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The Case of the GEICO Pitchman: How Quickly the Left Forgets, or do They?

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I’m late getting to this, but I had to take a look at some old posts and research a bit.  For the quick recap, Lance Baxter, AKA, DC Douglass, the voice over guy for GEICO commercials, was fired from his job when he called Freedom Works and insulted the Tea Party movement. Using the word “retarded” probably didn’t help him out either.

That, of course set off a debate on people being punished for speaking out-no matter the reprehensible manner.  But, there was something forgotten in all of this.  As usual, the left engaged in this same behavior, on a much larger scope and intensity.  For some background, let’s take a look at the California Proposition 8 debate from the last election cycle.  First up, here is an article from Human Events.


No matter that Prejean was representing California, majorities of whose voters have twice voted to enshrine in their constitution the exact belief Prejean articulated on stage.

The real apology needed to come from homosexual activists who, immediately after more than six million Californians voted last November to uphold the traditional definition of marriage, participated in riot-like protests across the nation.

Conservative churches were picketed and vandalized, and church services were disrupted.  Envelopes containing white powder were sent to several Mormon temples. And a postcard sent to the homes and businesses of many financial donors of Proposition 8 read:  “If I had a gun, I would have gunned you down along with each and every other supporter.”  Other donors were forced to resign from their jobs after they were revealed as contributors to the Prop 8 effort.

This may seem like a harsh reaction to democracy in action.  But the gay rights movement has always had an erratic relationship with basic democratic values.

Last May, gay activists shut down an American Psychiatric Association panel because two evangelicals were scheduled to appear. Ahead of the California vote, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom declared that same-sex marriage was coming to California “whether you like it or not.”  Recently, a student at Los Angeles City College sued the school after a professor called him a “fascist bastard” and refused to allow him to finish a speech against gay marriage during a public speaking class.

That just oozes “tolerance” and “diversity,” doesn’t it?  Then again, the gay rights crowd used campaign contribution regs to find out who contributed to Prop 8, and created a map to their homes.

And the results of that?

More to the point, what Eightmaps intends to accomplish happened to me and my famly last year. And it was terrifying. Here’s the story:

Someone got my address from publicly available sources, made a malicious flyer with that information on it, went to the city’s homeless shelters and passed it around (the police told me that someone on staff at a shelter told them he saw a stranger distributing the flyers). The flyer told the homeless that if they came to my house, we’d give them money. This person did not care that it was summer, and he was tricking the poorest of the poor to a four-mile walk from the downtown shelters to my house. All he cared about was striking out at me.

We knew something was up after the second rough-looking person showed up demanding money, and got angry when he was told we had no idea what he was talking about. (All this happened when I was at work; imagine your wife opening the door to confront a homeless man who has just learned from her that he’d walked all that way in the heat for no reason). But we could tell they had some sort of flyer with our address on it. We called the police, who advised us to stall the next person who showed up, then call them on 911. That we did. Julie phoned me at work one day to say a scary-looking guy was at the front door with one of the flyers, and that she’d just called 911.

By the time I got home, the police were there questioning this guy, who looked like he’d wondered what the heck he’d gotten into. The cops said that this guy meant no harm, that he’d been the victim of this prankster just as we had. They also said he was a registered sex offender.

But wait…there’s more.

Harassment, Hostility, and Slurs

Several individuals who supported Proposition 8 reported receiving harassing telephone calls, e-mails, and mailings. Prop 8 supporters have reported receiving phone calls and voice mails calling them “bigot”[34] and using vulgar language.[35] Sometimes harassers called at work.[36] A public relations firm hired by the Yes on 8 Campaign received so many harassing phone calls from one person that the sheriff’s office became involved.[37] Other Prop 8 supporters received e-mails, letters, and postcards using vulgar language[38] and offensive labels like “gay hater.”[39] Through the contact form on his business’s Web site, one individual received an e-mail stating “burn in hell.”[40] One e-mail threatened to contact the parents of students at a school where a particular Prop 8 supporter worked.[41]

Harassment sometimes took other forms. For example, two women painted an arrow and the words “Bigots live here” on the window of an SUV and parked the vehicle in front of a household that had supported Prop 8.[42] In another case, an individual who supported Prop 8 found himself the subject of a flyer distributed in his town. The flyer included a photo of him, labeled him a “Bigot,” and stated his name, the amount of his donation to Prop 8, and his association with a particular Catholic Church.[43] At the University of California, Davis, a Yes on 8 table on the quad was reportedly attacked by a group of students throwing water balloons and shouting “you teach hate.”[44] A professor at Los Angeles City College allegedly told students in his class, “If you voted yes on Proposition 8, you are a fascist [expletive deleted].”[45] One Prop 8 supporter received a book, sent anonymously through Amazon.com, that contained “the greatest homosexual love stories of all time.”[46]

I would encourage you to visit the links. Though I quoted extensively, there is far, far more to see.  Death threats, violence, physical attacks, lost jobs, boycotts, and intimidation were used extensively.   All of these come right out of the “progressive”/Alinsky playbook.  And, as usual, the MSM didn’t say a thing about it.

