Incredible Double Standard
After a clearly deranged person, Jared Lee Loughner, shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona, the mainstream media and their liberal cohorts did everything possible to blame the shooting on the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, etc. It didn’t stick because the shooter was a nut who had a copy of the Communist Manifesto in his possession as well as other far left books like Mein Kampf (by Adolph Hitler, head of the German National Socialist Party). Sarah Palin was criticized because some of her 2010 campaign literature had a bull’s eye on candidates they wanted to defeat, even though other liberal groups used similar bulls’ eyes on their literature.
New York Times writer and noble prize winner, Paul Krugman, was unhinged by the shooting. Just so you can appreciate the over-the-top rant of Krugman, here is a small taste of his angry outburst:
We don’t have proof yet that this was political, but the odds are that it was. She’s been a target of violence before. And for those wondering why a Blue Dog Democrat, the kind Republicans might be able to work with, might be a target, the answer is that she’s a Democrat who survived what was otherwise a GOP sweep in Arizona, precisely because the Republicans nominated a Tea Party activist. (Her father says that “the whole Tea Party” was her enemy.) And yes, she was on Sarah Palin’s infamous ‘crosshairs’ list.
Just yesterday, Ezra Klein remarked that opposition to health reform was getting scary. Actually, it’s been scary for quite a while, in a way that already reminded many of us of the climate that preceded the Oklahoma City bombing.
You know that Republicans will yell about the evils of partisanship whenever anyone tries to make a connection between the rhetoric of Beck, Limbaugh, etc. and the violence I fear we’re going to see in the months and years ahead. But violent acts are what happen when you create a climate of hate. And it’s long past time for the GOP’s leaders to take a stand against the hate-mongers.
Subsequent to this and other attacks on responsible conservative spokesmen, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, called for more civil discourse in our nation. He’s right, civil discourse that sticks to the facts is the best. So why has he been silent about the violent acts of the anti-Governor Walker crowd in Madison, Wisconsin?
Where was the civil discourse in the debate in Wisconsin over reigning in the benefits packages of government workers to a level more in keeping with that provided by those who produce goods and services in the free market? Where was the public outcry against violence and violent threats when Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin were threatened with death if they voted for Governor Walker’s modest reforms? After all, Madison, Wisconsin has a long history of violent acts including blowing up a building on the University of Wisconsin campus in protest of the Vietnam War.
Here’s a sample of the threats Republican lawmakers received and which you undoubtedly did not see in your local newspaper or on television. Nor did you hear an admonishment from the President for civil discourse.
We will hunt you down. We will slit your throats. We will drink your blood. I will have your decapitated head on a pike in the Madison town square. This is your last warning.
- An e-mail to Wisconsin Republican State Senator Dan Kapanke after voting to enact Governor Walker’s modest reforms into law.
Another hate e-mail directed to a Republican legislator in Wisconsin…
Subject line – Attention Death threat!!!! Bomb!!!!
We feel that you and your republican dictators have to die. This is how it’s going to happen:…We have all planned to assult [sic] you by arriving at your house and putting a nice little bullet in your head. However, this isn’t enough…So we have built several bombs that we have placed in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequent. This includes your house, your car, the state capitol, and well I won’t tell you all of them because that’s just no fun.
YOUR STAFF MEMBERS HAVE NOW BEEN ADDED TO THE HIT LIST…PLEASE ADVISE THEM OF THE IMPENDING DANGER LEADING TO THEIR [sic] DEATHS.
These three threatening messages are just a small sample of the many death threats that the Republican Senators in Wisconsin endured. Where was the outcry by the national news media? Where were the calls for reason and civil discourse?
As I have said before, if it were not for double standards, liberals would have no standards at all.
Not only did the Democratic State Senators in Wisconsin flee the state and refuse to do their job, they had the gall to act self righteous about their failure to do their duty. But it got worse than that.
After a 60 hour debate on Governor Walker’s reforms that were needed to save the state of Wisconsin from bankruptcy, the state legislature voted to approve the legislation. Upon passage of the bill, Democratic State Representative Gordon Hintz turned to Republican State Representative Michelle Litjens and said…
“You are [expletive] dead.”
Where is the civil discourse? Where was the national news media to condemn such talk?
The violent language was just the tip of the iceberg. For some reason unknown to me, demonstrators were allowed inside the beautiful Wisconsin State Capitol Building. Not only did this allow the union mob to physically intimidate legislators and to interfere with the legislative process, they ended up doing much damage to the State Capitol Building.
There was leadership on the left. US Congressman Mike Capuano of Massachusetts spoke to a Boston rally in support of the union bosses in Wisconsin. This is what he said, in part…
I am proud to be here with people who understand that it’s more than just sending an e-mail to get you going. Every once in awhile you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary.
Where is the outrage against such violent talk? Does someone have to be killed or die from a bomb set by union thugs before someone speaks up?
Silence is, as they say, not always golden, sometimes it’s just yellow.
Shame on liberals for such a double standard. Shame on the news media for their silence. Shame on the President for keeping quiet.