Monday, January 10, 2011
Not at all saying who started it -- one can only imagine the intensity of righty vitriol during the Clinton administration if there had been blogs then -- but the idea that harsh political rhetoric and imagery is the province of the right is, well, a lie. Take this trip down memory lane and report back.
Partial repost from below:
This feels like the start of an assault on core First Amendment rights.
The Tuscon shooter was a nut -- pure and simple -- and had been stalking the Congresswoman since 2007 -- it had nothing to do with ObamaCare.
But he has hit a nerve -- especially among Democratic Congresscritters, most of whom I'm sure have been getting an increasing earful from consituents over the last two years. Many are saying fearfully to themselves "that coulda been me."
But this should not turn into an assault on our core First Amendment rights.
Ironically during last weeks tag team reading of the Constitution it was Congresswoman Giffords who read the First Amendment.
Before he died, comedian George Carlin expressed his surprise that censorship was now coming much more from the Left.
Thanks for posting this link. Crazy people doing tragic violence happens- just ask Ted Kosinski. The left is completely bereft of ideas and is competing solely on propaganda. The American people aren't buying it either, and I for one hope the progressive ascendancy is nearly over, so we can go back to being free and our rulers stop insulting us.
How many unbalanced, brain washed guys are sitting in their parents' basement watching porn and reruns of John Stewart thinking, "I can't play ball, dance or sing but I sure can see how to get folks to pay attention to me!" The next murders by an unbalanced whacko with a gun are on the left-wing media.
I remember walking in San Francisco and seeing blow up dolls of President Bush outside shops. Passers by would punch the dolls and be amused by their political acumen. The Bush derangement orchestrated by the media and folks in entertainment was something I didn't understand then and don't understand now.
More examples from Breitbart, via Pajamas Media of recent left wing hate rhetoric, and it misses the Paul Krugman column in which he supports the idea that mock hangings of Senator Leiberman are justified.
The left is one big projection mechanism: it is actually guilty of doing all the evils it wishfully ascribes to the center right.
And, via HotAir, here's Alec Baldwin from many years ago advocating the stoning to death of GOP congressmen, their wives and children.
I suggest we invite recently retired Congressman Kanjorski to testify before Congress in hearings on the Arizona shootings, along with, SuperSherriff Dupnick, the execrable Paul Krugman, Markos Moulitsas and anyone other lefties with theories about how too much free speech on the right led to the shootings.
We the citizens need to know!! Hearings now!!
Some excerpts from what I said today:
"No one should be deterred from speaking up and speaking out in peaceful dissent, and we certainly must not be deterred by those who embrace evil and call it good. And we will not be stopped from celebrating the greatness of our country and our foundational freedoms by those who mock its greatness by being intolerant of differing opinion and seeking to muzzle dissent with shrill cries of imagined insults.
"Just days before she was shot, Congresswoman Giffords read the First Amendment on the floor of the House. It was a beautiful moment and more than simply “symbolic,” as some claim, to have the Constitution read by our Congress. I am confident she knew that reading our sacred charter of liberty was more than just “symbolic.” But less than a week after Congresswoman Giffords reaffirmed our protected freedoms, another member of Congress announced that he would propose a law that would criminalize speech he found offensive.
"In times like this we need God’s guidance and the peace He provides. We need strength to not let the random acts of a criminal turn us against ourselves, or weaken our solid foundation, or provide a pretext to stifle debate.
"America must be stronger than the evil we saw displayed last week. We are better than the mindless finger-pointing we endured in the wake of the tragedy. We will come out of this stronger and more united in our desire to peacefully engage in the great debates of our time, to respectfully embrace our differences in a positive manner, and to unite in the knowledge that, though our ideas may be different, we must all strive for a better future for our country. May God bless America."