Obviously, things haven’t changed.  Here is the latest on the current situation.

Just remember folks, that “tolerance” means that you’re free to agree with “progressive” ideology as much as you like.  “Diversity,” when dealing with “progressives,” is simply an oxymoron.  If you disagree, you will be attacked in some way.  Facts are irrelevant.  Truth and reality are to be disregarded.  The agenda and the narrative of the now are the only reality for the “progressives.”

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  • http://americaswatchtower.com Steve Dennis

    Tolerance is a one way street with these people. They want us to be tolerant with them, but they do not tolerate people who disagree with them. They either don’t see the hypocrisy or they just think that they are right about everything and we should all just give in and acknowledge it. It reeks of elitism.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      I think it goes back to cultural Marxism. I think the term is “tolerant oppression.” That which is from the left is tolerated, that which is not is punished. Any disagreement is defined as “hate,” or “racism.” The reality of the position is irrelevant.

  • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

    Let me see if I can get this straight. They want us to be tolerant of their perverted sexual habits, yet they refuse to be tolerant of our dislike of noted perverted sexual habits? Yeah, I thought I had that right. They call us a radical fringe element of the far right, yet they fail to see they are a radical fringe element themselves.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      Larry, if it’s perverted or not is irrelevant. The fact that you’re in any way dissenting is to be punished. They will accuse you of everything that they are.

      I’m with you on the fringe. Their “fringe” takes up far more of their movements. They just do a great job covering it. Of course, having the MSM ignore it is probably pretty helpful. :P

      • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

        Yes, they do a fine job of covering up their fringe elements and our “fringe” elements get all of the blame for everything that is wrong with our country.

  • http://www.womanhonorthyself.com/ Angel

    Tolerance is a one way street with these people…that is the bottom line Matt and will never change,:)

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      You are right as always Angel!

  • http://thecurrent9171787.blogspot.com/ John Carey

    These folks have never been tolerant of differing views. It is a one way street with them. As I listened to the language on the video, the angrier I became. How can you reason and have an intellectual debate with people like this Matt? I can see it now; you start to win the debate, they get mad, and placard your home address along with lies about you all over the community. This is how spoiled rotten children act when they don’t get their way. I mean clearly their minds are closed to ideas because they have already passed judgment so the case is closed. This is what we’re up against. And as far as the MSM goes…shame on them once again.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      You nailed it John. They are petulant children, and they do pitch a fit when they lose. In fact, they’re not even bothering to start to lose now. The Arizona law is the latest example. They started lying and attacking, and they won’t stop.

      As for debating them, that goes back to one of my recent posts on that very topic.

  • KansasGirl

    After listening to that vitriol I see how panicked they are. They’ve started to realize how much they have lost. ;0)

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      They are especially shrill now. They had their “progressive” utopia in sight. Then, they lost it.

  • http://feedyouradhd.blogspot.com Snarky Basterd

    You know me, I fight back hard to make sure when they besmirch us I put forth reality. But sometimes … just sometimes … I get a little itch to just walk away and ignore them. It doesn’t happen often. Maybe I’m growing up…

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      I would pay to see that. Had you tried walking away about 10 years ago, you might have had a cerebral hemorrhage.

      • http://feedyouradhd.blogspot.com Snarky Basterd

        Ha! I still might.

  • http://solomonsconservativewisdom.blogspot.com/ Solomon

    The way they are acting reminds me of that line from the last Back to the Future film, “You’re not thinking fourth dimensionally” the progressives are thinking in the now not the past or future. They have tried to rewrite the past about our Founding and Founding Fathers, but that is coming back to bite them in the ass with the current uprising of the Tea Party. All of these tactics they are using only makes the people dislike them even more, and then the pass they get from the drive-by media only makes it worse for them.

    The progressives should try to reading up on Roman history on Caligula & Nero when these two ran ruff-shot over the people they ended up losing their lives because of it, now I don’t want that to happen to them but America and Ancient Rome do have very similar histories and backgrounds.
    A good example is how the Roman attitude was disapproving towards homosexuality and the NAMBLA like habits of the ancient Greeks, which the Greeks considered intolerant, and this was long before Christianity.

    The American people just have to keep standing up to these bully like tactics.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      Thanks for the comment Solomon. Yes, we do have to stand up, and continue to do so.

  • http://cmblake6.wordpress.com cmblake6

    Insane hypocrisy.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      That it is. Thank God for the internet, or they’d get away with it too.

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  • Mark

    Baloney. Were it not for the hate and bigotry of the Mormon church prop 8 would never have passed. Religion needs to keep it’s big fat nose out of everyone’s else’s bidness.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      Are you just changing the subject, or are you endorsing all of the “tolerance” and “diversity” that they left has shown?

      And, I thought Prop 8 passed because the people voted for it. I’m obviously misunderstanding. I had no idea that the Mormon Church controls elections at will.

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