The Right Coast

Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
School of Law

A Member of the Law Professor Blogs Network

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Good for Professor Althouse
Tom Smith

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.

http://rightcoast.typepad.com/rightcoast/2010/03/good-for-professor-althouse-tom-smith-.html

| Permalink

TrackBack URL for this entry:

http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d8341bf6e253ef01310fdd3437970c

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Good for Professor Althouse
Tom Smith
:

Comments

"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."

Not exactly handing over, being mugged for.

Posted by: John A | Mar 25, 2010 10:48:21 AM

That's John Paul the Great, as history will know him.

On topic, I have heard those crybabies moaning, and doing that other thing they do when they moan, about Sarah Palin and others using firearms imagery in communicating about the health care travesty. Tough. American English is replete with references and allusions to guns and shooting--too many to list here. That's the way Amercans talk: get used to it.

Posted by: Lou Gots | Mar 25, 2010 11:36:01 AM


The current criticisms of the Tea Party are also extremely hypocritical after we witnessed for eight years the Democrats supporting the Angry Left with all its Deranged Bush Syndrome rhetoric and violence. Check out my Facebook page, where I have collected some wonderful examples of pictures from these many protests, such as young children with signs that say "Kill Bush" and people exhorting soldiers to shoot their own officers. The picture album is called "Ending Protest Amnesia."

Of course, the NY Times and Washington Post were there to report on all of these angry, hate-filled, murder-promoting, "Bush is a Nazi" yelling protesters -- NOT! Alas...

Posted by: Adam Mossoff | Mar 25, 2010 2:37:51 PM

I just wanted to comment on acting unafraid when you are. It works, and it's one of the few ways to train yourself to truly be unafraid when it really matters.

Posted by: Greg Saybolt | Mar 25, 2010 6:47:14 PM

"The reaction of our masters"

At least she recognizes them for what they are. Pity they aren't our representatives. It was a nice republic, for a while.

Posted by: tehag | Mar 26, 2010 5:51:41 AM

We are being treated to theater. This is a multi-act play with polls, phone campaigns, "crime" reports, black congressmen bravely strolling through protest partly aimed at them (where WERE the limos?), congressmen harrumphing for the cameras and the legions of lefty bloggers, pundits and meat puppets all on their scripted talking points and all in unison as we have seen time and time again.

To what end? It gives them cause to cancel or curtail their townhall meetings scheduled for spring break. They don't have to face the anger they caused, and, important for November, no video of them being berated for their ____________ [insert favorite descriptor here]

Posted by: Charlie | Mar 26, 2010 7:10:25 AM

Also remember that they would LIKE IT if you attacked one of their drones. The ones in charge - Pelosi, Reid, Obama, etc. - are safely ensconced behind multiple layers of security and aren't worried about it. If one of their supporters gets his widdle feewings hurt by big, bad, pottymouthed teabaggers that's no skin off their noses. If they can arrange for the yelling and spitting to appear on the 11PM news it works to their advantage. Heck, they'd arrange for goons to curse and spit a flunky on camera if they thought they could get away with it.

So by warning opponents against violence and condemning them (falsely) for violent acts, they're trying to give them ideas. Doesn't matter if they're encouraging violence; they think they can use that to their advantage.

Posted by: Orion | Mar 26, 2010 7:49:17 AM

Didn't the ruling class in Soviet Union always complain about 'hooligans'?

Posted by: Andrew Berman | Mar 26, 2010 7:59:57 AM

Brings back memories of my favorite Andrew Klavan clip.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWHgUE9AD4s

Whatever you do.... don't shut up!

Posted by: K | Mar 26, 2010 8:04:10 AM

How long before Congress begins to discuss the 2010 Sedition Act

Posted by: graham | Mar 26, 2010 8:06:51 AM

Gee, where are all the usual call from the Left to 'understand the root causes' of violence, which they seem to muster within nano-seconds of ACTUAL violence committed by members of their politically-fashionable grievance groups?

Where are all the reminders that not all members of X are committed to violence?

/sarcasm off

We're dealing here with the ideological successors of those behind the Great Terror, Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom and the Reichstag Fire. We shouldn't be surprised.

Posted by: vinny vidivici | Mar 26, 2010 8:09:28 AM

The classic communist technique is to raise the rabble,
on both sides, and when the mobs are faced off, fire
into both sides, and let them fight it out, while the
instigators watch from a safe distance.

The only way to win that game is not to play.

Posted by: M. Report | Mar 26, 2010 8:51:33 AM

What's interesting to me is that, when you talk to Obama supporters, they tend to spout pretty much the same exaggerated fears of their opponents that the Tea Partiers do. Or worse.

Posted by: mike livingston | Mar 26, 2010 9:20:30 AM

The difference between the hysterical anti-Bushites and the hysterical anti-Obamaites is that the most irrational
anti-Obamaites are such a huge percentage of the GOP base ... or didn't you see this week's Harris poll? I defy you to find a poll of Democrats that demonstrates such a prevalence of sheer wackiness. Obama "may be the Anti-Christ"? Come on now ...

Posted by: Joe C | Mar 26, 2010 9:56:36 AM

I am not afraid to speak up and happy to hear others. I am very angry at our sleepy citizens.

