SEIU Mobs Bank of America Exec’s House

Hot Air has this charming story of unions and left-wing intimidation tactics, as a mob of SEIU “protesters” gather on the front lawn of the private residence of a Bank of America executive, terrifying his son. An account of the mob by Fox News contributor Nina Easton, who lives next door, is included:

Waving signs denouncing bank “greed,” hordes of invaders poured out of 14 school buses, up Baer’s steps, and onto his front porch. As bullhorns rattled with stories of debtor calls and foreclosed homes, Baer’s teenage son Jack — alone in the house — locked himself in the bathroom. “When are they going to leave?” Jack pleaded when I called to check on him…

Now this event would accurately be called a “protest” if it were taking place at, say, a bank or the U.S. Capitol. But when hundreds of loud and angry strangers are descending on your family, your children, and your home, a more apt description of this assemblage would be “mob.” Intimidation was the whole point of this exercise, and it worked-even on the police. A trio of officers who belatedly answered our calls confessed a fear that arrests might “incite” these trespassers.

Par for the course of leftist politics. Violence and intimidation are standard tactics employed by the left, which can’t seem to gather popular support for its policies through reason and open discussion. So it relies upon terrorizing the teenage son of a bank exec to get its message across.

Of course, the story is much more interesting that that: it appears that the SEIU is specifically targeting Bank of America because the SEIU owes BoA some 90 million dollars. So not only is this a model of political intimidation, but a financial one as well.

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  1. #1 by missdisplaced on Mon 24 May 2010 - 08:37

    Hmmm… So protesting a bank executive’s private house is a bad example of leftist politics but bombing abortion clinics and shooting doctors is somehow an positive example of right-wing politics? Just love how the Right tries to paint a non-violent protest in a bad light in a vain attempt to distract from it’s own wing-nuts that want to carry guns to political rallies and somehow think that’s an acceptable form of protest.

    • #2 by The Republican Heretic on Mon 24 May 2010 - 18:45

      Is there anyone on the left who can actually argue the points before them instead of burning strawmen?

      That is an impressive attempt to equivocate the actions of lone nut-jobs on the far right with well-funded and organized group efforts by the left, but it doesn’t fly. So, because some crazy person shot a doctor (who should have been in jail, by the way), it is okay for busloads of people to park on someone’s private property? You know, maybe the two actions are similar — they are both based on a mindset of intimidation and the threat of violence. The difference is that when the lone nutjob acted, he was condemned, by both the right and the left, but when the union mobs go into action, they are ignored.

      And spare me your “non violent protest” nonsense. What justification is there for staging a “protest” at a person’s private house? That’s not a protest, it’s a mob. And the message was plain: do what we want or we’ll get you and your family. Show me an example of violence from the right that compares to this. Show me the violent right-wing protests. Aside from lies and propaganda about the Tea Party, it doesn’t exist. But the left wing has a history of embracing and encouraging the use of mob violence. The irony in your snide comment about the acceptability of carrying guns to rallies — which was legal in every case it was done — while defending a political ideology that habitually incites riots and views attacking police as a legitimate form of political dissent is so rich I wish I could use it for my retirement.

      But hey, if I was trying to convince people to go along with a political and economic philosophy as empty, dishonest, corrupt, immoral, and demonstrably false as modern progressivism, I suppose I’d probably have to resort to threats of violence and misrepresenting my opponents, too …

      • #3 by missdisplaced on Tue 01 Jun 2010 - 07:19

        “Show you an example of violence from the right that compares to this.” I can name dozens of examples where the right-wing-nuts terrorists decided to protest military funerals, abortion clinics, and targeting doctors houses because they perform their (legal) job that just happens to be abortions or transgender surgery.

