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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/14498/this-guy-lost-and-so-should-they-all/

This guy lost, and so should they all

November 4, 2010 by

The arrogance and evil of power on full display in a video that apparently guaranteed an election loss for Congressman Bob Etheridge of North Carolina. If only we had such videos on every government act of coercion. It’s no wonder that cell phones and cams are strictly banned in every government office.


jl November 4, 2010 at 9:22 am

Dennis: Come and see the violence inherent in the system. Help! Help! I’m being repressed!

King Arthur: Bloody peasant!

Dennis: Oh, what a giveaway! Did you hear that? Did you hear that, eh? That’s what I’m on about! Did you see him repressing me? You saw him, Didn’t you?

Bhruic November 4, 2010 at 9:32 am

Molotov Mitchell from WorldNetDaily had a pretty amusing take on the event.

Cory Brickner November 4, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Freaking hilarious!!

Jonathan November 4, 2010 at 10:29 am

I think you are over-reaching Jeff.

Couple of kids start uninvited interview in the street at a sensitive time with a provocative subject, a camera, a mike, they don’t answer where they are from etc. It would be bloody annoying to anyone.

Phinn November 4, 2010 at 10:52 am

Are you joking? That guy was not only drunk, but a belligerent drunk at that. I don’t know how much experience you’ve had with mean drunks, up close, but that’s what they look like.

If a guy wants to hold himself out as deserving the unique power to decide who gets the business end of the police’s guns, then the least he can do is answer a few questions.

And if he doesn’t feel like talking at the moment because he’s on his way back from a 3-martini lunch and feels like kicking a puppy, then he really ought to just say something vague and dismissive and keep walking, like the rest of them do.

Annoying people are everywhere. The civilized response is to walk away. But, of course, if he were civilized, then he’d never be a statist in the first place.

Walt D. November 4, 2010 at 11:13 am

How do you think Chuck Schumer would have reacted if he appeared on the scene? He would push Bob Etheridge out of the way so that he could appear in front of the camera and deliver his message. Never let a good video moment go to waste. As it was, Etheridge appears on camera behaving like as ass.

Stephen Adkins November 4, 2010 at 11:54 am

I love his, “I have a right to know who you are.”

tlpalmer November 4, 2010 at 1:11 pm

This seems imcomplete to me. As much as I dislike the govenment tribe they are still human. Most humans have breaking points.

Etheridge seems to have acted poorly, but we don’t know all of the story. Was something else said to him not on the video? Was he stopped by other “students” down the street with more annoying or insulting questions?

Also the “student” refusing to identify himself is a problem to me. If he called himself a student he should be happy to state were he was studying. Why the refusal? This is what makes me think that Etheridge has been bothered in the past by “students” or those claiming to be.

J. Murray November 4, 2010 at 1:53 pm

It comes with the territory. The moment an individual is elected as a Congressman or Senator, they are now on the job 24/7. No breaks, no vacations. If the individual can’t handle that kind of pressure, they have no business running for office.

All elected officials need to realize that they have to keep their cool and just put up with this. And, ultimately, remember that they are inferior to the rest of us so long as they retain a position as an elected official and should act accordingly. Taking up the mantle of civil servant doesn’t eliminate the “servant” half of the equation.

boniek November 5, 2010 at 8:09 am

Actually giving specifics about who you are to a politician that doesn’t like you is stupid. He can make your life a hell on earth if he wants to – why risk such thing? I mean US citizens live in police state. It is very easy to find a law against anyone. There are hardly no innocents under your legal system.

Todd November 5, 2010 at 8:18 am

If I were the politician, I’da told the little Michael Moore wannabe punk to go to hell. Of course, I wouldn’t make a good politician…

Phinn November 5, 2010 at 8:22 pm

And yet, merely walking off while dropping a few silly obscenities would still have been more civilized than Congressman Etheridge.

Greg November 5, 2010 at 11:22 am

I don’t recall the part of the Constitution that requires the masses to identify themselves anytime one of our representatives asks.

If that had been me, I would have punched him the moment he grabbed my neck, if not sooner. Grabbing the wrist or neck are both considered assault.

Gil November 5, 2010 at 7:28 pm

I would like to see that Youtube video!

rpboxster November 4, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Etheridge hasn’t given up yet. Last night election officials “found” 450+ ballots, 100% of which contained Etheridge votes!! That puts him within 1% margin for a mandatory recount–which will be run by Elaine Marshall (secty of state who lost her US Sen bid and is from Bob’s hometown). I’m smelling a “Franken”.

Bruce Koerber November 4, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Apparently he is ashamed of his voting record!

Lemmywinks November 5, 2010 at 10:23 am

I can’t remember the last time I was that drunk.

Russ the Apostate November 5, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Of course not, you were reeeeeaaaalllly drunk at the time! *grin*

Sean November 5, 2010 at 11:10 am

Shocking and disgusting.

Enjoy Every Sandwich November 5, 2010 at 5:03 pm

If the roles had been reversed–if it had been the student who grabbed the Congressman–I suspect that the kid would have landed in jail charged with assault. Of course the ruling class elites need not worry about this.

Dagnytg November 5, 2010 at 7:14 pm

It’s the revealing of his psychology that is most interesting. You’d think Rep.Etheridge would have enough “wit” at this point in his life to have handled the situation differently. It’s a couple of college kids for god sakes!

Instead, he immediately tries to dominate the situation physically. More importantly, he’s dominating a boyish looking young man first by grabbing his wrist, then grabbing him from behind the neck (very revealing) and concludes by spinning him into a hug (also revealing)…only to release him.

I would suggest that Rep. Etheridge is sexually frustrated and physically abusive given the right circumstances. He is a latent homosexual or bisexual and is attracted to those he knows he can dominate. (In this case a young man.)

I’m sure Rep. Etheridge is a god fearing, church going, good ol’ southern boy, but he really needs to get some counseling.

Edgaras November 6, 2010 at 11:49 am

And still we have people blaming the victim… If congressman shot that kid, there would still be people who whined “but why he didn’t tell who he was? That would saved his life. It’s his fault now, yada yada yada”.

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