Archive for mob mentality

Michele Bachmann: Occupy protesters were "ignorant" and "disrespectful". She might want to refer to these 2009 videos.


The other day I posted a video of Occupy Charleston protesters "mic checking" Michele Bachmann.

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) – Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann on Friday described protesters who interrupted her foreign policy speech aboard the USS Yorktown the day before as "ignorant" and "disrespectful."

I guess occasions like these must have slipped her mind:

on Aug 27, 2009:

Crass mob shouts down Howard Dean, heckles rabbi's invocation, engages in sloppy rumormongering; Randall Terry kicks off "Don't Kill Grandma" Tour, at the Health Care Town Hall, South Lakes HS, Reston, VA

"Not lobbyists" she says. She might want to have a word with Newt.


VIDEO: Eric Cantor, who must have selective memory, calls Occupy Wall Street protesters a "mob".


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Thank you to Think Progress for the video in which Eric Cantor, fresh off his chaise lounge and mint juleps, refers to the Occupy Wall Street protesters as a "mob" that pits "Americans against Americans.”

Of course the video below isn't mobby at all, especially the part where Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo) was reportedly spat on by a fellow American, right Eric? Did he let that slip his underdeveloped mind when he endorsed the tea party?

A staffer for Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) told reporters that Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) had been spat on by a protestor. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a hero of the civil rights movement, was called a ‘ni–er.’ And Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was called a “faggot,” as protestors shouted at him with deliberately lisp-y screams. Frank, approached in the halls after the president’s speech, shrugged off the incident.

But Clyburn was downright incredulous, saying he had not witnessed such treatment since he was leading civil rights protests in South Carolina in the 1960s.

And hey Mr. House Majority Leader, how about the "lynch mob mentality" referred to in this post, 2008: Sarah Palin blamed by the US Secret Service over death threats against Barack Obama?

Or how about this tea party moment?

Or this? Right-Wing Harassment Strategy Against Dems Detailed In Memo: ‘Yell,’ ‘Stand Up And Shout Out,’ ‘Rattle Him’

Or this? Anti-Muslim rally at Ground Zero gets ugly. Wake up, America

Those mob mentality and/or "Americans against Americans" episodes apparently went right by him.


Inexplicable edits on Sarah Palin's Facebook page; comment justifying 9-year-old victim's death not deleted


UPDATE: I just got an email from some fellow Dems I work with who are wondering if this was satire. I have no idea. If it is, then it shows as big a lapse in judgment as the Palin Facebook page comment that I posted here.

I put this out on Twitter yesterday, but it's worth a post, too. Please run over and read all of it, but essentially, it's a remarkable post about the speed with which only certain comments were deleted from Sarah Palin's Facebook page:

A commenter posted the following at 18:12:

"It's ok. Christina Taylor Green was probably going to end up a left wing bleeding heart liberal anyway. Hey, as 'they' say, what would you do if you had the chance to kill Hitler as a kid? Exactly."

I think I literally gasped when I read that. Remember, Christina Taylor Green was the 9 year old girl killed by the shooter. Apparently she had been brought there by her mom, who thought she might get a kick out of meeting Rep. Giffords, having recently been elected to her student council.

I assumed, as a matter of course, that this particular comment would be deleted with greatest possible speed.

So I kept hitting refresh, hoping to use this as an example to say, "You see, Palin's Facebook editing at least has the good judgement to remove clearly offensive content such as this." But it didn't come down.

Sickened, incensed, angry, sad, you name it, I felt it too after reading that.

When someone uses extreme rhetoric, violent rhetoric, about guns and killing a child, then they are taking a great risk that some very disturbed person with a gun is listening or reading, and will be pushed over the edge and use that gun.

It has to stop.


2008: Sarah Palin blamed by the US Secret Service over death threats against Barack Obama


To those who disagree that hate speech and incitement by the right, or anyone, don't motivate violence:

Sarah Palin's attacks on Barack Obama's patriotism provoked a spike in death threats against the future president, Secret Service agents revealed during the final weeks of the campaign.

The Republican vice presidential candidate attracted criticism for accusing Mr Obama of "palling around with terrorists", citing his association with the sixties radical William Ayers.

The attacks provoked a near lynch mob atmosphere at her rallies, with supporters yelling "terrorist" and "kill him" until the McCain campaign ordered her to tone down the rhetoric.

But it has now emerged that her demagogic tone may have unintentionally encouraged white supremacists to go even further.

The Secret Service warned the Obama family in mid October that they had seen a dramatic increase in the number of threats against the Democratic candidate, coinciding with Mrs Palin's attacks.

I disagree with those who blame Sarah Palin and others directly for what happened in Arizona. I do, however, hold those on the right responsible for adding to the climate of hatred and anger that affects those who are more likely to take action because of it.

Their words matter. Their attitude matters. And the fact that, to this day, those who persisted in giving hostile speeches and encouraged a threatening mob mentality refuse to take any type of Olbermannesque pledge to dial it back, to apologize, adds to their irresponsibility and disregard for human life.

Political power and winning aren't everything. Lives are at stake. The safety and well-being of this country are at stake. Why is that so difficult for them to grasp?

Relevant segment at about 5:10.


"The role models in our country are prime examples of incivility."


Today's L.A. Times letter to the editor:

Suicide and the lack of civility

Re "Student's suicide may be ruled a hate crime," Oct. 1, and "University holds vigil for student," Oct. 4

I am absolutely devastated by the suicide of Tyler Clementi, seemingly pushed to that act after an Internet video was posted by two fellow students.

Rutgers University was quick to announce that it had launched a “two-year dialogue on civility.”

Why do college students need seminars on civility? It's because the role models in our country are prime examples of incivility. We have forgotten how to carry on a dialogue with each other on any matter without name-calling and vituperation. Some of the blame for this rests on the shoulders of talk radio and TV commentators who foment just this kind of behavior.

We must treasure our freedom of speech, but somehow we must return to debate without emotion — for our sakes and for the sake of our children and our grandchildren.

UPDATE (h/t: CincyCJ)


"People are angry in a way that I have never seen them before." Gee, wonder why...


Taegan has this quote up:

"People are angry in a way that I have never seen them before."

-- Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), quoted by Politico, predicting a "tsunami" in the midterm elections.

Gee, hmm, let's think. Why would that be, John the Flipper? Sure, part of it is the state of the economy, among other things. We're all worried, frustrated, and wish our various predicaments would change overnight. But it takes time to undo all the horrific policies that were put in place by BushCo.

But why are people this angry? This vociferous? This hostile?

Who, who, who could have riled everyone up like that? Who in the world were boisterously harassing candidates at town hall meetings?  Who disrupted presidential speeches? Who tantrumed like a toddler on the House floor?  Who whipped up a frenzy, creating a mob mentality? Who stopped listening and started shouting "No!" over public officials' attempts to communicate?

Who is taking pride in doing all of the above?

--Sarah Palin

--The Tea Party

--John Boehner

--Joe Wilson


--Americans for Prosperity

--Patients United

--Pete Sessions

This was only a partial list. I'm leaving, so I didn't have time to go into all the examples of nastiness that I wanted to.

For once McCain was right about something: People are angry in a way I've never seen them before. There used to be civility; now there's unbridled, aggressive, crude, disrespectful, coarse madness.


VIDEO: "They burned down one, they'll burn down another one.."


Welcome to the 1960s:

"They burned down one, they'll burn down another one.."

That was part of the message Reverend Terrance Mackey delivered to about one hundred community members at Green Grove Baptist Church Monday night.

Mackey is the president of the National Coalition for Burned Churches, an organization that helps churches that burn either due to arson, or under suspicious circumstances, to rebuild. [...]

According to the national coalition for burned churches there were twenty six churches that were either the victim of arson of undetermined fires in the past three years in Georgia.

History repeats itself, sadly.

The new normal: Islamaphobia, Negrophobia, hate, fear, racism, mob mentality, incitement,  assassination plots.

But remember, Glenn Beck requests that you don't carry a sign, so nobody will know you're a racist.


H/t: Luci