        Yes, these people did trespass (on the porch & lawn) and they should not have done that and remained on the public street. And, by the way, doesn’t the media do this to people on a regular basis in front of people’s houses? We don’t call that terrorism do we? Regardless, I see no evidence that this was VIOLENT. Did they let Mr. Baer pass to get into his house-Yes, did they break windows or doors to gain entry to the house-NO, was anyone hurt-NO

        My point is that this protest PALES in comparison to the death threats and actual murders and bombings of those that have been subject to right-wing terrorism for a long time. I find that many who are in such an uproar about this banking executive protest are the very same folks who hailed Scott Roder (killer of abortion doctor Dr. Tiller) and Joe Stack (IRS plane building destroyer) national HEROs for their DEADLY “protest” actions. I find these people and their logic wacked. They act as though it is perfectly fine to bring a gun to a Tea Party rally, but reprehensible to step on a private porch with a bullhorn? Neither is right, but I will take a bullhorn over guns and bombs any day.

      • #4 by The Republican Heretic on Tue 01 Jun 2010 - 18:44

        “where the right-wing-nuts terrorists decided to protest military funerals”

        Are you by chance referring to Fred Phelps, who is widely condemned by conservatives, and who is, in fact, a registered Democrat?

        “abortion clinics, and targeting doctors houses because they perform their (legal) job that just happens to be abortions or transgender surgery.”

        1) An abortion clinic is not a private residence. 2) I’m not aware of any attack on an abortion clinic that was condoned by conservative groups or the Republican party.

        “by the way, doesn’t the media do this to people on a regular basis in front of people’s houses?”

        Which is also wrong, and there have been several incidents in which the media were removed from a property for trespassing.

        “I see no evidence that this was VIOLENT.”

        No, I suppose you’re right. This event was not violent. It was, however, a very obvious threat, and given the history of left-wing protests devolving into violence (which you seem to willfully ignore), it is not unreasonable to fear violence from such an activity.

        “My point is that this protest PALES in comparison to the death threats and actual murders and bombings of those that have been subject to right-wing terrorism for a long time.”

        I call bullshit. We can go back to the glory days of the Weather Underground and the Black Panther Party, to the LA Riots, to the anti-war protests, to the Democratic National Convention, and even to the recent vote on Obamacare. Political violence is overwhelmingly a left-wing affair. I have written on this fact repeatedly, and even I don’t have much documented, since there are just too many examples. If you truly believe that right-wing violence is pandemic, you I can only conclude that you are willfully ignorant of reality.

        And, more importantly, when those on the right do engage in violence, the are always acting alone, and are almost always condemned for their actions. When those on the left engage in violence, more often than not they are sponsored by some larger left-wing group, and they are not condemned, but apologized for, or even praised.

        “I find that many who are in such an uproar about this banking executive protest are the very same folks who hailed Scott Roder (killer of abortion doctor Dr. Tiller)”

        I call bullshit again. I have been unable to find anyone that praised Roeder for his murder, and as best as I could tell the conservative blogosphere tended to agree that his punishment wasn’t severe enough.

        “and Joe Stack (IRS plane building destroyer) national HEROs for their DEADLY “protest” actions”

        And I call bullshit yet again. Joe Stack was not a right-winger by any stretch of the imagination, and in fact his manifesto decried the evils of capitalism and of President Bush, while also quoting the Communist Manifesto. A small amount of research would have told you that, but apparently facts aren’t allowed to get in the way of your political agenda. Is a lone nutjob leftists the best you can offer as an example of right-wing violence?

        And while there have been a very few cases of people praising Stack as some kind of hero, they’ve come from anarchist groups. Hardly mainstream conservatism there.

        “They act as though it is perfectly fine to bring a gun to a Tea Party rally, but reprehensible to step on a private porch with a bullhorn?”

        One is legal, the other is not. And we clearly see which you prefer.

        Also, please take note of the complete and utter lack of violence at any Tea Party protest. Or at least, any violence that wasn’t started by left-wing “counter-protesters.”

        “I will take a bullhorn over guns and bombs any day.”

        And you again completely ignore history. Name the last riot that was started by right-wing protesters. Sure, a right-wing extremist bombed the federal building in Oklahoma. Left-wing terrorists bombed the Pentagon, and the capitol (and are now close friends with the president), as well as college campuses. The knife, gun, and bomb are overwhelmingly employed by the left, and any cursory examination of recent history can tell you that. And you are either ignoring or defending that history in an attempt to justify an illegal “protest” that was nothing more than an intimidation campaign, while whining about the fact that some Tea Party Patriots own guns. I’m not sure whether to be saddened or amused.

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