Following Gabby Giffords’ shooting in Tuscon, AZ, President Obama called for a new tone. He was right in that there is a hateful tone in America. Unfortunately, he didn’t name who the principle hatemongers are. I’m confident that was intentional because the vast majority of hate is located in what’s frequently called his political base.

This past weekend, it was announced that Sarah Palin would be the featured speaker at a fundraiser for military families. A day later, those plans had changed:

A foundation hosting a charity gala for military families canceled its plans to feature former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin at the event after “an onslaught of negative feedback” received by the organization.

The Colorado-based Sharon K Pacheco Foundation, which also support at-risk youth, announced Friday that Palin would be a host at its 2011 Patriots and Warriors Charity Gala. The next day, the foundation announced it canceled Palin’s appearance.

“Due to an onslaught of personal attacks against Governor Palin and others associated with her appearance, it is with deep sadness and disappointment that, in the best interest of all, we cancel the event for safety concerns,” the foundation announced on its website. The site still featured a picture of Palin next to the announcement she had been canceled.

The “onslaught of personal attacks against Gov. Palin didn’t come from conservatives. They came from the hateful left. Jim Hoft, the purveyor of Gateway Pundit, has written extensively about the Hateful Left’s thuggery, starting with SEIU’s physical attack against Kenneth Gladney:

St. Louis County police say six people were arrested. Two of those were arrested on suspicion of assault, one of resisting arrest and three on suspicion of committing peace disturbances. Carnahan was gone when the ruckus started.

Kenneth Gladney, a 38-year-old conservative activist from St. Louis, said he was attacked by some of those arrested as he handed out yellow flags with “Don’t tread on me” printed on them. He spoke to the Post-Dispatch from the emergency room of the St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, where he said he was waiting to be treated for injuries to his knee, back, elbow, shoulder and face that he suffered in the attack. Gladney, who is black, said one of his attackers, also a black man, used a racial slur against him before the attack started.

“It just seems there’s no freedom of speech without being attacked,” he said.

That isn’t the only hate-filled attack by the Hateful Left that Jim’s written about:

Outside the Russ Carnahan town hall meeting on Thursday August 6, 2009, a SEIU Carnahan supporter smashed a woman tea party protester in the face with her camera. The woman was filming the assault by SEIU members on black conservative Kenneth Gladney.

Jim isn’t the only person to deal with the Hateful Left’s vitriol. Susan Ferrechio jumps into the fray with this article in the DC Examiner:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., are decrying an “ugly campaign” by angry mobs who are disrupting town hall meetings to discuss health care reform.

The two top House Democrats penned an op-ed piece in USA Today to promote the Health Care reform legislation that is now making its way through the Congress. The bill has a price tag of more than $1 trillion and would be funded by tax increases. It would create a massive government-run insurance plan and would cut back on Medicare expenditures.

As lawmakers try to sell the plan at August town hall meetings in their districts, some have been met with angry crowds who are opposed to the steep cost of the plan and the scope of the government takeover.

Pelosi and Hoyer called the disruptions, “an ugly campaign,” designed “not merely to misrepresent the health insurance reform legislation, but to disrupt public meetings and prevent members of Congress and constituents from conducting a civil dialogue.”

Pelosi and Hoyer pointed to incidents involving protesters hanging lawmakers in effigy, displaying their names on tombstones and generally shouting down any meaningful discussion.

Pelosi and Hoyer called the acts “simply un-American.”

We The People remember the comments made during that “ugly campaign” designed to “prevent members of Congress and constituents from conducting a civil dialogue.” Newsreal wrote about the Hateful Left’s tactics in this post:

Indeed, HCAN published a “playbook” earlier this summer, advising supporters of socialized medicine to adopt the following specific strategies for minimizing the visibility and influence of the protesters:

  • You must bring enough people to drown them [the protesters] out.
  • Arrive earlier than the other side does: we need to stack our folks in the front to create a wall around the Member [of Congress].
  • When the other side gets too loud, we should shut them down with chants that counter their message like “Health Care Can’t Wait!” and “Health Care Delayed Is Health Care Denied!”
  • Another way to limit protesters ability to hijack your event is to confiscate signs or leaflets that they may bring into the venue from outside. The best way to do this is to make a blanket rule that no one can bring signs or leaflets.
  • You can distribute your own signs in the event and offer them one as they enter if you choose to allow them to enter.
  • It’s important that you take away right wingers’ opportunities to talk with reporters by making sure that your staff or leaders are in constant contact with the media who attend.”

What was that, Minority Leader Pelosi? I couldn’t hear you over the Hateful Left’s thug tactics.

That’s before we start discussing SEIU’s thug tactics in Montgomery County, Maryland:

Last Sunday, on a peaceful, sun-crisp afternoon, our toddler finally napping upstairs, my front yard exploded with 500 screaming, placard-waving strangers on a mission to intimidate my neighbor, Greg Baer. Baer is deputy general counsel for corporate law at Bank of America a senior executive based in Washington, D.C. And that, in the minds of the organizers at the politically influential Service Employees International Union and a Chicago outfit called National Political Action, makes his family fair game.

Waving signs denouncing bank “greed,” hordes of invaders poured out of 14 school buses, up Baer’s steps, and onto his front porch. As bullhorns rattled with stories of debtor calls and foreclosed homes, Baer’s teenage son Jack, alone in the house, locked himself in the bathroom. “When are they going to leave?” Jack pleaded when I called to check on him.

If I wanted to make this my life’s mission, I could go on and on and on and on about the Hateful Left’s evil actions. The actions just in this post include a) crimes like assault and trespassing, b) political leaders calling grassroots activists’ protests because they’re worried about health care policy un-American and c) the Hateful Left’s scripted plans for how to drown out well-intentioned, policy-oriented protests against the government’s takeover of the health insurance industry.

I put this list, which is anything but comprehensive, together in less than an hour. Much less, in fact. The reality is that I’m just scratching the surface on this.

The point of all this is that President Obama’s call for a new tone rings hollow. If he cares about setting a new tone, he’d call out the Hateful Left and their thug-like tactics. He would’ve criticized SEIU for trespassing on Don Baer’s lawn while terrorizing their son. He would’ve criticized SEIU for beating Kenneth Gladney for selling Don’t Tread On Me flags outside a health care town hall meeting in St. Louis.

He should’ve criticized Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer for calling concerned citizens worried about President Obama’s takeover of the health insurance industry un-American. He should’ve criticized HCAN for putting together a plan that insulated legislators from their constituents.

That he didn’t speaks volumes.

I don’t think President Obama is part of the Hateful Left but HCAN and SEIU definitely are.

President Obama owes the nation an apology for not speaking out against the vilest vitriol coming from his party’s base. HCAN should be shunned by all thoughtful Democrats. Where applicable, SEIU should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Anything less is justice denied.

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