*Update 1: Common Cause e-mailed the following statement:
Common Cause condemns the bigotry and hate speech shown in the video. Common Cause has a 40-year record of advocating for civil rights and civility, and what was depicted in that video was repulsive and goes against everything this organization stands for. Further, it did not reflect the reality of the rally, which was peaceful, respectful and attended by parents and children and senior citizens alike. Anyone who has attended a public event has encountered people whose ideas or acts misrepresent or embarrass the gathering. The shooter of this video captured only that fringe.
Big Government’s Christian Hartsock took video of liberal protesters at a Common Cause rally in Palm Springs who said U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas should be lynched:
Among Common Cause’s, well, common causes, are campaign finance reform, net neutrality, outlawing the filibuster, promoting cap and trade, and in this particular case, herding a mass of protesters outside a nearby hotel to yell at Charles and David Koch for being conservative and rich.
Unfortunately several “haves” have missed the memo that you’re not to be both rich and conservative at the same time, and that bankrolling your pet causes is an extra no-no if you’re conservative—thus exempting left-wing billionaire philanthropists George Soros (from whom Common Cause has received $2 million over the past eight years) Peter Lewis, John Doerr, Julian Robertson, Nicolas Berggruen, and many others from being yelled at too.
It should be noted that Thomas at his own controversial confirmation hearing in 1991, when he was accused of sexually harassing his former colleague Anita Hill, stated the following:
This is not a closed room. There was an FBI investigation. This is not an opportunity to talk about difficult matters privately or in a closed environment. This is a circus. It’s a national disgrace.
And from my standpoint as a black American, as far as I’m concerned, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas, and it is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order, this is what will happen to you. You will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured by a committee of the U.S. — U.S. Senate, rather than hung from a tree.