"They (leftists) are the most disagreeable of people...Their insincerity? Can you not feel a sense of disgust at the arrogant presumption of superiority of these people? Superiority of intellect! Then, when it comes to practice, down they fall with a wallop not only to the level of ordinary human beings but to a level which is even far below the average." — Winston Churchill
"Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose." Rule No. 8, Rules for Radicals — Saul Alinsky
“There is hate in their eyes.”
That’s the eerie description Fox News national reporter Mike Tobin gave of the Wisconsin protesters in Madison on Saturday night. By Sunday afternoon that hate manifested itself in the form of an assault on Tobin, who was hit during a live broadcast from the Capitol amid chants of ‘Fox News lies!”
If you’ve been a viewer of the Fox News Channel over the past week and a half and have paid attention to its coverage of the standoff between Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic members of the state Senate, you may have noticed the protest that has ensued in Madison, Wisconsin has been less than hospitable to the cable news channel’s reporters.
On Saturday night’s broadcast of “Geraldo at Large,” Fox News correspondent Mike Tobin took some critical shots at protesters attempting to shout down and disrupt his broadcast. He told host Geraldo Rivera he has observed hate and an effort to shut out other viewpoints.
“One thing I think should make clear – the people coming after us from every live shot here, these people hate,” Tobin said. “These are people who don’t respect diverse viewpoints. In fact, they’re so afraid I’ll present a diverse viewpoint, that’s why they try to heckle me and shut down every live shot. They’ve made it clear, that what they want to make it harder for me to do my job. They are proud of that when they disrupt a live shot, when they really trample over the First Amendment rights or the First Amendment’s obligations of a reporter. Now, I am not saying that’s all of the people. Those are the people that come here and heckle and try to disrupt things. I look in their eyes — there is hate in their eyes. They don’t want to hear any kind of viewpoint that is different from their own. That’s why they do what they do.”
“A teacher was giving me the business yesterday,” Tobin explained before the attack, “and the teacher told me she hates me because it makes her feel good.” He then found out the extent of that hate just moments later:
Rivera explained Tobin’s report was troubling, especially since Madison is the home of the University of Wisconsin, where one might think that in a university setting people would be more receptive to other points of view.
“And the sickest thing is many go to the University of Wisconsin there or are affiliated as teachers or some other positions with the university, supposedly a liberal bastion committed to the Bill of Rights and the United States,” Rivera said. “And yet, they are using bullying tactics on the one hand and then this gross interruptions of a reporter trying to do his job.”:
Geraldo Rivera doesn’t get it and he never will. You see he is a liberal at heart and he cannot see the steady stream of hate coming from the left — a stream that has come for years. While Rivera can go out and make comments about the Tea Party being racist towards his Hispanic brethren he cannot seem to come to grips with the steady stream of vitriol, hate and racism that emanates on the left. All you have to do is view some of the video from the anti-war demonstrations during the Vietnam and Iraq wars. If the left doesn’t like something they draw a pass from the media because they a “passionate.” I have never met a leftie who will not explode in vitriol when you do not agree with them, that’s because they think they are smarter and better than the rest of us unwashed citizens. The left will do anything to win, even violence. Lee Harvey Oswald was a Communist.
The head of one of the nation's most powerful labor unions did not condemn the violent rhetoric in placards and signs held by union supporters demonstrating in Wisconsin despite two direct attempts Sunday to get him on the record declaring them inappropriate.
On several occasions over the past two weeks of demonstrations in the Wisconsin capital of Madison news media have zeroed in on signs that liken Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and recently ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Just think if the Hitler reference was made to Obama — the national outrage in the media would be thunderous.
Appearing Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka was twice asked whether he found the tone at the nearly two-week long demonstrations "wrong" or "inappropriate."
Trumka did not answer, instead saying, "We should be sitting down trying to create jobs. ... In Wisconsin, a vast majority of the people think this governor has overreached. His popularity has gone down. They're saying to him, sit down and negotiate; don't do what you've been doing. So he's losing."
