About that “swat team called out by Obama on Tea Partiers” story
I’m inclined to agree with this:
During a presidential visit, if the Secret Service orders the police to move, they move. If what both Loesch and Moore are saying is true about the Secret Service telling local police to move the protestors – and then failing to do so – it would be a serious breach of protocol. All the more reason to think that both women were repeating rumors, or more likely, exaggerating their paranoid fears for effect.No SWAT team. No threats to protestors. No phalanx of menacing riot police bearing down on tea partiers with billy clubs – the kind of police threat I experienced several times in my youth. Simple, routine security that you will see the world over when a national leader pays a visit.
But damn, that’s just not good enough. We need drama! We need to be seen as being oppressed! We need to wave the bloody shirt from the battlements! We’re Patriots ready to spill our blood in defense of …something!
I don’t like President Obama. He is a liar, a bully, a radical who sneers at our traditions and history while seeking to fundamentally alter the relationship between the citizen and the government in Washington, D.C. He is the antithesis of everything I believe about the United States, and whose presidency is an anathema to prudent government, presidential decorum, and wise policy making. He is a nightmare from which I sincerely hope we awake in 2012.
But lying, exaggerating, getting hysterical – real or feigned – about stuff like this tea party protest makes me ashamed to be a conservative. We can strenuously oppose this president without descending into the muck of idiocy and quicksand of hyperbole. Nothing happened at that tea party protest that threatened anyone’s liberty or constitutional rights.
Making it seem otherwise only makes these bloggers look ridiculous.
When I saw the links and headlines proclaiming that the SWAT team had been called out on TP protesters, I was immediately concerned. When I followed the links to the actual videos and stories, I felt very much that there had been a major case of crying “Wolf!”, and the credibility of the bloggers who spread the story was damaged. If and when there is ever a case of actual government action against a Tea Party (and I don’t rule it out from the current regime, which is why I was willing to consider that there might be a good reason to check out this story), then we need to make sure that the conservative blogosphere’s credibility is strong, and we cannot be dismissed as alarmist.
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