- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 13, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Tony Blankley is absolutely right (“Politics turns dangerously rougher,” Commentary, Thursday). Freedom of speech is one thing, but the matter of violent words against the tea party is an example of the First Amendment’s clause against incitement that threatens or “breaches the peace,” as Mr. Blankley stated.

So this means we patriotic tea party Americans have to get tougher, too - but through peaceful legislative channels to hold those radical “rabble-rousers” accountable for violating our constitutional freedom of speech when they resort to incitement of violence.

There are too many of the Obama administration’s supporters using the language of the mob and sounding more like the Palestine Liberation Organization or New Black Panther Party supporters than members of a legitimate political party. Why resort to racist name-calling of whites and making threats with clubs, etc.? This isn’t the American way.

Sadly, it appears President Obama has allowed one of his supporters, head of the Teamsters union, Jimmy Hoffa Jr., to incite violence with his recent threatening remarks and vile name-calling. Why is this going on unabated under this administration? Perhaps the Hoffa incident, too, is of a cause with which the president identifies and his silence on these incidents indicates some sort of tacit approval.

Nevertheless, how ironic for Mr. Hoffa to call the tea party terrorists when it’s he who is acting like a terrorist. We patriotic Americans have enough problems right now. We don’t need two more years of a president who allows thuggery.

BARBARA BLOOM

Owings Mills, Md.

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