G20 Protests Show Preferential Treatment of Right Wing Protesters

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The authorities who protect the establishment’s power have demonstrated something in the last couple weeks: they will cater to right wing protesters while trampling on the rights of left wing protesters. The difference in treatment between the 40k at Glenn Becks 912 rally in DC and the 4000 at the G20 was like day and night.

The recent events in Pittsburgh and elsewhere give us an excellent opportunity to compare and contrast two protest movements in America. The first is the G20 protests, which are closely related to the anti-war protests that began in 2002. The second are the Tea Parties, which are closely linked to the health care protesters.

G20 protesters Let us begin with the G20 protesters on Thursday and Friday. None of the protesters arrive armed. The vast majority were completely peaceful, except for a few anarchists, who broke about a dozen windows and rolled a garbage bin towards officers after they were suddenly given an order to disperse without explanation. They represent a huge umbrella of groups, including labor unions, human rights advocates, anti-war protesters, bank bailout opponents, anti-racism spokesman, environmental advocates, Free Tibet members, anti-corporation protesters, and curious students.

912-TeaParty-DC We came unarmed this time Contrast this with the recent rash of Tea Parties and health care disrupters. The vast majority of these protesters also arrived unarmed, although there have been a few incidents where people have shown up carrying loaded assault rifles, and in 2 cases in Phoenix ended up being members of Pastor Steven Anderson’s flock (the same hate-mongering cleric who issued a Fatwa against Obama and homosexuals). The majority of these protesters are FOX News viewers who voted for Bush, although there are other groups represented, like Ron Paul libertarians, anti-immigration demonstrators, birther conspirators, anti-health care reform protesters, etc.

Now let’s examine how the mentality of the groups protesting. As with the Iraq War protests, dissenting viewpoints were welcomed, although few arrived. One of my friends used to bring cookies for the counter-protesters at the Iraq War demonstrations. The reception counter protesters received at the Tea Parties is quite different as shown in this video where a man carrying a ‘Public Option Now!’ banner had to be escorted through the angry mob by a dozen officers.

Although the common perception is masked leftists dressed in black is supposed to be scary, while the preppy and clean-shaven look of the Tea Party protesters is supposed to be re-assuring, the exact opposite is true on the ground. If anyone doubts my word, by all means, feel free to test this hypothesis out. Carry a “The only fair tax is no tax!” sign to a leftist protest, then carry a “the only fair health care is single-payer” sign to a right wing protest, see what happens.

G20 protest police (2) POLICE (STATE) TACTICS USED ON THE LEFT

The G20 protesters were almost exclusively peaceful. As previously noted, there was one tear-gassing incident on Thursday. According to Associated Press writers Vicki Smith, Mark Scolforo, and Ramit Plushnick-Masti.

Protesters complained that the march had been peaceful and that police were trampling on their right to assemble.

“We were barely even protesting,” said T.J. Amick, 22, of Pittsburgh. “Then all of a sudden, they come up and tell us we’re gathered illegally and start using force, start banging their shields, start telling us we’re going to be arrested and tear gassed. … We haven’t broken any laws.”

The marchers did not have a permit and, after a few blocks, police declared it an unlawful assembly. They played an announcement over a loudspeaker ordering people to leave and then police in riot gear moved in to break it up. Authorities also used a crowd-control device that emits a deafening siren-like noise, making it uncomfortable for protesters to remain in the streets. Officers fired canisters of pepper spray and smoke at the protesters, set off a flash grenade and fired rubber bullets.

There were isolated acts of vandalism, including about a dozen broken windows and a few overturned garbage containers, but the extent of the damage seems to be quite limited. Eyewitness accounts backed up by video steve blame this on the sudden police demand to disperse. Yet, look at the pictures of the police response (used with permission, photographer’s website)

There were over 4000 officers at the G20 protests, which by most estimates outnumbered the protesters.

Do a few acts of minor vandalism demand such a strict response like this? It gets worse too. Before the protests even began, there was a coordinated plan by law enforcement agencies to deny the constitutional rights of protesters to assemble, a common pattern set up during the Iraq War protests. The ACLU had to sue the city of Pittsburgh and the Secret Service in order to finally obtain protest permits which were delayed without explanation until the last minute.

