Friday, September 25, 2009

 

Has Nancy Pelosi’s Fear of Political Violence Been Realized?

Could be, but I doubt it. G20 violence in Pittsburgh.

Video HERE and HERE.

I saw more violence in protests at the University of Tennessee during the early 1970s, and that wasn't much. But, nothing like this happened in the Tea Party march on Washington, D.C. In fact, in D.C. the marchers left the place clean as a whistle.



More on the G20 violence from the LA Times Blog. "The protesters started throwing rocks at police and police cars, and dragging trash containers into the middle of the street to block traffic. No surprise, the police fired canisters of pepper spray, white smoke and some rubber bullets into the crowds." Curiously, Glenn Reynolds quotes this paragraph as, "The peaceful protesters started throwing rocks at police and police cars, and dragging trash containers into the middle of the street to block traffic. No surprise, the police fired canisters of pepper spray, white smoke and some rubber bullets into the crowds. . . ." What happened to the word "peaceful" between Reynolds' visit to the LA Times and my visit? I'm more inclined to believe the LA Times removed it than Reynolds misquoted it.

The greater question: What will Nancy Pelosi have to say about this actual political violence?

Comments:
She'd probably say: "thank goodness they weren't carrying guns."

It is not a surprise that thousands of individuals of varying ages carrying US & Gadsden flags, dressed up as revolutionary war soldiers & the like are treated in a more civil way than black & red, facemask-clad anarchist youth who probably haven't had a shower in several days.

Though it is interesting to note that the "jackbootedthugs" of law enforcement were unleased on the anarchic left-leaning protests due to the behavior of the protesters, while the Tea Partiers were able to organize and assemble and behave well while denouncing the coming anti-free speech police state.
 
And, good on the Tea Partiers for not trashing DC's mall. I'm sure there were organizers who circulated word to clean up the mess and not leave trash laying around.

Criticism is loudly heaped upon groups of people who leave unseemly messes when they congregate, after all.
 
My mom was at UT in the early '70's as well....spent most of her time there in class getting her bachelor of science and taking care of me, though.
 
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