Movement Conservatism, the 2010 Version

But she's probably not a real American, so this is ok:

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This is kind of like freedom, except for the physical violence

Real American values apparently involve stomping on women's heads:

As the candidates arrived, a group of [Republican congressional candidate Rand] Paul supporters pulled a female MoveOn member to the ground and held her there as another Paul supporter stomped on the back of her head and neck.

According to the Louisville Courier Journal, "Lauren Valle of MoveOn.org approached Paul and tried to give him an "employee of the month award" from Republicorp...a fake business MoveOn created to symbolize what it says is the merger of the GOP and business interests controlling political speech."

There's some pretty sickening video too:

There was also another incident of political violence at the Rand-Conway debate:

In a separate incident, according to the Kentucky Post, "a Conway supporter stepped on the foot of a female Rand supporter, who recently had foot surgery. The woman was wearing a surgical boot, but after the injury, her incision was cut open. Police say she refused medical treatment and also filed an assault report."

These guys are going to have to develop some thicker skin: if liberals became violent everytime a conservative said something offensive, there would be a lot of dead conservatives. And if Democrats did this, this would be running on the teevee machine for at least a week. But IOKIYAR, so that's not going to happen.

I originally defined Palinism, the 21st century version of proto-facism as actual fascism since it hadn't veered into violence. Well, between the healthcare 'debate' and this, now it has.

Way to keep the Republic, assholes.

Awesome dipshittery update: The headstomper has been identified and was wearing a....Don't Tread on Me pin.

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@"Real American values apparently involve stomping on women's heads."

What: so one incident like this, one where other "real Americans" are calling for the police, and the guy who sticks his arm into the video is saying "Hey, c'mon! Stop" to get the guy to stop, categorically, suddenly & instantly "defines" any groups identity or feelings on things?

Does the Tea Party member who had recently had foot surgery, who was wearing a surgical boot, and who had her foot deliberately stomped on by the opposition such that her incision was opened say anything about "real liberals' values?"

Of course not to both questions; Get a life.

Brian, please learn to read - the person whose foot was injured is a Conway supporter opposing the tea party.

Illiteracy - a conservative value.

Rob Jase: from the article - The second occurred after a Conway supporter stepped on the foot of a female Rand supporter, who recently had foot surgery, according to police.

What's that internet law, the one that declares any spelling, grammatical, or reading comprehension flames will include examples of same?

Movement Conservatism, the 2010 Version

2010? Stomping down is the classic 'conservative' movement. That's the core of that philosophy, after all - keeping traditional power structures intact so the downtrodden remain downtrodden. This incident is merely a slightly less metaphorical incarnation of the principle.

By Phillip IV (not verified) on 27 Oct 2010 #permalink

Unfortunately I have to agree with Brian to some degree (some degree - more in a sec). From what I'm reading here we have two incidents from opposite quarters - Paul supporters beating up on a MoveOn activist and a Cohen supporter stomping on the injured foot of a Paul activist.

Reading it multiple times (and doing Google) these do appear to be different camps (in theory - one Libertarians, the other Democrat). So I don't think it proves necessarily that conservatives are thugs and liberals aren't.

That said, the Paul side of things was pretty ugly. It wasn't just a single guy, it was a bunch of people grabbing her. That sort of "mob" action is pretty scary. A single idiot doing a stomp is more explainable, though just as wrong.

Regardless, I agree with Brian, it's a little thin to draw conclusions on in either direction. I think however the Paul side resonates because conservatives more often tend to support war, guns, wear threatening t-shirts, have threatening signs, make threatening blog posts (read conservative blog comments if you want to be scared), kill abortion providers, etc.

So maybe it wasn't a good example, but there definitely feels like there's an undercurrent of violence that pervades the conservative message.