I am sick of this shit, absolutely tired of hearing it. The healthcare reform bill passed, and it was they that freaked out and screamed and attacked and shat themselves.
But the right-wing swears that nothing could possibly be worse than all the political violence we, the left, reign down upon this country every single day. We constitute some sort of political death squad.
To champion this trope comes Pat Buchanan. We were the problem in the sixties, so there’s no bothering with even mentioning partisan violence, ever again:
The Real Anti-Americans
by Pat Buchanan
As Democrats, after a Sunday rally on the Capitol grounds, marched to the House hand-in-hand to vote health care reform, Tea Partiers reportedly shouted the “n-word” at John Lewis and another black congressman. A third was allegedly spat upon. And Barney Frank was called a nasty name . .
To compare a brick tossed through the window of a congressional office and two shouted slurs to Kristallnacht suggests a growing paranoia on the left about the populist right.
Not since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made “some Americans run off the rails,” said Rich, have we seen anything like this.
Was Rich awake in 1964? Because it wasn’t the right that went off the rails. The really big riot in 1964 was in Harlem, lasting five days, with 500 injured and as many arrested. The Watts riot in 1965, Detroit and Newark in 1967, Washington, D.C., and 100 other cities in 1968, all bringing troops into American cities, were not the work of George Wallace populists or Barry Goldwater conservatives. They were the work of folks who went “all the way with LBJ.”
Catch that moral equivalence? The current Tea Party hacks who act racist and spit upon congressman are not nearly as bad as the Harlem citizens from nearly a half century ago who flipped out after yet another one of their teenagers was shot to death by the NYPD.
Or the Watts citizens who’d long been brutalized by the cops. Sure those folks had had enough of reality, not just some Republican parliamentary horse-play, but so what?
To Pat all the black citizens from all the far-flung corners of those communities, no matter their religions, no matter their politics, no matter their socio-economic backgrounds, no matter their motivations, no matter their own personal histories with American racism, or the police, or the family of the deceased, were nothing more than typical Democrats.
Got that? We’re no better than the current Tea Party shitheads because black people got fed up with violent racism in the sixties.