Skip to comments.The Accelerating Push to Criminalize the Right
Posted on 06/21/2009 5:16:26 AM PDT by FromLori
The New American recently warned that Americans who oppose policies emanating from Washington are being tarred as right-wing extremists and even potential terrorists by the Obama administration's Department of Homeland Security as well as by the New York Times and other liberal media organs. This push to demonize and even criminalize political dissent appears to be accelerating.
Earlier this month, New York Times columnists Frank Rich and Paul Krugman wrote pieces laying the blame for the murder of an abortionist and a U.S. Holocaust Museum security guard at the foot of President Barack Obama's critics. Both have received figurative high-fives from the left-wing blogosphere. The Huffington Posts Dennis Palumbo called Richs column gripping and added: What is news ... is the unchecked level of rancor, and the seeming lack of interest in how this wave of hate-speech may well contribute to more tragedies. DailyKos.com reposted the money quotes from Richs column in several places and defended Paul Krugmans column The Big Hate. The leftist People for the American Way essentially seconded the columns. Columnists from the New York Daily News and Salon.com published similar sentiments. The Rev. Jesse Jackson took up the familiar gun-control theme in the Chicago Sun-Times.
The chorus of New York Times columnists calling for silencing the right reached a trifecta with Bob Heberts June 19 column, A Threat We Cant Ignore. Heberts piece had a naked message to anyone criticizing Obama: Shut up. The focus of Heberts rage was the rather mild actions by the National Rifle Association to set up a website to oppose any efforts by the Obama administration to ban firearms in violation of the Constitutions Second Amendment. While the N.R.A. is not advocating violence," Hebert acknowledged, "it shouldnt take more than a glance at the newspapers to understand why this is a message that the country could do without.
Shut up, he politely explained. You have the right to dissent with policy opinions only when a Republican is in the White House, as far as the New York Times editorial page is concerned. Hebert claimed that the NRA website was unnecessary. There is no Obama gun ban on the way, he wrote. However, he concluded his column by proposing the following solution to the current crisis: The first step should be to bring additional gun control back into the policy mix. Thats logic, New York Times-style.
While Hebert and his New York Times colleagues didnt explicitly call for government censorship, none of them put vigorous criticism of Obama into the category of constitutionally protected free speech either. Of the NRA, Hebert says you can sure blame it for ignoring the tragic lessons of history and continuing to spray gasoline into an environment that we have seen explode time and again. Let the reader project the line to where such argumentation is heading.
This whole public discussion about the dangers of dissent originated in a Department of Homeland Security report entitled Right Wing Extremism. Released in May, the report said that there was no organized right-wing terrorism but that there is a danger in lone wolf killers being incited to commit deadly acts. The DHS report echoes a FBI program under the Justice Department called Operation Vigilant Eagle. Who are the would-be lone-wolf killers? Who is inciting them? According to the organized left and government officials, anyone who criticizes policies emanating from Washington is an extremist and is worthy of a watchful eye from law enforcement at best and of being considered a terrorism danger at worst. "Lone-wolf offenders continue to be of great concern to law enforcement," the Wall Street Journal reported June 15.
Whenever a crazed killer gives a political motivation, officials always try to place the blame at the feet of its own critics. "Hate speech" can be loosely defined as speech politicians hate. It makes no difference whether the critic is on the political left or right. The Department of Homeland Security also sought to demonize left-wing critics of Washington policies with its own report on Leftwing Extremists, which was written shortly before the report on Rightwing Extremism.
Even if a killer doesnt provide a motivation, journalists always clamor for a reason for any particularly senseless killing. This idiotic tendency of the press was satirized by musician/songwriter Bob Geldof in his 1979 hit song I Dont Like Mondays. The song is about a schoolyard shooting that same year by 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer in San Diego, California. After shooting and killing two school officials and injuring eight schoolmates and a police officer, a reporter asked her why she did it. She replied I don't like Mondays, this livens up the day. Geldofs unforgettable lyrics satirize a conversation between dopey reporters incessantly asking why she did it and the girls father, who had no answer:
He can see no reasons, cause there are no reasons. What reason do you need to be shown? Tell me why! I dont like Mondays. Tell me why! I dont like Mondays. Tell me why! I dont like Mondays. I want to shoot the whole day down.
Crazy doesnt need a reason.
But that doesnt mean government officials and a compliant press wont invent one, if it can help stifle dissent.
Progressives? Progressing towards what?
I’m wondering if this is behind the reason THE ONE doesn’t condemn the mullahs in Iran on this fraudulent election....
Scary thought I would be worried I am worried.
could it be Obama is slow to condemn Iran’s elections is because they Mullahs used the same fraud computer software as obama/democrats/acorn used to steal votes?
Do You honestly believe that all the times democrats have been monitoring elections around the world it was done to ensure that the votes were counted correctly?
They were testing different methods on how to “rock the Vote”
No doubt that’s where we’re headed. Keep it polished and clean...and loaded.
Anyone Remember Hillarys’ Screed about Debate ?
The reason, IMO, is that Ahmadinejad is a friend of Russia.
From CBS-News, July 29, 2006:
Chavez Vows To 'Stand By Iran'
After Oil Talks In Tehran, Venezuelan Leader Called 'Brother' By Ahmedinejad
"Chavez pledged that his country would 'stay by Iran at any time and under any condition,' state television reported. Ahmadinejad said he saw in Chavez a kindred spirit." "'We do not have any limitation in cooperation,' Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying. 'Iran and Venezuela are next to each other and supporters of each other. Chavez is a source of a progressive and revolutionary current in South America and his stance in restricting imperialism is tangible.'":
Obama, Chavez shake hands at Americas Summit:
From National Public Radio (NPR):
August 29, 2006
"Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been visiting countries such as China, Iran and Russia as part of an effort to build a 'strategic alliance' of interests not beholden to the United States. He considers the United States his arch enemy.":
Russia's Medvedev hails "comrade" Obama
Associated Foreign Press (AFP) ^ | April 2, 2009 | Anna Smolchenko
"Russia's Dmitry Medvedev hailed Barack Obama as "my new comrade" Thursday after their first face-to-face talks"
April 1, 2009:
"Obama, Medvedev pledge new era of relations":
Perhaps when we’re officially criminalized - we can really become criminals.
absentee ballots are a permit to steal elections without monitors.
I agree, if you cannot find the time to vote then my should your vote be counted at all.
The Only people that should be allowed to Vote Absentee are serving in our military and we all know what the Liberals have always tried to do with their ballots....
Good essay, but it missed Bonnie Erbe’s call to start rounding up right wing haters BEFORE they commit more hate crimes.
Dept of pre-crime, here we come.
If I wasn't on the list before, I certainly will be after this:
You sure will be you will be joining me in the government re-education camps my son said they will be sending me too. FR will get a request for all your personal information.
To the Mighty Media Monolith - if you own a gun, you are already halfway there.
islamist is as islamist does
Have they said that we’re ‘confused and disoriented’ yet?
After the fact bump.....