The Left and its lamestream media lapdogs have launched a full-scale, coordinated attack on Republicans, TEA Parties and Sarah Palin using Alinsky's tactics and the Big Lie theory in an effort to associate political opponents of President Obama and Congressional Democrats with racism and violence. Our colleagues Adrienne Ross, Ron Devito, Karen Allen and Ian Lazaran (here and here) have ably addressed what the Left is up to and the lack of substance in their arguments. To their lists of examples of the Left inciting violence, we would like to add two more.
The first example comes from the Democrat party's unofficial house organ, the Washington Post:
On Monday morning, the Washington Post decried the "hideous display" of Tea Party protests, but it sounded pretty foam-flecked on Wednesday as Post Metro columnist Courtland Milloy was expressing violent rage on the front of the Wednesday Metro section against the Tea Party protesters:The second example is from the DNC's unofficial PR agency, MSNBC:"I know how the 'tea party' people feel, the anger, venom and bile that many of them showed during the recent House vote on health-care reform. I know because I want to spit on them, take one of their 'Obama Plan White Slavery' signs and knock every racist and homophobic tooth out of their Cro-Magnon heads."[...]
Milloy’s racial animus is on Red Alert, but no editor at the Post suggested he count to ten. They must have wanted it this angry.
If there's one liberal pundit in absolutely no position to criticize others about stoking a climate of violence, it's Chris Matthews. Just a few months ago, the Hardball host indulged this hyper-violent fantasy: "at some point somebody's going to jam a CO2 pellet into [Rush Limbaugh's] head and he's going to explode like a giant blimp." [H/t reader Matt W.]There are many more examples, some of which NewsBusters has collected here and Big Government reported here.
But, predictably, that didn't stop Matthews, as NewsBuster Geoffrey Dickens has documented, from making the condemnation of Republicans in connection with recent untoward incidents the focus of his show this evening.
So please, Chris, spare us the moral indignation. You don't come with clean hands.
These attacks from the Left could all too easily be dismissed as the usual hysteria we have seen so often from unhinged "progressives," but that is only a partial explanation of what is behind this latest Leftist scheme. This time it's not just the usual Palin-hatin' suspects (Huffington Post, Keith Olbermann, Alaska Hit Squad, Lamestream Media, etc.) trying to slime Gov. Palin. Democrat Congresscritters Louise Slaughter and Steve Israel, both of New York, have joined in the attacks. Indeed, Sarah Palin is working to get 17 of their fellow travellers in the U.S. House fired, but the less visible reason they are doing this is to give Congressional Democrats cover.
House Dems who voted for ObamaCare knew that they were doing so at considerable risk to their own careers. They can read public opinion polls just like anyone else can, and the Congressmen didn't want to face the prospect of going home to their districts and having to explain their votes to their constituents. So the Big Lie was put to use to cover their backsides. When your number one talking point is that you allegedly fear for your own personal safety and that of your family, you can use it to to weasel your way out of taking phone calls, answering e-mails or -- God forbid -- having to actually interact with those pesky citizens face to face. Some Democrats used this excuse to cancel town hall meetings that they had scheduled last summer.
So the twofold purpose behind this latest tactic by the left is not simply to demonize Gov. Palin, TEA Partiers and Republicans, but to also give the Congressional Dems who voted for ObamaCare a bogus excuse not to have to grow a spine and face We The People, whose will they so blatently defy. Be ye not deceived.
Oh, and those "crosshair" icons on Gov. Palin's Facebook post? They're metaphors.