Tuesday, September 06, 2011

"It's only okay if Republicans do it"

I'm listening to the cast of MSNBC's Morning Joe cry crocodile tears over Jimmy Hoffa's rhetoric yesterday. In essence, Hoffa simply gave back a tenth of what Tea Partiers have been directing at their opponents. Hoffa's right wing critics claim that his rhetoric is too violent. Really? Consider the following random selection of Tea Party quotes.
"We have the chance to fight this battle at the ballot box before we have to resort to the bullet box. That's the beauty of our Second Amendment rights . . . Our Second Amendment rights were to guard against tyranny."
—Catherine Crabill, July 15, 2009
"I hope that's not where we're going, but you know if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies and saying my goodness what can we do to turn this country around? I'll tell you the first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out."
—Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle.
"We've never been associated with any violence or any vandalism. We're definitely sorry that we posted the incorrect address."
—Nigel Coleman, chairman of the Danville Tea Party after Virginia Congressman Tom Perriello's brother had the gas line to his home severed after Tea Partiers posted the wrong address on the internet.
Folks, look health care passed but there is so much more than we can do before we start taking any sort of violent action against anyone else.

We have got the judicial process which we heard a whole bunch from Ken Cuccinelli this week. Obviously Virginia is going to challenge this. And Bob McDonnell signed the Virginia Health Care Freedom Act into law this week. So let’s let the judicial process play itself out before we do anything violent.

We still have this podcast. We still have Bearing Drift and all sorts of 1st amendment rights to be able to speak out against health care and what the Democrats are trying to do to us. And you are going to hear more from Randy Forbes today regarding what the Democrats have done and why its so bad for the country. We have lots of redress before we even start contemplating thinking about revolution.
—Jim Hoeft, founder of Bearing Drift, March 29, 2010 discussing when it will be okay to use political violence.
"Oh, yes. Time for conservatives to be magnanimous on all this, right, Shane?

Bull Shit.

This crap from the left is going to be stopped. We’re not rolling over anymore."
—Jim Hoeft, founder of Bearing Drift, January 10, 2011 reacting to calls for moderation in rhetoric after the Tucson Massacre.
"Use live ammunition."
—Indiana deputy attorney general Jeff Cox, calling for deadly force to be used against unarmed protesters in Wisconsin, February 19 2011.

The Catherine Crabill quote is worth listening to in its entirety.



The right wing in general, and Bearing Drift in particular, have zero credibility in complaining about anyone's rhetoric. Compared to what is said by members of the right wing almost every day, what Hoffa said--while immoderate--was also comparatively tame.

If it comes to a comparison of tone and rhetoric, then we are prepared with quotes, video, and audiotape to show who the real offenders are.

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