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'Right Wing' Doesn't Equal 'Terrorist'
Townhall.com ^ | April 24, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg

Posted on 04/24/2013 5:29:55 AM PDT by Kaslin

"If history were to repeat itself," warned President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his 1944 State of the Union address, "and we were to return to the so-called normalcy of the 1920s, then it is certain that even though we shall have conquered our enemies on the battlefields abroad, we shall have yielded to the spirit of fascism here at home."

The "normalcy" of the 1920s that Roosevelt referred to was a time of peace and prosperity. The decade began with Republican President Warren Harding commuting the sentences of political prisoners jailed by the Wilson administration, including the socialist leader Eugene Debs. "Normalcy" meant the end to the Palmer raids aimed at rooting out dissidents, the end of economic rationing, the cessation of domestic surveillance and the state propaganda of the World War I years.

Also, "A return to normalcy" was Harding's campaign slogan in the 1920 presidential election, which he won in a landslide over Democrat James Cox and his running mate -- Franklin D. Roosevelt.

That Roosevelt nurtured resentments against the Republicans for the drubbing he received in 1920 is no surprise. That those resentments ran deep enough for him to smear Republicans in 1944 with the "spirit of fascism" at the height of the war against the real thing is nothing short of disgusting.

But it was effective.

Harry Truman recognized that when he ran for president against the liberal Republican Thomas Dewey in 1948. Truman charged that Dewey was the front man for the same sort of "powerful reactionary forces" that orchestrated the rise of Hitler in Germany.

When a communist assassinated President Kennedy, somehow the American right got the blame. Lyndon Johnson translated that myth into a campaign of slander against Barry Goldwater, casting him as a crypto-Nazi emissary of "hate."

After the Oklahoma City bombing, President Clinton saw fit to insinuate that Rush Limbaugh and his imitators were partly to blame.

Such partisanship is hardly reserved for partisans. The late Daniel Schorr, then of CBS News, reported that Goldwater's planned European vacation was really a rendezvous with the German right in "Hitler's onetime stomping ground."

Schorr spent his golden years at National Public Radio. No doubt he would have been pleased with the "reporting" of its counterterrorism correspondent, Dina Temple-Raston. Before the identities of the Boston bombers were confirmed, she said her sources were "leaning" toward believing that it was a homegrown "right-wing" attack, and cited that "April is a big month for anti-government and right-wing individuals."

How so? Well, because April's when the Oklahoma City bombing took place, as well as the Waco siege, the Columbine shootings and, how could one forget, Adolf Hitler's birthday.

Over the last few years, the invariably unjustified rush to pin violence on the "right wing" -- particularly the Tea Partiers -- has reached the point of parody. Remember when New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speculated that the foiled Times Square bomber might just be angry about Obamacare?

As the Washington Examiner's Philip Klein recently noted, among the myriad reasons conservatives take offense at this idiotic knee-jerk slander is that the term "right wing" is also routinely used to describe both terrorists and mainstream Republicans such as Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney. I can exclusively report that neither of them celebrates Hitler's birthday.

Every Muslim terrorist enjoys not just the presumption of innocence until proven guilty but the presumption that he's a fan of Ayn Rand, too.

Ah, but some would respond that "right wing" is different than "Muslim" because there's so much similarity between mainstream conservative ideology and the terror-filled creeds of the far right.

Except there isn't. Timothy McVeigh, an atheist, wasn't part of the conservative or libertarian movements. He wasn't even part of the militia movement. And what on earth was right wing about the Columbine shootings?

In plenty of cases of multiple killings, from the Unabomber to Christopher Dorner, the perpetrators espoused views closer to the mainstream left's than McVeigh had to the mainstream right. Occupy Wall Street was an idealistic expression of democratic protest, but the Tea Partiers were brownshirts in khakis.

And, recall that Secretary of State John Kerry belonged to a group -- Vietnam Veterans Against the War -- that once discussed assassinating American politicians. Barack Obama was friendly with a convicted domestic terrorist. But to even bring these things up, never mind invest them with significance, is considered outrageous guilt by association.

