Over the weekend, a mob of maybe 100 pro-amnesty protesters swarmed around the home of Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach, a prominent immigration hawk, chanting “Si, se puede.” Kobach, his wife, and their four girls happened to be out of town, but you can see from the video that people are crowded on his front porch and steps, his driveway, and front lawn. The Left thinks the story is Kobach’s pointing to the outrage as an example of why we need the Second Amendment. (It took cops 15 minutes to show up.)
Kobach’s right, of course, but the real issue is that political protests should never target a public official’s home or family. It is naked intimidation and has no place in a democracy. This is true regardless of the positions taken by the official or the protesters. There have been instances of pro-life and Second Amendment activists engaging in such disgraceful conduct, but there’s no doubt that it’s a lot more prevalent on the left. Leftists protested at the home of Michigan governor Rick Snyder last year. Also last year, the teachers union and ACORN-wannabes marched on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home to protest school closings. And who can forget in 2004 when the radical community-organizing group National People’s Action surrounded Karl Rove’s D.C. home and banged on the windows, demanding amnesty for illegal aliens (an improbable target, since he agreed with them on amnesty).
A quick look at the Foundation Directory shows that Sunflower Community Action, the group that staged the intimidation event at Kobach’s home, is funded by, among others, the Ford Foundation, Citi Bank’s foundation, Capitol Federal Foundation (a Kansas bank), Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, and others. Do they approve of such conduct?