In the aftermath of the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), even after we learned of the shooter’s mental illness and lack of conservative pedigree, the editors of the New York Times, in the highest of dudgeon, still refused to let go of their narrative, telling us that
. . . it is legitimate to hold Republicans and particularly their most virulent supporters in the media responsible for the gale of anger that has produced the vast majority of these threats, setting the nation on edge. Many on the right have exploited the arguments of division, reaping political power by demonizing immigrants, or welfare recipients, or bureaucrats.
The shooter’s “paranoid Internet ravings about government mind control” may “place him well beyond usual ideological categories”, but heck according to the old gray lady, he’s still “very much a part of a widespread squall of fear, anger and intolerance that has produced violent threats against scores of politicians and infected the political mainstream with violent imagery.”
Well, in the past few days, there have been numerous violent threats issued against politicians setting a state on edge, and, well, this gale of anger, producing violent threats against leading politicians while infecting political discourse with violent imagery, ain’t coming from the right. Our reader V the K links a video interspersing Democratic calls for civility (and attacks on the supposed angry rhetoric of the right) with some of the language they decry on signs of those protesting Wisconsin Governor Walker’s reforms.
Let’s hope those folks so concerned about the violent rhetoric on the right will rise to condemn the actions of Badger State public employee unions and their allies.
Over the National Review, Jay Nordlinger has been all over this story, with Glenn Reynolds linking one of his many posts and quipping, “VIOLENCE: THE TEA PARTY GETS BLAMED, BUT IT’S USUALLY THE UNIONS WHO ACTUALLY DO IT:”
Many of the letters from Wisconsin today have to do with violence: threats against Governor Walker and members of his administration, the increases in their security details, their worries about their spouses and children, and so on. I have heard from people closely connected to the threatened individuals. Their letters are hard to take. The last few days have made quite clear that, if you cross the public-employee unions, you run risks: and not merely political risks (which are nothing). . . . I have a feeling that, if conservatives had staged a lunatic and thuggish rally like the one the public employees just staged in Wisconsin, it would be huge news all across the country: cover of Time, cover of Newsweek. (Do those magazines still exist?) Sarah Palin would be called on to explain herself. David Gregory and other Sunday hosts would be warning of a sickness in the American soul — would be warning of the brownshirting of America. There is a sickness, all right.
Wonder if Barney Frank has any plans to differentiate himself from union tactics in Wisconsin.