Friday, July 17, 2009

Must read blogging: It takes a Village Idiot

Every now and then there's a blog post that perfectly captures a moment in time. Aznew at The Virginia Democrat has written such a post in which he perfectly captures the place where the Republican Party of Virginia finds itself. The Republicans are at a fork in the road and need to make some hard choices. When it comes to the Tea Party movement, Republican can't have it both ways.
Look, Crabill obviously has emotional problems, so I don't want to judge her too harshly. But the fact of the matter is that Crabill, at the behest of whatever demons inhabit her brain and soul, simply committed a Kinsley Gaffe -- she inadvertently spoke the truth about this extremist movement. She got to the heart of what these Tea Partiers really believe, namely, that it is somehow a expression of patriotism to overthrow their own democratically elected government because of policy differences over taxation.
Republicans must choose: embrace the violent rhetoric of the Tea Party movement or let the Tea Party members go their own way.

Right now, there is a person, Catherine Crabill, running for a seat in the House of Delegates as a Republican. Crabill has openly advocated the armed overthrow of the government of the United States. The Republican Party of Virginia is going to be held accountable for that fact.


James Young said...

Actually, it takes a village idiot to characterize this as "openly advocat[ing] the armed overthrow of the government of the United States." She did no such thing. What she did was correctly identify the purpose of the Second Amendment: to protect the right of revolution. And that is a fact which seems to disturb only those who have enacted many of the same long string of "usurpations and abuses" provoking the first one.

J.C. Wilmore said...

July 17, 2009

Delegate Albert Pollard's Statement on Recent Remarks from Catherine Crabill

Washington, Madison and Monroe were born in my legislative district and to be bullied by a politician would be to dishonor them and the men and women who have died to protect this great country.

Given this rich history, it particularly disappointing that a major party candidate from this region wants to use the Constitution as a justification to bully and threaten people who don't agree with her. I won't let bullies wrap themselves in the flag and say that the majority vote is somehow is not the "right type of America" - attempting to scare others into doing dangerous things.

Sadly, what my opponent recently spouted is the logical extreme of the rhetoric in Washington and, increasingly, Richmond. It can be a short trip from over-heated rhetoric to furious anger to absolute rage.

In short, my opponent threatened to overturn the ballot box with the bullet box. She doesn't realize the founders turned to the bullet box so they could have the right to a ballot box.

While some might be saddened for the future of robust political debate in this district and country, I know that we continue to be the best region, in the best state in the best country in the world.

Delegate Albert Pollard


Citizen Tom said...

Have you ever read the Declaration of Independence? What did the lady say that is not in that document?

What the Democrats are doing in Washington is extreme. When government officials ignore constitutional checks on their power, that is extreme. At some point, we are obligated to defend ourselves and our posterity. Have we reached that point? No. Nonetheless, no reasonable and informed person should unconcerned.

We have had one "emergency" bill after another. The idiots act like they want to destroy the economy. Moreover, they have nationalized huge chunks of it, and they are trying to nationalize more huge chunks of it.

The United States has been in existence for over 200 years. There is no need for the Democrats to remake the country, passing bills they have not had time to read. Given that, we would be fools take such power grabbing shenanigans calmly.

J.C. Wilmore said...

The distinction you seem to miss Citizen Tom is that in 1776 we were rebelling against a monarch and a parliament that we had no role in choosing or electing. The current Democratic administration was Democratically elected by American voters as was the Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate.

Under no circumstance would it ever be justifiable for a Right wing fringe element to engage in violence in order to overthrow a democratically elected government that received a clear majority of the votes in fair elections.

The Republican Party was defeated, fair and square, after displaying mind boggling incompetence and corruption.

Conservatives need to lay aside their violent fantasies. Any real action, any actual terroristic actions by Republicans or their allies will lead to the destruction of the Republican Party as a political force in the United States. Period.