’re good citizens (or candidates for citizenship) because they understand their 2nd amendment rights.

    Actually, since fully-automatic AK-47s are illegal in the United States, all they’re showing is their willingness to break yet another law.

    And here’s the interesting part; “illegal immigrant” refers only to someone who is in the country illegally, not to a particular race or ethnicity. But of course, Ashpenaz jumped automatically to “Hispanic” demonstrating the Obama Party’s automatic and racist belief that all Hispanic individuals are illegal immigrants.

    And gays have never gotten angry at being the victims of unjust laws.

    Actually, Ashpenaz, aside from being a racist, it’s pretty clear that you’re also a hypocrite, given that you say nothing about the fact that Mexico’s laws on illegal immigration are so strict that they deport more people annually than the United States does.

    Meanwhile, since you state that it’s perfectly all right to carry out acts of vandalism and violence in the name of protesting what you consider to be an “unjust” law, how many people will you allow to come deface your property and attack you physically because they oppose the Obamacare bill?

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — April 27, 2010 @ 1:20 pm - April 27, 2010

  4. So, do you think that gays who are illegally married in Arizona (which doesn’t even allow same-sex partnerships or anything that even remotely looks like a same-sex union) should be deported to their home state?

    Should we rally to change the unjust marriage laws in AZ or just say to gay couples, “What part of illegal don’t you understand?”

    Why don’t we just get all legal Latinos to wear pink triangles? Then arrest anyone who doesn’t have one?

    I don’t think vandalism and violence are appropriate–I just think it’s wildly hypocritical to say immigration rallies are wrong and DADT, Pride, Pot, and Tea Party rallies are OK.

    Comment by Ashpenaz — April 27, 2010 @ 1:32 pm - April 27, 2010

  5. Can someone riddle me this: the census doesn’t classify Hispanic as being a race (it’s considered ethnic origin). If anything is against Hispanics, how come it’s called “racist”? Hispanic isn’t a race.

    Comment by Jim Michaud — April 27, 2010 @ 1:35 pm - April 27, 2010

  6. Ashpenaz, why do you support illegal immigrants who rape and molest children?

    Ashpenaz, why do you support illegal immigrants who murder American citizens?

    Ashpenaz, why do you support illegal immigrants who commit identity theft and defraud Americans?

    Because it’s very clear that you do. In fact, you oppose any sort of enforcement of laws against illegal immigrants, don’t you?

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — April 27, 2010 @ 1:41 pm - April 27, 2010

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  8. ND30, why do you support homosexuals who rape and molest children?

    ND30, why do you support homosexuals who murder American citizens?

    Ashpenaz, why do you support homosexuals who form illegal partnerships and then try to change the law to defraud AZ citizens?

    Because it’s very clear that you do. In fact, you oppose any sort of enforcement of laws against homosexuals, don’t you?

    Thank goodness AZ has some of the toughest anti-gay laws in the nation to protect us from people like you infiltrating our society and making your illegal lifestyle legal.

    Comment by Ashpenaz — April 27, 2010 @ 3:31 pm - April 27, 2010

  9. Shoot–that third Ashpenaz is meant to read ND30–now the satire has lost its effect. Can we PLEASE get an edit button? :(

    Comment by Ashpenaz — April 27, 2010 @ 3:32 pm - April 27, 2010

  10. ND30, why do you support homosexuals who rape and molest children?

    ND30, why do you support homosexuals who murder American citizens?

    Except that, as a simple search would reveal, I have condemned homosexuals who rape and molest children, murder others, have promiscuous disease-spreading sex, and so forth, and been called homophobic and self-loathing for my trouble.

    So not only did you screw up your satire, you made it completely and totally irrelevant.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — April 27, 2010 @ 5:49 pm - April 27, 2010

  11. But of course, Ashpenaz jumped automatically to “Hispanic” demonstrating the Obama Party’s automatic and racist belief that all Hispanic individuals are illegal immigrants.

    My favorite is the ASSumption that all Hispanics have brown skin. The liberals and POS Sharpton wail about Undocumented Democrats being targeted because the color of their skin.

    Of course not all Hispanics are brown skinned. When I have a light tan, my skin is darker than my partner’s. His sisters are lighter than he is and they have blond hair and blue eyes.

    But, I suppose, for liberals, it’s fun to bring up skin color and classify folks.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — April 27, 2010 @ 6:36 pm - April 27, 2010

  12. Actually, no, I don’t think all undocumented workers are Hispanic. I think that Hispanics will be stopped by police. They will be the victim of an unfair stereotype and their constitutional right to privacy will be violated.

    So, do you think that gays in illegal partnerships should be forced to leave AZ?

    Do you think it’s OK for gays to protest AZ’s unjust laws against gay marriage?

    Comment by Ashpenaz — April 27, 2010 @ 6:41 pm - April 27, 2010

  13. So, do you think that gays in illegal partnerships should be forced to leave AZ?

    Can’t you think of a more asinine argument? How about this:

    Why should Americans be forced to show proof of health insurance, but people shouldn’t be forced to show their ID? If I get pulled over by a cop, can I call him a “fascist Nazi” when he asks for my DL? Should I put POS Sharpton on speed dial?

    You disappoint. I thought surely you could come up with better dumbassery than that.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — April 28, 2010 @ 12:01 am - April 28, 2010

  14. I give up–why IS it OK and constitutional for people to be forced to show citizenship papers but not OK and not constitutional for people to be forced to proof of health insurance?

    Comment by Ashpenaz — April 28, 2010 @ 1:51 am - April 28, 2010

  15. Because protecting the country from all threats, foreign and domestic, is part of the government’s job clearly defined. Paying for your insurance you’re too cheep to buy isn’t.

    Comment by The_Livewire — April 28, 2010 @ 7:44 am - April 28, 2010

  16. Good–in that case, you won’t mind wearing this pink triangle so it will be easier to protect the country from internal threats to its security.

    Comment by Ashpenaz — April 28, 2010 @ 11:44 am - April 28, 2010

  17. I give up–why IS it OK and constitutional for people to be forced to show citizenship papers but not OK and not constitutional for people to be forced to proof of health insurance?

    Because our Constitution and our laws make clear that there is a differentiation between the rights of US citizens and those who are not.

    Good–in that case, you won’t mind wearing this pink triangle so it will be easier to protect the country from internal threats to its security.

    If that’s what it takes, you bet I will. Just as I will be happy to show my driver’s license or produce proof of citizenship, as I have to now to drive a car, have a job, cash a check, open a bank account, and do myriad other things.

    I don’t see why you are so opposed to these things, Ashpenaz. You claim to oppose promiscuous disease-spreading sex and irresponsible behavior, but you support and protect illegal immigrants who traffick in drugs, sex, and child prostitution.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — April 28, 2010 @ 3:11 pm - April 28, 2010

  18. “illegal immigrants who traffick in drugs, sex, and child prostitution”

    Do you actually hear yourself? As a gay man, I know what it’s like to suffer from guilt by association. I would think that you would have developed some sensitivity to the fact that illegal immigrants, like illegal gays (and being gay is also illegal in AZ), are not responsible for the acts of the fringe.

    Comment by Ashpenaz — April 28, 2010 @ 9:30 pm - April 28, 2010

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