Monday, March 7, 2011

Civility Redux

Noman wasn't planning on addressing this issue today, but just couldn't resist after finding the following video of civil, peaceful and respectful (orchestrated, and paid for with US taxpayer dollars) union protests in Wisconsin.

It seems like just yesterday that President Obama was calling for civility in public discourse, and urging us to stretch our moral imaginations.  It was January 13th, not two months ago, to be exact.  (That was one month before he accused Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who was addressing his state's deficit in a manner that addressed its cause, of unleashing an "assault" on unions.)

His call came a touch late for Republicans, conservatives, Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh who had already been accused of fomenting violence with hateful rhetoric, when apolitical, drug-addled, video game junkie Jared Loughner opened fire on US Representative Gabrielle Giffords, deceased US District Judge John Roll and others.

Noman remembers President Clinton's using Timothy McVeigh's 1995 bombing of a government building in Oklahoma City to mute "hate radio" and silence opposition to his administration's early leftist tilt.  He was still playing the McVeigh card in April of last year, fifteen years later, to silence opposition to Democratic governance.

To Noman's mind, however, the absolute best faux lamentation at violence-inspiring rhetoric on the right was Nancy Pelosi's during the heat of the Health Care battle she was promoting with every dirty trick in the book.  She actually waved the bloody shirt of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk's 1978 assassination in order to silence opposition to her legislative blitzkrieg on the American taxpayer.

Noman is happy to report now, since he wasn't blogging then, that the week before Speaker Pelosi's much heralded remarks, a quietly covered act of actual (not feared) political violence did indeed occur in Ossawa, Michigan, a small town Northeast of state capitol Lansing.  Pro-life veteran James Pouillon was gunned down--shot multiple times--while carrying a pro-life sign across the street from Owosso's local High School by 33-year old Harland James Drake.  Shlawassee County authorities said that Drake was offended by the material Pouillon used while protesting.  Speaker Pelosi undoubtedly was unaware of the murder, as it was ignored by the major media.  "News" outlets were too busy looking for signs of right-wing violence at tea parties to notice Drake's lethal silencing of political speech that he, and the media, didn't like.

Noman is not sure what it means, but notes that Pouillon's murder occured on September 11, 2009, the 8th anniversary of 9/11.

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