Today’s Conversation – The New Tone?

(From my show, The Conversation with Tony Katz, on


Since the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), much ado has been made of the new tone in America.  The concept of civility – how to treat one another, how to talk to one another.  How two people can disagree, but not be disagreeable.

But what has come of that moment…that “teachable” moment.

First, before President Obama mentioned the words, there were the lies of Paul Krugman of the New York Times and Dana Milbank of the Washington Post, claiming that the Tea Party is the violent group, while violently lying about the Tea Party.  Then, there was the Sadie Hawkins dance known as the State Of The Union, where Democrats like former Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to sit next to a Republican.

Recently, it focuses on Wisconsin, and the rallies that have been going on around the nation. One after another, the videos appear…of cursing, yelling, shoving. organized rallies at all 50 state capitals to show unity with the employees union in Wisconsin.  In Sacramento, this attack on a non union member occurred.  Then, again, in Atlanta.

While one 17 year old was handing out copies of the United States Constitution, this man offered to show him what “tea-bagging” is:

Massachusetts Congressman Michael Capuano – a Democrat – had this to say:

Heck, we could even go into ancient history, before the new tone speech, and talk about the attack on Kenneth Gladney, the lost finger of a Tea Party member in California (it was bitten off!), the eggs thrown at Andrew Breitbart, or the vicious lies bandied about regarding the use of the “N” word towards Rep. John Lewis (D) of Georgia.  It is still unproven, and a $100,000 reward remains for any proof of it.

It would be comical if it weren’t so serious.  No one would believe that everyone on one side of an issue were just choir boys.  Certainly, I would never claim that of the Tea Party, nor of the anti-union groups that have been protesting.  But what we are seeing from pro-union forces, and anti-Tea Party thugs, is a repeated record of violent behavior and assaults. These are not isolated incidents.  They are interconnected.

So, The Conversation Is: When does the violence end?  And will the left ever recognize their role in it?

Watch The Conversation, with my guests Larry O’ Connor and Christian Hartsock.

About the Author
Tony Katz is the host of The Morning News with Tony Katz on 93.1FM WIBC (Indianapolis.) Working his way through current events and pop culture, Tony entertainingly exposes media hypocrisy and makes the complex easy to understand. Different than other talk show hosts, Tony focuses on right vs. wrong, instead of right vs. left. Follow him on Twitter @tonykatz. Listen to Tony Katz Monday - Friday, 5-9am on 93.1FM WIBC and

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