What’s truth got to do with it

CBS' Bob Schieffer suggests clamping down on Freedom of Speech in an effort to control violenceTwo of my biggest pet-peeves have always been the hypocrisy of the Left and the fact that historically, governments are loath to yield power.  The two become linked when the Left runs the government and terror comes from frustrated crazies.  The government seems to use every excuse to exploit public fear and encourage public demand for ever greater government “protections” which are really just more restrictions on freedom.  All-the-while they pin as much blame as possible on their political enemies.

If you’re old enough to have travelled in the 1980s and even the 90s you can recall the thrill and exhilaration of travel.  If not, then you may not realize travelling hasn’t always been drudgery, fraught with inconvenience, and invasions of privacy.  But hey, you’re safer.  Yeah, it’s sooo worth it!

Yesterday, Bob Schieffer, of CBS News, scared the crap out of me.  Well not literally but listen to his reaction to the Bedell and Stack attacks.  “Any society will always include a small number of the deranged who pose a danger to the rest of us, but here is the difference: In this age of the Internet, such people can find one another, talk to one another and – no matter how twisted their view – find those who agree and sympathize with them.” … “I would be the last person to restrict freedom of speech, but responsible people recognize there are limits.” Actually, Mr. Schieffer, you were not the last person to call for restrictions on free speech, you were the first. It is this attitude that creates the crazies.  They feel trapped by an ever-growing government that resembles a cloud of locust more than a guardian of freedom.

Bedell and Stack were clearly on the fringe, but should we restrict American freedoms further in the name of protection?  People wake up now or you risk waking up in a very safe American version of the Soviet Union. Freedom has a price and that price includes some risk.

The Left is serious about not letting any crisis go to waste.  Not only can these attacks be used to restrict freedom, but they are used to attack and discredit political enemies.  Perhaps the greatest threat to big-government is the Tea Party movement.  The Tea Parties are a purely reactionary grass-root political response to the massive power-grab that started with G.W. Bush in 2008 and accelerated after B.H. Obama’s coronation in 2009.

Don’t be fooled, any opposition to the Socialist Left must be crushed and that begins by portraying all Conservatives and Tea Party supporters as violent, dangerous nuts.  The hypocrisy comes from the fact that since September 11, 2001, those on the Left including the President, have strove to excuse, minimalise, and ignore Islamic extremism, they ignore or accept environmental terror, and justify violent left-wing political activists.  Yet, much is made when someone is pushed beyond sanity by the IRS.

Taxes involved?  Did the attacker write an angry anti-tax suicide note?  Oh, must be one of those wacky Tea Party-types.  We should watch all those people and maybe restrict their freedom of speech. They’re DANGEROUS, you know.

Erick Erickson posted a good response to Democrat insistence on calling all anti-government violence right-wing terror.  He writes exactly what has been swimming around my head for the past week.

Murder as Politics: An Inconvenient Truth


It is sad that this even has to be pointed out. With Joseph Patrick Bedell, the Democrat and Pentagon shooter, and Joe Stack, the crazed and angry Austinite, being lumped in as Tea Party activists, the right feels compelled to respond to a badly misguided media showing its left-wing bias.

Stack and Bedell, like Timothy McVeigh before them, are considered conservatives by the left, despite very clearly hating the right. In fact, if we were to be honest they like McVeigh are of a branch of anarcho-libertarian that hates both left and right.

But in a day and age when the media dwells on simple narratives devoid of reality, it is easier to lump them all in as conservatives, helping feed left-wing narratives about a violent right. And so the right must respond.

For just one example consider the Associated Press trying to blame Jim DeMint’s rhetoric as incitement for Bedell, a Democrat, and Stack a Marx quoting nut. This is the 2010 equivalent of Bill Clinton blaming Rush Limbaugh for Timothy McVeigh’s bombing in Oklahoma City. Never mind the facts, score points against the right.

Therefore, it is time for one of those inconvenient truths.

At least since the 19th century, it has been the left employing murder and death as a political weapon. From Hitler to Mao to Lenin to Stalin to Chavez to Castro to Guevera to Arafat to Pol Pot to Mugabe to [insert your favorite American union] to Margaret Sanger the left and its heroes have used death, violence, and murder to advance their agenda.

For every Pinochet or Netanyahu (unfairly) the left grasps for, the list is three times as long on the left.

It is inconvenient. The left will try to laugh it off or attack the person pointing out, but the truth remains. It is not conservatives burning down homes in Washington State with the ELF.

It is not conservatives throwing blood on women wearing fur. It is not conservatives burning down the Texas Governor’s Mansion during riots. It is not conservatives rioting during G-8 summits. .

It is and has always been the left. Deal with it.

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