This Has to Stop

By Brian S

Ben over at Not Larry Sabato has a post up about the recent threats of violence that have been made on both sides of the aisle.  As Ben is one of the top Democratic blogs and we are one of the top Republicans blogs, I feel it is important that we echo those sentiments.  There is absolutely no place for violence in our system of government.  The threats and publication of Tom Perriello’s brother’s home address and the cutting of his gas line are deplorable, as are the gunshots fired at Eric Cantor’s campaign headquarters.

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This is America. We resolve political fights at the ballot box, not with the bullet box (Catherine Crabill’s statements notwithstanding). No matter how angry anyone feels at the passage of the health care law, the days are long past when the right answer to a political debate was violence or the threat of violence. Those who cut the gas line should be prosecuted completely. Those who shot at Cantor’s headquarters likewise should be prosecuted. And we should all take a hard look at our rhetoric and our feelings and take a step back. At the end of the day, no matter which side of the aisle we are on, we are all Americans. We all want to see this country thrive and prosper. We may disagree on the best way to do that, but in the end, our goals are the same. Whether we like what the Obama Administration and the congressional Democrats (or Republicans) are doing, whatever feelings we may have, we should channel those feelings into electoral efforts, not threats and vandalism.

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Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued a statement today and it is one that I believe we call can agree with 100%. Here’s the text:

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Attorney General Cuccinelli statement on vandalism to Perriello home, threats

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RICHMOND (March 25, 2010) – Statement from Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, II:
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“In our system of constitutional government, we have civil, non-violent ways to express our disagreements with our elected officials, including speaking up in public and at the ballot box.  Threats and intimidation are not part of our political system and are not to be tolerated.
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“We will do everything we can to assist in bringing the perpetrator to justice.  We have contacted the local Commonwealth’s Attorney and the Virginia State Police and offered our assistance.”


Comments

  • edmundburkenator says:

    Wow. Permission to derail.
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    I like ham.

  • pgreer says:

    Turkey > Ham
    On that note, I’m in the mood for turkey meatloaf.

  • Brian S. says:

    My cat loves ham.

  • pgreer says:

    Your cat is a ham!

  • Frank Benjamen says:

    A tactic right out of the Saul Alinsky playbook: Hire some thugs to attack yourself, then blame the other side for violence.

    Kind of like starting a fire at the Reichstag as a pretext for burning books and launching Krystalnacht.

    The Dems with their SEIU and ACORN thugs are experts at these tactics. Its what they do to suppress opposition. Call their opponents racists and anarchists. Hold a mirror to the Dems and you will see what is wrong with this country.

  • Frank Benjamen says:

    Oh, just one more point. The Government should fear the people more than the people fear their government. As November approaches and it becomes more apparent that the people are going to rout Congress and send them home, watch for the Dems to really get crazy and violent.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    Who is having Ham on Easter?

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    Us!

  • NoVA Scout says:

    Can we assume that the recent resurgence of Saul Alinsky references is entirely attributable to Glen Beck and those whose lives are so constricted that they watch him? I reached political adulthood in the early-mid 1960s. I don’t think I’ve heard Alinsky’s name mentioned (prior to this recent spate) since the mid-1970s.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    nova, that’s an easy out.

    1. not everyone you assume to paint as sheep watches or listens to certain programs.

    2. was there any reason to discuss Alinsky in the mainstream before one of his disciples became president?

  • Brian S. says:

    Limbaugh brings up Alinsky all the time.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    Gee, never caught his show either.

    And with my constricted life, too!

    lolol

  • NoVA Scout says:

    “easy out”? what are you talking about, Barbara? I thought I was asking a question. In my world, Saul Alinsky became a dodo 30 years ago. Suddenly, I’m seeing him everywhere. and the only people talking about him are on the right, not the left, where he belongs.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    “entirely attributable to Glen Beck”?

    That question is a perennial easy out, along with “Rush said:”

    Are you seriously asking if the only reason you’re hearing Alinsky’s name frequently is because Beck or Limbaugh mentioned it, so now all the dittohead drones are parroting it? I would suggest that many more people in the US do NOT watch or listen to either on any given day than do, in spite of their large audiences. Perspective please.

    As I asked in return, was there any reason to discuss him regularly in the mainstream before Mr. Obama became president?

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    In case that sounded harsh (rather than incredulous), please reread your “question”, and your response:

    Assume its because Beck said it?

    Constricted lives? !

    In your world?

    There’s a bigger one, and maybe the people who aren’t as enlightened as you consider yourself to have been 40 years ago (because of their “constricted lives”? Poor stunted things!) have only just learned who Alinsky is, and are therefore discussing him?

    Since Obama became President, and it is now significant in the mainstream, instead of just in the far reaches of the left?

    Well, that may have gotten harsh again.

    I apologize if so.

    I’m still a bit incredulous.

  • NoVA Scout says:

    “Incredulous” can’t hang in mid-air. What are you incredulous about? That I’m an old geezer? That I thought Alinsky went out with bell-bottoms and love-ins? that I think Alinsky should stay where I reasonably thought he was, rather than getting a lot of air time from the right? That I think people who spend any time watching Beck (other than for laughs) are getting a very insubstantial diet of anti-rational gruel? Of course, those are just my opinions.

    Focus your thoughts. It promotes a better exchange of ideas.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    You are entitled to your opinion about those who watch or listen to certain programs, certainly.

    I am incredulous that you seem to be of the opinion that the only reason anyone would discuss someone you dismissed years ago is that they are a “constricted” being who relies solely on that input for their thoughts.

    I can understand the tendency to dismiss Alinsky and his ilk years ago when he was getting started, because he is far far out in left field and should have stayed there.

    I am incredulous that it appears to be your opinion that the fact that you dismissed him means he went away.

    Anyone who assumed that he was gone because they didn’t think it worthwhile to pay attention to his existence missed the boat by missing his entrenchment and rise.

    The babyboomers are running the country now, and some of their loonier sectors are firmly in power in some areas.

    The reason that may be is because people dismissed them, and thereby missed their inexorable rise, when perhaps either something could have been done about it, or people could have been more broadly educated to keep an eye on their policies and philosophies.

    The dismissive attitude that he was gone because you thought so goes hand in hand with the dismissive attitude that only constricted beings who watch programs you also dismiss would discuss something you consider to be so passe.

    Perhaps a bit of focus on whether he was getting any traction years ago (and since) would have prevented a bit of the rise?

    Hard to say.

    I hope that was a bit more focused.

    I hope people who missed the boat on him can focus on what to do about him now that he somehow climbed up in spite of his dismissal, rather than simply concluding that the only people noticing him were told to do so by a television program.

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