Several hundred people stormed the small yard of President Bush’s chief political strategist, Karl Rove, yesterday afternoon, pounding on his windows, shoving signs at others and challenging Rove to talk to them about a bill that deals with educational opportunities for immigrants.
The first bit of education those people need is a lesson in civil discourse. It’s one thing to hold a protest — that’s a right guaranteed by the Constitution. But invading a private home unannounced and making demands while physically assaulting the building is un-American.
As if this wasn’t enough, the Post article goes on to describe the protesters’ increasing aggressiveness:
The crowd then grew more aggressive, fanning around the three accessible sides of Rove’s house, tracking him through the many windows, waving signs that read “Say Yes to DREAM” and pounding on the glass. At one point, Rove rushed to a window, pointed a finger and yelled something inaudible.
CNN picked up the story, but their version is far more sympathetic to the “protesters” and much less sympathetic toward Mr. Rove.
Is this behavior now acceptable? As far as I’m concerned it’s another form of terrorism. As a high profile White House advisor, Karl Rove probably endures death threats as it is. When hundreds of people unexpectedly surround your house and start pounding on it, you’ve got to assume the worst. Note the article’s reference to the Secret Service showing up. The USSS doesn’t provide protection to just anyone.
I read the article with great interest, trying to discern the terrible thing Rove had done to deserve this kind of attack:
The coalition’s leaders, who converge on Washington each year to advocate for various issues, said they targeted Rove because they could not get as close to the White House as they could to his house. Rove also is one of Bush’s main advisers, and he did not reply to their requests for a meeting, leaders said.
So that’s it? He didn’t reply to requests for a meeting? Gee, why didn’t they just lynch him? Imagine the chaos that would ensue if every group (and there are hundreds if not thousands of them, ranging from special interest lobbies to foreign officials to government agencies) that was not able to get a meeting with Rove resorted to these tactics.