FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE — House Democrats made complete fools of themselves with their sit-in temper tantrum this week. Shouting their demands for an immediate vote on gun control legislation – apparently their only “serious” answer to global Islamic jihad – the Democratic disrupters caused pandemonium on the House floor on Wednesday. They sought to paralyze House proceedings with shouts of “No bill, No break!” Representative Maxine Waters of California proclaimed, “I’m prepared to stand here until hell freezes over.” Civil rights hero Representative John Lewis of Georgia declared, “we have to occupy the floor of the House until there’s action.”
The anarchist spirits of Occupy Wall Street and student campus occupations are alive and well in the House Democratic caucus. They shed their responsibilities by flagrantly violating the rules of the institution to which they were elected, intent on creating a media spectacle. They went so far as to use social media video tools to broadcast their sit-in, after the chamber’s official cameras had been turned off.
Even when the House Republican leadership called it a day and adjourned the House until after the 4th of July weekend, the Democrats pressed on with their occupation. Before that, as the real adult leader in the room, Speaker Paul Ryan had managed, despite the mayhem, to push through a major appropriations bill that included funding for combating the Zika virus. At least one of the House leaders was thinking of the welfare of the American people. It certainly was not the Democratic leader, Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, who even refused to leave the House floor temporarily when politely asked to do so by an officer so that the daily security sweep could be conducted.
In the midst of the Democrats’ theatrics, Representative Louis Gohmert (R-TX) introduced a note of sanity, shouting: “Radical Islam killed these people!” Gohmert is right. The Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, was a jihadist, who was committed to kill those he considered “infidels” one way or the other. The FBI had investigated him for possible ties to other jihadists and for terrorist threats he had made to co-workers, but let him slip through their net.
Moreover, Mateen would not have been stopped by the sort of legislation the Democrats are seeking, which is to use a prospective gun purchaser’s presence on a terror watch list as grounds to refuse his or her immediate purchase. Mateen had already been removed from a terrorist watch list prior to purchasing the guns he used in his killings.
However, facts are irrelevant to the Democrat disrupters. Taking a page right out of radical leftist Saul Alinsky’s playbook, they set out, in Alinsky’s words “to agitate to the point of conflict.” They eschewed debating civilly their positions with logic and on the merits, because, as Alinsky had cautioned, to do so would be “a futile procedure.” Instead, they dutifully followed Alinsky’s Rule #13 from his Rules for Radicals: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”
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