We old codgers have to smile at the surprise and near panic on the Left generated by some recently publicized instances of Radical Right hate and violence directed at supporters of the health care bill. Radical Right terrorism is older than the horseless carriage, and so is a media and government response that emphasizes looking the other way.
There’s another thing that’s been around as long as Radical Right violence, and that’s Left Wing courage. If we’re going to do our ideological ancestors proud, people ranging from Eugene Debs to W.E.B. DuBois to Walter Reuther to Martin Luther King, Jr., we need to follow a little four-step plan to counter this hate with the firm love of Leftist solidarity.
Four steps is all it takes, and you can begin today:
1) Know the history.
2) Build your courage.
3) Demand justice.
Details after the break.