In July, I cited Ben Smith’s observation on Politico that “MSNBC scours the tea party movement for racist elements, which one could probably find in any mass organization in America.“
Why is it, I wonder, that so many are determined to define conservative movements by their most extreme elements, yet most conservatives (and libertarians) who define left-of-center movements by their extremes do so, as Glenn Reynolds recently did in his Washington Examiner piece, in a tongue-in-cheek manner?
He’s merely pointing out the absurdity of the attempts to grandstand on violent actions by right-wing nutbags (or nutbags whom the MSM has determined to be right-wingers since their targets are members of approved victim classes). As Don Surber, via Glenn Reynolds, put it in commenting on that prolific blogger’s column:
Of course there are zealots on both sides.
Only one side is tarred with its nutjobs — the 50 million Americans who oppose abortion in any form are somehow all responsible for Dr. Tiller’s death — while we should not judge Islam by an organization that trains thousands of terrorists for hits all over the world, including the destruction of the World Trade Center.