Skip to comments.The Left, Not the Right, Owns Political Violence
Posted on 01/10/2011 1:33:31 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
It took less than 24 hours for the political Left to seize upon the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the murder of six people on Saturday to blame the political Right for the shooting.
Perhaps the most egregious example came from Paul Krugman of the New York Times, who wrote "We don't have proof yet that this was political, but the odds are that it was." (The newspaper that published plagiarized and fabricated accounts of the "D.C. sniper" by affirmative-action hire Jayson Blair in 2003 is still publishing unsubstantiated suppositions without "proof," eh?)
"[Giffords'] father says that the whole Tea Party' was her enemy..." continued Krugman, "And yes, she was on Sarah Palin's infamous crosshairs' list." As if that was not enough, Krugman went on to invoke the specter of Tim McVeigh.
Well, we do have some proof now, and it's clear that the shooter was in no way connected to the Tea Party, the Republican Party, or any other movement on the political Right. Law enforcement officials have revealed that suspect Jared Loughner was rejected by the Army, kicked out of college, appeared to have mental-health issues, and was a reader of the "Communist Manifesto."
But since Krugman and the other members of the Leftist chattering classes have brought up the subject of politically-inspired violence, maybe we ought to remind them of the Left's protracted association with political violence.
We could begin over a century ago when William McKinley was shot by Leon Czolgosz. Czolgosz was inspired by anarchist Emma Goldman (today a darling of the academic feminists). Goldman's lover, Alexander Berkman, attempted to assassinate Henry Clay Frick because Frick was a prominent capitalist.
But it wasn't until the 1960s (when Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, and Ho Chi Minh became idols of the American Left) that the Left really ramped up the violence. Who can forget Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam? Or Eldridge "rape is an insurrectionary act" Cleaver and his Black Panthers? What about the bombings perpetrated by the Weathermen? Former Weatherman bomber Bill Ayers is, of course, a close associate of President Barack Obama. Ayers managed to escape prosecution (and proclaimed himself "Guilty as hell, free as a bird") but his wife Bernadine Dohrn served jail time for her part in the violence. Black radicals seized Cornell University at gunpoint in 1969, the same year the SDS and the Weathermen staged the "Days of Rage" riots. Race riots took place in Watts in 1965 and nationwide in 1968; leftists rioted at the Democratic Party Convention in Chicago in 1968. John Kennedy was murdered by a communist, and Robert Kennedy was shot by a Palestinian - hardly men of the Right.
The 1970s weren't much calmer. The Army Math Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison was bombed by Leftist radicals in 1970. Heiress Patty Hearst was kidnapped and took part in and a series of armed bank robberies by the left-wing Symbionese Liberation Army. The SLA inspired Sarah Jane Moore to try to assassinate Gerald Ford --less than three weeks after Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a disciple of Charles Manson, tried to kill Ford also. And what about the shooting of FBI agents at Wounded Knee by the American Indian Movement in 1975?
Since we're taking about violence against members of Congress, how can we possibly fail to mention the murder of Congressman Leo Ryan and the mass suicide of 900 people by the Leftist/Marxist Jonestown cult in 1978?
Does anyone recall that President Clinton pardoned members of the Marxist-Leninist inspired Puerto Rican terrorist group FALN? Clinton also pardoned left-wing radical Susan Rosenberg, who was imprisoned for her role in the murder of two police officers and a security guard in a robbery in 1981. She was offered a teaching job at Hamilton College, but public outcry forced her to decline the position.
More recently, we've seen anarchist and communist riots against the WTO in Seattle in 1999, and violent anti-Bush and anti-war protests. In 2007 Leftist playwrights in New York created a stage performance about killing president Bush.
The politics of the contemporary Left is absolutely intertwined with either tacit or overt support for violence. How dare the left-wing media attempt to pin the actions of a deranged individual in Tucson on the Right! To do so is nothing less than a calumny, a slander, and a blatant hypocrisy.
This article should be put on small cardboard placards and placed on every windshield in America.
How about Shep smith and Fauxnews? I think they beat Krugman. Great post though, Thanks.
Remember when the progressive DNC called the tea party racists that incited violence and their Alinsky plan backfired?
They are trying it again trying to kill 4 birds with one stone with the horrific Az. shooting....
As Rahm told them never waste a crisis...
-Gun ban legislation
-TRYING TO silence the tea party by demonizing them (with the MSM helping)
-Heating up the hispanic/latinos even further to HATE republicans and vote democrat.
-Destroy Palin politically.
The dems are also attacking and angered in full force; as they cannot use the education system any longer to promote democrat politics promoting hate and inciting political war with white bad bad wolf Bush republicans.
Ethnic study classes (that were ceased thank God) in Az. were political pro democrat. If anyone doubts this just wonder why Obama incited racial political war in spanish to Latinos calling other fellow Americans that happen to be non democrat-republicans the enemy?
As well as... while all eyes are on Az. with complete media saturation someone better go check WHdot gov and see EOs Obama may be firing off.He is implementing an internet user ID and the truth on ObamaCare WAS coming out in the news TODAY but AZ has the media front and center.
Here is the official CBO document
Official Speaker article
The guy’s quoting me!
Looks like Ann Coulter was right!
Figuratively... but many of us have underscored how the Left “owns” this violence.
I don’t think the WH ever had a VETOED legislation part on the official WH page until recently?
I don’t have the stomache to look at EO’s at the moment.
What is the EO for counsel for community? The new ACORN?
American Thinker articles are always right “on the money.”
“How dare the left-wing media attempt to pin the actions of a deranged individual in Tucson on the Right! To do so is nothing less than a calumny, a slander, and a blatant hypocrisy.”
No mention of the fact such blame of their typical derangement syndrome is their standard operational procedure, or “SOP” known as “projection”. The Left does this all the time, and with great success.
If the Left is accusing, pointing the finger then one can bet whatever they are saying as they point the finger is a reflection of themselves.
John Kennedy was allegedly murdered by a communist.
Approximately 20% of Americans now believe it was Vice President Lyndon Johnson who led the coup that killed JFK. Of course, with LBJ you get J Edgar Hoover, cross dresser pervert that would have been glad to join the effort to kill JFK.
The good news is that it is BACKFIRING on the left BIGTIME. Conservatives are FED UP and are pushing back.
John Kennedy was murdered by LBJ
Don't see the difference, myself...
Re: my last post It saod she visited 12 hours ago.
Not possible unless it was captured less than 12 hours after she was shot?
The Founders knew how to do it right, not piecemeal like the Left.