Left wing tolerance/civility watch: Bush, Palin speeches cancelled due to threats, harassment

Posted by: ST on February 6, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Via the Denver Post:

Saying it received an “onslaught of personal attacks,” a Colorado nonprofit announced in a news release today that it was canceling a scheduled May appearance in Glendale by former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Palin, the former Alaskan governor and possible 2012 Republican presidential candidate, was to be the keynote speaker at the May 2 Patriots & Warriors Gala at the Infinity Park Event Center in Glendale.

The event, sponsored by the Sharon K. Pacheco Foundation, was announced to the media on Friday. The group said today the event had been canceled because of “safety concerns resulting from an onslaught of negative feedback received by the organization.”

“Due to an onslaught of personal attacks against Gov. Palin and others associated with her appearance, it is with deep sadness and disappointment that, in the best interest of all, we cancel the event for safety concerns,” according to the news release.

Officials of the foundation could not be reached for comment today.

The Pacheco Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing resources to military families and at-risk youth.

Tax records show the organization has had meager support over the years — raising only $1,000 in 2008 and reporting total assets of $2,204 in 2009.


The event was to have served both as an awards banquet and a fundraiser, providing financial resources to military families in need and raising money for a grief camp for children who have lost loved ones in combat, according to the original Friday announcement.

The news release, which was issued by the Pacheco foundation about 4 p.m. Saturday, said that no “direct threats have been made against anyone, but the recent increase in negative rhetoric against the former Alaska governor raises concern for her safety and the safety of others.”

This sounds like a worthy organization that could have used the money and positive publicity that Palin’s appearance could have given them and their mission. I hope the jackasses who pressured the Foundation into cancelling her appearance are happy. And here I thought the left cared about military families and at-risk youth? Apparently not when that support comes from private organizations. x(

And the Bush cancellation, via the Washington Post:

A planned trip to Switzerland by George W. Bush was canceled after human rights activists called for demonstrations and threatened legal action over allegations that the former president sanctioned the torture of terrorism suspects.

The New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights and several European human rights groups said they were planning to file a complaint against Bush and wanted Swiss prosecutors to open a criminal case against him once he arrived in the country.

In what would have been his first European trip since leaving the presidency, Bush was scheduled to speak in Geneva on Feb. 12 at a dinner in honor of the United Israel Appeal. A lawyer for the organization said Bush’s appearance was canceled because of the risk of violence, and that the threat of legal action was not an issue.

“The calls to demonstrate were sliding into dangerous terrain,” the lawyer, Robert Equey, told the Swiss daily Tribune de Geneve.

A spokesman for Bush said the former president regretted that his speech was canceled.

“President Bush was looking forward to speaking about freedom and offering reflections from his time in office,” David Sherzer said in an e-mailed statement.

Sherzer said that Bush has traveled to Canada, Brazil, China, Japan, South Korea and the Middle East since leaving office.

Organizers of a rally outside the Hotel Wilson, where the speech was scheduled to take place, had called on demonstrators to each bring a shoe, an effort to echo the assault on Bush during a news conference in Baghdad in 2008 when an Iraqi journalist threw a shoe at him.

Looks like some folks still aren’t getting President Obama’s “let’s just all get along” memo. Where’s the widespread mainstream media/left wing outrage?

*crickets chirping*

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14 Responses to “Left wing tolerance/civility watch: Bush, Palin speeches cancelled due to threats, harassment”


  1. Jim says:

    Just as well, I don’t think politicians really want much to do with Glendale, Colorado. It’s a 1 sq. mile municipality known almost exclusively for its strip clubs.

    Look it up on Wikipedia, particularly the part about who founded the Glendale Tea Party.

  2. RogerCfromSD says:

    Let me and a few hundred other Patriots know in advance, and we’ll provide Security for the speaking events.


  3. NC Cop says:

    Gosh, the Swiss didn’t feel too bad about Hitler.

  4. not one democratic politican will have a word to say.

