Just a quickie here. I had to share DougJ’s wonderfully pithy comparison/contrast at Balloon Juice between last week’s news (the Henry Louis Gates incident) and this week’s news (the angry teabaggers):

When someone talks back to a cop in his own house, that’s disorderly conduct.

When people make death threats and start fights in public, that’s exercising their First Amendment rights.

For illumination of these issues at greater length…

  • Digby on why cops are not entitled to the level of public deference they expect
  • Sara Robinson at CAF on how these brownshirt tactics are another warning step toward genuine fascism
  • Frank Schaeffer at AlterNet on why the right is resorting to this kind of disturbing behavior
  • Ta-Nahesi Coates on how race and class intersect in all of this

I do love the blogosphere.

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