We have had fun teasing Professor Althouse in the past for being a bit sensitive, but lately she has been standing up for free speech. Good for her.
This latest Dem hysteria over the scariness of tea partiers is just beneath contempt. Obviously nobody should do anything illegal, but, heck, you trample on people's basic rights in an area of intimate concern to them and put the financial survival of the nation at risk, and everybody is supposed to just lie down and be all polite about it? What a bunch of cry-babies. But dangerous crybabies. They're making omelettes like crazy, breaking eggs by the gross, and when one of them squeaks, "I'm a little chick, please don't hurt me!" it's all, the right wing terrorists are on the loose! Transparent, contemptible political theater and utter cluelessness about, you know, freedom. People, as in the People, have every right to be angry, furious, shocked, appalled and disgusted by what Congress and our ambitious young prince have done. And bringing the FBI into it? Oh, the FBI is watching! Everybody be careful that they not get too angry! Or else who knows who might come knocking at 3 in the morning! It sure looks like a disgraceful attempt to intimidate those of us who don't like what the Dems have wrought, who hate it in fact, into silence. Ironic, of course. Somebody yelled at me! Me! Call the FBI! And these are the people to whom we are handing over our own and our parents' and childrens' health care, and medical records, and our access to drugs and care. What a f*ing nightmare. The reaction of our masters to a little popular anger is a lot more chilling IMHO than a few rednecks gone wild, if even that has actually occurred, about which it seems there is considerable doubt. (Lots today on instapundit about this.) Well, the best advice as it often is is John Paul's: Be not afraid. Speak, protest, talk, yell, argue and don't be afraid. Don't be afraid of being tarred with the slurs the social democrats and the press will sling (racist! fascist! under-insurer!), don't be afraid of the FBI or the IRS, don't be afraid professors telling you the Constitution does allow the federal government to make you buy the insurance policy it wants you to have -- many of these professors don't even like the Constitution! If they can't scare you, it's hard to beat you. And if deep down, you are kind of afraid, as indeed you have some reason to be? Just pretend that you're not. That usually works well too.