And you know what? Maybe it is.

But if that is outrageous, what do you call the para


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: fdr; liberalbias; rightwing; terrorism

1 posted on 04/24/2013 5:29:55 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Freedom is terrifying to the tyrant. The true libertarian (small “l” not the party) is definitely a terrorist to the Socialist.


2 posted on 04/24/2013 5:32:16 AM PDT by PapaNew
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To: Kaslin
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3 posted on 04/24/2013 5:32:27 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: Kaslin
"Such partisanship is hardly reserved for partisans. The late Daniel Schorr, then of CBS News, reported that ..."

What makes them think that CBS and The Media are not partisans?

4 posted on 04/24/2013 5:34:08 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: TurboZamboni

What we saw was the left trying to advance the token toward their goal of criminalizing opposition.


5 posted on 04/24/2013 5:34:12 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Kaslin

When the Leftists tyrants call us terrorists, we should wear that label as a badge of honor. Means we’re doing something “right”.


6 posted on 04/24/2013 5:36:52 AM PDT by PapaNew
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To: Kaslin

Not to mention that Timothy McVeigh was ticked off at Bush Sr.

But yet, he was white. Therefore...


7 posted on 04/24/2013 5:47:10 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Kaslin

In the eyes of the Left it does.


8 posted on 04/24/2013 6:02:53 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Kaslin
I get tired of the "extreme left" and "extreme right" meme. We need to take control of the conversation with regards to this. Rather than liberal equals left and conservative equals right, I prefer, bigger government and loss of personal freedom on the left and less government and greater personal freedom on the right. Done this way, we see that where people fall within the political spectrum is more of a circle than a straight line.

The difference between the extreme left and extreme right is one of semantics rather than of core beliefs, and it easily explains why the GOPe so quickly throws true conservatives under the bus. While Democrats and establishment Republicans may be far apart when seen on the north/south axis of the image shown below, they are just about next to each other along the east/west access. So much so, that both parties find more in common with each other than they do with conservatives.

Sorry for the poor artwork, but I'm sure we have a computer artist among our merry band of Freepers that can redo my pic.


9 posted on 04/24/2013 9:02:25 AM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: Kaslin
Lamestream Media have always been experts at ginning up hate against conservative pols. I was fourteen when Goldwater ran for president. The media, including Mad Magazine, made Goldwater seem like The Destroyer Of The Universe. Goldwater couldn't wait to get into the White House so he could launch a nuclear war against the Russkies. There was nothing they wouldn't print or say. But the propaganda was effective. Goldwater probably would have lost anyway after JFKs assassination because LBJ got so much sympathy vote. But Goldwater never had a chance to get his message of limited government out.

Funny thing...I followed my parents and favored the Dems at the time. One of my younger sisters was a Goldwater Girl. Now she's a flaming lib, and I'm the wacko conservative.

10 posted on 04/24/2013 9:45:42 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: Kaslin

There’s a saying to the effect of: if you wish to know who the tyrant is, determine who it is you’re not allowed to criticize.

The corollary of that would be: if you wish to know who the greatest enemy of the tyrant is, determine who it is that is always criticized.


11 posted on 04/24/2013 10:10:30 AM PDT by kevkrom (If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs...)
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To: Kaslin
[Art.] When a communist assassinated President Kennedy, somehow the American right got the blame. Lyndon Johnson translated that myth into a campaign of slander against Barry Goldwater, casting him as a crypto-Nazi emissary of "hate."

The impetus came from the CPUSA, whose liars and hatemongers have been incessantly busy for 100 years, since before the Palmer Raids.

In the 1970's, no sooner did Dalton Trumbo escape the Hollywood blacklist than he wrote a propaganda hate-screed called Executive Action, which starred Burt Lancaster (as so many of Trumbo's vehicles did) and Robert Ryan and was supported by Communist actor Will Geer as a (deliberately) repulsive Texas oil man. Executive Action blamed the CIA and American businessmen for the murder of Jack Kennedy.

12 posted on 04/24/2013 2:45:24 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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