Remember the health care debate and all the good times we had? Remember the tea partiers interrupting town halls with unintelligible rants about fascism, Hitler and the like? Remember when armed citizens protested outside the President’s speeches? Remember when this 1st Amendment expression was exalted by the Conservative Media? 2009 was a lot of fun.
Apparently, “First” Amendment means it’s a one-way street, and speaking of fascism, some recent incidents truly capture the spirit of the 21st century conservative. A woman was protesting (the seriously unhinged) Rand Paul outside the Kentucky Senatorial Debate. This foreign combatant’s dissenting opinion was apparently too much for some Paul supporters, as these heroic men decided to throw her in a headlock and stomp on her dome in the name of freedom.
Then there’s this. Old Man take a look at your life.
A 72-year-old man was arrested for allegedly assaulting a 23-year-old activist protesting Dino Rossi’s Republican campaign for Senate in Washington state yesterday, according to local reports.
The incident occured outside GOP headquarters in Walla Walla County where the demonstrator, Christie Stordeur, was “one of five protesters standing about 40 feet from the entrance of the office,” according to the Tri-City Herald.
Stordeur and the other protesters “were wearing bags over their heads and holding a sign that looked like a check.” That’s when Victor Phillips, according to a Sheriff’s deputy on scene, walked over to Stordeur to “lift her bag off her head.” When Stordeur “lifted her arm in defense,” Phillips hit it “with ‘force.’”
Yes of course. Get off my (public) lawn with your free speech.
But the most insightful part comes from Tim Profitt, the Paul donor/worker who did the head-stepping. In his weird non-apology, he actually said this!
“I would like for her to apologize to me to be honest with you,” he said. “She’s a professional at what she does,” he added, “and I think when all the facts come out, I think people will see that she was the one that initiated the whole thing.”