Texas abortion fight a skirmish in looming political wars

The radical left is becoming even more extreme. Are they pushing us now to a political civil war in America? Photo: AP

WASHINGTON, July 13, 2013 — Texas Governor Rick Perry called a special session of the Texas Legislature to consider a bill that outlaws abortion after twenty weeks. This bill had been filibustered at the end of the last legislative session by Texas state senator Wendy Davis. Time ran out on that legislative session, so Perry called another one.

This time, with enough time on the clock, the measure easily passed.

The first attempt to pass the bill was marked by strong protests. During the debate there were disruptions by abortion-rights activists in the gallery, and their street protests were abusive and offensive to many observers. This time around was no better. The fact that the legal process would almost certainly end in passage of the bill did not set well with abortion-rights demonstrators. Knowing that the legislation would pass, they decided that if they could not win the vote, they would disrupt the proceedings so no vote could happen.

An Austin NBC affiliate, KETK, reported that DPS officers seized bottles containing urine, feces and paint from demonstrators who tried to smuggle them into the capitol to throw at legislators, as well as other items, including a brick. 

The Pledge of Allegiance declares that we are “one nation, under God, indivisible.” We have always accepted the fact that we are one American people. We have our political disagreements, but we have always accepted the authority of Congress, the president and the courts, as well as state legislatures and governors to establish our laws.

Americans do not engage in political violence against each other. We don’t engage in violence against our legislators. At least we didn’t until recently. As events in Texas show, violence against political opponents is becoming more normal, and as in Texas, it most often comes from the left.

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The confiscated missiles were not the first attempt at violence by the left in Texas’ abortion battle. Pro-life legislators were stalked, threatened, and in one case, trapped by demonstrators in a bathroom. The scene in the capitol Friday night again threatened violence, the situation there described as “chaotic.” 

Leftist activists have called for violence against pro-life legislators, including one woman who tweeted she could shoot David Dewhurst, the lieutenant governor and a supporter of the bill, and use the “stand your ground” defense.

Other radicals called for pro-life legislators and their daughters to be raped.

Why are the pro-choice forces so unhinged?

Some of them are simply paid to be. Craigslist advertised positions for full time activists to be paid between $1300 to $2200 a month to engage in activities for the abortion industry.

Aside from that, the left has encouraged a breakdown in politics and civil society in America. Abortion is not the only issue that has led liberals to incite violence against their opponents. We have seen in the George Zimmerman case calls from leftists for violence directed against Zimmerman and others if the wrong verdict is delivered.

A video recently appeared on a number of conservative news sites showing a street preacher being attacked and beaten at a gay pride parade in Seattle. While the man who landed the blows acted alone, the crowd that surrounded the preacher verbally attacked him and was clearly supportive of the attacker.

On July 12, several conservative sites carried a video of radical leftists in Wisconsin harassing and trying to provoke a confrontation with miners. In cities on the west coast, anarchists with the Occupy movement have routinely gone through the city streets of places like Oakland, rampaging and destroying property.

These incidents are not isolated. They are becoming the norm. That does not bode well for America’s future.

In Europe, leftist protests routinely turn violent. The European leftist’s libation of choice seems to be the Molotov cocktail. We don’t see that in America.


With the rising, violent radicalism of the left, it is only a matter of time before we start seeing serious violence accompanying left-wing protest and we start seeing serious injuries or deaths. 

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Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet.

A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says.

Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC.   “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based.  Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville.  Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’  I did.”

The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown.   It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed.  Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker.

He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should.  He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.

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