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I’ve waited a bit to comment on this, in part because I’ve had other things going on, and in part because I wanted to see what further developments came from it. And I think I’ve got enough of a picture of what happened.
First, a recap for anyone who hasn’t heard about this yet. At a recent debate in Kentucky between Rand Paul and his Democratic opponent Jack Conway, a woman was subdued and allegedly stomped in the head by Rand Paul supporters.
(I say allegedly because the video shows that she was stomped kinda on the shoulder, not the head. Not that this somehow makes it okay, but just mentioning it in the interest of accuracy, which as will soon be demonstrated, is important because the Left has ignored it. Accuracy, that is.)
The action itself, of course, seems pretty inexcusable. Some conservatives speculated that this woman and the people who attacked her were part of some kind of conspiracy and all in on it together, but that isn’t the case. Rand Paul immediately condemned the incident, and the person responsible for the stomping, a Rand election coordinator, was fired and banned from future events.
Okay, sounds good so far. There are supposedly criminal charges pending, Rand has disavowed the action, and we move on, right?
The “activist ” involved – a woman named Lauren Valle — claims that she was peacefully presenting her sign when she was recognized by Rand supporters, surrounded, and attacked. She did nothing, she says, but exercise her First Amendment rights, and those evil right-wingers viciously attacked her!
This, of course, became the narrative the Left was pushing – that the Right is violent and extreme, and will use violence to suppress free speech. Leftist shill and nutjob Chris Matthews almost immediately drew Nazi comparisons, invoking Brownshirted Republicans beating dissenters.
Classy, as always, Mr. Matthews.
So, we have Miss Valle’s version of the events:
Well just before the tape I was identified by the Rand Paul campaign because they’ve seen me around town at these events. And they realized they know me because of my work and they don’t support it. So they actually formed a blockade around me once they realized that I was there. And as Rand’s car pulls up they step in front of me and start to block me so I stepped off the curb to try and get around them and at that point they pursued me around the car, chased me around the car, and what you see in the video is when I’m in the front of the car and that’s when I’m pulled down and then my head is stomped on.
Well, it didn’t go down that way.
Says Donald Douglas:
More details at Red State. But honestly, she’s a young woman with a criminal history. And as we can see she’s obviously lying about being “chased around the car,” which is typical for leftists. And of course, commie idiots like Blue Texan and Scott Lemieux are simply suborning the dishonesty. It’s all plain as day.
Robert Stacy McCain, who has followed this story diligently, also opines:
The video shows MoveOn.org activist Lauren Valle lunging toward Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul’s vehicle, thrusting her sign through the vehicle’s open window.
Red State is quick to say, “You don’t stomp on a person’s head.” Indeed. But as Red State also says, “the idea that Valle was the victim of an angry mob . . . is demonstrably false. . . . She claims to have been an innocent bystander. She clearly was not.”
And the initial breaking report from Red State:
This video was sent to RedState by an anonymous witness at the event. It shows what Valle was doing when the Paul supporters grabbed her. No one chased her around the car. She was never in front of the car. As you can see in the video, Valle reached in the candidate’s window with her “RepubliCorp” sign and shoved it in his face. Several supporters in Paul shirts have her surrounded at that point, and a man in a suit is the first person to actually intervene physically. It’s hard to tell from the video, but it could be that the man in the suit was with Paul’s security staff.
Toward the end of the video, you see several Paul supporters asking a police officer to come intervene. It was Paul supporters who told Profitt to back off. It was Paul supporters who brought the police. Contrary to the growing narrative on the left, this video clearly shows that Valle was not the victim of a conspiracy to “take her out.”
Again, as the video clearly demonstrates, Valle was there to do more than simply “hold a sign,” and Paul supporters were not reacting to a mere dislike of her message.
As we noted at the beginning of the article, none of that is any excuse, nor even mitigating circumstances, when it comes to Profitt stomping on Valle’s head.
ISUB Vision has a video clip from Fox News discussing the incident:
So we get to the real matter here. Yes, it was wrong that Valle was attacked the way she was. But then again, we have to consider the fact that she was wearing a disguise, and she lunged at a conservative political candidate – twice, and once while shoving an object at him. And she responded by condemning right-wing violence.
I’ll say it. She was hoping to provoke this kind of response.
Mrs. Valle is a professional activist and trouble-maker. Her criminal record speaks to her desire to stir trouble to gain publicity and push her radical agendas.
Miss Valle appears to be an itinerant all-purpose protester. Two years ago, while a student at Columbia University, she was the youngest of five Americans detained by Chinese officials after unfurling a “Free Tibet” banner at the Beijing Olympics. In May of this year, she was charged with felony trespassing in Louisiana when she and other Greenpeace activists illegally boarded a ship, unfurled a banner, and painted the ship with slogans, a protest evidently timed to coincide with an appearance in the area by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. (Their banner read: “Salazar Ban Arctic Drilling.”) Law enforcement officials said the Greenpeace group had been in the area for two weeks and “had been repeatedly warned not to hamper clean up operations and not to trespass.”
