Matt Welch, Thursday:
Who, precisely, is being intimidated with violence here? The dudes showing up to town hall meetings with licensed firearms are not brandishing them (contrary to the fantasia of Scripps-Howard columnists), not (as far as I’m aware) making verbal threats to anyone, and not getting anywhere near elected officials, thanks in part to law enforcement who are hyper-aware of their presence. The closest thing we have to town hall “intimidation” by an armed man is Ron Paul supporter (and onetime Hit & Run commenter?) William Kostric (pictured) displaying a Thomas Jefferson quote that I was first made conscious of by lefty opponents of George W. Bush.
Matt Welch, 27 hours later:
I just had the world’s most delicious Arizona Grille sandwich, complete with chicken, roasted red peppers, and chipotle mayo on a focaccia roll, washed down by some three-dollar carrot juice. It was at my neighborhood supermarket, a Whole Foods, where 10 or so protesters stood outside trying to make people sad and/or angry. On the way in, some shlub in a bright yellow “UFCW for Obama” shirt handed me a flyer with the following claims:
John Mackey is a right wing libertarian…
More on the pathetic boycott against the only supermarket CEO I’m aware of who advocates ending the Drug War, here and here. I’ll just make one observation: The liberal commentariat keeps telling us that we need to have a “serious debate” about reforming our dysfunctional health care system. Well, love ’em or hate ’em, Mackey came up with eight tangible ideas to do just that, and this is the reaction he gets.
To review, a systematic nationwide push to intimidate, shout down, and spread the misinformation and bullshit burped up by Betsy McCaughey, Newt Gingrich, and Dick Armey, while whipping the crazies into a froth so that they are packing heat at Presidential events, screaming “tyranny, socialism, death panels” to the point that no one can even do anything at the town hall meetings = Democracy in Action.
Ten people outside aWhole Foods who offended the delicate sensibilities of a Reason writer as he gets a sandwich= an abomination.
We’ve been down this road before:
dan at #15 makes a conjecture:
A libertarian is someone who thinks that a mandatory helmet law is for motorcyclists is a greater infringement on liberty than arbitrary detention, torture, warrantless searches. . . .
and kth at #23 also contributes:
[for libertarians] no-knock raids and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting are categorically the same in terms of tyranny.
We now have a hypothesis. How shall we test it?
Lo! Who’s there? Why, it’s Matt Welch bringing proof!
Actually my opposition to the bailout was much stronger—I never came out one way or another on the Iraq war, until it was far too late.