"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Scary Guns: OK With Police, Secret Service, White House, But Bother Some

Papa Mark Shea is just quivering with fear and outrage because some folks showing up to protest Obama's treasury-draining proposals for "health care reform" have carried big scary guns IN PLAIN VIEW!! Why one even had the nerve to do so while carrying a sign reminding us of Jefferson's maxim that the tree of liberty must from time to time be watered by the blood of patriots and tyrants.

For failing to act like proper Seattle suburbanites would and eschew both firearms and reminders that tyranny may justly be resisted by force at some point (not a popular view in the land that gave us Starbucks), all such protestors have been cast into the outer darkness by Papa Shea. After all, the First and Second Amendments can't really mean literally that people have a right to free speech and to bear arms.

Now this national tragedy is not confined to the example that reduced Papa Shea to quivering .

Here for instance is another, far more dangerously armed guy looking very scary-- and he's black to boot!--at an event in Phoenix Arizona:

Never mind that this dangerous "right-wing nutjob" was yawned at by the police ("What he is doing is perfectly legal," Det. J. Oliver, of the Phoenix Police Department said. "We are here to keep the peace. If we need to intervene, we will intervene at that time.")-- clearly this type of conduct is over the top and would never be tolerated in sane places like Washington state.

And the Secret Service itself apparently needs to start reading Papa Shea's blog right away because they clearly do not understand the dangerous nature of these armed thugs. Why, when "asked whether the individuals carrying weapons jeopardized the safety of the president, [Secret Service spokesman] Donovan said, 'Of course not.'"

Even the White House says they have no problem with lawful gun-toting protestors.

But what do they know?

One does wonder why Papa Shea's outrage is restricted to "right wing fanatics" engaged in such tactics. When organized, armed, militant New Black Panther members engaged in in polling place intimidation in Philadelphia in the last presidential election (Bartle Bull, a veteran activist and civil rights attorney, called it "the most blatant form of voter intimidation I have encountered in my life in political campaigns in many states, going back to the work I did in Mississippi in the 1960s.") Shea was still too busy attacking George Bush to notice, even while Obama's Justice Department winked and nodded at the intimidation.

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