Union Violence? What Union Violence?

Pennsylvania Governor and major Hillary Clinton supporter Ed Rendell has found the key difference between conservative and leftist protesters: leftists are angels. Last night on MSNBC’s Hardball, Stephen Moore of the Club for Growth pointed out the excesses of Democratic (and further Left) rabble-rousers, Governor Rendell insisted on a distinction:

There’s a big difference. The rallies that are organized on the pro-Obama side: We don’t shout down other speakers. We don’t yell. There’s no rage. We let the discourse go on.

Rendell uttered those words just a few days after police had arrested multiple uniformed Service Employees International Union (SEIU) members for assaulting Kenneth Gladney in St. Louis. (The SEIU is an integral component of Health Care for America Now, the Soros-funded coterie pushing for the government health care takeover.) One of the accused in Gladney’s attack reportedly justified himself by saying, “He attacked America!” Ironically, he claimed Gladney had attacked this nation while handing out flags bearing the inscription, “Don’t Tread on Me,” the slogan of the American Revolution. (Here’s the video of the aftermath.) Media reports indicate that a black SEIU member arrested in the assault called Gladney, who is also black, a racial slur, indicating he does not see his opponent as an authentic member of his own race.

Yet Rendell referred to conservatives as “crazies” who “want to destroy this country for their own reasons.” As I point out in today’s lead story on FrontPage Magazine, it is precisely the kind of rhetoric that Rendell — and Hardball host Chris Matthews — engaged in throughout the segment, that created the atmosphere of hatred and intimidation that resulted in the union-labeled beatings of conservatives.

That’s one legitimate difference between conservatives and left-wingers. The Left doesn’t speak: it beats the Hell out of its opponents.

Here’s another: when a misguided pro-life demonstrator commits an act of violence, conservatives condemn the violence; when a union activist brought into a town hall meeting by a Democrat to pack the crowd commits an act of violence, Democrats continue blaming the victims.

This article originally appeared on Wednesday, August 12, 2009, on NewsRealblog.