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There's a certain amount of irony about people who complain about free speech being under attack, then appearing to encourage Second Amendment remedies because they don't like what somebody said.

I think most of us can probably agree with Scott Wooledge's analysis of Boston Mayor Tom Menino's And Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's recent comments urging Chick-fil-A not to try to set up shop in their cities. Yes, it was overreach. Yes, it hijacked a very important national conversation about CFA's despicable anti-gay donations. And both of these mayors walked their comments, which were passionately made probably with the best of intentions, back. Unwise comments? Yes. Examples of tyranny and a warning that Menino and Emanuel are going to start beheading evangelicals? No. Nobody's freedoms are going to be trampled.

But tell that to libertarian Mississippi candidate for U.S. House District 4's seat Ron Williams. Apparently Menino's and Emanuel's comments are the worst threat to America since 9/11. So Williams decided to get out his fountain pen--or whatever libertarians write with--and write a letter to the editor for the Biloxi Sun Herald. And, as rabid right-wing libertarians are wont to do, he made some downright insane, and I would argue dangerous, comments. And yes, of course, it involves the people taking up arms against the dangerous tyrant mayors of Boston and Chicago.

In his letter, Williams said the mayors' comments run afoul of the First Amendment. Then he took it a step further and added:

Let me make it clear, the CEO is being punished by government officials because he exercised his First Amendment right of free speech. The Constitution is very clear. When government restricts and punishes the people for exercising their First Amendment rights, then we are to default to the Second Amendment (right to keep and bear arms). These two mayors need to be introduced to the Second Amendment ASAP.
He went on to say:
The correct response to these mayors would be to send troops or whatever to remove these men from office, by whatever means is necessary.
Orly. Okay. Let's put our guns away and think this through. The mayors walked their statements back. Not a whole lot of people agree with them. They have said they will in no way use their positions to interfere with CFA setting up franchises in their cities. Menino, for his part, admitted to being wrong. Does this sound like fascism to you?

When pressed, Williams said his comments in the letter were "hyperbole." Ya think? I think "hyperbole" is quite the understatement.

He also said:

I’m not saying anybody should go shoot these mayors. But politicians need to be reminded, our founding fathers were quite clear that it’s quite possible for our country to fall back into the hands of tyranny ... I’m a thou-shalt-not-kill kind of guy, but these guys should be reminded of the Second Amendment ... I guess the word reminded would have been better (in the letter) ... I needed a thesaurus beside me.
Something is telling me his lack of thesaurus isn't the problem here.

Wayne Besen over at Truth Wins Out reminds us of the very real problems facing Mississippi as Williams, a candidate to serve the state, runs his mouth inciting violence against distant northern mayors.

- A Mississippi black man’s life expectancy is lower than the average American’s life expectancy was in 1960.

- A quarter of the state’s households don’t have access to decent, healthful food
The state has the highest rate of teen births in the nation. (Yet, there is one abortion clinic in Mississippi, and Gov. Phil Bryant, a former deputy sheriff, is working hard to render it inoperable. Until this year, schools taught abstinence. See Uganda’s results.)

- In the United States, the black infant mortality rate is more than twice that of white infants, so Mississippi, which is 37 percent black, has huge neonatal intensive care units. Caring for the thousands of premature babies (weighing between one and four pounds) costs millions of dollars. According to Dr. Glen Graves of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, these tiny, deprived babies grow up to be plagued with chronic illnesses.

[...]

- Of the state’s population of nearly three million, 550,000 are uninsured. At the moment, Governor Bryant is claiming that the state might not accept federal money to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. But even if it does, there won’t be enough doctors to see all the Mississippians who need them; the state has 176 doctors per 100,000 people, the lowest such number in the country.

And what is Williams worried about? None of these issues, that's for sure. He has his bowels in an uproar over a couple of mayors making unwise comments that they later walked back. This is the real threat to America in this asshat's eyes.

No. A thesaurus wouldn't have helped Williams one bit. There's no helping this guy. He knew exactly what he was saying--and that is the real problem.

Originally posted to Chrislove on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 03:08 PM PDT.

Also republished by Southern Action.

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  •  OMG the Irony burns... The mayors exercised (5+ / 0-)

    thier freedom of speech in another city and he wants to kill them with all of his christian black heart... Meanwhile back in hs own region the evil grows and suffers the children to die.

    How can you tell when Rmoney is lying? His lips are moving. Fear is the Mind Killer

    by boophus on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 03:11:59 PM PDT

  •  Taking a page from the book of Sharron Angle (2+ / 0-)
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    Appalling, certainly. The worst thing a politician has said recently?  Well, no, and not even original since this particular trope surfaced in the Nevada Senate race in 2010. Yes, this is fascism, but the problem is that we don't know whether the voters in the 4th District in Mississippi are as smart as the voters in Nevada.

    On the other hand, a third party candidate in a district where the republican got 80% of the vote in an open primary isn't exactly likely to get elected. That's why the dog whistle -- translated, it means "LOOK AT ME!!!!"

    But it would be nice to get the FBI involved. Teh stupid! It burns!

