Since the Tea Party Movement was formed early last year, the Left has been tirelessly shouting warnings of the "potential dangers" that may arise from such "right wing extremism."
As we all know, no violent acts of note have sprung up from the Tea Partiers as of yet — and thankfully so. However, quite a bit of violence has sprung up from the leftists that predicted an onslaught of horror from America's recent uprising of fiscal conservatism.
Take the Honorable Representative Bob Etheridge, Democrat of North Carolina, for example. When approached by a student journalist earlier this week, he lost it — to say the least. After being asked if he supported the Obama administration's political agenda, he attempted to knock the journalist's camcorder to the ground. When that effort failed, he proceeded to grab the journalist by his arm and demanded his identity. As the journalist attempted to respond, Etheridge took hold of his neck and began to ramble incoherently. Eventually, the journalist was able to break free and the Distinguished Gentleman from North Carolina scurried away.
Unbelievably, this was topped by an extremely disturbing event that took place over the weekend. Strangely enough, it concerned North Carolina as well. Just what is it with the leftists that come out of that place — are they all crazed militants? During a peaceful Tea Party rally in downtown Greensboro, the chairman of the Forsyth County Republican Party, a Nathan Tauber was punched in the face by an enraged anti-Bush activist who was attempting to disrupt the event. Both Tauber and the man who assaulted him have since filed charges against one another. Judging from the footage taken of the altercation, I cannot see how Tauber could be found guilty of any wrongdoing.
These incidents, while horrid in their own right, are symptoms of an infinitely larger problem. The problem is that when the Left begins to see its political influence wane, it resorts to violence. We saw this happen over 40 years ago with the anarchist countercultural movement and more recently with the horrific urban riots of the 1970s, '80s and '90s.
We are on the dawn of a new phase in leftist violence, and if what happened this week is any indicator, it will be a particularly destructive one.
For more information, watch the video of Rep. Etheridge's assault:
Also, see the footage of the altercation in Greensboro: