As I surf the intertubes I’ve found that many of the right-wing blogs that populate the right side of the Cheddarsphere are fond of pointing out what they perceive is a lack of civility from those of us on the left side of the political spectrum.
Strangely, those same folks who are so outraged at the hateful rhetoric and incivility of the left are often silent as church mice when it comes to hateful rhetoric coming from individuals on their side of the political spectrum. Case in point would be the absolutely hateful rhetoric coming from leaders within the “Tea Party” movement at a rally here in Wisconsin on Saturday.
Speaking at the “Milwaukee” Tea Party Express rally in Thiensville on Saturday, Tea Party Nation CEO Judson Phillips (pictured, right) made it abundantly clear that he hates (and that word might actually be an understatement) those of us on the left side of the political spectrum and what we believe in.
“I will tell you ladies and gentlemen, I detest and despise everything the left stands for. How anybody can endorse and embrace an ideology that has killed a billion people in the last century is beyond me,”
Here’s some video of Judson Phillips spewing his vitriolic message of hate:
Not to be outdone by Judson Phillips, Vince Schmuki (pictured, left), a leader of the Ozaukee Patriot tea party group (and a leader of the spectacular failure of an effort to recall former Gov. Jim Doyle) compared the recalls efforts here in Wisconsin to the terrorist attacks that felled the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001 (emphasis added).
“This is ground zero,” said Schmuki. “You remember what the term ground zero means? We have been attacked.”
He continued, “Tuesday is going to be the beginning of our takeover. And we’re going to follow it up the following week, and then we’re going to polish off the enemy in November 2012. Who’s with me?”
So there you have it folks….Judson Phillips of the Tea Party Nation “detest and despise everything the left stands for” while Vince Schmuki thinks all the folks who’ve been working to recall those Republican State Senators who’ve stood in solidarity with Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-public employee agenda are comparable to the terrorists who attacked the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Judson Phillips and Vince Schmuki ought to be ashamed of themselves, as should anyone who stands silent and condones their hateful rhetoric.