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June 1, 2012

‘Hurl Some Acid,’ Says Conservative

Filed under: Uncategorized — trp2011 @ 7:41 PM
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As hate speech ratchets up around the country, the worst is directed toward women and ethnic groups. Jay Townsend, spokesman for Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-NY) has gone far over the edge in a Facebook post, starting out with snarky comments to a constituent critical of Hayworth in a question about gas prices.  He ended up saying: “My question today… when is Tommy boy [the constituent] going to weigh in on all the Lilly Ledbetter hypocrites who claim to be fighting the War on Women? Let’s hurl some acid at those female democratic Senators who won’t abide the mandates they want to impose on the private sector.”

Townsend’s reference was to the gender difference in the salaries of staffers employed by U.S. senators with Patty Murray (D-WA) and Diane Feinstein (D-CA) among the worst offenders. But throw acid into the senators’ faces?! Really?!

The Facebook page, NY19 U.S. House of Representatives Discussion Center, states that it encourages “civil multi-partisan discussion about issues impacting citizens of New York’s U.S. House District represented by Republican Congresswoman Nan Hayworth.” But “hurl some acid”?! Not civil!

A response from Annie-Rose Strasser to Townsend’s virulent ranting eloquently sums up the issue: “Acid attacks are particularly brutal, aimed almost solely at women, with the intent to maim and disfigure. I couldn’t imagine a worse piece of invective from someone who puts the Republican war on women in quotes.”

It’s not as if Townsend is a beginner. His autobiography claims he has “worked in more than 300 different campaigns in more than 25 different states” over the last three decades. Townsend also self-describes himself as “an adept wordsmith.”

A petition asking Hayworth to fire Townsend is circulating on the Internet.

Jay Townsend is not alone in his stupidity. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), who gained fame as the “deadbeat dad” who didn’t pay over $100,000 in child support for years, has taken on Hispanics and blacks. In his argument that Democrats want all these people dependent on the government, he said that civil rights activist Jesse Jackson “would be out of work if [African Americans] weren’t dependent on government.”

In April, Walsh said that Obama was elected because he’s black. About his opponent, Tammy Duckworth, he said, “She’s been the one working in Washington. She’s a bureaucrat.” Duckworth, now assistant secretary of veterans affairs, lost both of her legs and part of her right arm in 2004 after her helicopter was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade. Walsh describes her as “female, wounded veteran … ehhh … nothing more than a handpicked Washington bureaucrat.”

The LGBTQ community has experienced more open hate recently than in the past few years. A North Carolina pastor wanted to pen up all the gays and lesbians so that they couldn’t procreate, and a Seneca (KS) pastor recommended just killing all the gays and lesbians. An Indiana fundamentalist pastor cheered on a 6-year-old as the child sang, “Ain’t no homo gonna make it into heaven.”

As the election year moves on, events like these have become more and more extreme accompanied by crazy controlling laws from highly conservative state legislatures. According to some, these people do not take facts into consideration when they create their fantasies. As a result, they are unable to argue rationally or civilly, behaving like victims whenever anyone disagrees with them. Consider Mitt Romney who accuses President Obama of all Romney’s personal defects and misguided actions.

These conservatives also don’t like change. Think about Romney’s position of going backward. It’s impossible to keep change from happening, but the more that conservatives see change coming toward them, the more frightened they become and the more resistant they are. This resistance escalates, and they become like cornered animals, fighting tooth and nail toward anything. Eventually they must succumb to progress but not without great consequence to both themselves and the tide moving toward them.

The other position comes from the theory of the tipping point. People will only put up with only so much before the dominoes fall over, and we move in another direction. Just one tiny thing will cause this reaction, just one small “tipping point.” When it comes, we won’t know.

Now we’ll just wait to see if Jay Townsend gets fired for his outrageous statements.

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