This is the typical liberal-left calumny we’ve all become used to by now. The flight of fancy of a small town editor’s op-ed, as is the case with the ignorance and indecency of his big-time congeners, is utterly impermeable to facts that counter the drift of leftist invective. To take just a few examples: Saul Alinsky‘s Rule 13: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it” (italics mine); Obama’s “thuggish rhetoric” (in Diana West’s phrase) advocating bringing a gun to a knife fight, or in Victor Davis Hanson’s recounting, Obama’s “potpourri imagery of knives, guns, enemies, punishing, kicking ass, relegation to the backseat, get angry, getting in their face, hostage takers, trigger fingers, tearing up, etc.”; the Democratic Leadership Committee’s 2004 publication of a bull’s eye map targeting Republicans; Gabriel Range’s film Death of a President envisaging the assassination of George W. Bush; the slew of leftist death-rhetoric against Bush; Cindy Sheehan’s book Peace Mom in which she fantasizes about killing Bush in the cradle; the foaming tirades of MSNBC, Washington Post and New York Times media hitmen; a Daily Kos correspondent opining that Gabrielle Giffords is “dead” to him for voting against Nancy Pelosi; a Salon.com correspondent recommending the electrocution of Sarah Palin like one of Michael Vick’s dogs; and most recently the series of threats against Palin’s life on YouTube/Twitter.
In this demented thought-world, it’s completely OK for Chris Matthews to imagine someone jamming a CO2 pellet into Rush Limbaugh’s head and watching him explode, but let Palin correctly assert she has been the object of a blood libel — prominent Orthodox rabbi Shmuley Boteach has justified Palin’s use of the term — and the left goes into a feeding frenzy. “The righties are gunning up,” smarms Ed Schultz on The Battleground (nota bene: the battleground). There can be no doubt of this: the rhetoric of violence on the left eclipses that on the right by an order of magnitude.
This one needs to go in your read-it-all-and-pass-it-to-ten-lefties file. Then watch them bust a vein while vainly attempting to come up with a cogent counter argument. It’d be fun to video and upload to YouTube.
And who knows, there’s always hope that maybe one of them will come to their freakin’ senses.
But don’t bet on it.
H/T Dan Friedman in email.