More threats by Tea Party supporters

We reported to you yesterday about how an innocent family had an aerial view of their family home placed on Facebook with the words "target acquired" posted underneath and the statement, "got to love drones LOL," posted under that.

The organizer of a draft campaign committee for Gail Phoebus publicly posted personal details that he believed belonged to a "political consultant" who works in Sussex County.  But as with so much that comes from these people, the Phoebus campaigner -- who is also a key figure in the Skylands Tea Party of Sussex County -- got it all wrong.

The home "targeted" by the Phoebus campaigner/ Tea Party activist is in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and it belongs to a perfectly innocent family with young children.  It is not the home of the "political consultant" that Mr. Tea Party seems intent on injuring.

After Watchdog reported this, the Phoebus campaigner/ Tea Party activist appealed to his fellow supporters.  They responded with threats of violence and personal harm towards the "political consultant":

The "political consultant" (who is, in fact, a free lance writer) has already been "targeted" by Andover Township with what has been alleged are false statements by municipal officials.  Watchdog has observed how a number of prominent individuals in Sussex County -- including Andover Township municipal officials, Freeholder George Graham, Assemblyperson Gail Phoebus, and the New Jersey Herald have attempted to stoke hatred towards this individual.  They will bear some responsibility if a nutcase gets motivated enough to act against this or another "target" of their hate.

The conduct of officials at Andover Township has been particularly disreputable, and there has been an enormous amount of hatred stirred up simply because a writer exercised his First Amendment rights under the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States of America.  Why can't these people wrap their minds around the idea of freedom of speech?

Instead of hate, maybe these folks should try calming down long enough to have a polite, rational, dignified policy discussion.  As the writer Isaac Asimov observed, "violence is the last refuge of the incompetent."