IN 2009, when conservatives protested bailouts and Obamacare, they occasionally were loud at town hall meetings, but their crowds were polite.
On Tuesday, some of the left's Occupy protests across the nation led to smashed windows in business districts and confrontations with the police.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that protesters attacked more than 30 stores and restaurants in the Mission District.
"All I heard was, 'bang, bang, bang,' and some dude had the valet sign, trying to break our window," said Adam Kosoff, manager of a restaurant in the area. "I didn't even see the crowd, and I ran outside and got egged."
President Obama once received praise for a speech that called for civility in public discourse.
It is time the president spoke up again and reined in his supporters not only for their lack of civility but for their violence.
IN 1773, a group of patriots tossed tea in Boston Harbor to protest a tax on tea. Candace DiCarlo and her neighbors in South Philadelphia have a simpler plan.
If their mayor goes ahead with a plan that will double their property taxes, they will sell their homes and move to the suburbs.
DiCarlo pays $2,275 a year in property taxes. That may rise to $5,500.
"I make a living," said DiCarlo. "I'm that middle section that gets squeezed every time. Do I give up my health insurance - or what do I forgo so I can pay an extra $3,000?"
Such is the nature of politicians. Unwilling to cut their spending, they force everyone else to cut theirs.
People do not vote only with ballots. They also vote with moving vans.