Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Okay, immigrant-bashing Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach hasn't compared the protesters who gathered outside his front door on Saturday to Hitler -- but he's come close. Yesterday he imagined shooting them, as he told Fox News:
The secretary of state is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment -- and he said the incident at his home is an example of why Americans should bear arms.

"If we had been in the home and not been armed, I would have felt very afraid -- because it took the police 15 minutes to show up," he said. "It's important we recognize there's a reason we have the Second Amendment. There are situations like this where you have a mob and you do need to be able to protect yourself."

He said had they been home and the mob had gotten out of hand, his family would have been in "grave jeopardy."

"The Second Amendment is the private property owner's last resort," he said.
Subsequently, he was interviewed by Glenn Beck, and he and Beck agreed that the protesters were comparable to the Klan:
Beck show[ed] a video of the protest and ask[ed], "What’s the difference between that and the Klan coming to Martin Luther King’s house?"

"This is not just domestic terrorism, this is civil rights stuff," he added. "This isn't America. This is old-style South kind of tactics."

... Beck finally got on the phone with Kobach, who agreed with him about the demonstrators: "They're just not wearing white cloaks, but this is exactly KKK type of intimidation."
Want to see what was so intimidating? This is what was so intimidating:

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People standing in the rain under umbrellas and chanting. Speakers making speeches. Children milling about. All asking to be treated like human beings in this country. Doing so by leaving shoes outside Kobach's door:
The immigration reform advocates crowded the street and driveway outside Kobach's home and lined up pair after pair of black shoes at his doorstep.

The shoes, protestors said, represented families who had been torn apart through deportations since 2008.
Yeah, just like the Klan.

(Via Talking Points Memo and Salon.)


Victor said...

When did our manly-man, uber-macho righties turn into such cowardly pussies?

Jayzoos, Brownies have bigger cojones than our gun-nuts, and rightie politicians.

BillyWitchDoctor said...

"Thank God I had my bang-bangs or I would have felt inadequate! If they had gotten out of control with their standing around in the rain and leaving shoes on my property, I woulda executed 'em all, including the little kids! F***in' Nazis!"

Jack said...

Glenn Beck actually said what the protesters did at Kobach's house was "domestic terrorism."

The right will say *anything.* They will condemn a peaceful, lawful protest as "domestic terrorism."

Or take the IRS. They will carry on a corrupt, criminal investigation for the purpose of making false charges of corruption and criminality.

Until we can figure out some way to effectively fight these people and neutralize what have been extremely effective tactics, we have no chance of getting this country back on track.

aimai said...

Little bit of a tell there that the second amendment is seen as protecting the "property owner's" rights not just citizen's rights.

aimai said...

Also: its right in the constitution that the people have the right to peaceably assemble and petition (their political representatives) for the redress of their grievances. Doing so without hoods surely falls under this heading.

Aunt Snow said...

It took police 15 minutes to show up? On a nuisance call? That's pretty timely if you ask me.

PurpleGirl said...

They think open umbrellas look like Klan hoods? Hhhmmmmm...

William Miller said...

'Course, the Klan had this penchant for snatching people out of their houses and, well, beating and killing them, so there's that. Otherwise, no difference.

William Miller said...

And that would be "snatching unarmed people out of their houses". No Second Amendment remedies available for black folks back in the day, as I recall.