Another common practice used by law enforcement is using harassment and illegal searches of personal property to either disrupt planned protests or discourage people from showing up. These measures have been described
as:

“The police have repeatedly tried to intimidate members of the collective, citing them with minor traffic violations, illegally searching their bus, towing their legally parked bus, detaining and charging members walking home with loitering, repeatedly demanding identification, and pressuring private property owners to rescind their permission for the collective to park its bus.”

Let us not forget the incident before the Republican National Convention in St. Paul a year ago (another left wing protest that saw an unwarranted police crackdown), where police raided several homes including the group Food Not Bombs under dubious pretenses before the protests could begin.

The police also photograph and documented protesters, which causes them to wear hankies over their faces to make identification more difficult. The side effect of this of course is that now the protesters look like bandits. This was a common tactic of the FBI during the protests in the 60s and early 70s as well, but is far from the only means of domestic espionage in place today.

Another well documented tactic is for law enforcement officials to infiltrate the protesters, sometimes months ahead of time. One has to wonder how many of the incidents of antagonism and open vandalism are actually caused by undercover infiltrators with an agenda to make the protesters look bad.

All one has to do is look at how the protesters were treated at the G20 to see police-state tactics in use. First off there is the girl who was getting repeatedly jabbed in the back after not being able to move away under orders due to blockage in front of her, eventually snapping and tossing her bicycle towards officers, who responded by giving her a baton and punch to the head. She is now facing aggravated assault charges against a police officer.

Then we have the incredible incident where members of the SWAT team in military fatigue snatch a protester, which was immediately denounced a hoax by Michelle Malkin’s HotAir website. Despite myself being extremely skeptical at first (how could the military abduct a US citizen in broad daylight), more evidence is surfacing that seems to prove that this incident is true. The G20 Joint Information Center gave the following stunning statement (which I have not been able to independently verify at this time):

“The individuals involved in the 9/24/09 arrest, which has appeared online, are law enforcement officers from a multi-agency tactical response team… It is not unusual for tactical team members to wear camouflage fatigues. The type of fatigues the officers wear designates their unit affiliation.

Prior to the arrest, the officers observed the subject vandalizing a local business. Due to the hostile nature of the crowd, officer safety, and for the safety of the person under arrest, the subject was immediately removed from the area.”

There is also the situation where a reporter was hit with a chemical agent. This video also shows the new sound cannon used by police (I’m surprised it doesn’t broadcast the Brown Note). Police chased down and arrested uninvolved students. “Rubber” bullets were also used.

912 DC police presence POLICE TACTICS USED ON THE RIGHT

There is a clear contrast when we look at how law enforcement officials treat right wing protests. In fact, when I was searching for photos of the police presence at Glenn Becks 912 DC rally, it took me over an hour to find ONE photo, it’s almost like there wasn’t a police presence at all. There is no systematic denial of permits for right wing protesters, forcing legal groups to sue to exercise their constitutional rights. There are no raids on houses prior to marches. There are zero cases of illegal detention prior to the protests. The number of police arriving is minimal, and they have not been arriving in full riot gear. The police have not used intimidation tactics, tear gas, sound cannons, rubber bullets, or even their batons.

I know many of my conservative critics will be quick to point out that there have been no cases of vandalism or civil disobedience that would warrant such tactics. Although cases of vandalism are rare (even more rare than they are at peace marches), they are not unheard of. As for civil disobedience, well, they might have a point there. I sort of doubt many of those attending Tea Parties would have the balls to stand up to authority, they tend to be statists who favor big government when it’s the kind of government they like (domestic espionage, military-industrial complex, helping big corporations, imprisoning 1 in 32 Americans, etc.). To be fair, there is a contingent of libertarians at the Tea Parties that don’t like these kinds of things either, but they are a very small, silent minority.

There are 2 central problems here. First off, there is undeniable preferential treatment of right wing protests than left wing protests. In my eyes, the reason is obvious. We on the left tend to be highly anti-authoritarian, preferring freedom. We tend to favor small, local cooperatives than large, multinational corporations. We favor ecologically sound solutions to development, not leaving a polluted environment for our children. Most of all, we favor a fair society that gives everyone a chance to succeed or fail based on their own merits rather than only those born into the system of privilege having a shot at it. These are things the establishment hates.

What is especially puzzling to this preferential treatment is the fact that the Tea Party protests have proven to be outright hostile to other people with different opinions, they are well armed (sometimes showing up that way), and are creating an atmosphere of hate that is a breeding ground for violence. In fact, the fear-mongering rhetoric seems be inciting violence already, such as the 40 death threats against Obama everyday or the 8+ acts of domestic terrorism in the last 8 months.

