The backlash begins against liberal demagoguing of the Giffords shootingby Don on Jan. 10, 2011, under Uncategorized
I wonder if Glenn Reynolds, the “Instapundit,” was moved to write this Op-Ed in the WSJ today after reading The Data Port.
The Arizona Tragedy and the Politics of Blood Libel
As always, read the whole thing—-and yes, I agree with and endorse the whole thing—-but here are a few choice excerpts:
With only the barest outline of events available, pundits and reporters seemed to agree that the massacre had to be the fault of the tea party movement in general, and of Sarah Palin in particular. Why? Because they had created, in New York Times columnist Paul Krugman’s words, a “climate of hate.”
There’s a climate of hate out there, all right, but it doesn’t derive from the innocuous use of political clichés. And former Gov. Palin and the tea party movement are more the targets than the source.
So as the usual talking heads begin their “have you no decency?” routine aimed at talk radio and Republican politicians, perhaps we should turn the question around. Where is the decency in blood libel?
To paraphrase Justice Cardozo (“proof of negligence in the air, so to speak, will not do”), there is no such thing as responsibility in the air. Those who try to connect Sarah Palin and other political figures with whom they disagree to the shootings in Arizona use attacks on “rhetoric” and a “climate of hate” to obscure their own dishonesty in trying to imply responsibility where none exists. But the dishonesty remains.
To be clear, if you’re using this event to criticize the “rhetoric” of Mrs. Palin or others with whom you disagree, then you’re either: (a) asserting a connection between the “rhetoric” and the shooting, which based on evidence to date would be what we call a vicious lie; or (b) you’re not, in which case you’re just seizing on a tragedy to try to score unrelated political points, which is contemptible. Which is it?
I understand the desperation that Democrats must feel after taking a historic beating in the midterm elections and seeing the popularity of ObamaCare plummet while voters flee the party in droves. But those who purport to care about the health of our political community demonstrate precious little actual concern for America’s political well-being when they seize on any pretext, however flimsy, to call their political opponents accomplices to murder.
Where is the decency in that?
Unfortunately for the demagoguing left, conservatives have been screen-capturing and recording everything that has been written and said since Saturday morning’s horror. And, Google never forgets.
Update: Let me also add that I’ve spent a fair amount of time with the Tucson Tea Party. I’ve gone to their rallies. They are fine people, and anyone with a lick of common sense would be proud to have them as allies and friends.
Sure, there have been some kooky signs at Tea Party rallies. But, if the presence of a few kooky signs is de facto proof that an entire organization, or group of people, is corrupted—-then America’s Bushitler-proclaiming, Bush-assassination-wishing, Truther left has captured the entire American liberal movement.
Now, neither assertion in my last sentence is true. But, if we’re going to smear whole groups of people with broad swaths of insinuation, without any apparent care for being reasonable, fair or mature, then the right can do a whole lot of painting, too. We have LOTS of videos and pictures of the left in action, from which to draw.
Paul Krugman doesn’t have the last word here, folks.