I was digging around in Slate, where they'd posted some interesting things about President Obama's slipping base (or, as a White House spokesman called them recently, "The Left of the Left") when I found a link embedded in the words "barely suppressed violence" [of the Town Halls]. "OMG," think I, "has SEIU become even more brutal?"
But no. The link leads to a hatchet-job on the character of William Kostric, the Free-Stater who quite peaceably carried his sidearm well outside the secured area of a health-care rally at which the President spoke. Seems he actually signed the Free State Project Pledge and was a Ron Paul supporter, who'd'a thunk it? The "dirt" dug up outlines an ordinary FSP-type libertarian, right down to a letter critical of the official violence engendered by the War on (Some) Drugs. But this, in Joan Walsh's whacky world, somehow constitutes evidence of ill-will on the part of a man she accuses of "barely suppressed violence."
Hey, ijit, point to it! Point to the "violence" and then the "suppression," 'cos all I saw was a guy standing, holding up a sign, who had an object on his belt and kept it there.
(On the other hand, a real beat-down by purpleshirts gets no mention at all from Ms. Walsh. If you cut us, it seems, we do not bleed. Not, like, real people blood; to confirm this, read even a little of the Comments to the article, in which fervid Lefties speak of the guillotine and promise Mr. Kostric he'll "get what he asked for." What, a smaller gummint? No? Aw, rats).
Real story: the Left, especially the far Left, is losing big on health care and they're looking for someone to blame.
Full disclosure: I think the War on (Some) Drugs is idiocy, I carry a handgun anywhere it is not prohibited and I was a big supporter of the Free State Project, right up until they picked New Hampshire, presumably because Sealand, the Walled City of Kowloon and the Warsaw Ghetto were all unavailable.
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