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CA Speaker Bass answers question “Is it better to be an idiot or a hypocrite” with “Why not both?”

Many people have already heard about or read about California Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, and her assertion that Conservative talk show hosts are “terrorists.”  If not, you can check The Corner at NRO.

It was during an interview with the LA Times.  The portion of the interview that, rightly, has many people up in arms is this:

Q: How do you think conservative talk radio has affected the Legislature’s work?

A: The Republicans were essentially threatened and terrorized against voting for revenue. Now [some] are facing recalls. They operate under a terrorist threat: “You vote for revenue and your career is over.” I don’t know why we allow that kind of terrorism to exist. I guess it’s about free speech, but it’s extremely unfair.

As a matter of fact, though the question was about talk radio, it’s clear she’s actually talking about the Republican Party in general, and its members.  What she’s talking about is simple protesting.  When you protest government, what are you telling them?  In essence, you’re here because we allow you to be; muck it up and you’re gone.

Bass appears to be under the impression that the Legislature is not answerable to the folks who put them in power.  Bass, it would appear, has never heard the phrase “Consent of the Governed.”  Perhaps she knows a Constitutional Scholar would could explain it to her.  For an elected official to equate the simple practice of the First Amendment with “terrorism” should start raising alarm bells in people.  That she would then suggest that believers in “Government by Consent” — a key founding principle of our nation, by the way — should be silenced, ought to scare the bejesus out of everyone.

But then, in keeping with the Liberal tradition of “Freedom for me, but not for thee,” Bass reveals that, actually, she’s okay with reminding Government who pays the bills — as long as you agree with her personal ideals.  From the Times interview, with absolutley NO clipping in the middle:

How do you think conservative talk radio has affected the Legislature’s work?

The Republicans were essentially threatened and terrorized against voting for revenue. Now [some] are facing recalls. They operate under a terrorist threat: “You vote for revenue and your career is over.” I don’t know why we allow that kind of terrorism to exist. I guess it’s about free speech, but it’s extremely unfair.

Do you get especially exasperated when your own people — Democrats — don’t agree with you?

You know, I was a community activist, so I’m used to standing out in front of an elected official’s office and protesting.

(italics added)

So, just to be clear: Community Activism, which Bass defines as “standing out in front of an elected official’s office and protesting” is fine and dandy, so long as you’re name is Karen Bass.  Using radio, television, letters and email to carry out your right as an American Citizen to make your voice heard by reminding your representatives who pays their mortgage — especially as a card-carrying Republican — that’s terrorism.  Got it.