The second and more pressing problem is that when one group loses their freedom and constitutional rights, it doesn’t take long before every group loses those freedoms. Instead of attacking the violations of freedom from the authorities in Pittsburgh, the right wing has been quick to praise them. If the establishment suddenly turns on the conservatives (which is unlikely to happen), they will have nobody to blame but themselves when their organizations start to get spied on, when their members begin getting arrested for little or no reason, when the teargas starts getting fired in their direction.

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24 Responses to G20 Protests Show Preferential Treatment of Right Wing Protesters

  1. -3 Vote -1 Vote +1NH
    September 27, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Stop trying to justify the violence of the left.

    You are 7-0 so far, with one man shot and killed by one of your wackos.

  2. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1John
    September 27, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    You really don;t get it. You are separating on decisive issues of right wing left wing. You are totally missing the protest. The argument of the tea party and G20 protest are statist vs libertarianism. The media cartel wants the argument framed that way. In my opinion the whole health care issue is trivial were the real important anti-fascist corporate now government measures were brought up around the FED audit. The RNC and DNC BOTH SUPPLIED FUNDS TO NATIONALIZE BANKS AND AUTOS BECAUSE THEY DID IT WITH USURY PRINTING. Ok if you want to support 41% profit of S&P on financial firms or education leaning toward sinecurist economy fine. Don’t be hoodwinked Health Care has nothing to do with health and everything to do with special interest, war has nothing to do with democracy and everything to do with military industrial complex and the first amendment is gone. The most dangerous gang is the media cartel controlled by FCC. Right wing Left wing don’t believe it Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich have a moral compass. Obama, McCain, Palin, Gingrich, Pelosi, Army ,Gingrich, Benet, Dodd,Gore , Bush do not. Government policy caused the mess, the media cartel pushes the propaganda of Left, right, life, war,law that steal human decency. Don’t fall for the trap.

    • Vote -1 Vote +1ole ole olson
      September 27, 2009 at 10:10 pm

      Although most politicians have been tainted by corporate money (underscoring the absolute need for campaign finance reform, real reform), the democratic wing of the democratic party certainly has far cleaner hands than anyone in congress. I think we need to throw our support behind them in this uphill battle to take our government back from the corporations.

  3. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1maryanne
    September 27, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    The police may have overdone it a bit, but the city of Pittsburgh was worried about what would happen following what occurred in London last year.

  4. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1P. Revere
    September 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Be warned President Barack Hussein Obama is a Marxist Dictator Puppet well manipulated into power by his Elitist friends, Zibigniew Bresinsky, Jay and David Rockerfeller et. all
    At the G20 convention in Pittsburgh this past week he and and other Puppets and Elites like Prime Minister Gordon Brown got up and spoke openly about the presence and erection of “The New World Order” and a Central Bank that will dictate to the world!
    The whole world has witnessed this battle and forced announcements into our lives on Internationally Televised television, radio and internet! Now watch there will still be naysayers out there trying to tell us that “The New World Order” and Global Elitists are conspiracy theories for tin foil hat wearers!
    Well sir, I may be wearing a tin foil hat at New Years, however I am smart enough to know when I’ve seen a Spade to call it a Spade!
    Did you see old Henry Kissinger, well known elitist and bag of wind who helped get thousands of American soldiers killed in Viet Nam through his, Johnson’s and Nixon’s policies – he was just shaking in excitement of the announcement of a NWO and Central Banking take over! Damn him to hell!
    Let me tell you this – these rogues are not so worried about how much bonuses these Banksters are getting on bad banking deals as they are interested in taking everything you hold dear from you: Your God or Faith,Freedom, Wife, Husband, Family, Children, Love, Country, House and Home, Business, , Income, Savings Account, Pension, Automobile, boat, entertainment, Life fom you and either culling ( killing you ) so that they have more room to do what they want on this earth or at best turn you into their slave to do whatever they order you to do without you having any say or rights about it! eg, hard labor, domestics,be an experiment for their eugenics science or even sex acts! They will rape your daughters,wife,children and kill your sons! Don’t believe it? Google John Holdren for example Obama’s chief science Czar! I have put this so bluntly so you’ll wake up and resist World Government!

    • +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Brian Ward
      September 28, 2009 at 9:26 am

      Nice to see Alex Jones checking in. If only he didn’t sound like a pro wrestling announcer.

