Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Teabaggers' civility is still nonexistent

From USA Today -

U.S. Rep. David Scott, a fiscally conservative "Blue Dog" Democrat and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, today found a swastika painted on the sign outside his metro Atlanta office.

Scott said the Nazi symbol was spray-painted sometime between last night and this morning. The U.S. Capitol Police are investigating it as a hate crime.

Yup. They're just "good ol' boys, never meanin' no harm"...


Thane Eichenauer said...

Now while this is an admitted act of vandalism, no person has been convicted much less even accused of the crime (other than you).

Has any Tea Party person or group claimed this vandalism as their own?

No? Then you don't know, the US Capitol Police don't know and the accusation is just a unfounded smear.

Talk about non-existent civility.

Patricia said...

You are labeling an entire group based on isolated incidents. This is an act of racism, but no evidence who perpetrated it. Even if it was a "tea bagger" it doesn't make all of them evil. Labeling an entire group of people is prejudice - regardless of the group.

Dissent is absolutely a patriotic act (in spite of Dem leadership contentions) - sure was in the last administration when it was the war and the Patriot Act people were protesting.

You are still my favorite brother.

cpmaz said...

Patty (and Thane) -

Dissent is absolutely patriotic, as is free expression of one's opinion.

Violence is not free expression, however. It's just violence.

Also, dissent expressed in such a way as to suppress the free expression of others, or the free exchange of ideas, is *not* patriotic.

You are still one of my two favorite sisters (well, except for you Thane. :) )

Donna said...

Patricia, I seem to recall during the election season that there was a lot of concern over Barack Obama's "associations". We heard endlessly about Rev. Wright and Bill Ayers and how they were an important consideration in evaluating him. To a lesser extent, John McCain and Sarah Palin's associations were questioned.

So while is not fair to characterize everyone in the Tea Party movement as a racist, a disturbing number of them are, as evidenced by signs they hold up at rallies. IOW, every person who identifies as a Tea Party activist is at least guilty of pallin' around with racists.

And as far as the Birthers are concerned, fuhgeddaboutit. There's no question what their deal is.