So what we have is a professional troublemaker/publicity hound who instigated a response that she and the Left could then use to demonize the Right. And it worked. Because if they were really worried about politically motivated violence at these kinds of events, they would have mentioned the other attack that occurred that night:
In a separate incident, according to the Kentucky Post, “a Conway supporter stepped on the foot of a female Rand supporter, who recently had foot surgery. The woman was wearing a surgical boot, but after the injury, her incision was cut open. Police say she refused medical treatment and also filed an assault report.
A woman in disguise lunges at a candidate while thrusting an object at him, and is subdued, and it is proof of inherent Right-wing violence. At the same event, a Left-winger stomps on the bandaged foot of a conservative woman, and nary a peep. Typical.
And don’t lecture us, Mr. Matthews, about people who “hire armies” in politics. Why don’t you ask some of Hillary Clinton’s supporters how Obama’s goon squads cheated in every caucus from Iowa to Texas?
Let’s see: Black Panthers wielding nightsticks at polling places, Kenneth Gladney beaten by union thugs, Bill Rice’s finger bitten off by MoveOn protesters . . . Hey, if you really want to argue that political violence is “right wing by its very nature,” Mr. Matthews, we could point to the riots in France and Greece. And what about the May Day riots in Santa Cruz, Calif.? But I guess if it’s OK to hang around with terrorists, all bets are off.
And golly, why isn’t this case of a Leftist choking a conservative counter-protester getting such wide coverage?
On October 19 outside the venue where a candidate debate was about to be held between Arizona’s Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her Republican challenger Jesse Kelly, a MoveOn.org-style, left-wing activist physically accosted a lone conservative that had the temerity to yell back and challenge the leftist’s outrageous claims.
In their increasingly desperate attempt to slander the Tea Party movement, Democrats are taking advantage of the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing to insinuate a connection between Timothy McVeigh and the Tea Party. This intellectually dishonest distortion of reality is a continuation of the efforts to link the Tea Party with racism and violence, despite all evidence to the contrary.
And it’s taking of big time with the help of President Clinton. Read the rest of this entry »
The rebuttal is that the American people are awakening to the devastation caused by a century of Progressivism. There are some broken tools akin to Dole and McCain that are more part of the problem than the solution, but the awareness brought on by blogs, and the energy demonstrated at Tea Parties everywhere cannot be repressed. Is BHO not already the most protested POTUS ever? Should he not hold that dubious honor, he shall by 2012.
Counter-analysis: the 2010 election buys We The People a chance, but only a chance, to set the country on a course for recovery. The Tea Parties et al. continue their pressure and whoever wins in 2012 comes in with a mandate to begin the process of unwinding a century of debt, centralization, and diminished liberty. And the efforts of the Founding Fathers shall not have been in vain.
So as some on the left have predicted, the hateful rhetoric of the Republican Party has led to an outbreak of right-wing violence in New Orleans.
Hey, those people don’t seem very right wing … Read the rest of this entry »
My blog post on the CBO, its unreliability, and how it is designed for political manipulation rather than actual substantive analysis caught the attention of left-wing blogger Adele Stan at Alternet. Stan claims to have deduced three primary elements of Republican strategy, and astutely advises her readers as to what they are, and how they will most likely result in massive scale right-wing violence, or some such nonsense.
The Gingrich game plan is largely a rhetorical frame that, if it succeeds, could tear this country apart and even lead to violence.
Here’s how it works: First, dehumanize your opponent. (Oh, hell, let’s be real; they’re not really your opponents, they’re your enemies.) Second, convince the base that everything they’ve been told is a lie, and that the nation is on its way to a totalitarian takeover by “the most radical president in history.” Third, dress it up in a code that appeals to racist sentiments without being overtly racial in their nature.
Wow, that sounds pretty extreme. Of course, it kind of ignores reality a bit. Political violence in the US comes almost exclusively from the left, so I’m not sure how Newt Gingrich rallying his base will lead to the violence predicted. But our intrepid liberal friend gets into a bit more details with her three points, so I figure they could use a little rebutting. Most telling is that fact that on all three points, Democrats are doing exactly what she is accusing Republicans are doing. Read the rest of this entry »
W. James Antle III at the American Conservative revisits our friends at the Southern Poverty Law Center, and their efforts to cast legitimate, mainstream political groups as racist and extremist.
What calling could be nobler than working against the cross-burning knuckle-draggers of the Ku Klux Klan? But the country that elected Barack Obama president is not the America of “Mississippi Burning.” Organizations like the Klan have been thoroughly marginalized, their racist ideologies soundly rejected by Americans of all colors and creeds. To raise money as if they constitute anything more than an unpleasant reminder of our Jim Crow past is to perpetuate a fraud. Read the rest of this entry »
One of the biggest monstrosities propagated by the left is that of identity politics. It works something like this: if you belong to X identity group, then you must hold Y political views, because X identity is defined by Y politics. If you belong to X group and do not espouse Y politics, then you are a traitor to your kind, and will be vilified and hated. The trick here is that Y politics always represents liberal political positions. So if you are say, a gay republican, a black conservative, or a pro-life woman, then you are fair game to be targeted by the left.
After over a year of marginalizing and demonizing Tea Parties, CNN has tried something completely and totally radical: they sent a reporter to some.
Yes, I’m shocked and astounded as well.
And the verdict? Why, those Tea Parties aren’t nearly as bad as stereotypes that CNN has ruthlessly promoted and propagated might lead one to believe. Read the rest of this entry »