Libeling the Right: The Key to the Left’s Success

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Proposition 8 became “Prop. Hate.”

But the Left’s modus operandi was never as apparent as it was this past week when it took a tragic mass killing of innocents by a violent mentally ill individual and transformed it — within hours — into an attack on the decency of the Right: specifically Sarah Palin, the tea party, Fox News and talk radio.

The same left, led by The New York Times, that warned against making any quick assumptions that Islam had played any role in Maj. Nidal Hasan’s murder of 13 people and wounding of 30 others at Fort Hood, immediately declared that the Arizona murders were largely a result of a “climate of hate” induced by Palin and other conservatives.

It wasn’t true. They knew it wasn’t true. And, yes, it was a libel.

But when you control all the major news media, Hollywood, much of the rest of the culture and most of the high schools and colleges, how are most people one supposed to realize that it is not a valid description of the right?

What makes last week different is this: The left, for the first time, does not have the same monopoly over mass information, and the Republican Party is no longer emasculated. There is talk radio, there is the Internet, there is Fox News and there is a vigorous conservative Republican Party. So, when the left unleashed its libel against the right, claiming that it was responsible for a “climate of hate” that produced Jared Loughner, to its shock, America did not lie down and believe it. Many millions did, as usual. But for those with eyes to see, it was a false accusation, and for many, for the first time, it provided a clear view into how the left operates.

As it becomes ever more obvious that Loughner’s crimes had nothing — absolutely nothing — to do with conservatives, the left will do three things: change the subject by criticizing Palin’s use of the term “blood libel,” (a term whose use by Palin was honorably defended by Professor Alan Dershowitz, a prominent Jewish liberal); deny it ever really blamed the right for the Loughner’s crimes (hoping, with good reason, that Americans have a short memory); and continue to blame the right for creating the “climate of hate” that the left itself has created.

That is why it is important for conservatives and honorable liberals not to allow Americans to forget what the left did last week. It is the key to giving conservatives the good name they deserve. And it is the key to giving the left the name it deserves.

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  • Len

    The Times and Krugman are not the only ones. Hendrik Hertzberg in the New Yorker this week wrote a snide column. He started out with several paragraphs describing the Rabin assassination which he says was clearly to to "right-wing nationalists," "ultra-Orthodox rabbis" and "the organized religious right." Then he says that Arizona was different in that "no such close, let alone casual,connection" applied. So why did he then write about how "no one's first thought was that some unhinged leftist was responsible?" And how "commentators of all persuasions assumed something like the opposite?" And he then went on and on about "crosshairs" and a "two-year eruption of shocking vituperation and hatred , virtually all of it coming from — conservatives." Hertzberg evidently did not know of all the vituperation and hate spewed at George W. Bush; or Sarah Palin. He has less of an excuse than the Times or Krugman because his hateful article is patronizing since he knew full well that Conservatives had nothing to do with the shootings; yet he chose to dump on them anyway.

  • GodlessLiberal

    Oh the histrionics of the Right. Wah wah wah, blame those godless liberals! Woe is me! Why is everyone persecuting me?!

    • Harry G.

      How typical. You can always tell a Progressive or Lefty by their cruelty and their lack of class.

  • Amused

    Aww c'mon did everyone just fall out of a christmas tree ? This crap's been going on for atleast 3 decades . Mike Savage ranted that a pot smoking lefty committed this crime . And on the left more of the same .It doesn't matter who starts a pissing contest , at the end of the day , all parties are showing their arses . As for "hate mongering " ? It's quite clear and painfully obvious , that IT is a two way street . Who's kidding who here ?

  • mick

    Amused,

    Fact: The kid smoked pot.

    Fact: His high school friend said that he was “left. Quite liberal.”

    Fact: Other friends reported that when someone said “Bush” the kid would fly into a rage.

    But just because he was those things (more than anything, he was just off his nut) doesn’t mean that all Leftists are to blame. The Left came out and blamed conservative talk radio and Sarah Palin, for crying out loud.

    The kid was also an atheist. Maybe we should all blame Bill Maher for perpetuating atheism. It’s stupid.

  • mick

    Amused,

    Fact: The kid smoked pot.

    Fact: His high school friend said that he was "left. Quite liberal."

    Fact: Other friends reported that when someone said "Bush" the kid would fly into a rage.

    But just because he was those things (more than anything, he was just off his nut) doesn't mean that all Leftists are to blame. The Left came out and blamed conservative talk radio and Sarah Palin, for crying out loud.

    The kid was also an atheist. Maybe we should all blame Bill Maher for perpetuating atheism. It's stupid.

  • Jim

    The left doesn't seem to have all that much success. They don't understand that the beliefs they deride are held by the majority of the Americans. If the liberals expect to do well they need to understand you can't insult so many Americans and achieve much more than to be disrespected.

    How ever I am sure if Bill Mahr calls me a moron, who knows nothing ,at least 5000 more times then I am sure I will see it his way.

  • tanstaafl

    Why should we limit discussion in response to this horrible massacre? Seems to be we need more speech, not less.