    -7.75, -8.10; All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

    by Dave in Northridge on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 03:31:33 PM PDT

  •  like MI emergency city managers, martial law's on (4+ / 0-)

    the table for pseudo-fascists

    The correct response to these mayors would be to send troops or whatever to remove these men from office, by whatever means is necessary.

    Präsidentenelf-maßschach"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Ensanguining the skies...Falls the remorseful day".政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 03:42:41 PM PDT

  •  Who would have thought that the constitution... (6+ / 0-)

    ... was actually a flow chart?  So his idea is:

    The Constitution is very clear. When government restricts and punishes the people for exercising their First Amendment rights, then we are to default to the Second Amendment (right to keep and bear arms).
    So if the second amendment doesn't work we move on to the third - which prohibits the forced quartering of soldiers out of war time...

    My guess is that we'll get stuck at the 21st amendment which allows us to drink!

    I haven't been here long enough to be considered a Kossack, does that mean that I'm just a sack?

    by Hey338Too on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 03:43:16 PM PDT

  •  OK, look. Boston. Capitol City of a Commonwealth (4+ / 0-)
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    that had the first written constitution, as far as we know, in the Western World of the sort that the US Constitution is and certainly pre-dates it. Good stuff. Speech, Guns, even God is in there (until about 1820, Massachusetts had an established church, by the way--the Congregational Church of the Puritans). Boston, the "Athens of America", the "Hub of the Universe" and all that.

    Boston is also the hub of intolerance, temperance (actually, it's former colony, what would become the State of Maine under the Missouri Compromise, more than led the way on the temperance front) and ethnic and racial tensions. It remains one of the most racially and ethnically segregated cities in the Nation. It also has a lot going for it, not the least of which is Mayor Menino, affectionately called "mumbles" by his supporters and detractors alike.

    In 1922, Isadora Duncan danced a dance in Boston in which the original "wardrobe malfunction" happened: her pendulous, middle-aged breasts became exposed, and the audience was scandalized. Later, in a press conference,  she said:

    Why should I care what part of my body I reveal? WHy is one part more evil than another? If my art is symbolic of any one thing, it is symbolic of the freedom of woman and her emancipation from the hidebound conventions that are the warp and the woof of New England Puritanism. To expose one's body is art; concealment is vulgar..."

    --Isadora Duncan, 1922 (pg. 463, Isadora, Peter Kurth, 2001, Little, Brown and Co, Boston)

    Now why do I bring this up? Democratic populist mayor James Michael Curley said "As long as I'm mayor, she will receive no more licenses to perform in Boston" (Kurth, pg. 462).

    Yep. The great Mayor of the Masses was in the habit of personally denying licenses to performers, publishers and businesses that offended his personal conscience.

    Is Menino channeling Curley? Hardly. Is Menino's statement, given Boston's history unusual for a Boston Mayor? Hardly.

    Menino stepped back and probably stepped in it because if he had kept his mumble-hole shut, he could have actually wreaked havoc with Chick-fil-Whatever by harassing them and gotten away with it. Frankly, I'm glad he spoke and exceeded his authority rather than done this behind the scenes, or taken the Republican approach and harassed, overreached AND blew cake out of his hole at the same time, all the while denying he ever said anything.

    Regional politics, as the late great House Speaker Tip O'Neil, is key. It's worth understanding, even beyond your region. What Menino did is pretty much what Curley would have done, and while Curley was a New Deal Dem before there was ever a New Deal, Curley was a moralizing sonofabitch in a city of moralizing sonfabitches, and Menino is a progressive trying to sound like a moralizing sonofabitch.

    That said, Menino did a lot to move this nationally. I say, keep mumbling, Mr. Mayor.

    Had Romney gone to Dublin: "The babies are just the right size. To eat." equalitymaine.org

    by commonmass on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 03:49:11 PM PDT

  •  Added to the RW Violence database. Thx (4+ / 0-)
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    Republicans: They hate us for our Freedom.

    by mikeconwell on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 04:00:12 PM PDT

  •  Ironic that the MS governor (4+ / 0-)
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    just sounded "disappointed" about a Xian white church refusing to allow a marriage ceremony of a black HETEROSEXUAL couple because the rejection made MS look bad.  Hey, governor -- your effing state looks bad because, except for a few die hard progressives and moderates and non-haters you are bad.  

    You don't invest in education so this is what you get -- ignorant assholes who grow up and run for office.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 04:04:59 PM PDT

  •  Whenever communities harass (4+ / 0-)

    a feminist bookstore or a GLBT youth center that they feel "isn't consistent with their values", maybe WE should start carrying on about "2nd amendment remedies".  See how they like that.  

    I do agree that the mayors were over-reaching.  Consumer boycotts are absolutely justified.  Governmental exclusion from whole geographic tracts, for reason of flavor of opinion, NOT justified.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 04:27:37 PM PDT

  •  For the record. (0+ / 0-)

    The average life expectancy of the average American male was 66.6 years.  As of 2010 it is 78.7.  The gap in white and Black life expectancy nationally has grown from two years in 1960 to just north of seven years as of 2010.

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