  5. +6 Vote -1 Vote +1Trent
    September 27, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    “they will cater to right wing protesters while trampling on the rights of left wing protesters”

    Really? Hard to compare and contrast these two groups as D.C. Rally participates had the proper permits to demonstrate and did not cause any violence while the other group (G20 Rally participants) did NOT have the proper permits and did cause some violence. Why are you surprised one group was greeted with Riot Police and the other was not?

    Simply put, one group has a history of violence that was further reinforced this week while the other does not. That is why they were treated differently.

    • +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Re: Trent
      September 27, 2009 at 8:24 pm

      Well said. Additionally, the author of this column seems to think that the Tea Party protests popping up all over the country consist exclusively of right-wing protestors, which is certainly not the case; members of political parties across the entire political “spectrum” can be found at these protests because conservatives are not the only ones who find fault with the plan Obama is setting forth. In that same regard, I highly doubt that the G20 protests were exclusively left-wing.

      As Trent mentioned: police presence is a non-issue when proper permits are acquired and the assembly remains peaceful. Though I believe that the vast majority of the G20 protestors were abiding the law, I did see people committing acts of vandalism and acting out in ways that could be viewed as “violent.” I’m not saying that I agree with the actions taken by the riot police in this incident but, frankly, the protestors did not attain a permit and it only takes one irrational action to change it from a peaceful protest to a violent one.

      • Vote -1 Vote +1ole ole olson
        September 27, 2009 at 10:21 pm

        I need some citations and evidence that the Tea Parties are from across the spectrum, because everything I have seen demonstrates the exact opposite. These are ‘conservative only’ events, with little tolerance for dissenting opinions. Look at the signs, I challenge you to find ONE sign that bashes the Republicans. They love to compare Obama to Hitler, and the Democrats to communists, but not one criticizing the GOP that presided over the massive failings from 2001-2006.

    • +2 Vote -1 Vote +1ole ole olson
      September 27, 2009 at 10:17 pm

      There was a coordinated plan to delay and deny permits to peaceful assembly, as it is standard practice before any left wing protest, where be it the G20, RNC protests, anti-war marches, etc. This has been well documented. Add to this the systematic harassment and illegal search and seizure that is common place as well, and there is a reason why some on the left are legitimately angry.

      None of these abuses have taken place for the Tea Parties, Becks 912 rally, or the health care disrupters. Let me ask you this, if these tactics *were* done to the Tea Party organizers, what do you think their reaction would be? I bet a lot more violence would happen than a few smashed windows and thrown stones.

      • +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Keith
        September 27, 2009 at 10:28 pm

        We at the Tea Party stand with your rights. If they take away your rights they take away our rights. We are on the same page. Don’t beleive that we are mutually exclusive. There are many things you will find that we agree on. :The government IS becoming scary and it IS becoming too poewrful. We too are concerned about laws passed by world bodies that have power over us in treaties that we have no inupt on. We need to find the areas we overlap in and work together. Toghether we are much stronger and should NOT be anti each other. We both love America, are concerned about a lot of things going on, all want a clean earth and healthy air, but not crammed down our throats an not before WE are brought into the argument or have an opportunity to debate and understand. There are so much false info out there. Ther world is in a ten year cooling cycle, because of sun activity, so we went from Gobal warming to Global Climate Change. There is a lot of companies setting up to make Billions of dollars and Al Gore is working with some very rich people to be at the forfront of the money train in engergy credits. He and his business associates backing him are going to make billions. He brags about it. I say that we need to truly peel back what is going on and taker a closer look. Eurpoe tells Aferica that they should be able to get billions out of the American Citizens Pocket, to consider that they are our economic slaves. There is just so many things going on and it centers around WEALTH – the transfer of WEALTH to the THIRD world in many cases, and Europe postitioning itself to its same old tricks: To let the American Citizen do the heavy lifing. Enough. But that said, we need to all get boned up because we ae all about to get roasted, and I don’t mean from the sun. Remember, we are cooling at this time.

        With no violence and together marcching as millions into DC it would cause this nations leaders to shake in their high priced imported loafers and high heels.

