Unilateral Disarmament Is For Suckers: Don’t Be Fooled By Calls For “Civility”
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Wednesday night, President Obama spoke at a memorial service for the victims of Jared Lee Lougher’s rampage in Tuscon, Arizona. On the surface, his speech was fairly bland, and thankfully, mostly free of political grandstanding.
Left behind in Air Force One’s carry-on rack was the Obama who gave us such peaceful, calm rhetoric as “if they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” calling Republicans “hostage-takers,” and exhorting them to “sit in the back.”
To the cheers of thousands of starstruck University of Arizona students, who apparently did not get the memo that they were attending a memorial service for people who died in a senseless attack—as opposed to catching a basketball game after pre-gaming with their frat buddies at Omega Digamma Alpha—President Obama, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet “Report It If It’s Suspicious” Napolitano , and Attorney General Eric “Nation of Cowards” Holder each gave speeches in honor of the fallen, and in support of the recovering survivors, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ).
Surprisingly, Obama did not wring his hands about crosshairs or political metaphors. He exhorted us not to “use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on one another,” calling for all Americans to “make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.”
Of course, conservatives have been saying this for the past few days, that the professional Left’s response to the Tuscon Massacre was political in nature , and that we shouldn’t be “pointing fingers” at each other.
For days, Democratic Party strategists were calling for Obama to use the murders in Arizona as a political bludgeon against conservatives . Paul Krugman deviated from his usual atavistic chanting of “John Maynard Keynes… John Maynard Keynes…” to blame the “the crowds at the McCain-Palin rallies”—and indeed, Sarah Palin herself—for pulling the trigger of Loughner’s gun that fateful Friday afternoon.
Mind you, he must have written this affront to decency mere moments after the bodies in Tuscon hit the ground, as his column was published Friday afternoon. And it’s conservatives who are the ones who are being uncivil.
This is highly ironic , because Krugman once called for Senator Joe Lieberman to be “hung.” A new tone in politics, indeed!
What is being asked of conservatives is not civility, it’s a unilateral disarmament. For almost a decade, the Left openly called for the murder of Republicans and conservatives . Some enterprising little progressives even made a movie about killing a sitting president , to the applause of progressives.
In 2006, then New York state comptroller Alan Hevesi quipped , to much applause, that Representative Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was someone who “would put a bullet between […] [President Bush’s] eyes, if he could get away with it.”
Progressives have no intention of “toning it down,” but they do have every intention of shutting up conservatives. Already, the third most powerful Democrat in Congress, James Clyburn, is preparing legislation that would regulate the media to ensure “balance” and “fairness.”
Not surprisingly, as Clyburn is as progressive as they come, Clyburn blames “vitriol in public discourse”—a dog-whistle for “conservative speech” if one ever existed—for the shooting. No stranger to conspiracy theories that facts don’t support , Clyburn also believes that failed US Senate candidate Alvin Greene was a Republican plant.
I, for one, will not be joining in this “new tone” of politics until I see progressives toning themselves down. Until then, it’s this conservative’s opinion that we should give as good as we get, and not be lulled into complacency by the words of lotus-eaters speaking of utopia.