The libs’ hare-brained policies are a killer.
Imagine if Sarah Palin or Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh had said the following about a Democrat candidate running for Governor of Florida:
“That Scott down there that’s running for Governor of Florida. Instead of running for Governor of Florida, they ought to have him and shoot him. Put him against the wall and shoot him. He stole billions of dollars from the United States government and he’s running for Governor of Florida. He’s a millionaire and a billionaire. He’s no hero. He’s a damn crook.”
If you read or listen to Palin, Beck or Limbaugh, you can’t imagine that, because their words don’t remotely read or sound like that. Actually, as you know thanks to Jeff Lord, who broke the story about them on this site last November 9, these are the words of a Democrat member of Congress, Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-PA), about a Republican candidate running for Governor of Florida, Rick Scott. Instead of taking Kanjorski’s advice to shoot him, the voters of Florida elected him.
And the voters of Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, and Hazelton acted wisely as well in moving to end the climate of hate and tone down the political rhetoric by retiring Kanjorski at the ballot box last November, electing the Republican challenger Lou Barletta instead.
While on the subject of the climate of hate, let us not forget the 2006 award winning film Death of a President. The self-described “mockumentary” was styled as an objective news analysis of a fictional assassination of then President George W. Bush by a sniper on October 19, 2007, after an economics speech at the Chicago Sheraton Hotel. In the plot of the 93 minute film, federal law enforcement authorities frame a Syrian national who is convicted of the killing and sentenced to death. But the real killer was a veteran of the 1991 Persian Gulf War, whose son David had recently been killed while serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq. After the assassination, the father committed suicide, leaving a note for his second son, which read,
Everything I stood for and raised you to stand for has turned bad. There’s no honor in dying for an immoral cause. For lies. I love my country, but I love God, and the sons He gave me more. I must do the right thing by David and by you. George Bush killed our David and I cannot forgive him for that.
Hard to see that note and the entire movie as anything other than an exhortation to the parents of loved ones lost in Iraq to do the right thing by all right thinking people and rid the world of the evil Bushhitler. Nevertheless, the movie won the International Critics Prize at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival, Best Picture Award at the Brussels European Film Festival, and an International Emmy Award, among others. Movie critic Rex Reed called it “Clever, thoughtful, and totally believable. This is a film without a political agenda that everyone should see.” Jim Eberson, editor of RogerEbert.com, advised readers, “Death of a President is electrifying drama and compellingly realistic.”
Apparently, the Lieutenants of the Left are not aware of when they lapse into self-parody. Imagine the riots that would ensue if anyone even tried to make such a movie about, never mind, I would probably be arrested for even bringing that up.
The Brown Shirts of Liberal Fascism
But within a couple of hours of the crazed attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman was out with his cue to the Left Wing’s shock troops, writing, “We don’t have proof yet that this was political, but the odds are that it was… she’s a Democrat who survived what was otherwise a GOP sweep in Arizona, precisely because the Republicans nominated a Tea Party activist.” (Emphasis added.)
You got the message, Homer? The Tea Party is composed of the type of people who would readily kill those they can’t defeat politically. Krugman says this even though he admits he has no evidence for his ravings, and even though he not only doesn’t know anybody involved in any Tea Party, he doesn’t know anybody who knows anybody involved in any Tea Party. No apologies yet from the increasingly disreputable paper that publishes his column.
The actual evidence that has come out establishes more than odds that the shooter suffered from delusional mental illness. As columnist Charles Krauthammer wrote last week, “The origins of Loughner’s delusions are clear: mental illness. What are the origins of Krugman’s?”
I can answer that. There is method to the madness displayed by Krugman, MSNBC raver Keith Olbermann, the New York Times, Tucson Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, and other brown shirts of the Left. They are trying to browbeat conservatives and Tea Party activists out of exercising their constitutional rights of freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, petitioning of the government for redress of grievances, and voting the liberal/left out of office.
Leftist Democrat Rep. Raul Grijalva made this more explicit in commenting on the shooting, saying that when “you stoke these flames, and you go to public meetings and you scream at the elected officials, you threaten them — you make us expendable you make us part of the cannon fodder.” In other words, “Shut up!” they lied.
Even more explicit was Pelosi Captain Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC). “The shooting is cause for the country to rethink parameters on free speech,” he said, in calling for reinstatement of the fairness doctrine to shut down conservative talk radio. He said that some of the commentary he hears is worse than yelling fire in a crowded theater. He could be the leader of the growing Congressional caucus, “Democrats Against Free Speech.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?