The left has a habit of accosting meetings held by conservatives, where they often behave disruptively and aggressively. Conservatives always allow them to come, and show them both courtesy and respect. So, I decided to see what would happen if I attended one of their meetings.
Today, TaxWyoming - a coalition of leftist factions such as BetterWyoming, FurtherWyoming and such - held a meeting between 4PM and 5PM down at a bar here in Cheyenne. I went there at 4PM, sat down and looked through one of their "brochures". I did not talk to anyone, just sat there and waited to see if they were actually going to have a meeting.
By about 4:20, four people had shown up, not counting me. That is when the fifth attendant storms in, walks straight up to me and yells:
"THIS IS A PRIVATE MEETING! I WANT YOU TO LEAVE!"
Politely, I asked:
"Who are you?"
"I WANT YOU TO LEAVE!"
"I have no reason to leave. I'm just here to listen."
"YOU'RE SVEN, AREN'T YOU!!"
"Yes. Who are you?"
"Who are you?"
"Who are you?"
"Who are you?"
"I'M THE ORGANIZER OF THIS MEETING AND I WANT YOU TO LEAVE!!"
"I'm not going to say a thing. I just want to sit here and listen."
"YOU CAN'T BE HERE!!"
"BECAUSE YOU ARE ANTITHETICAL TO EVERYTHING WE'RE TRYING TO DO!!!"
"You mean raise taxes?"
"THAT'S RIGHT!! NOW, GET OUT BEFORE I CALL THE POLICE!!"
"How is a family making thirty seven thousand dollars a year going to afford your higher taxes?"
"I DON'T CARE! GET OUT NOW OR I'LL CALL THE POLICE!!!"
At that point, other bar patrons were beginning to look at this guy with caution and concern. He was so close to his boiling point that smoke was beginning to come out of his ears. I can't believe that I was the entire reason for his anger; maybe Antifa's November 4 fizzle had something to do with it? Another reason was probably the tiny gathering: he had literally five people there, including himself. I would assume that they each were one of the organizations in his coalition; this organizer's unhinged anger was obviously fueled by the fact that he cannot rally an army of low-income Wyomingites that will get on their knees and beg the legislature to raise their taxes.
Somewhere, I suspect he also cranked himself up to look tough. I'll let him keep his lunch money. I have been around the block a few times. The left here in America can't hold a candle to real political thugs. In terms of "toughness" they don't even register on the radar. I made my bones in street politics back in Sweden back in the '80s. I was part of a movement that on several occasions confronted Nazis that were trying to march in the streets of Stockholm. Those were tough political adversaries.
No, what bothers me with these liberals is their complete contempt for civil discourse, political conversation and free speech. It goes without saying that I had no other plans with attending the meeting than to listen to their arguments. I was not even going to try to engage them in civilized conversation.
That, however, does not matter - even the existence of someone who disagrees with a liberal is sometimes too much.
Their issue itself exemplifies well how their one-way conversations lead to outright destructive conclusions. I am sure that all five of those present at that meeting will show up at the Revenue Committee and plead for government to take more from middle-class Wyomingites. Since most of these liberals don't work and therefore don't have to pay taxes, the concept of "tax burden" is alien to them.
I found a great example of this in a "brochure" they shared with each other - all five - at the meeting. There, they wrap their massive plea for higher taxes in the usual "tax the rich" wrapping paper. One of their arguments, as displayed in their "brochure", is that unidentified low-income families in Wyoming pay a tax rate seven times higher than what unidentified "rich" Wyomingites pay.
Yes, you read that right. Somehow, low-income families in Wyoming pay a tax rate seven times higher than what rich people in Wyoming pay.
I don't know if this is the works of Common Core math, or the kind of degenerative thinking that emerges from one-way conversations. Regardless, this is of course pure and utter nonsense, a complete falsehood of an "argument". If we assume that every "rich" Wyomingite pays the lowest possible income tax they could find, it would be 20 percent (the rate on dividends and capital gains). If TaxWyoming were correct in their "argument", low-income families would pay a tax of 140 percent on their income.
The very fact that these liberals can present something so comical as "arguments" in a discussion on a serious policy issue, only goes to demonstrate how dangerous it is to lock yourself out from an open political discourse. Since they do their best to ignore that people with other views than theirs actually exist, they read, write, talk and behave as though their political adversaries do not exist. Therefore, they do not think they have to hold themselves to any kind of standards in their own writings.
When only one opinion is allowed, truth loses its meaning. Granted, liberals generally do not worry about the truth (there are exceptions, one of them being Jim Byrd, my favorite Democrat legislator here in Wyoming) but to replace truth with propaganda is to step over the very same line that, 35 years ago, separated me and my friends from the thugs that tried to stomp the streets of Stockholm with their Doc Martens.
Whether you try to shut down a free and democratic society with violence or with ignorance, the end result is usually the same.
Don't forget to let the Revenue Committee know how you feel about higher taxes. Be there in person, or send them an e-mail. Be polite, be respectful - but be clear about what you think.