Say what you will about democracy--it's not the neatest form of government we know--there are the passionate debates, political theater, and the destructive influence of money, but in the end deliberation moves to consensus which initiates compromise and this old republic lurches forward--not always in a straight line, but as 244 odd years of traveling down this rocky road will attest, mostly in a way that increases freedom and improves lives.
Of course when democracy doesn't work there's always head stomping.
Outside of the Rand Paul-Jack Conway debate in Lexington, Kentucky Monday night as the candidates arrived, a group of Paul supporters pulled a female MoveOn member to the ground and held her there as another Paul supporter stomped on the back of her head and neck.Or as Rand Paul supporters like to call it, "Refudiating her argument using the footwear gambit.
As you view the video you'll see that famous southern hospitality is in short supply as one bubba tackles the poor lady while another stands on her legs, obviously to make a metaphorical point about the folly of running away from the constitution, and another--who appears to be a woman-- stumbles over her no doubt on the way to the Elephant Ear concession. Finally a fourth bubba comes along and does the old Glen Beck two step on her noggin then heads into the crowd no doubt because he's the shy type and doesn't want all the kudos that will come his way once his fellow debaters find out he's the one who applied the Coup De Nike to the girl's argument.
Now the liberal elite press is no doubt going to get all upset about this, but it's nothing more than what the Founders themselves argued for when Jefferson wrote, "Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Except when those opinions are different from yours, then just thump that mofo."
We are paraphrasing, but the point is the press is going to jump all over conservatives for advocating violence when in truth the left is just as violent. We mean, when's the last time you read about a conservative driving around with a carload of guns and a hit list. Oh wait, that guy was a Glen Beck fan. OK how about a conservative shooting up a church. Ever hear of such a thing? Oh, yeah. That church. And that one. Never mind. Well, one thing we can all agree on is that conservatives have more respect for the police than liberals. Remember back in the sixties? That would never happen in a conservative neighborhood. OK, well except that time.
Look at the bright side. Given the violence conservatives are capable of, that lady getting her head stomped was basically the Tea Party equivalent of having old Tom Aquinas explain a chapter from Summa Theologica to a group of seminary students.