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The prejudiced liberal assumption about the conservative roots of political violence

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:03 am - April 21, 2010.
Filed under: Hysteria on the Left,Liberal Intolerance

When I read that former President Clinton’s had said that it was “legitimate” to draw “parallels to the time running up to Oklahoma City and a lot of the political discord that exists in our country today.“, I recalled a comment from Frank Rich that I had quoted just over a year ago.

The head of the Family Research Council is Gary Bauer, a G.O.P. power broker and putative Presidential candidate, who disingenuously goes on talk shows to say that his organization hates no one and deplores violence. But if you wage a well-financed media air war in which people with an innate difference in sexual orientation are ceaselessly branded as sinful and diseased and un-American seekers of ‘’special rights,” ground war will follow. It’s a story as old as history. Once any group is successfully scapegoated as a subhuman threat to ”normal” values by a propaganda machine, emboldened thugs take over.

Without any evidence that the thugs who murdered Matthew Shepard had ever even heard of Gary Bauer or his social conservative cohorts, Rich was blaming them for the young man’s murder.  Now, to paraphrase what I wrote last year, I agree Gary Bauer is kind of loopy, but advocate of violence he clearly is not.

Back in 1995, Clinton had no evidence to tie Timothy McVeigh to the talk radio hosts against whom he then inveighed, but that didn’t prevent him from leveling accusations against his critics in that medium, then the vanguard of conservative opposition to his policies.

In calling the Democrat’s comments “unconscionable,” the Sooner State’s senior Senator reminds us of an inconvenient truth, inconvenient that is to those peddling the left-wing narrative that conservative activism breeds violent reaction:  “Now, we know that even McVeigh himself said upon his execution that it was Waco that motivated him. There’s no evidence he even listened to conservative radio.

Just as there’s no evidence Shepherd’s killers had even heard of Gary Bauer.  Guess, for columnists like Rich and Democrats like Clinton, you just don’t facts to make a narrative, prejudices will suffice.

UPDATE:  Heck, McVeigh even “perpetrated the attack in Oklahoma City on the two-year anniversary of” Waco.

UP-UPDATE:  Via Glenn, “ILYA SOMIN: Timothy McVeigh Was No Libertarian: The Fallacy of Conflating Two Very Different Types of “Anti-Government” Movements. It’s not so much a fallacy as a malicious lie, but yeah.”  As the master says, “Those dangerous libertarians — they want to take over the government, and then leave you alone! Read the whole thing.”



  1. Even more projection. The liberals, the party of the Klan and segregation, wrote the book on seeding hatred, bigotry and violence. It’s my guess that it is they who are inflaming hatred and hoping their drones carry out violent attacks on “tea baggers”.

    We know they have ZERO interest in Black Panthers intimidating voters or SEIU thugs assaulting Seasoned Citizens. It’s disgraceful, shameful and reprehensible for them to continue to circle the wagons around their OWN evil doers and point fingers in every other direction.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — April 21, 2010 @ 12:59 am - April 21, 2010

  2. God, Dan, the one day I pick to actually read the things from your blog that came through my Google reader…

    Do you not get how the rhetoric that starts at the top, via people like Gary Bauer, or Peter LaBarbera, or Focus on the Family, or (name Religious Right figure here) filter down through certain segments of society and create a climate and a language which stigmatizes gay people and makes those who are still trapped in those environments vulnerable?

    You always bitch and moan and try to pretend that we on the “Gay Left” are supporting a victim mentality, but this is the antithesis of that. We who actually do battle with those figures on a daily basis are able to pretty explicitly draw a line, and bear in mind, WE are the ones who willingly kick their rhetorical asses, day in, day out, while you all over here are too worried about rocking the GOP boat to say a word.

    You’d all have a hell of a lot more credibility in my eyes if you laid those Religious Right assholes like the bigots they are, but you rarely do.

    So yeah. Rhetoric from the Gary Bauers of the world trickles down (a concept you should be aware of) to the pig ignorant Laramie hicks who hung Matthew Shepard on a fence overnight.

    It’s grotesque that you don’t get that.

    Comment by Evan Hurst — April 21, 2010 @ 6:20 am - April 21, 2010

  3. Sorry Evan,

    Using your ‘logic’ then the Left is STILL instigating terror more than the ‘Religious Right’, since your leaders are the ones calling for silencing free speach as ‘sedition’ calling Americans Nazis, not to mention allying themselves with terrorists (William Ayers) Truthers (VanJones) Maoists (Dunn) and race hustlers (Sharpton, Wright).

    and lets not forget the conscience of the senate being a real Klanner (Byrd).

    You whine about faux violence on the right, when we have real violence from the left. Wake up and stop believing that the Crocodile will eat you last.

    Comment by The_Livewire — April 21, 2010 @ 6:41 am - April 21, 2010

  4. “faux violence on the right”

    Um do remember the rightie wing nut who flew the plane into the IRS building?
    Do you remember the rightie who killed that Doctor?

    It would be OK to try and claim that both sides can be nuts, But to dismiss right wing violence as “faux” is a little unhinged…

    Comment by gillie — April 21, 2010 @ 8:50 am - April 21, 2010

  5. You mean this pilot gillie?

    I know, facts are a strange thing to you.

    Comment by The_Livewire — April 21, 2010 @ 10:13 am - April 21, 2010

  6. Don’t forget on the left:

    ELF burned SUVs and blew up a radio tower

    G20 (or any of the G summits)

    Obama-supporting professor that killed her colleagues

    SEIU thugs bashing a Tea Party protester

    Violent environmentalists at the Olympics:

    Comment by Az Mo — April 21, 2010 @ 12:34 pm - April 21, 2010

  7. We who actually do battle with those figures on a daily basis are able to pretty explicitly draw a line, and bear in mind, WE are the ones who willingly kick their rhetorical asses, day in, day out, while you all over here are too worried about rocking the GOP boat to say a word.

    But when it comes to liberals in power legislating against you, you roll over and give it up, like a “good little bitch”, and leave YOUR money on the night stand.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — April 22, 2010 @ 2:24 am - April 22, 2010

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