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Publication:Waukesha Freeman (Conley); Date:Nov 17, 2011; Section:Opinion; Page Number:8A

Feeling good about themselves
Liberals believe any behavior justified

What was the point of the protest outside Gov. Scott Walker’s home Tuesday night? Let’s think about what the protest organizers were doing.

Tensions are already high. The governor is facing death threats, including those posted on Facebook that were recently publicized.

With that in mind, what were the protest organizers thinking when they led an angry mob to the neighborhood where the governor’s family lives? What were they hoping would be the outcome?

Were they hoping that some act of violence happened? Or did they just want to try to intimidate the Walker family some more? Was the march about scaring women and children in an effort to get what the protesters want?

Because the tactic had all the subtlety of a Ku Klux Klan rally, with vuvuzelas and drums instead of burning crosses.

What were the “neighbors” thinking that helped this mob come near the Walker home by inviting the protesters in?

I can’t imagine doing that to any of my neighbors, whether I liked them or not. If someone said we want to organize a mass protest to intimidate one of my neighbors, I wouldn’t care what the issue was even if the neighbor was a perfect stranger.

Even the mafia in “The Godfather II” knew a line was crossed when someone tried to kill Michael Corleone, “In my home! In my bedroom! Where my wife sleeps … and my children play with their toys.”

But the protesters and the recall organizers feel morally superior enough over the rest of us that their mob-like behavior is somehow justified. I can’t even imagine the self-satisfied smugness that would cause someone to think that intimidating the family of a public figure in their own home is somehow OK.

I did experience some of that self-righteousness myself the other day. I promoted a number of charity events on my website and a local liberal blogger, Lisa Mux, posted a link on Twitter with an apology, “Yes, I’m tweeting something James Wigderson posted. No, I haven’t gone crazy.”

Apparently, I’m in the untouchable caste according to liberal Brahmins.

She followed with, “Yes, & I don’t agree with James Wigderson on much, but he does care about Waukesha.”

Apparently, hard-hearted conservative that I am, it’s surprising that I care about anything. Waukesha must be the exception.

Mux then sent another Twitter remark congratulating herself on how she’s so tolerant. Really.

I don’t mention this just to pick on Mux. I just find her remarks all typical of the selfrighteousness that drives people to march to Walker’s home to demonstrate. Liberals are good, and conservatives are so evil.

We can talk about different causes for the recall. The vain hope by the unions that collective bargaining privileges will be restored. The Democratic Party’s hope that if they get back the state Senate and some friendly judge tosses out redistricting that they will get a better map out of the deal.

But what’s really driving the recall is a sense of entitlement by the liberals. I’m not talking about the class-warfare sense of entitlement. I mean the sense that, because they care and their hearts are somehow pure, they are entitled to make the rest of us accept their version of government.

If the voters let them down, if Fox News and the Koch brothers somehow manipulate the voters into voting for the wrong kind of people, the liberals don’t have to accept the results. They can throw the election results out.

Liberals are just that much better than the evil Republicans. That justifies the recall of Walker even though he has done nothing in office to merit being recalled. That justifies the recall of Republican state senators, even though none of them have done anything to merit being recalled.

It’s what justified the march near the governor’s home, near his wife and kids, in the neighborhood where his kids play and go to school. The protesters do it because they can, and they feel so good about themselves that any behavior is justified.

(James Wigderson is a blogger publishing at http://www.wigderson.com and a Waukesha resident. His column runs Thursdays in The Freeman.)

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