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.”