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The Rightís Undeserved Stigma - The Leftís eagerness to pin violence on the Right is ridiculous.
National Review Online ^ | April 24, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg

Posted on 04/25/2013 2:36:31 PM PDT by neverdem

"I f 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.

“A return to normalcy” was also 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 one-time stomping ground.”

Schorr spent his golden years at NPR. 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 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’s. Occupy Wall Street was an idealistic expression of democratic protest, but the tea partiers are 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 paranoid style of liberal politics that has confused normalcy with fascism for more than half a century?

— Jonah Goldberg is the author of The Tyranny of Clichés. You can write to him at goldbergcolumn@gmail.com, or via Twitter @JonahNRO. © 2013 Tribune Media Services, Inc.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: guncontrol; jihadinamerica; politicalviolence; secondamendment

1 posted on 04/25/2013 2:36:31 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

I alternate between Wilson and FDR as the worst president in American history, but FDR usually wins hands-down. Wilson provided the foundation for FDR’s destructive welfare schemes, but it was FDR who did the damage.


2 posted on 04/25/2013 2:41:58 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: neverdem
The Right’s Undeserved Stigma - The Left’s eagerness to pin violence on the Right is ridiculous.

Let's fair. We are just as anxious to pin the violence on the Left.

But there is still a difference: The Left has a much bigger voice than we do, the MSM. And, history is on our side - it is almost always the Left who is behind the violence.

Conclusion: It's OK for us to blame the Left. It is not OK for the Left to blame us on the Right.

3 posted on 04/25/2013 2:48:17 PM PDT by InterceptPoint (a)
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To: Zhang Fei

:: the worst president in American history, but FDR usually wins hands-down ::

You need to consider Abraham Lincoln. He grew the isdea that the federal government must survive, even at the expense of the States demise.


4 posted on 04/25/2013 2:51:58 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: InterceptPoint
Unless of course, somebody from the other group actually is a terrorist.

But on the whole it's a good point and I agree. The Internet way seems to be to start a thread complaining about something somebody said that ends up doing the exact same thing that was complained about.

Somebody discovers some very obscure blogger or tweeter who says something outrageous and people complain about it until they are saying things that are just as outrageous, taking the original comment as license to do the same thing.

5 posted on 04/25/2013 2:56:46 PM PDT by x
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To: neverdem
This leaves out the long history of anarchist-communist bombings and assassinations going back to the end of the Civil War. The left has always owned political violence in this country.
6 posted on 04/25/2013 2:59:26 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: neverdem

It’s a good enough article, but the thing is — people in today’s America who are crazy enough to blow up or shoot bystanders probably have some crazy views that can’t always be described as left or right. A lot of the time it’s somebody who has a very personal grievance that doesn’t fit into political schemas.


7 posted on 04/25/2013 2:59:35 PM PDT by x
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To: neverdem

It’s classic projection. They know that they are vulnerable to being accused of fomenting violence, so they point the finger at us to preempt it.


8 posted on 04/25/2013 3:04:57 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

The worst President in history was Buchanan ~ a Democrat. He nearly destroyed the nation with his outdated views.


9 posted on 04/25/2013 3:05:10 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: neverdem
The event the other day in Boston took place on the anniversary of the day Sacco and Vanzetto robbed a bank and murdered two men.

They were anarchists ~ the very archtypes of the far leftwingtard Occupy Wallstreet!

10 posted on 04/25/2013 3:08:02 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel
He grew the idea that the federal government must survive, even at the expense of the States demise.

Agree. By 1945 he appointed eight of nine justices on Scotus. Adios to the 9th and 10th Amendments.

11 posted on 04/25/2013 3:09:36 PM PDT by Jacquerie (How few were left who had seen the republic! - Tacitus, The Annals)
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To: neverdem

From an e-mail I just received today:

“Good afternoon, I’m Paul and I’m your average right wing gun nut.

You know me.. Along with my fellow gun owners we are responsible for all the carnage in our streets and our schools. Never mind that Ted Kennedy’s car has killed more people than my entire collection of firearms. Most of which I have owned since childhood when I saved my pennies and nickels in order to purchase them and each and everyone is in perfect working order. It is the responsible gun owners of today that are being blamed for all the shootings. Obama calls us the right wing gun nuts, clinging to our guns and to our religion.

