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Apparently, the tar-and-feather threats are out, for now. Doxing is in with the far Left in Alaska, as they look for ways to harass and punish legislators.
The “Save Our State” movement has some explaining to do:
Last week, those who oppose Gov. Michael Dunleavy and his budget trimming ways turned up the heat, cranked up the volume, and left their good manners at home. They occupied, vilified, and threatened lawmakers who don’t agree with them. For the Left, it was just another day at the office.
In their social media echo chamber, they cursed the governor, called Republicans names, suggested violence, and published the private cell phone numbers of lawmakers whom they consider enemies. The Democratic Socialists of America-Anchorage were effective in getting lawmakers harassed from as far away as New York by people who are clearly not their constituents.
DSA even posted the governor’s private cell phone number and encouraged people to call and harass him and thrifty Republicans who are in favor of rolling back government spending.
The Democrats hung banners on bridges and overpasses — banners that are not suitable for children, and not legal.
Even Rep. Harriet Drummond, a Democrat lawmaker from mid-Anchorage, got into the profane spirit of things, by posting a social media post that shows just how coarse the Left has become:
On the Delaney Park Strip in Anchorage this weekend, there is an “occupation,” taking place.
It is the continuation of the occupation that took place in Wasilla earlier in the week, when anarchists took over the lawful gathering of elected officials, sitting in the lawmakers’ seats and screaming throughout the proceedings.
Some of the groups participating also took over a meeting of the Department of Interior in Fairbanks this winter and drowned out the participation of others.
The press release from the Delaney Park Strip “occupiers” came from none other than Kati Ward, who was the political director for the failed Walker/Mallott gubernatorial ticket.
THE RHETORIC RATCHETS UP
Nona Dimond, a Juneauite who formerly worked as an aide to Sen. Gary Stevens, posted this graphic, accusing Republicans of being political terrorists:
But have they gone too far?
Chris Dimond, husband of Nona and also a former candidate for House, thinks they have and is trying to tamp down the rhetoric:
“Late last night someone reached out to me for some assistance regarding the doxing of the “22” the governor and his chief of staff. Initially I found it all very funny. After all, these folks seem to have “shut down” in regards to listening to constituents and other Alaskans who are weighing in on the current situation. Hell, they seem to have shut down in regards to doing their jobs, and upholding their oath of office,” Dimond wrote. ” of those things may very well be true.”
“Unfortunately, the doxing that has taken place has only created a bigger mess,” Dimond wrote.
He then went on to describe how talks had been taking place between Republicans who are meeting in Wasilla, lawmakers who are meeting in Juneau, and the governor. And how the doxing had thrown a monkey wrench into those talks.
“The doxing has resulted in further eroding trust and the ability to hold meaningful discussions. Some of the “22” and/or the governor are now blaming the group working in Juneau for releasing that info. This will just further break down the ability for the 3 groups to work to find a solution to the current situation…Unfortunately this doxing has ruined trust, and more importantly it has resulted in threats of violence, physical harm and even death threats (against all 3 groups). This is not productive, it is not how government functions and it is not who any of us are, or should ever be as Alaskans,” Dimond wrote.
“These threats have been extremely unnerving for all. It is resulting in fear, lack of trust, and for some it likely gives them an excuse to walk away from the negotiating table and others it may be creating a victim complex,” he wrote.
What Dimond failed to comprehend is that the Democratic Socialists of America-Anchorage are only temporary friends of the Democrats in Juneau. Their goal is not to override the vetoes, but to create chaos, and in the end, they’ll go after Democrats just like they go after Republicans. The DSA are authoritarian communists at heart.
The DSA folks are not letting this crisis go to waste, and they’re working with the tacit approval of those in power — like Rep. Drummond, who is acting as if she is one of the DSA faithful, and certainly not using her office to call for civility.
Chris Dimond, organizer at Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, did use his position of influence. He went on to ask for people to throttle back the rhetoric, and he asked people to be respectful.
“I know our emotions (on both sides) are running at full throttle right now but we have an obligation as citizens to engage with our government in an appropriate manner,” Chris Dimond wrote. We absolutely should be showing up and protesting, writing letters, calling their offices and so forth. We should not be harming, threatening to harm or engaging in any other conduct that leaves our neighbors scared and feeling unsafe. Believe me, I’m fucking angry right now, and the temptation to engage in that manner is strong, but I’ve been reminding myself that I ran for public office last year, and had I won, it would be me and my family being threatened, insulted and attacked. I would not want that, my family would not deserve that.”
No. he would not deserve that. His wife Nona would not deserve that. But the Twitter handle of Devilsmile thinks it’s just the thing.
“Elected officials need to hear from us. Make it productive tho,” Dimond wrote. “Make it respectful, make it honest and heartfelt. Also, don’t trash legislative staff, they have a job. to do, and families to feed. Some staff may vehemently disagree with their bosses, but are in an unenviable position of having to decide between a paycheck to feed their families and a roof over their heads, or the unemployment line (what YOU would do in that situation is irrelevant as it is not you in that situation…also, PLEASE don’t compare this statement to the nazis statement “I was just doing my job” as this is not the same situation or comparable in any way),” Dimond wrote. He seemed to understand that equating Republicans with Nazis is a bridge too far.
“The only threats any legislator or elected official should be receiving is the threat of someone looking to unseat them from their elected position…through the election process,” Dimond wrote.
Then, he proceeded to blame those who have been doxed for creating the problem:
“This part of my thread is for the “22.” Please stop blaming and accusing your coworkers in Juneau for this doxing. I believe you have wildly underestimated what Alaskans truly think and believe. My suspicion on the release of your phone numbers: look to your friends and neighbors, look to your staff and former staff. You are hurting Alaskans, your friends and neighbors, it is most likely those people you personally have a connection with who have released your personal info.”
Dimond didn’t get his memo of caution out in time for his fellow union brother Vince Beltrami, head of the AFL-CIO in Alaska.
Beltrami huffed and puffed to an “energy reporter” at Alaska Public Media’s “Energy Desk” that:
And with that sentence, the head of the AFL-CIO just admitted that this is all about partisan politics, and that he’ll blow the “red” house down with his big blue army of public employee union workers.