There’s an effort to brand conservatives, Republicans and tea partiers as culpable for the stupid death threats that a handful of idiots are making to some members of Congress. That effort has the same intent as the death threats: intimidation.
It should go without saying that death threats are unacceptable in this situation, just as they were when George Bush was president. But if it needs to be said, well, I just said it.
It is, however, also a calculated act of intimidation to smear an entire political movement as a bunch of dangerous lunatics on the basis of a handful of actions. I do not recall the same people who are now so worried about anti-ObamaCare threats also wringing their hands about the entire political left’s culpability when, for instance, some idiot shot up a Bush-Cheney re-election headquarters in Knoxville or ransacked one in Orlando, or attacked a GOP office in Raleigh, or vandalized Bush supporters’ homes in Madison, Wis. (H/t Instapundit)
In fact, click through the link to the Knoxville story, and you get a good idea of the Democratic notion of who’s to blame when the left attacks:
Knox County Democratic chairman Jim Gray called the attack “despicable.”
“I can’t imagine what kind of thinking inspired it or maybe what amount of alcohol,” Gray said. “My second thought is, maybe it was just someone who got tired of their darn Kerry signs being stolen.” (emphasis added)
You see? When the left attacks, it’s because some guy just got a little drunk — or, even more despicably, to use Jim Gray’s word, it’s because, well, Mom! The Republicans started it by stealing my John Kerry sign!
Today, however, these threats are described as the responsibility of all Americans who spoke out against ObamaCare. And why is that?
Well, given the constant effort to brand the right as racists, fascists, and now terrorists — oh, wait, I forgot; we were already branded as terrorists by this administration — one gets the impression that it’s a concerted effort to discredit the left’s opponents and intimidate Americans from outwardly supporting the tea parties and Republicans.
Sound conspiratorial? Any more conspiratorial than the notion that the millions of tea partiers in America are motivated chiefly by racism, rather than the president’s policies?
There are a few hotheads out there who need to cool down and remember that there are still democratic avenues for opposing ObamaCare (as an overwhelming majority of Americans — including two-thirds of independents — tell pollsters they want Republicans to do). There are even more talking heads who need to stop fanning the flames by casting the blame more widely than it belongs.
UPDATE: Anatomy of a racial smear