        Keith

  6. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Keith
    September 27, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    I appreciate your right to protest, just like I appreciate the opportunity to march in Washington D.C. A couple of corrections. There were approximtely 1 million people there, give or take a 200.000. The low crowd number in D.C. was in error. I will provide the Website link to the DC Fire Deparment to prove it which states the number of 60,000 to 70,000 was in errror. That was the number, in a tweet, of the people massing in Lafayette Park, just north of hte White House becaue Freedom Park was already filled. Yes, that was just a little crowd of protestors waiting to march. You see the people were standing three blocks deep from Freedom Park, and the crowd arrived for another six hours! Not all marched, becuase many people went directly to the Capitol. We had near 100,000 peole in front of the Capitol before the marchers arrived. It took three hours for the march toi complete because the city streets were completely filled and you couldn’t even get into DC becaues of clogged streets. They subway had hundreds of thousands of additional tickes sold, and many did not take the subway.

    Here is my point! NOT ONE ARREST. Fact you can check. The police said we were the largest crowed they had ever seen AND THE NICEST! W thanked them as we left for keeping us safe. There were two medical emergencies and we thanked them for taking care of those in need, as well as the children seperated from parents twice that we got back together through public announcments. Our group was very pleasant, concerned citizens. There were a few fring sings, but out of a million plus people, is that unusual?

    A man walked up to a trash container – signs stacked up around it at the edge of the capitol grounds, reached into his pocket and pulled out a gum wrapper. He said: “This is all I could find.’ We looked back at the lawn in front of the Capitol, a goup of policemen were standing in a circle talking, there was nothing to do, nothing to protect from anyone. The lawn was spotless. This is our house, our Capitol, our DC. We respected it, though we did come with a messages heavy on our heart with concerns of our nation going socialist.

    No one treated us differently. We treated the law enforcment and fire department personell with respect and honor. Maybe that was why there is a difference? Here is the link to the Fire Dept regarding the faux numbers that are quoted for the 9-12 D.C. march. I can’ imagine what would have happend if there were a million of you there at the G-20. It would probably would have been horrible.

    http://newsroom.dc.gov/show.aspx/agency/fems/section/2/release/18165

  7. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1CTLovesNathanHale
    September 28, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Nice try with the article trying to make it a left-right issue, when the powers that be control both. What you don’t like is seeing people in America waking up to tyrannical government and demanding less of it, and their natural rights. Nice try…

  8. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1TJ Amick
    September 28, 2009 at 2:25 am

    I’m quoted in this article and have a few things I would like to say about this.
    First of all, I am an Independant with strong Libertarian/Constitutionalist leanings. I went to the rally to act as an independent watchdog. With the helpof a friend, we photographed and videotaped as much as we could.
    The two quotes going around the internet from me were from a very small gathering where Penn Ave. and Butler St. meet up.
    It started as a police line with a calm, quitet group of 50 to 100 protesters and about 30 cops holding ground with plenty more within a 3 block radius. It was peaceful. There were young girls drawing with chalk on the sidewalk, a young man who sat in down on the street in front of the police and spoke his mind in a cool, calm fashion and a lot of media. The Daily show was there, as well as the New York Times and several others.
    Once the major media cleared out almost everyone cleared onto the sidewalks. People were pretty much standing there, waiting to see if anything was going to happen. Then it did. An officer walked into the street from behind the line. He informed us that we were gathered illegally. The police began to smack their batons against their shields.

    I could go on here, but there’s some pretty decent video of what transpired. I’m still working on my footage, but here’s something from youtube.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_fsqvKE84E

    After this video cuts out, a buss full of officers in riot gear arrived. The encircled the area. My friend and I tried to run up Penn, but an officer redirected us to butler. It soon became apperent that we were coaxed into a tight spot.
    Officers came at us from the sidewalk going into the street at an angle, like a squeegee, pushing protesters, media, pedestrians, and locals who came out to see what was happeneing. One man, who was facing the opposite direction, was grabbed by police and taken into custody. Two of his friends approached the officers and asked why their friend was arrested. They too were arrested.

