Paul R. Hollrah
September 14, 2011
On Friday, June 13, 2008, Barack Obama addressed the Democratic faithful at a Philadelphia fundraiser. In suggesting what he would do to counter Republicans, he left us with a quote that will likely define his presidency. He said, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.”
Then, in a January 12, 2011 speech to an auditorium filled with mourners in Tucson, Arizona, a speech that called for a rare bit of non-partisan, non-campaign rhetoric, Obama said, “...at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized – at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do – it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not (in) a way that wounds. But what we can't do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on one another...Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, let us use this occasion to...remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together.”
The words were no sooner out of his mouth than liberals and Democrats across the country began “pointing fingers and assigning blame.” They “turned on” conservatives and Republicans as if we had played an active role in Jared Loughner’s crime...proving once again that what is most telling about liberals, Democrats, and socialists is not what they say, but what they do.
In the name of socialism, hundreds of millions of people have been murdered by regimes such as the Soviet Union, the Peoples Republic of China, Castro’s Cuba and Hitler’s Third Reich. Those who opposed socialism were seen as enemies of “progress” and had to be dealt with accordingly. The stronger the opposition to socialism, the stronger the measures against its opponents.
So what happens when Democrats “lay blame at the feet of those who think differently than they do?” I have a black loose-leaf binder containing the names of victims, dates, and locations of some 2,400 gruesome murders carried out by Democrats against those who “thought differently than they did.” The atrocities recorded in the sixty-page study, titled “The Lynching Calendar,” represent less than half of the murders committed by Democrats...mostly against blacks, but also against white Republicans...in the one-hundred year period between 1865 and 1965.
The KKK was, and is, just one of many special interests to populate the Democratic Party since its earliest days. All of those special interests...labor unions, trial lawyers, minorities, public employees, classroom teachers, radical environmentalists, radical feminists, pro-abortion radicals, gays, lesbians and others...share one thing in common: they all want something from government and they know that whatever it is they want can be had through mob action...violent mob action, if necessary.
In 2004, during the heat of the presidential campaign, drive-by shooters fired shots through the windows of Republican Party and Bush-Cheney campaign headquarters in Huntington, West Virginia and Knoxville, Tennessee. Are these examples of what Obama called “laying blame at the feet of those we disagree with,” or was it a matter of Democrats assuming that Republicans in those offices must have had some plastic dinner knives in their possession, so they brought guns?
On Election Day 2008, members of the New Black Panther Party positioned themselves outside a polling place in Philadelphia. Dressed in black uniforms and armed with nightsticks, they intimidated voters as they arrived to vote. Their leader, Minister King Samir Shabazz, is quoted as saying, “You want freedom? You’re gonna’ have to kill some crackers! You’re gonna’ have to kill some of their babies!”
When the Justice Department filed a civil lawsuit under the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the defendants failed to appear in court. And while it appeared that the Justice Department had won an easy victory by default, the Obama administration allowed the party and two of the three defendants to go free. The third defendant, Minister Shabazz, was issued an injunction, barring him from displaying a weapon within 100 feet of a polling place for the next three years. Minister Shabazz, a dedicated Democrat, is likely counting the days until he can once again bring a nightstick, a gun, or a baseball bat to the polls on Election Day.
On March 1, 2011, Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker, in a bold effort to save his state from fiscal disaster, unveiled a budget that made deep cuts in spending and required public employees to increase contributions to healthcare and retirement programs. Unions protested and over a period of weeks the capitol rotunda in Madison became the scene of ugly violence and civil disobedience by teachers and other union thugs. The tantrum thrown by grown men and women, much like the tantrums thrown by spoiled children, was a national disgrace.
In a September 5, 2011 Labor Day speech in Detroit, Teamsters Union President James Hoffa warmed up the crowd for Obama. He said, “We are going to hear from President Obama in a few minutes, and I am so glad that he has come to Michigan because this is where he sees the real America. He looks out on this army of people and you know what I say? President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. President Obama, we want one thing: Jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs... That’s what we are going to tell America.
“When he sees what we are doing here, he will be inspired, but he needs help. And you know what? Everybody here has got a vote. If we go back, we keep the eye on the prize, let’s take these sons-of-bitches out and give America back to America where we belong.” When Obama stepped to the microphone he was silent about Hoffa’s call to “take Republicans out.” Was it his way of “talking with each other in a way that heals, not (in) a way that wounds?”
On Thursday, September 8, 2011, some 500 longshoremen attacked port facilities in Longview, Washington, overwhelming security guards, dumping grain, vandalizing rail cars, and breaking windows. In the surprise attack, six security guards were locked in a building and held against their will. Under Washington state law, anyone who intentionally abducts another person with intent to hold him for ransom or reward, or as a shield or hostage, is guilty of kidnapping in the first degree. Will the longshoremen be indicted and tried? Not likely. The current Governor of Washington is Democrat Christine Gregoire, an Obama ally, who stole the gubernatorial election in 2004 in one of the most brazen cases of electoral fraud in recorded history.
From Barack Obama on down, Democrats who speak of or commit crimes of violence prove only that violence is socialism's ultimate weapon. It is a coercive ideology that cannot survive without violence or the threat of violence. Outside its own self-interested constituencies, its biggest fans are manufacturers of window panes, glass bottles, flammable liquids, and rope.
In her bestselling book, Demonic, columnist Ann Coulter makes the point that liberals and Democrats of today are a “mob,” in the same sense that French social psychologist Gustave Le Bon described mobs in his 1895 book, The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind. Although Le Bon is not around to observe today’s liberals and Democrats, he was able to pinpoint their major traits in 1895. He described them as “simplistic, extreme black and white thinking, fear of novelty, inability to follow logical arguments, acceptance of contradictory ideas, transfixed by images, religious worship of their leaders, and blind hatred of their opponents.”
On May 17, 1918, in Valdosta, Georgia, a black woman named Mary Turner announced that she would see to it that the white men who had lynched her husband would be prosecuted. Turner was nine months pregnant at the time. She was dragged from her home, tortured, and hanged. And while she was still alive, hanging from the rope, they cut open her womb. The child spilled out onto the ground where they crushed the baby’s skull with the heel of a boot. Mary Turner’s mistake was that she “thought differently” than local white Democrats. She “laid blame” at the feet of those who lynched her husband and she paid for it with her life and her child’s life.
As we approach the 2012 election period, what promises to be the most decisive election in U.S. history, it is clear that the continued existence of the Democratic Party hangs in the balance. It is a heavy price, but a price they must pay for having saddled the greatest nation on Earth with a leader who was not competent to be an Illinois state senator, much less President of the United States. Facing extinction, liberals, Democrats, and their friends in the labor movement can be expected to use whatever violent means they feel necessary to save themselves. In the process, decent people who “think differently” than they will be injured. Of that we can be certain.
What rank-and-file Democrats refuse to admit is that contemporary Democrats who commit violent acts on behalf of their party are no better than the white-clad night riders who carried out the atrocities against Mary Turner; it’s only a matter of degree. The rank-and-file Democrats who stand idly by while other Democrats engage in political violence in their name, are no better than the white citizens of Valdosta who took no action against the murderers of Mary Turner.
Like the proverbial piano player in the whorehouse, who claimed not to know what was going on upstairs, rank-and-file Democrats are not free to plead ignorance of the fraud, violence, and intimidation that is done in their name. Until their murders are atoned for, the blood of Mary Turner and thousands more like her are on the hands of every rank-and-file Democrat in America. For Obama, Biden, Hoffa, and others to continue using the language of violence shames their party and everyone in it. It does their cause no good at all.
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