While listening to John Boehner’s interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on his description of the Tea Party protests, the following occurs to me. Even if not entirely true, it is the perception that is most prevalent.
The RIGHT shows up with guns and signs, backed by the Second Amendment and attempts to force others to their will.
The LEFT shows up with pens and blogs, backed by the First Amendment and attempts to convince others of their position.
Guns and force win in the short term. Thought and conversation is tenacious.