I’m sure most of you have heard Democrats stating some Republicans, particularly those aligned with the the TEA Party, are acting like terrorists.
Gina Miller posts an article on the Dakota Voice pointing out that unions and other left wing groups are acting like terrorists as well.
We have watched recently as brutish union behavior has been on ugly display. Earlier this year in Wisconsin, union members threw the most ridiculous of fits when it became apparent that they would be required to contribute just a little bit toward their healthcare and pensions.
We are all familiar with groups like extremist groups like Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah, we all know who they are, and have a pretty good idea what they want. What about these domestic terrorists? Who are they? What do they want?
With a few exceptions, they start off as special interest groups. Most groups are law abiding, but there are always a small faction who will go just a little too far. These factions push the limits of what is considered acceptable. They will do it over and over, until it becomes acceptable, then they push some more. In their mind, their goal is as pure as the wind driven snow. They have placed here to purge the evil doers. They will stop at nothing to support their cause.
To further illustrate this I am going to use the example of smoking or rather anti-smoking movement. We all know smoking is bad for your health, and everyone should quit, even though it is legal, for now.
A advocacy group may try several tactics to get people to quit smoking. At what point does a group cross the line?
- Stopping all tobacco ads
- Anti-tobacco commercials/ads
- Lobbying for tobacco products tax
- Lobbying for various laws banning smoking and sale of tobacco products.
- Anti-smoking sit-ins at smoking establishments
- Picketing stores that sell tobacco
- Demonstrations at the same stores, speakers, music, etc.
- Demonstrations at the same stores, that end violently
- Stalking and/or harassing smokers on public, private or public accessible property?
- Random minor property damage. (vandalizing stores)
- Random assaults on smokers.
- Kidnapping & released (mostly) unharmed
- Random major property damage (Tobacco fields burned)
- Kidnapping & released wounded (They ruined my lungs, just returning the favor)
- Public lynchings
- Random unrecoverable major property damage (Tobacco fields burned and the ground salted)
- Kidnapping & murder.
- Kidnapping & beheaded on You-tube.
- Public execution (if they want to smoke in public they can die in public)
- Public execution and burned bodies hung from a bridge as warning to all smokers.
I have really struggled with what is considered acceptable, criminal, then crosses into domestic terrorism. So I come to the Blogosphere and ask where should the line be drawn? When should that line be moved?