Turning to Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a staunch Walker defender and potential Republican presidential candidate in 2012, Trumka added, "If that's the argument you're going to do this year and next year, it's a loser."
Barbour, who was then challenged by another panelist on the show as fearing democracy, responded that the 2010 election showed that Wisconsin voters wanted a Republican legislature and executive branch that pledged to get the budget in check. He then described a similar effort in Indiana.
"In Indiana, this was done six years ago by the governor. It has been very popular. Nobody put (Gov.) Mitch Daniels' picture with a crosshair over his face like they're doing in Wisconsin. You know, if Sarah Palin did that, it would be the world coming to an end," Barbour said, referring to the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate who has become a lightning rod for Democratic criticism.
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., who also appeared on the show, said he rejected the allusions to Hitler and violence as inappropriate.
"Absolutely. It's inappropriate. It should be condemned, not only by people close to the governor but by those of us who are observers. I think that's something that we've got to squash in this country. We've come to a point in this government discussion where, you know, one side says anything goes to get my point across. And I think it would be certainly something that I would condemn," Cleaver said.
But immediately following those remarks, Cleaver,, who is chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said Walker's position that Democrats come home from Illinois in order to cast a losing vote is not acceptable and suggested the Wisconsin governor was leading more like Libyan dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi than an elected official.
When the lion and the lamb lie down, if you look closely, when the lion gets up, the lamb is missing. .The governor was just elected. He'll still be governor in a year. And, you know, the agreements that we have were not made by Qaddafi. They were made by people who sat down in a room and worked out an agreement.
"And I think labor unions are saying, and public-sector employees are saying, 'OK, you know, maybe things have gotten out of balance; we'll -- we'll reduce some things.' The governor is saying, 'I don't care -- you know, I want to crush the union.'"
Even Cleaver’s condemnation was weak. He had to make the comparison of Walker to Qaddafi. He couldn’t simply refute the behavior of the protestors he had to bring a relevancy to defend his union supporters. That’s what left wing Democrats does — they concede with one hand and stab with the other. They do not have the integrity to be honest
Trumka is like all union thugs. He is a radical leftist more concerned with the longevity of the union than those the union represents. He knows if he gives an inch he will lose power — power he needs to control Democratic politicians. When we were fighting for Prop 35 in California — a constitutional amendment to insure Caltrans the ability to outsource some of its engineering and surveying work — the president of my firm was in the office of Assemblyman Richard Katz (D-San Fernando Valley), the chairman of the assembly transportation committee. Also present was Bruce Blanning, the executive director of the Professional Engineers in California Government (PECG), the union representing more than 15,000 Caltrans workers. They were attempting to negotiate an agreement between PECG and the private engineering community. The discussions became so confrontational that Rep. Katz threw a glass ashtray at Blanning and told him never to come back to his office again. PECG is a member of the National Association of State Highway and Transportation Unions (NASHTU), with is affiliated with all the other public workers unions. These unions are one large cartel and should be investigated by the Justice Department for RICO violations.
In another recent event the police refused to remove the protestors for the Wisconsin State Capitol building even after being ordered to do so by the Governor. The state agency that oversees the Capitol asked the throngs of demonstrators who have camped out inside the building since Feb. 15 to leave by 4 p.m., saying the building was in dire need of a cleaning. But in the hours before the deadline came and after it passed, it was clear most protesters did not intend to leave voluntarily and police had no immediate intention of forcing them to go. Late Sunday night, Wisconsin Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs said no demonstrators would be arrested as long as they continue to obey the law.
This is exactly what I was predicting in my Blog of Sunday, February 27. It’s just another case of the taxpayer being ignored by the public unions. The hate of the protestors is exactly what the union leaders want. It is right out of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals and Cloward and Piven’s strategy for creating chaos that will overload the system.
They have enlisted the useful idiots of the universities and rank and file. They have given them talking points and told them to go forth and create a riot. If anyone challenges then they should shout them down and if needed use violence. It’s the way the left works.