Thursday, September 23, 2004

Tolerance? Civility? Party of the People?

This Just In....

I've always wanted to do that :) ~ but seriously, I just got wind of this.

There's a family in West Virginia, the father of which is very active in support of his political party - he's a Republican. He even brings his children to rallies and has them carry signs. I'm in a bit of a quandry: I used to feel that having children participate this way was wrong, but - hoist by my own petard - my five year old daughter wants to do what daddy and mommy do, so I am having to rethink my position.

Regardless of which side you're on, one would think that political discourse and disagreement would be respected. As it turns out, this is not the case. At least, not in West Virginia, or more accurately, not when the opposition are Democrats.

Phil Parlock, as mentioned before, a hyper-active supporter, took two of his children, 11 yr old Alex and 3 yr old Sophia, to a Democratic rally where John Edwards was scheduled to appear. All three sported Bush/Cheney placards. They were set upon in unbelievable mob fashion by union workers, students, and even old women! The party of tolerance, the party that spins itself as the 'Civil Rights Party', besieged a 3 year old waif, ripped a placard from her hands, and tore it to shreds.

When the little girl cried, did they stop and apologize? Did they realize what they'd done and ask forgiveness? Did they come out of their 'feeding frenzy'? Did the 'mob mentality' abate? No, they laughed and jeered.

In the aftermath several news sources have since reported on this episode, though I never heard a peep in the mainstream ~ I understand it wouldn't reflect well upon Kerry/Edwards and that this is a story even Dan would Rather not use to distract us from his own troubles. What's more, the Democrats are attacking the father as having setup the whole event, suggesting that the Painters' Union Thug (on the left) is actually an elder son of Parlock. They persist in this fantasy even after the IUPAI has apologized on behalf of the thug in the photo they recognize as one of their own.

Washington Times


The Herald-Dispatch tells us that "the only signs that were allowed by the Kerry-Edwards campaign staff were the signs the campaign itself provided" and they'd have us believe that their events aren't staged from start to finish? Handbags, backpacks, briefcases ~ I can understand that, given the world we live in today, but to confiscate signs at a rally says to me that the organizers don't trust their own followers. On second thought, that shouldn't surprise me, considering the source.

Let me get this straight ~ the mean-spirited Republicans want to destroy the environment, starve the children, and throw the elderly out of their homes and the Democrats are the even-tempered, kindly, and caring people. Go on, pull the other one!


At 1:24 PM, Blogger voterbabe said...

Ooh, ohh! You forgot TOLERANT! They are very tolerant. As long you agree with them.


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