Assessing the American left’s growing obsession with political violence and presidential harm
Politically, I consider myself to be an optimist. It’s not that I’m somehow oblivious to the current administration’s efforts to undermine our national security. It’s not that I don’t see our currency shrinking in value. It’s not that I don’t see the rising tide of socialism, or the degradation of our culture. It’s because, from everything I’ve read, I’ve discerned the hand of Providence in the founding of our nation feel we will not be forsaken in our time of need. It’s because I’m seeing an awakening America which knows all too well both the fragile nature and inherent value of freedom.
Right now, however, there is something nagging at me. Keeping me up at night. Making me absolutely, positively scared to death of the American political left. And I’m not scared of much.
For the past few weeks, I’ve noticed among left-leaning politicians, pundits and media types a growing obsession with political violence and, specifically, the assassination of President Barack Obama.
Each and every night, as I lay down to sleep, I not only thank God for the health and safety of my family and for bringing my wife and daughter into my life, but also for the continued safety and security of the president, his wife, and his adorable two little girls. I think I speak for a number of Americans on the right side of the proverbial aisle when I say that I may not agree with Barack Obama politically, but that anybody would even think about harming him or his family makes me physically ill. Having a little girl myself, I cannot even fathom the idea of being robbed of the chance to see her grow up; people look at the office of the president and forget, sometimes, that the person occupying it is a man first—and in Obama’s case, a father–and chief executive second.
Yet, when I listen to former DNC honcho Howard Dean talking about the anger on the right and how Senate Republicans want to “kill the bill and kill the president,” I see someone who views Barack Obama not as Michelle’s husband or as father to Sasha and Malia or even as the president of the United States of America, but as an expendable vessel through which the left can accomplish and perpetuate its longstanding agenda.
And when I watch MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and David Shuster attack law-abiding American citizens and attempt to portray them as something they’re obviously not, I see a pair of so-called “journalists” overcome by their own personal bias, high on the power inherent to their role as agenda setters, and absolutely obsessed with the idea of harm coming to the president.
And when I hear elected Democrats like Maxine Waters say that right-leaning Americans who marched on Washington on 9/12 should be interviewed and probed for their innermost, racist thoughts, and Nancy Pelosi comparing the current political climate to a turbulent time in San Francisco which resulted in the killing of elected officials, it just makes me wonder why exactly they feel the need to reinforce the idea that those who oppose their policies are angry, violent and racist, and that the nation’s first black president could be the target of that anger – especially considering that the only violence and racism we’ve seen recently has come from the left.
Everybody seems to be working overtime to replace one reality with another, a carefully-crafted storyline meant to blame right-thinking Americans for something that will hopefully never occur. If this truly were about anger and violence toward the president, you’d think they would have voiced their honest concern a while ago.
Love, like or hate former President George W. Bush, to overlook the venomous hatred exhibited by his opposition would be to ignore fact. Signs reading “Kill Bush” littered protests throughout the eight years preceding Barack Obama’s inauguration, as did posters depicting Bush’s death by hanging, by beheading, and various examples of the former president being burned in effigy. Books were written and movies were made about his assassination. Nobody on the left or in the left-leaning mainstream press, however, felt it necessary to devote even a minute of air time to it. On the rare occasion that such conduct and displays were addressed, the books and movies were defended as “art” to be admired, and the signage and burning effigies defended as exercise of free speech. Liberal politicians reveled in it, sometimes joining in on the rhetoric themselves.
Fast-forward to now, however, and everyday concerned Americans are being lambasted for carrying signs which quote founders equally concerned about the abuse of power and exponential expansion of the federal government. Law-abiding gun owners are accused of being assassins. The political left and its mainstream press has been so quick to depict those opposed to Barack Obama’s policies as racist, murderous loons that they go above and beyond the call of bias, on one occasion intentionally concealing the race of a black man lawfully carrying a rifle so as to perpetuate the biased liberal message.
Yes, that was a report from MSNBC showing a law-abiding gun owner attending a protest outside Barack Obama’s health care town hall event in Phoenix, AZ a few weeks ago. Despite best efforts by the Obama-loving press to juxtapose the rifle with another, slightly lighter-complexioned protester, the reality is that the gun owner in question in that case was indeed black.