  5. Joseph Brown says:

    As a AF veteran who served from the end of the Korean conflict to approximately halfway through the Vietnam conflict, I can truthfully say, they only love us when they need us.

  6. Lorica says:

    Just amazes me how the leaders of their movement constantly cry out about tolerance and civility, then blame our movement anytime their is violence even tho it is usually their followers who are the most extreme. What do you to with such deluded, hatefilled people?? Is violence the only way they can argue with their opposition?? Remember during the election the fake violence they made up about the people at a McCain/Palin rally?? These are such pathetic little people, it truly is sad. – Lorica

  7. Carlos says:

    Democrats and Democrat policies are designed specifically to make we, the people, feel good about getting screwed, and knowing that the next time they screw us it will feel even better!

    And what could feel better to the millions of Obamatons that put the jerk in office that they can so easily silence that voice calling for the mass murder of all who disagree with her?

    Oh, wait, that was a jackass who called for that last week, not Sarah.

  8. Shannon says:

    The Palin cancellation is a nonstarter, isn’t it? From the post:

    The news release, which was issued by the Pacheco foundation about 4 p.m. Saturday, said that no “direct threats have been made against anyone, but the recent increase in negative rhetoric against the former Alaska governor raises concern for her safety and the safety of others.”

    In other words, “We heard some people don’t like her and don’t appreciate her use of violent rhetoric, and we’re afraid that someone’s going to act on that belief. No, nobody’s said anything of the sort, but maybe we can get a headline or two if we cancel her appearance.” Forgive my cynicism, but I’m sure you echo it when looking at my side (progressives). This just screams publicity stunt with no grounding in reality

    Regarding the Bush issue… it’s no secret that after the W. Bush administration, the United States’ world image took a serious nosedive. But you can’t exactly blame American liberals for the fact that the American government is now internationally despised. That happened on the last watch.

    Also… can you really equate tossing a few shoes with the threat of genuine violence? It’s a symbolic gesture.

    This is the kind of post that makes liberals like me roll our collective eyes and mutter about false equivalence. Demonstrations are absolutely not the same thing as violent threats.

  9. ST says:

    LOL! Gotta love the lame excuse making and rationalizations for obvious examples of liberal incivility and intolerance when it comes to conservative viewpoints. “Publicity stunt” – “mobs throwing shoes at someone isn’t really violence-violence” – “it’s Bush’s fault.”

    Keep it up! Roll your eyes. The rest of us are laughing. :))

  10. NC Cop says:

    Keep it up! Roll your eyes. The rest of us are laughing. :))

    Isn’t it amazing? They actually believe all that crap that they shovel! It’s amazing to me that someone can live in an age where information is more avaialble and plentiful then ever before in the history of mankind, yet people can still be so blissfully ignorant.


  11. Carlos says:

    Thanks for injecting the “progressive” feel-good point of view to raising unicorns, Shannon. There are so many falsehoods in your short spiel one has to wonder where to start, but none of it is worth the effort to respond to, except for how the rest of the world views us now.

    Other countries may not have liked the United States or GW personally, but they knew they could count on his word. Now, they not only dislike the USA more intensely, but Obhammud has done everything in his power to destroy existing friendships (as with snubs and incredibly insensitive gifts to the English and most others), and no one, absolutely no one, in the world will take what Duh-1 says at face value. Only as it should be for a lying, conniving, slithering Machiavelli like him.

  12. Lorica says:

    If cancelling the Palin visit was a stunt, then why are they slashing ticket prices?!?!?!?! Palin’s 1 visit would probably brought in 10 times their total assets, but then why not give into pressures brought to bear by people who do not want to discuss both sides of the conversation, and will shut down anyone who opposes their side. Here is another example of the “progressive” (HA!!) side reacting to the object of their hatred. Sort of reminds me of when Stephen was chastizing the crowds in the book of Acts. What did they do?? Covered their ears and stoned him dead. Just like “progressives” they don’t want to hear the truth, they only want to hear the echo chamber of their own thoughts. – Lorica