The violence of crowds

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on April 29, 2010

I don’t know how many of you saw this video from the protests against the anti-illegal immigration law that Arizona passed last week, but I encourage you to take a look. (videos via Flopping Aces)


Here’s the scene from overhead:

The video shows police escorting a lone anti-illegal immigration protester away from the crowd for his own safety. In the second video you can see the numerous plastic water bottles being thrown at police and the lone counterprotester.

Several weeks ago, on the way out of a fund-raising dinner at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference dinner, Allee Bautsch and her boyfriend Joe Brown were attacked by a group of anti-Republican protesters. Bautsch’s leg was stomped on and broken in four places. Brown suffered a broken nose, broken jaw and a concussion.

Don’t think you’ve been out of the loop because you didn’t hear about these politically motivated attacks on your local evening newscast or the national network newscast that comes on afterwards. No, you haven’t missed the articles or op-ed pieces in your local newspaper warning about the danger of the hateful rhetoric from the left either.

For months the mainstream media has been studying the Tea Party movement and struggling to figure them out. (For the record: They still haven’t figured them out.) One thing they know is that their rhetoric “could lead to another Oklahoma City.”

The absence of violence is somehow indicative of a capacity for great evil. But the actual violence of those on the left is dismissed as just a handful of extremists. Just how ideologically blinkered do you have to be to hold fast to these ridiculous views? Certainly no self-respecting mainstream journalist could believe this!

And they wonder why they’re in such sorry financial straits.


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