With Violent Rhetoric Comes Selective Responsibility

| September 9, 2011 | 1 Reply

Does anyone remember when Nancy Pelosi was so worried about violent rhetoric that she warned the Tea Parties that to be prepared for the wave of violence their words would inevitably cause?

I think we all have to take responsibility for our actions and our words. We are a free country, and this balance between freedom and safety is one that we carefully balance. I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw — I saw this myself in the late `70s in San Francisco. This kind of rhetoric was very frightening, and it gave — it created a climate in which we — violence took place. And so I — I wish that we would all, again, curb our enthusiasm in some of the statements that are made, understanding that some of the people — the ears that it is falling on are not as balanced as the person making the statement might assume. But again, our country is great because people can say what they think and they believe. But I also think that they have to take responsibility for any incitement that they may cause.

Or how about this video wherein the Democratic National Committee denounced the Tea Parties as angry mobs and said “enough”?

It’s obvious that Pelosi and her fellow Democrats only intend for those warnings to run in one direction. On Thursday, a crowd of a hundred union members stormed a dock in Longview, Washington, took six employees hostage, and destroyed equipment and cargo there because…

…well there’s question worth answering. Where did they get the idea that such violence — and that’s exactly what it was — was appropriate? Who encouraged them to get so out of control that a local judge felt it necessary to issue a restraining order against the entire labor union? What gave this longshoreman a reason to believe that he could freely threaten a journalist without reprisal?

I won’t say there’s a direct line between Jimmy Hoffa, Jr’s labor day call to arms and what happened in Washington. I won’t say that there’s any connection between these incidents and this violence-laden essay by AFL-CIO President and frequent administration guest Richard Trumka even though the International Longshore and Warehouse Union rejoined the AFL-CIO in 1988.

I will say that if Nancy Pelosi’s admonition is good for the Tea Parties, it’s equally good for the labor unions who, as we can see, have actually used violence and committed crimes to make their political points. Clearly, the unions wealthy leaders need to take responsibility for their violent rhetoric.

I’ll expect apologies forthwith. What…is that too optimistic of me?

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