February 22, 2007

Crazy Leftist Stalks, Attacks Political Opponents

This story is beyond belief -- were it not for the long history of political violence engaged in by the American Left against political opponents. But this case is extreme even by those standards.

A Fredericksburg man is facing several assault charges after police say he hunted down a group of Republicans and confronted them in their home over their beliefs.

Police said Andrew Stone, 23, recently went to a home in Fredericksburg at around 5:30 p.m. after he saw a name and nearby address on a Republican Web site.

Stone confronted three residents about their political viewpoints, police said. When he found out the residents supported the Republican-led war effort in Iraq, police say Stone became enraged.

Stone then hit the homeowner and his roommates several times as they tried to force him out of the door, police said.

Stone faces three counts of assault and battery.

Now this story really does not do the event justice. Michelle Malkin has more, including an account by one of the victims of the attack.

"I was taking a shower a little after 5pm while two of my housemates were cooking dinner. A man (Stone) came to the door asking for Reed Pannell. He was very polite and had some military literature with him so the housemates assumed he was either a recruiter or a friend of mine from class. As they were waiting for me to get out of the shower, Stone came inside, sat down in our living room, and quietly read the paper while he waited. I rushed out of the shower, came down with just a pair of jeans on and shaving cream still on my face.

At this point, Stone politely stood up, shook my hand, and told me that he had found my address on facebook. He asked if I was a College Republican as it said on my account, I told him yes. He then asked me "Oh, so that means you support the war, right?" and I responded with a yes. He then said that since I was for the war, if I was interested in signing up for the army. At this point I was sure he was a recruiter, and I told him that I'd definitely look into it as soon as I graduate (I'm a junior political science/econ major right now at UMW). This is where something changed in his eyes and he started getting aggressive. He took a step towards me and said that I support the war, yet don't want to fight in it.

At this point my roommate, Matt, stepped into the room and told him he was being disrespectful, and that it was time to leave. I told Matt that I could handle the guy (I've gotten into debates like this before). Stone responded to Matt by saying that "I'm not done talking to your roommate, he's a pussy and can't back up anything he believes in". At this point I, not politely, told him to leave our house. He refused, saying he was not done talking with us. He threw the military literature he had at me, which turned out to be United States Air Force literature. He said that I would never make it in the army and that was why he brought over USAF literature (implying he came over in a sinister manner--not only have I never seen/spoken to him before, but what if I had said that I had wanted to join up, right then and there? Oops, take this Air Force literature...).

My roommate Matt pushed Stone's shoulder towards the door at this point, and the second that happened Stone swung and struck Matt in the side of the head. Both exchanged several punches to the face/body and then I jumped in, throwing them both onto our couch. My other roommate called the police while both Matt and I tried to restrain him on the couch, but he kept hitting us. Both of us were yelling at him to leave, but he kept screaming that he wanted to fight us one on one like men, that we're "pussies" for not being in Iraq, and that we're hypocrites. He going crazy. Both of us struck him several times while he was on the couch. We finally dragged him off of the couch and forcibly pushed him out of the door. He then forced his way back into the house, where he struck Matt several more times. We both pushed him outside and went outside with him, where he would not leave our porch, and he continued to strike us both. Matt ended up pushing him over the railing, but fell along with him face first, with Stone holding onto my right arm as he did so.

The police on the phone with my other roommate told us to get inside, and so we did, and locked the door. As we entered my house, we yelled at Stone that the police were coming, and that if he was in the right, he should tell them. Personally, I'm surprised that he stayed--any logical person would flee after assaulting two people at once, unprovoked (the third roommate was not assaulted). The police showed up (4 cruisers) 30 seconds later, and Stone continued to be incredibly disorderly. They got his story, then ours, talked with eachother for 30 seconds and then arrested Stone. They asked if we wished to press charges, we said that we did. He is now out on bail, but he is charged with assault and battery, trespassing, and we have a restraining order against him.

We then hopped on facebook to see this guy's profile--he is NUTS.

...Later that day we found a list of names on the front porch, complete with addresses, boys and girls, all members of the college Republicans. I was 9th on the list. I contacted a few of the people on the list and only one had received a visit from this guy, and they hadn't even answered the door because they knew of his affiliation and what he was coming to say. For lack of better words, we were pretty unsuspecting. His arraignment is on March 1st, and our school newspaper is doing a large investigation of his ties to other organizations on campus, etc. For now, we're all pretty scared about what this guy'll do now that he's back on the streets.

Malkin also includes a online posts by this clown, Andrew Stone, on her site. Good grief, he fits right in with the NutRoots anti-war types -- profane, anti-Semitrc, and ready to advocate violence against political opponents. He just took it to the next level by preparing a hit-list and beginning to act upon it.

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I just wanted to let you know that most anti-war types don't condone this kind of behavior. I've never believed that this war was the right move for the United States. But I have nothing but contept for Andrew Stone and his ilk. What he did was plain wrong, any way you slice it.

God bless!

|| Posted by Teresa Valdez Klein, February 22, 2007 07:56 PM ||

But sadly, acts of violence are pretty much a staple among the political left -- whether we are talking events like this, the disruption of the Minutemen speech at Columbia, anarchist rampages or bullets fired into GOP offices during the 2004 elections. yes, i realize this is the work of a minority, but look at the desire to do violence to political opponents found on lefty websites.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, February 22, 2007 08:26 PM ||

You're absolutely correct that the left is really, really angry -- even violently angy in some cases. You can't deny that George W. Bush's two terms in office have done more to piss off liberals than any other event in recent memory. Sometimes, that anger gets taken much, much too far.

But you can't pretend that similarly crazed folks on the right haven't gone off half cocked and fired off similar rhetoric or acted violently.

Where decent, freedom-loving people like you and I can agree is when it comes to keeping a lid on the insane elements within our own movements. The more we do that, the better for America and the world at large. Whenever I start to feel irationally angry about politics, I remind myself, "we're all patriots here."

|| Posted by Teresa Valdez Klein, February 26, 2007 01:33 PM ||

I think the problem is that such rhetoric and violence has, unfortunately, been much more of a staple of the Left. -- and not just over the last six years. Look at the Reagan years -- or the left-wing terrorism of the 1960s.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, February 26, 2007 04:47 PM ||

You are funny. Keep up the good satire. It contrasts with the times that the right wing is threatening the left with hanging, or when they are are threatening doctors who perform abortions, or when they are gay bashing.

|| Posted by Dan, February 26, 2007 07:46 PM ||

Actually, Dan, the only folks we threaten with hanging are those guilty of treason.

And we are teh folks who are among the first to denounce the lawless folks who commit violence at abortion clinics, and call for their arrest and full prosecution.

And as far as gay bashing, I've noticed that it is rarely an ideological thing, but is instead the province of a few sick individuals.

But then again, given that the GOP has never had an armed paramilitary terrorist wing like the Democrats did for so long, I'm not surprised that we reject violence while your side embraces it.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, February 26, 2007 08:14 PM ||

And may I note that those hangings would come after a trial and conviction by a jury -- unlike the hangings done by the Democrat organization I mentioned above.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, February 26, 2007 08:15 PM ||
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