Whose Freedom?

Officer Wesley Cheeks of the Fairfax County Police Department has a run in with a Tea Bagger at the recent Town Hall Meeting in Reston, Virginia hosted by Representative Jim Moran.

This one is one of the latest attempts by the right to characterize opposition to their efforts to disrupt Town Hall meetings as “Freedom of Speech”.

Now, to be honest, I know the Officer involved. I’ve met him several times in social situations. He’s been with the Fairfax Police 18 or 20 years, and has been an exemplary officer to my knowledge.

I’m not going to get into the legal basis of who is right or wrong here – but I am going to get into something else – Patriotism.

During the Vietnam protest era, one of the favorite bumper stickers of the right was “My Country, right or wrong”, a second was “America – Love it or leave it”.  Indeed, one of the most bitter and cutting criticisms of the actions of some of the War protesters is how they derided, and disrespected American institutions, members of the Armed Forces, and our government.

Starting with the Raygun ascendancy, Republicans turned that bitterness into political hay, making Vietnam Vets who were bitter about their mistreatment by the “left” into a functional arm of the Republican Party. The Republican Party would claim the Patriotism high ground for the next 20 years when George W. Bush’s attempts at jingoism, and plastic patriotism in to hide the fact he had lied the country into the Iraq Invasion became painfully apparent to even the most red, white, and blue soul.

Under the American core belief structure of Freedom, Fair Play, and honsesty – what the Bushits did wasn’t anything a Patriot could be proud of – perhaps leading to Michelle Obama’s much maligned comment about her pride being restored in the country.

The point being, patriotism has moved fully to the other side of the political coin. As such, some folks – particularly minority folks aren’t going to be too thrilled about seeing their President defamed…

Did I mention “Love it or leave it”?

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Some Folks Have More First Amendment Rights Than Others

Voicing an opinion while Black …

It would seem some folks have more First Amendment Rights than others in Georgia. Not surprisingly, those folks also have less melanin.

Hat tip to – The Grio

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Town Howlers and Guns

The Raw Story is reporting -

The Republican Party chairman of Boise County in Idaho was arrested Thursday for aggravated assault after he pulled a gun on a man whose house he was photographing.

Charles McAffee, 33, was among Idaho’s anti-tax tea-party activists, and is a member of the Idaho Republican Party Central Committee. He was arrested after pulling a handgun on a homeowner whose mortgage his employer sought to photograph for being delinquent. His employer is a contractor for Wells Fargo.

Ya' Got 8 Lives Left!

Open your own cans and fill your own damn food dish!

Wells Fargo called McAffee’s behavior “horrific and absolutely inexcusable.” Via AP:

According to police in the Boise suburb of Meridian, resident Robert Lutes called officers just before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to report McAffee had pointed a .357 Magnum handgun at him during a verbal confrontation. McAffee acknowledged he pointed the gun at Lutes, according to the police account.

“I’m unarmed, I’m an old man,” Lutes, 51, told The Associated Press on Thursday. “I’m trying to find out why he’s taking pictures of my house. I said, ‘Knock on my door, let me know what you want.’ Then, I think he’s reaching for his business card and he pulls out a concealed weapon and I think he’s going to blow my head off.”

Idaho’s Republican Party told the Associated Press the arrest of one of its leaders was a “personal matter.”

“It’s not a party matter,” Jonathan Parker, state GOP director in Boise, told AP.

One of McAffee’s supporters said the homeowner’s account was false:

“McAffee brandished the weapon to de-escalate the conflict,” he asserted.

Yes, you read that right: he pulled a gun to de-escalate the conflict.

And these are the sort of clowns who need to carry guns to a protest march?

Can’t wait for the next Rethugly to claim MLK was a Republican!

Daily Show: Betsy McCaughey Toasted

This is a good one! Betsy McCaughey, Health Reform Nutcase extraordinaire on Job Stewart…

This one is the warm up.

Now here is where it get’s serious, the pic quality isn’t as good (I got it off of YouTube), but Stewart really starts asking some tough questions and pointing out a few things -

When the going gets tough…

Indeed.

The question still stands – If the US is 83rd in the world in Infant Mortality…

What exactly makes the current system so great?

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The Connection Between Town Hall Gun Crazies and Violent Militias

Rachel Maddow digs deeper on the background of the Town Hall Desperados, who turn out to be people with ties to a violent Militia, who practiced the same techniques and assembled the same sort of bombs as Timothy McVeigh in foiled plot to blow up Federal Buildings…

Connecting the dots on health care opposition

Who exactly are the folks behind opposition to Health Care Reform, and funding the Tea Baggers?

Maddow connects the dots…

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Tea Baggers… Meet The Union

Republicans are keeping up with their campaign to disrupt and harass Democrat legislators attempting to meet with their constituents in Town Hall Meetings. Members of the SEIU Union were present to represent their interests in supporting Health Care Reform. The result was a clash -

There is no video evidence of who may have thrown the first punch, but at least one hired Tea Bagger is complaining of a beat down.

Kenneth Gladney, 38, a self identified black Republican from St. Louis who  said he was attacked by some of those arrested as he handed out yellow flags with “Don’t tread on me” printed on them. He spoke to the Post-Dispatch from the emergency room on Thursday night at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, where he said he was awaiting treatment for injuries to his knee, back, elbow, shoulder and face.

“It just seems there’s no freedom of speech without being attacked,” Gladney said. On Friday, he said he had been hired by the Tea Party folks to hand out the flags and added: “I was attacked for something I believe in.”

It would appear Mr. Gladney decided to prostitute his race by providing some otherwise missing “color” to the Tea Bagger mini-riot, for money. It now is evident that the Tea Baggers, stung by criticisms of racism, are hiring local maladjusted black folks to provide some black faces in their audiences for cover. In view that their modus operendi is to violently disrupt and prevent American Citizens from meeting peacefully and discussing issues with their representatives… Continue reading

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