Last week, we all witnessed some of the more ridiculous antics of the Left, and there has been a lot of commentary about how certain people allowed their emotions to get the better of them. Madonna made her threats, while others went in for displays of very bad taste.
Jersey Conservative reported on this, and we were quickly reminded that such poor behavior doesn't begin or end with the ideological Left. Those reminding us were none other than those denizens of the new ideological "Right" -- the Tea Party. Not everyone in the Tea Party behaves like a 15-year-old who got into his parents' liquor cabinet, but enough do to give the movement a bad name.
Last week, an innocent family had an aerial view of their family home placed on a public Facebook page with the words "target acquired" posted underneath and the statement, "got to love drones LOL," posted under that.
The organizer of a draft campaign committee for Gail Phoebus publicly posted those personal details, believing that they belonged to a "political consultant" who works in Sussex County. But as with so much that comes from these people, the Phoebus campaigner -- who is also a key figure in the Skylands Tea Party of Sussex County -- got it all wrong.
The home "targeted" by the Phoebus campaigner/ Tea Party activist is in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and it belongs to a perfectly innocent family with young children. It is not the home of the "political consultant" that Mr. Tea Party seemed intent on injuring.
After a Sussex County blog reported this, the Phoebus campaign "administrator" appealed to his fellow Tea Partiers. They responded with threats of violence and personal harm:
The "political consultant" (who is, in fact, a free lance writer) has already been the"target" of malicious and injurious acts by officials in Andover Township, where Phoebus once served as mayor. They will have to shoulder some of the responsibility if one of their more emotional "supporters" gets a little too motivated and acts out against the consultant or even an inadvertent "target" of their hate.
If what these people post on their Facebook pages is anything to go by, they are certainly able to back up their anger with something a lot worse than words.
Instead of hate, maybe these folks should try calming down long enough to have a polite, rational, dignified policy discussion. As the writer Isaac Asimov reminded us, "violence is the last refuge of the incompetent."
But this keeps going from bad to worse. Earlier this week another "administrator" of the Phoebus campaign and Tea Partier decided that he wasn't going to be outdone by the Left when it came to posting tasteless images. He took the image below and explored an even lower range of human discourse.
Yes, this Tea Partier photoshopped the images of several Sussex County Republicans onto vaginas. The images included a Republican State Senator, a Republican Assemblyman, a Republican candidate for Assembly, a Republican candidate for Freeholder, and a Republican free lance writer from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The photograph of the last, courtesy of Andover Township, New Jersey.
Mind you, the person photo-shopping Republicans onto vaginas isn't a member of some Left-wing organization protesting Donald Trump. This person claims to be a Right-winger and member of the Tea Party, who had his photo taken earlier this month with Steve Rogers, the GOP candidate for Governor he says he's supporting. Everyone involved is a Trump supporter. This is how crazy some people act when they disagree with someone who agrees with them most of the time, imagine how nuts they'll get when it is someone on the other side?
The people trashed by this Tea Partier are among the most conservative in New Jersey, with perfect voting records on the Second Amendment and the Right-to-Life; top ratings from Americans for Prosperity and the American Conservative Union; who have consistently been there for the conservative movement and the Republican Party. Heck, the free lance writer once worked for the National Rifle Association as a congressional district Election Volunteer Coordinator.
Now we know people in the same Tea Party group -- the Skylands Tea Party. They have names like Tom and Doug and Roseann and Sue. They are grandparents and business owners and professionals. How would they explain these images to their grandchildren? Would they teach their grandchildren how to photo-shop the images of people who have helped them and their community onto a vagina? Would they explain to them that this is the right way to deal with people when they fail to agree with you 100 percent of the time? It's 100 percent or your face goes on a vagina!
In closing, let us leave you with this image, posted at Halloween, by one of your members. Our advice to you is to chill. Push the restart button and begin to act like responsible adults. End the rhetoric of hate.