Klan Stock: If The Hood Fits Wear It
“The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic. [...] The question in every case is whether the words used are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils that Congress has a right to prevent.”
When Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. wrote the Supreme Court opinion for the unanimous decision in Schenck Vs. The United States in 1919, he couldn’t have imagined the importance of his words today. In fact, when the decision in that particular case was overturned, it was done so to specifically limit banned speech to that which would incite “imminent lawless action”. Perhaps some in the Tea Party movement need to go give those cases a once-over.
Just this weekend, Sarah Palin addressed a sea of hover-rounds, plastic sun visors, and alabaster kankles. There she actually told the crowd that they should confront drivers of cars with Obama bumper stickers and ask them “How that hopey-changey thing is workin’ out for them.”
This, in and of itself, wouldn’t be so awful… if it didn’t occur exactly one day after a man literally rammed his car into another vehicle simply because of one of those Obama stickers.
Now, perhaps she didn’t know about the incident that occurred the prior day because she was too busy showin’ off that naughty dominatrix jacket Michael Steel picked up for her at Voyeur. At least, one would hope that’s what the RNC leader was doing when he spent $2,000 on at a bondage-themed night spot in L.A…..but that’s beside the point.. Even if it was unintentional, why the hell hasn’t she attempted to calm the storm now. Is she actually condoning this type of behavior? Has no one sat her down and explained to her, using small and simple words, the power that these suggestions can have?
And if her statements aren’t bad enough, bat-shit crazy Michelle Bachman finds it appropriate to use phrases like “I want people armed and dangerous.”… really? That’s not inciting violence? Really? Then please, explain to this little southerner what it is that she meant by that comment. If you ask me, it’s nothing more than double speak for “Let’s get us a lynch mob together!”
I have one thing to say to all of those who continue with this rhetoric: if the hood fits, wear it! Stop this nonsense of complaining about shit that isn’t happening, about provisions that do not exist in the health care legislation, and about this nonsense of taking back your country. Have the balls to just come out and admit you can’t stand the fact that the president is black and be done with it. Or is it that he’s a commie-muslim-socialist-Kenyan with a loud mouth Christian preacher? Yeah, that’s it.
Overall, the Tea Party Express rally looked more like a casting call for the next Cocoon. Lots of elderly white folks with “Keep your government hands of my Medicare” signs. I mean, I guess I can’t expect much more from a movement who’s leader calls the president an “Indonesian Muslim turned Welfare thug.” Oh yeah, Mark Williams, next time you attempt to pass yourself off as a non-racist… you may first want to be sure there aren’t pictures of you actually holding a sign containing a racist slur… or at least maybe make sure your slurs are spelled correctly.