Terror from the top down?

Things are really getting ugly, and fast.

This is a sickening example mob rule, of the sort which I saw in Berkeley, and which typifies the left.

Nearly 40 protesters gathered Saturday at the home of the chief financial backer of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, whose ads criticize Democrat John Kerry's military record. (Via Glenn Reynolds.)
Terrorizing someone's home because you disagree with their politics really is Nazi behavior. To call such tactics "brown shirt" as Glenn Reynolds did is not hyperbole at all.
Kerry supporters chanted "Hey, hey, ho, ho, your stinkin' ad has got to go."
The same thing was done to Karl Rove, and I saw it done to Berkeley's City Manager. Thus far, I have seen no Republican equivalent at all. (If someone knows of any conservatives behaving this way let me know.)

It's a hell of a way for Kerry's supporters to try to win an election.

More Americans need to realize that these tactics are alive and well.

And on the left.

It would be bad enough if the storm troopers consisted only of the lunatic fringe, but they don't. In Berkeley I saw that the respectable, mainstream politicians wink at this sort of thing, secretly enjoying the fact that they have behind them a dangerous mob who will do anything. Gives them a feeling of power.

Surely, John Kerry would condemn such home invasion tactics as being beyond the pale on politics, if not borderline terrorism....

Wouldn't he?

Uh oh! Wasn't there similar behavior at the president's home in Crawford, Texas by Max Cleland and Jim Rassman?

Yeah, there was, and the Kerry campaign was formally and officially behind it. A man in a wheelchair and a war buddy of Kerry aren't the same thing as 40 demonstrators, but is it the number of people that's the issue? While the Crawford ranch is more of a symbol of a residence than are most residences, harassing people by surrounding their homes crosses a line which has always separated civilized discourse from mob rule. It's no accident that Cleland and Rassman chose the president's personal residence as opposed to the White House (which is a place of business).

I think it was intended as a clear signal that home invasion is now to be considered mainstream (at least in the Democratic Party). Far from disparaging brown shirt tactics, Kerry is doing precisely the opposite.

Little wonder that personal intimidation of delegates is now also part of the plan:

a liberal Internet site [] lists delegates to the Republican National Convention and urges protesters to give them an unwelcome reception....
(Ditto, Berkeley.) Kerry had a mob behind him in 1971, and it appears he still does.

I honestly didn't think I would see this at the national level, by a leader of a major party.

Things look pretty damned bad.

While it's true that we still have the Second Amendment, in political discourse armed self defense is normally thought of as being the sort of thing that's a last resort.....

posted by Eric on 08.29.04 at 10:13 PM


I'm glad you mentioned the Rove incident. From the 3-29-04 WaPo:

Several hundred people stormed the small yard of President Bush's chief political strategist, Karl Rove, yesterday afternoon, pounding on his windows, shoving signs at others and challenging Rove to talk to them about a bill that deals with educational opportunities for immigrants.


Rove ... opened his door long enough to say, "Get off my property."

"Seems like he doesn't want to invite us in for tea," Emira Palacios quipped to the crowd.


And after about 30 minutes of goading by protesters in English and Spanish, Rove agreed to meet with two members of the coalition on the condition that the rest of the protesters board their buses and leave his street. The group obliged.

Rove opened his garage door and allowed Palacios and Inez Killingsworth to enter. The meeting lasted two minutes and ended with Rove closing the garage door on Palacios while she was still talking.

Palacios said that Rove was "very upset" and was "yelling in our faces" and that Rove told them "he hoped we were proud to make his 14-year-old and 10-year-old cry."

Makes my blood boil.

MDP   ·  August 30, 2004 2:34 AM

I await Senator Kerry's condemnation of such acts with breathless anticipation.

Ha ha. Likewise, ho ho.

Persnickety   ·  August 30, 2004 9:19 AM

Don't mean to be nit-picky, but I think you may have misspelled "commendation" there....

And a happy Ho Ho Ho Chi Minh to you too!


Eric Scheie   ·  August 30, 2004 9:27 AM

We must stop free speech now!

Sixfootpole   ·  August 31, 2004 4:41 AM

You're right! Especially where it comes to hate speech, which must be stopped by any means necessary. If threats fail to work, we must make the lives of the mean-spirited ruling class unbearable by surrounding their homes! Maybe then they'll stop spreading their lies and hate.

Sometimes, social justice can only be acheived through revolutionary justice.....

Eric Scheie   ·  August 31, 2004 9:21 AM

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