Are You a Radical?

Long Island, NY – Union bosses are accused of using threats and intimidation against contracted crews cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy.

According to the Daily Caller:

“Unionized local employees repeatedly harassed and intimidated non-union workers of a private disaster cleanup firm that won a government contract to restore Long Island, New York, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

The vice president of the union even made threats against the wife and kids of one of the workers. That worker felt it necessary to call the police and pursue other security measures to protect his family, a source told The Daily Caller News Foundation.”

Kansas City, KS – Around a hundred immigration protesters showed up at the home of the Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on the evening of Saturday June 15th.

As reported from KAKE.com:

“A large group protesting against deportation of illegal immigrants descended Saturday evening on the Kansas City home of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

Kobach’s tough stance on illegal immigration has made him a target among pro-amnesty groups, such as Sunflower Community Action.

There were around 100 protestors who surrounded Kobach’s home in protest to his stance in immigration. Kobach, his wife, and his four young daughters were not at home during the incident.”

On the Internet – Liberal reaction to a Republican Congresswoman’s announcement of her unborn child’s likely fatal condition has been rather ugly.

NCRegister.com reports:

“Herrera Beutler wrote that ultrasounds and follow-up tests sadly showed that her baby had a disease called Potter’s Syndrome, which is identified by “abnormally low amniotic fluid caused by impaired kidney function which inhibits normal lung development.”

Herrera Beutler said she and her husband are “praying for a miracle.”

The news quickly became a national story and wonderfully thousands of people reached out to the expectant mother with words of support and prayers. Sadly, the request for prayers was politicized and/or ridiculed by many others.

From USA Today commenters:

– Too bad she’s a Republican so she can’t get an abortion.

– I have prayers for her. To wise up and leave the GOP ASAP.

– I feel for her in that the pregnancy could have been normal. I laugh at her in that her political ideology has her in a corner I would wish nobody in.”

Nobody should be surprised at the level of confrontation and in-your-face nastiness apparent in politics these days.  Alinsky may have written down the Rules for Radicals, but smash-mouth politics did not originate with him.  Politics has always been a full-contact sport, played by people who are at times quite single-minded and ruthless.  And the number of people who pay attention only when a particular issue touches them should also raise no eyebrows.  Even at the start of the American Revolution, the majority of the colonists were not radical separatist sons of liberty.  And given how many people do not live politics 24/7 and who seem to be non-ideological, we appear to be in pretty much the same boat.

But in looking at the examples above, one can’t help but notice how radical the progressives are willing to be in order to make a point, or to illustrate their narrative, or to achieve their goals.  Intimidation, threats, nastiness, harassment – it’s all in a day’s work for some progressive organizations.  And they have the activists, whether paid or volunteer, to get the job done, whatever it may be.

So what’s happening on the right in response to the latest rash of scandals?

Well, there IS a protest at the U.S. Capitol this week – the Audit the IRS Rally.  And while I’m sure it will be cathartic, and make some kind of impression on a few lawmakers, I despair of it accomplishing much.

Perhaps it’s the drama teacher in me, but I’m on the lookout for people on the rightward end of the spectrum who are willing to do some radical things to draw attention to the state of the country.  I admit to a love of bold, dramatic gestures – such as Senator Rand Paul’s all-day filibuster, or a million people marching through the streets of Washington D.C.  But at the same time, I’d also love to see people on our side willing to do things that are truly radical for THEM.

My friend Kelly Horsley and a small group of dedicated people just spent time this past weekend working the crowd at Houston’s Juneteenth celebration.  I talked to Kelly about her experiences, and she told me she employed an old survey I developed a few years back to get feedback from the attendees.  She spent the day asking questions, listening to the answers, learning what she could about how people vote and where they get their news, as well as recording their opinions of the Republican Party.

Kelly had no special experience or training; she merely had the desire to begin helping the local Republican Party establish a presence in places it rarely ventured before.  That’s pretty radical in my opinion.

So while I hope the protest in D.C. will be a huge success, it’s a one-time deal.  The media (should they actually cover it) and the protesters will return home, the signs will be thrown away, the black hole into which all our tax dollars disappear will still suck.  What will change?

Not much, unless we also get to work a little closer to home.

So look around for something radical to do.  Can you volunteer for a local campaign, or find one in another state that needs some help?  Can you commit to watch-dogging a local council or board?  Can you go to an event with people who aren’t traditionally considered conservative voters and chat them up?

You don’t have to surround the home of an official or get into internet flame wars to be radical.  You don’t even have to go to Washington to do it.  But I promise you, those progressives are radical about their mission, and they are willing to do anything to achieve it.

What are YOU willing to do?