Imagine, if you will, a Denial Of Service attack on George Soros' Open Society Institute (Orwell would love this name). Would the lefties be sitting, mute, taciturn at their voices being squelched? Would they be pleased?
The Americans for Prosperity, an activist organization on the Right, has been fighting against a non-stop Denial Of Service attack by leftist goons intent on silencing the organization and their supporters. The marauding coders gleefully trumpet their squelching of speech to Politico:
It has come to our attention that the brothers, David and Charles Koch--the billionaire owners of Koch Industries--have long attempted to usurp American Democracy. Their actions to undermine the legitimate political process in Wisconsin are the final straw. Starting today we fight back.
...Anonymous cannot ignore the plight of the citizen-workers of Wisconsin, or the opportunity to fight for the people in America's broken political system. For these reasons, we feel that the Koch brothers threaten the United States democratic system and, by extension, all freedom-loving individuals everywhere. As such, we have no choice but to spread the word of the Koch brothers' political manipulation, their single-minded intent and the insidious truth of their actions in Wisconsin, for all to witness.
I'm guessing that these same egomaniacs would be against a Middle Eastern regime from turning off the internet switch in the respective countries and howl about the stomping of free speech. We've seen the press be rightfully upset about the internet being killed, too.
And yet, I have seen scant media evidence that they even care. Worse, leftists at DailyKos are thrilled and go one further: boycott anything Koch. My favorite? Medical plaster. That's right sick people. Boycott the material that would protect your wounds or make your cast. Stand against the capitalists!
So, the past few weeks have demonstrated that not only are Union thugs violent, uncivil and promoting a Climate of Hate™, they also don't mind and even encourage destroying an environment of free speech online.
Today, John Hinderaker said this in his aptly titled The Left's Unhealthy Koch Habit:
What's really going on here is an attempt to silence people whose views liberals disagree with. After all, they don't have a problem with billionaires using their money to influence policies and public opinion when the money is being spent by the likes of George Soros, a left-winger who, among other things, helps fund the Think Progress site.
It's all very hypocritical, of course. But that's the left for you.
Just remember, there's good free speech and there's bad free speech--if you're a leftist.
The Koch brothers, loci to this irrationality too, speak out via the Wall Street Journal. Here is Charles Koch:
For many years, I, my family and our company have contributed to a variety of intellectual and political causes working to solve these problems. Because of our activism, we've been vilified by various groups. Despite this criticism, we're determined to keep contributing and standing up for those politicians, like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who are taking these challenges seriously.
Both Democrats and Republicans have done a poor job of managing our finances. They've raised debt ceilings, floated bond issues, and delayed tough decisions.