This is a slightly expanded copy of the letter to the editor I submitted to the Newburyport Daily News after reading Tierney try to spin the tragedy in Tucson for political gain.
During the Bush(43) administration Democratic activists and politicians used rhetoric and imagery that would put to shame anything the tea party has been accused of employing. Here’s a small sampling of signs that were proudly displayed at anti-war rallies in New York, Chicago and San Francisco: “Save Mother Earth, Kill Bush”, “Hang Bush For War Crimes”, “Bush is the Disease, Death is the Cure”, “I’m here to Kill Bush (Shoot Me)”. Or how about the guillotine that some Obamabot created for some Halloween fun and dubbed the “Bush Whacker” and brought to a campaign rally in Denver(10/26/08) so others could enjoy in the merriment of seeing our president’s severed head? Sadly, this bloodlust for a president wasn’t confined to the nutroots. Senator John Kerry, the Democratic nominee for president in 2004 fantasized of assassinating President Bush on the Bill Maher show (10/06). The transcript:
Maher: You could have went to NH and killed two birds with one stone.
Kerry: Or, I could have gone to 1600 Pennsylvania and killed the real bird with one stone.
I can’t recall Rep. Tierney accusing his fellow delegation member of using hateful or dangerous language that could wind up with Kerry having the president’s blood on his hands.
Perhaps Mr. Tierney also forgot that his own Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) put bullseyes on the districts of “targeted” Republicans when he blamed Sarah Palin for inciting violence by using similar imagery?
By Rep. Tierney’s logic President Obama was responsible for nightstick wielding thugs from the New Black Panther party intimidating voters in Philadelphia because he said “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun. Because from what I understand, folks in Philly like a good brawl” at a campaign event. And I suppose Obama’s Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina was equally responsible for the savage beating of Kenneth Gladney at a town hall event by SEIU goons because he promised “If you get hit, we will punch back twice as hard”? In fact, if the left were held to the same absurd standard they are trying to impose on the right then our president would be complicit in every violent act committed by a hispanic because he implored them to go out and “punish their enemies”.