For years and years our liberal friends have written sensitively about "peaceful protesters" and marches for justice.
They understood the rage that drove the workers and the civil-rights activists, the feminists and gays, to the streets. The earnest faces of the ordinary Americans driven to the streets were a verdict on America's failure to live up to its promise.
But now that peaceful protesters are attending the town halls of Democratic representatives and senators, our liberal friends are singing a different tune.
Senior Democrats are talking about "unruly mobs."
It almost reminds me of the "middle-class riot" that occurred during the Counting of the Chads in Florida 2000.
What is going on here? All of a sudden our liberal friends are fulminating about "the mob!" They sound like British Tory squires expostulating from their gentlemen's clubs in London. Or 19th century American robber barons exclaiming about labor agitators threatening the extra dividend.
Anyway, what is this mob are we talking about? Everything that I've seen about the spirited town hall participants says: Middle-class America. Are liberals now saying that the great middle class is a bunch of radical provocateurs out to create a disturbance of the peace?
And what about the police that are being used by the upper class to limit the right of peacable assembly? How long are they prepared to act as the stooges of their liberal masters?
I'll tell you. If liberals think that the mild reactions to their cruel and unjust takeover of health care are the work of "unruly mobs," I'm here to say this.
You ain't seen nothing yet.