Posted by: zanne | Mar 26, 2010 10:34:43 AM

In response to Joe C: Check out PPP Poll released on September 23, 2009.
As to the question is George Bush the Anti-Christ, Liberals: 14% yes, 11% not sure; Moderates: 8% yes, 12% not sure; Conservatives: 4% yes, 7% not sure.
As to the question is Barack Obama the Anti-Christ, Conservatives: 15% yes, 16% not sure; Moderates: 7% yes, 9% not sure; Liberals: 5% yes, 7% not sure.
As to the question "Do you think President Bush intentionally allowed the 9/11 attacks to take place...", Liberals: 27% yes, 11% not sure; Moderates: 12% yes, 19% not sure; Conservatives: 10% yes, 6% not sure.
As you can see, there is no monopoly on lunacy among the political factions, assuming that the people answering these questions were even serious. I myself would have a lot of fun with polls like these, and I suspect a lot of others would as well.

Posted by: Damselfly1776 | Mar 26, 2010 10:36:47 AM

Thank you for the pep talk, Right Coast. It has been discouraging, to attend the protest in DC and have one experience, and then come home to hear a whole different story. Hearing folks charge you with racism, violent tendencies, stupidity, etc etc is hard enough. But to hear it from supposedly reliable news sources!

I'll follow your advice, and pretend I am not afraid. Even though lately, I've been wondering where these character attacks will lead us. Sedition Act of 2010 indeed.

Posted by: Linda | Mar 26, 2010 11:17:07 AM

I do not believe that many Republicans believe Obama is the Anti-Christ. People who believe in the Anti-Christ think he will be a brilliant, evil, genius. Obama is not brilliant nor a genius.

Posted by: ken in sc | Mar 26, 2010 11:39:17 AM

Damselfly, I stand (somewhat) corrected. I am indeed surprised by the level of Dem birtherism -- and even antichristism! -- in that PPP poll. Half-seriously, I would note that the poll was limited to New Jersey, which is an amazing oasis of weirdness in general. :-)

More seriously, I would also note that the poll does support the contention that irrationality is at least somewhat more prevalent in the GOP ...it's not much consolation to me though -- we all have a lot work to do in improving education levels in this country.

Posted by: Joe C | Mar 26, 2010 11:53:40 AM

Joe C., if the left fringe was just a fringe, while the right's wackos dominate their side, how do you explain these?

1. Polls showing big numbers of Democrats believing the 9/11 conspiracies about how Bush knew in advance, let it happen, or even plotted it, etc. Michael Moore's 9/11 movie was enormously popular, and it went beyond accusing Bush of incompetence and into conspiracy territory.

2. Although your comment is aimed at the masses or bases on both sides, it's also relevant to look at what either side's leaders have said or endorsed. Michael Moore's rants were not just popular with the masses, but with Democratic leaders. Jimmy Carter hosted him at the party convention. The Dem. Senators held a special screening of the movie.

So how is that not proof that the Democrats, at the mass level and the leadership level, indulged some "sheer wackiness" ?

Oh, and Al Gore called the GOP "brown shirts." Isn't calling your opponents Nazis a bit hysterical?

Posted by: John Doe | Mar 26, 2010 11:56:43 AM

Yes, be not afraid.

But we will also do well to....LAUGH AT THEM! They're a bunch of elitist radicals drunk on the power of "doing good" with other people's money.

Conservative humor is far superior because it's based on truth. So roll out the creative YouTubes. Let's see more "fake" interviews like Jason Mattera's and James O'Keefe's. Obama's cool detachment makes him ideal fodder for ridicule...he's too cool to be bothered with details...it's all about HIM. Photoshop the heck out of him. And Biden, well he's doing fine on his own.

I'm as angry as the next person over their in-your-face, Chicago thug governing style. But I don't choose to stoop to their level. Kill 'em with laughter.

Posted by: Jeannebab | Mar 26, 2010 2:20:57 PM

Feeling stronger already.

Linked at Bread upon the Waters.

Posted by: Quite Rightly | Mar 27, 2010 7:29:23 AM

Not exactly handing over, being mugged for.

Posted by: Supra Skytop Black Leopard Grain | Apr 5, 2010 5:46:13 AM

When the door of happiness closes, another opens, but often times we look so long at the closed door that we don't see the one which has been opened for us.

Posted by: coach purses | Jun 25, 2010 2:01:50 AM

The muscular system is not stimulated and forgets its function. The consequences of a loss of muscular function can be flat, spread or splayfeet. Hallux valgus and heel spurs can also be caused, in part, by incorrect footwear (high heels).
The MBT Sandals shoes is constructed to create a natural instability. The Masai Sensor is the first obstacle: landing is soft and feels uncertain. The sensomotoric system quickly reacts with the appropriate muscle activity, so that the foot joints are actively stabilized. The foot then rolls over the balancing section towards the toes. The active stability is maintained and the foot can roll off physiologically. Control over the rolling movement changes the stresses and strains on the foot. Increased muscle activity relieves the foot joints.
http://www.mbtshoes1998.com

Posted by: discount mbt shoes | Jul 7, 2010 7:42:16 PM