But lets take a little closer look. The Fort Hood shooter, a Muslim, and a registered Democrat. The Virginia Tech shooter, he wrote hate mail to George Bush and his staff and was a registered Democrat. Aurora Colorado shooter, he was a staff worker on the Obama campaign and took part in Occupy Wall Street. He was a progressive liberal and guess what? A registered Democrat. The Newtown, Conn shooter hated Christians and was a registered Democrat. The Columbine high school shooters were too young to vote, but both of their families were progressive liberals and registered Democrats.

And one more thing, not a single one of these killers were members of the National Rifle Association. So I have got it figured out how to make this country much safer; leave the guns alone and lock up all the Democrats.”


12 posted on 04/25/2013 3:09:42 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

So right you are. Lincoln is first and foremost responsible for the massive expansion of the federal government, and the destruction of the 10th Amendment.

Lincoln had always championed a large federal government, to which the states must be subordinate.

The post-war amendments just codified Lincoln’s design. Certain subsequent presidents picked up the baton from Lincoln and ran with it, increasing what Lincoln had started: Wilson, FDR, LBJ, and now Obastard.

But it all started with Lincoln.


13 posted on 04/25/2013 3:16:23 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: gorush

Bingo!


14 posted on 04/25/2013 3:21:18 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: neverdem

It was Coolidge (after Harding’s death) that helped give America prosperity.

Amity Shlaes
Author, “Coolidge”
Calvin Coolidge and the Moral Case for Economy
https://www.hillsdale.edu/news/imprimis/archive/issue.asp?year=2013&month=02

He was a fiscal disciplinarian by cutting taxes AND cutting spending.
https://www.hillsdale.edu/news/imprimis/archive/issue.asp?year=2013&month=02

We really need another Coolidge for 2016.


15 posted on 04/25/2013 3:21:26 PM 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: neverdem

The fact that conservatives fight every day against the Death Penalty for pre-born future Democrat voters speaks volumes about our motivation and integrity.


16 posted on 04/25/2013 3:22:03 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Zhang Fei
I alternate between Wilson and FDR as the worst president in American history...

I have the same problem. Wilson was also responsible for the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, which even that idiot realized eventually was a horrible mistake.

17 posted on 04/25/2013 3:22:11 PM PDT by Timocrat (Ingnorantia non excusat)
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To: neverdem
The left gets all of it's power by exploiting every crisis and will gladly create them in times of drought.

They will never actually be complicit in solving a problem, unless doing so creates bigger problems.

18 posted on 04/25/2013 4:17:33 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: gorush

LOL! I needed that.


19 posted on 04/25/2013 5:15:18 PM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Mr Jack, With respect to Ms Shales excellent book, you might credit more Warren Harding chopping spending from 14% in 1919 to 1% in 1923. GDP rose & unemployment dropped. His progressive Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover went along, but said of Harding after his death that he wasn't smart enough for the job. Cal's Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellow artificially cut interest to predictably balloon later...think Bernanke & recession. Silent Cal kept cuts & vetoes hot, but his money men gave him questionable advise. I favor Harding...so did a few ladies, but I mean in a manly way.
20 posted on 04/25/2013 5:43:12 PM PDT by Insigne123 (It is the soldier, not the community organizer, who gives us freedom of the press)
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To: Insigne123

The unemployment rate dropped by half while Harding was in office among other positive things.

But Harding did have scandals like Teapot Dome that did cast a slight mark on his time in office in spite of his positive accomplishments.

Coolidge was able to restore public confidence in the White House after the scandals.


21 posted on 04/25/2013 7:20:23 PM 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: neverdem
Liberals project.

That's why they are afraid of guns, things that go 'boom', armies, navies, and air forces, (not to mention Marines), because they know the horror they would wreak given the opportunity to do so unbridled--and that scares them, as it should.

They assume that their fantasies of inflicted slaughter and worse would be equally held by their political opponents toward them, and in attempting to preempt that projected mindset by focusing their distrust on their political opponents, attempting to control and impose compliance with their beliefs, they may well cause the very threat that only exists in the darkest depths of their paranoid delusions.

They really do have a mental disorder.

22 posted on 04/26/2013 1:38:54 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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