But ignoring fact and refusing to do due diligence in order to perpetuate an agenda is nothing new for the mainstream press. Another simple step they refuse to take is comparing the people involved in notable protests and events from years gone by. Consider the amount of litter abandoned on the Mall following Barack Obama’s inauguration, or the violence and destruction left behind by leftists protesting the World Trade Organization in cities across the globe, and compare that with what we’ve seen from the people Maxine Waters decry as “teabaggers.” Not once have riot police been called to address a collection of people protesting the expanding reach of Barack Obama’s administration and federal government. In fact, on September 12, 2009 anywhere between 60,000 to 1.4 million people descended upon the Mall in Washington, D.C. in just such a protest – and, at the end of the day, there was not a single arrest and the Mall looked as clean and devoid of litter as it had been before the event. The worst thing anybody has yet said about tea party attendees came from Barbara Boxer, who described them disparagingly as “well-dressed.”
Peaceful opposition, however, doesn’t meet the left’s needs when it comes to propaganda, to setting up the inevitable in the case that the worst actually happens. Only by constantly arguing that the right must be feared, even absent any evidence to merit such fears, can a scapegoat truly be developed.
The scapegoats in early 1933 were communists. On the morning of February 28, after the Reichstag had been likely deliberately burned the night before by Nazi storm troopers and the fire blamed on communist detractors, Adolf Hitler demanded an emergency decree essential, he said, to Germany’s ability to overcome the rising tide of crisis. The decree read:
Restrictions on personal liberty, on the right of free expression of opinion, including freedom of the press; on the rights of assembly and association; and violations of the privacy of postal, telegraphic and telephonic communications and warrants for house searches, orders for confiscations as well as restrictions on property, are also permissible beyond the legal limits otherwise prescribed.
Because of the fire at the Reichstag, and because it was supposedly set intentionally by communists, Hitler’s emergency decree met little resistance from his cabinet members, despite the group largely being comprised of non-Nazis. As a result, non-Nazis were killed. As a result, political meetings and publications of non-Nazi parties were suspended and destroyed. Even an attempt to stand up and voice opposition was rendered against the law and punishable by death. The government assumed control of newspapers and radio stations and dominated message and propaganda dissemination. And the rest is history.
The rise of Nazi Germany was, in essence, facilitated by opportunity created from a manufactured crisis — the torching of the building where government officials met and discussed the daily business of governance. Without a direct comparison between Adolf Hitler and Barack Obama, or Nazi Germany and Obama America, it should be noted that this current American administration has by its own admission developed a keen sense of when and how to use crisis—real or otherwise—to its political advantage.
The economic downturn brought us the so-called “stimulus” package. The manufactured crisis of “climate change” could very well bring us cap-and-trade. And, mark my words, by the end of the year the combination of swine flu, Ted Kennedy’s death and an artificially inflated number of uninsured Americans could bring us health care reform. These people know that crisis works. And that, combined with the growing obsession on the left with political violence and specifically the threat of harm to the president, is what makes me worry.
The manifestation of the left’s growing obsession with political violence, especially if that violence is taken to the presidential level, could inevitably mean a loss of freedom, a shuttered conservative infrastructure, and silenced voices of those on the right. The resulting chaos would empower the left to clamp down and silence dissent more than it has been capable of doing for years, and America would be far worse for it. Blame for any perceived insurrection would be placed squarely on the shoulders of people like Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin or, on a smaller level, people like myself.
My unease grows when I look at the modern Democratic Party. I see a group so devoid of values and accountability, so unconcerned about morality and ethics that they would gladly rather engage in the politics of personal destruction than address an argument posed by ordinary American citizens. I see a party so consumed by politics and power in perpetuity that it would not think twice about annihilating the morale of our intelligence community or putting the lives of American soldiers in jeopardy in order to score a few points within the Beltway.
Never forget that absolute power corrupts absolutely, that the first inclination of power is the perpetuation of power. Furthermore, never forget that a rabid beast is often most dangerous when cornered. And, considering the dwindling support for the Democratic Party, for the president and for the policies advanced by both, the time when they could be the most desperate—and most dangerous—is almost upon us.
I certainly hope I’m wrong. I hope that Chris Matthews just likes to hear the sound of his own voice and nothing more, that David Shuster is just such a horrible journalist that objectivity doesn’t even enter into his mind, and that Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi simply split a single brain cell between themselves and the rest of their constituents in California. That such talk isn’t dismissed outright as preposterous, however, says a whole lot about this administration and today’s left.