    This march intended to be peaceful with the exception of a few unruly souls. (Anarchists, while painted as terrorists, are a lot more like Libertarians who listen to punk music) The violence didn’t start untill the police used aggression. the first can of OC that was launched was sent into an empty section of a city block while protesters in the top half of the block were trying to regroup. In retaliation two kids grabbed a dumpster and sent it to police.
    Do I think it was right to do that? I’m not sure. I don’t think it was the smartest idea, I wouldnt have done it, but I understand why they did it. Their constitutional rights were being stomped on.
    I really dont want people thinking that I’m some socialism loving leftist. I’m not. I have strong beliefs that would be considered both very liberal and very conservitive. I’m not some hippy dippy knownothing. I’m aware that a lot of the people there were making stupid, ill-concieved complaints, but they have the right to do it as much as you have the right to write your opinions on this and any other news site or anywhere else you might find fit.
    People need to stop looking at the petty differnces and just remember that we’re all humans and we all have rights. These protesteras are out there seeing that you keep them. They are much more patriotic then these cops, politicians, and masters of industry, who don’t care about your lives and your rights.

    I appologize if I’m coming off a bit extreme, but what happened was extreme.
    Thank you for reading this.
    TJ Amick

  9. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1momsaid
    September 28, 2009 at 3:11 am

    The ‘angry mob’ of over one million generated no arrests because no one broke the law. The consistent actions of G8 and G20 protesters is a matter of record. Different treatment? Different behavior.

    • Vote -1 Vote +1ole ole olson
      September 28, 2009 at 3:23 am

      See my response to keith above for a refutation of the million figure. Also, as noted, if the same police tactics were used at the 912 event, I’m willing to bet violence would be a foregone conclusion. What this is is a chicken and the egg scenario.

    • -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Anok
      September 28, 2009 at 6:03 am

      No one broke the law in Pittsburgh either, until the police incited the violence by using violence on unarmed citizens.

      That’s right, us “Scary lefties” don’t bring AR-15’s to protests and presidential appearances, nor do we ever threaten to. And this person also fails to remember the violent tactics used by the teabaggers towards residents in New Haven after their event on 9/11 because someone blared “America” on their stereo during their rally.

      Oh, the complaints of their oppression was overwhelming at that point! Imagine, one song was oppressive to their free speech worthy of death threats to residents, but denial of permits, gas, less lethal weapons, and police force to peaceful protesters and college students who were bystanders in all of this – nah, they got what they deserved!

      The protesters TRIED to obey the law, but their attempts to gain permits were denied or ignored by the city. I suppose if the permits for the 9/12 event had been denied, you guys would have all just stayed home and watched TV, right? (And there wasn’t “over a million people” there, official numbers were about 75k, maybe 100k at most.)

      Oh, and, there is nothing in the constitution that says you can’t use the 1st amendment unless you have a permit.

  10. Vote -1 Vote +1matt w.
    September 28, 2009 at 7:12 am

    I think that a major difference in the cases you site is that many of the leaders of the world were in Pgh. I was at the march on Friday and the cops were mainly concerned with protecting the windows. It was frightening though.

    I do agree to a point though. But if the rightists ever attracted the young and spirited as opposed to the old and bitter, there would be a similar reaction. Any threat to the status quo will be dealt with swiftly.

  11. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Bill Burns
    September 28, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Ole ole:
    .. And the cow jumped over the moon..

  12. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Steve
    September 28, 2009 at 10:26 am

    The leftists should follow the example of the Tea Party so I think the next left wing anti-war protesters should assemble peacefully and with all the proper permits (like they started at the Pittsburg G20).

    However this time the left should bring fully loaded handguns and AR-15’s strapped over their shoulders in visible sight. With signs that say Tea Party stuff like “Obama and his War Tyrants must be brought down” and “We love America and we the people are taking it back, from Fascists Obama, according to the constitution”

    Let’s see how the battle ready, black armored, well armed, baton wielding, peacekeeping police and the so called “Biased Left Wing media” respond to those tactics employed by the right in recent protests. I suspect you will see similar behavior and a very violent response from the police.

    After all in America you are free to speak you mind until the right wingers yell out threats and tell you to sit down and shut up at a town meeting.

    Different views and different level of violence in response.

  13. Vote -1 Vote +1off_leash
    September 28, 2009 at 10:37 am

    The good guys generally don’t wear masks.

    • +1 Vote -1 Vote +1ole ole olson
      September 28, 2009 at 3:51 pm

      The authorities (not just the police, but the FBI and other agencies) record protesters and keep them on file. This is the reason why those who are willing to stand toe to toe cover their faces. Who wants a permanent FBI file on them for showing up to a protest?

  14. -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Nathan
    September 28, 2009 at 10:50 am

    if that isn’t intended to be dripping with sarcasm, Mr. Olson is easily more detached from both reailty, and the history and goals of the “right wing” and the “left wing” in America.

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