On Tax Day this year, President Obama was on the road again. This time he was in Quincy, IL to speak about financial reform. Tea Party protesters were out for the occasion, and apparently they were so frightening that the local riot police/SWAT team was called out.
The Huffington Post's coverage attempts to make the whole incident as sinister as possible, of course. The evidence is pretty slim, though. Their mention of a lady calling Obama "the annointed one" repeatedly and a man questioning why SWAT were called on them but not on the "rioting" protesters in Arizona attempts to make these people out to be violent dissidents out to create havok. The horror! She called him a name!! Shh...don't mention that it's a name used by pundits and regular Americans alike....
Apparently there were *gasp* catcalls and one lady shouted "This is communism". Doesn't she know that communist leaders would never bring out elite forces against their own peaceful countrymen? Besides, don't they know the accepted behavior towards police during protests is throwing water bottles at them, not grumbling and catcalls? It's obvious the excessive police force was a measured, necessary step to take with that unruly, practically out of control mob of right-wing extremists. How dare those Tea Party ingrates grumble at the fact that the state obviously overreacted by calling out such an intimidating force for so little reason?
One wonders what was going through the officers' minds as they were marching down the street, sizing up their little blue-haired opponents. A few eye rolls, perhaps? No doubt there were those on both sides who were bemoaning the waste of taxpayer funded resources for such a silly exercise.
As for the catcalls, one would hope that the crowd understood that the team had no choice in the matter - they were just following orders and doing their jobs - it's the morons who sent them out there in the first place who deserve the jeers. It's is a tough job, and our riot police deserve respect and admiration, even when we don't agree with their orders. They also deserve to be used in the most effective way possible against threats that are beyond the capabilities of ordinary police. That was definitely not the case in Quincy.
The police had things in hand, but, according to Fox Nation:
Who gave the order to call in the riot police on protesters? Word is that Secret Service from inside the venue and the presidential team pressured local law enforcement, who were against the idea. Local cops were overruled, I’m told by various sources, including a few members of local press. Moore reported that she overheard Secret Service telling the riot squad to “push them back, out of sight.“
Hmmmm.....It seems our Community Organizer in Chief suddenly doesn't like protesting. Go figure. The administration has now set a pattern for attempting to cover up and/or squelch any dissent. Intimidation tactics - the only path to peace, unity and "post-partisan politics".
The SWAT team was officially called on a tea party so now the democrats can finally claim that the tea parties are so out of control that an elite riot control group had to be called in to handle the situation. Expect to see that argument start popping up on the left very soon. They've all been waiting for this as illustration for their little narrative. They've got quite the little fairy tale going on, don't they?
Remember the progressive motto - smear your opposition, by whatever means necessary.