On The Ed Show on Monday, host Ed Schultz aired video footage from his interaction with protesters that took part in the 'Cowboys and Indians' protest on the National Mall last week in opposition to the Keystone Pipeline. There were several amusing moments, including one protester opining on the relationship of man to "mother earth," but there was one interview that was decidedly not funny.
One of the protesters, Bryan Brewer of the Ogala Sioux Tribe, without prompting or pushing by Schultz, volunteered that he and his community were willing "to die" to stop the construction of the pipeline:
Protestor: Our people are so passionate. Our people are ready to die. Our people have come up and said we want to be on the front line. We are willing to give our lives to stop this because we know what it's going to do to the people.
Schultz: Isn't that dangerous talk?
Protestor: It is. It is dangerous talk.
Schultz: I mean you just said that your people are willing to die for this?
Protestor: Yes. They are willing to die. And that's the sad part. I would love to see us protest it and they'll stop it, but if not, our people are willing to die to make sure this doesn't happen.
Schultz seemed somewhat surprised by the statement, but in no way alarmed, threatened, or outraged. The fact that the head of a Tribe, a protest organizer and environmental activist literally stated that his group was prepared to fight the government to the death elicits no condemnation from Schultz.
While Schultz asks if it is "dangerous talk," he certainly doesn't seem to act as if he's in the presence of a potentially dangerous domestic terrorist, to use Harry Reid's favorite label. Which is strange since just about ten days ago the mere hint of resisting the government would get you labeled a "domestic terrorist" by Senator Harry Reid. A sentiment that Ed Schultz heartily seconded.
The list of other examples of people on the right being labeled dangerous or "terrorist" is as long as it is hyperbolic. Yet how does Schultz, faced with someone directly stating that they will oppose the government's actions even to the death, react when that person is taking a position of the left? He doesn't call him terrorist. He calls him a "passionate American."
It goes without saying that a similar sentiment expressed by a Tea Party member or gun owner would provoke a very different reaction from liberal talking heads, and the video would spread like wildfire as an indictment of the right as a whole. Physical conflict with the government is apparently only abhorrent from the right. From the left -- and especially the green left -- it is merely "passion."