The Quest for an Obamacare Martyr

Nichole Hungerford is associate editor at FrontPage Magazine.


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A key difference, we should point out, however, is in the reaction to extremism and over-the-line rhetoric. While the Left ignores its own shortcomings in this regard, it is vastly more inclined to exploit extremism — or invent it — for political gain.  Usually, this amounts to ad hominem attacks that have little to do with actual political affiliation. This, we have also seen countless times, often in the form of indiscriminate accusations of racism (or “homophobia,” “xenophobia,” and the like); itself, an expression of vitriol. Yet it is only now, and with an almost exclusive emphasis on heated politics from the right-wing, that a moment of reflection is in order. Why? Are leftists so clueless about their own propensity for invective that they’ve forgotten the political climate of just a few short years ago? Perhaps the more telling question is, are we to believe that the Left has forgotten its own “climate of hate” and its ongoing debasement of the political dialogue?

To claim that elite politicos are merely overlooking left-wing extremism is a charitable reading of the situation, indeed. This is even more questionable when one considers the political gains to be had from exploiting the Giffords shooting. Popularizing the narrative that the right-wing is fueled by hatred, racism, and violence has been integral to the Left’s answer to the opponents of its agenda, of which the health care overhaul bill was a crowning achievement. Asserting that Saturday’s horrific event was an outgrowth of that milieu of hate, just when the tables have turned and the debate begins anew, is not just a blind character assassination — it’s good politics.

Politically speaking, there is every reason for those on the Left to twist the Giffords shooting in this way. It doesn’t matter that, as we learn more about the perpetrator, 22-year-old Jared Loughner appears to have been in the midst of a textbook psychotic break and to have had no intelligible political views. Just the association between the atrocity and the Right’s political agenda is enough. It is enough to ensconce the upcoming vote on health care in an aura of controversy that, given the great symbolic nature of the bill, would not be present for most other bills brought to the floor. That the debate will transpire in the only branch of government that was secured by the very conservative upswell the Left is now trying to impugn, is also difficult to ignore. No matter the outcome of the vote next week, nor the projected piecemeal repeal of Obamacare to come, this political ploy will loom over the debate, and probably only intensify. Sadly, the quest to cast Giffords as an Obamacare martyr cheapens popular victory over the legislation, as much as it cheapens the dignity of those slain.

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  • okrahead

    Sheriff Dupnik issues statement blaming Limbaugh for shootings…

    From the desk of Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik:

    Dear Fellow Citizens and Voters,

    It pains me to have to reflect on the tragic events that befell our beloved community this past Saturday. While there will no doubt be a time to grieve the losses we have sustained as a community, this is not the time. No, now is the time to assess blame.

    We live in troubled times, with all sorts of troubled folks ambling around, spouting off all kinds of troubled stuff and nonsense that gets picked up on by even more troubled folks who then go out and do troubling things. The kind of troubling things that troubled our entire community this past Saturday. I myself am deeply troubled by all this troubled, rambling nonsense we hear and see all day long, every day. It's high time someone took the trouble to do something about these troubles, and that troubled someone is me….

    Read the rest here…. http://beautifulletters-bls.blogspot.com/2011/01/

    • USMCSniper

      Sheriff Dupnik is too stupid to even suspect he is stupid!

    • Guest

      He's troubled because his incompentancy is on view to the whole world. He knew all about the flaky Loughner and should have had him under surveillance at the rally with deputies close by. He's troubled because instead of a professional response he launched into a poltical tirade completely inappropriate to the circumstances. He's the poster boy for the incompetents who now run the country.

  • http://www.redneckspot.blogspot.com intlctlrdnck

    Controversy over Obamacare would merely be icing on the cake. This horrible tragedy is being used for a much more sinister purpose–the complete and final destruction of the 1st and 2nd Amendments. Clinton didn't have the infrastructure in place the way this administration does. Net Neutrality, wide-ranging FCC controls–the progressives were already preparing to haul conservative talkers in front of Congress to make them justify their alledged "hate talk". DHS had from the second this administration took office, put the bull's eye on conservatives. No, this was already planned in detail, all they needed was the right incident to make it all happen.

  • Clint

    This despicable S.O.B. is trying to deflect attention from his own inept department ! how many times was he called and told about this left wing nut ? could it be he thought his "comrade" would only target Tea Party advocates ?

    • Guest

      They wanted an "incident" they could use to launch a political jihad against the Tea Party, Palin and talk radio. My guess is that they expected Loughner would yell at Giffords and create a relatively minor but useful disturbance that could be exploited. It blew up in their face.

  • cedarhill

    Go read this from overseas news sources: http://thechollajumps.wordpress.com/2011/01/09/ja

    Imho, Dupnik is not only a highly partisan left wing moonbat who refused to follow his oath of office by publicly declaring he would not enforce AZ laws regarding illegal aliens but is also the supreme CYA propagandist. Seems Left wing thing breeds such deceit that it's all they do.

    He should be sued by those he's slimed. And vilified as the wack job he is.

  • sflbib

    The Left cares about only two things: 1) getting power, so that it can 2) oppress those who disagree with them.

  • jerrag

    We can only hope the good folk of Pima County will see their Sheriff for what he is and vote him out of office come the next election.

  • SHmuelHaLevi

    Interesting how the Islamic US Army Officer murdered I believe 13 soldiers and wounded many more but so far none of the natural associates to that Officer are pursued as a national menace. Silent mode there.
    In turn the lunatic left wing cum Nazi nut case, a known mental basket case, is immediately linked to the targets selected by the Soetoro administration.
    Is not that a wonder>

  • BLJ

    Dupnik couldn't hold Barney Fife's jockstrap. He is a buffoon and a disgrace to his office. Maybe him and Krugman can star together in "Dumb and Dumber 3".

  • Gamaliel Isaac

    A good article on left wing extremist threats was in today's worldnetdaily http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pag

  • Alex Kovnat

    Thank you for mentioning the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, which was obviously revenge for the destruction of the Branch Dividian cult compound in Waco, Texas.

    I would like to ask the following question: Suppose it were during the presidency of George W. Bush, not Bill Clinton, that you had the U.S. government use heavy armored fighting vehicles to destroy a religious cult with the resulting deaths of 86 people, many of them children. Can you imagine the reaction of people like Barbara Streisand and others of similar beliefs?

    After the Waco tragedy, Janet Reno should have had the decency to resign. Clinton should have had the decency to apologize to the families of those killed. Those responsible, military or civilian, should have been broomed out of government. Perhaps then, the destruction of the federal building in Oklahoma City in revenge, could have been averted.

  • FLIrishPM

    I can see it now….some liberal progressive marxist in the House will craft a bill entitled "Gabby Giffords Memorial Health Care Reform Act". This is what marxists do. They seize upon the weak minded, find a human shield to prop up for their insane legislation and demonize everyone who opposes it as 'racist' or 'bigoted'. Because after all, it's for 'the children'. Never mind that it will literally bankrupt the country within a few years but hey, at least we're going to be insuring 30 million more slaves to satisfy the egos of the oligarchical ruling class elites that pretty much figure we're too stupid to even tie our own shoes without their 'help'.

  • http://www.mysapce.com/freddawes1776/ Fred Dawes

    Obamacare will attack the poor and the helpless, it wil take money out of the hands of people who have nothing, and make some people lots of money.

  • Fed_Republic

    Common Communist Operating Instructions:

    TOP DOWN
    BOTTOM UP
    INSIDE OUT

    WAKE UP AMERICA
    YO BEIN' PLAYED!

  • geronl

    The entire leftist establishment has been mobilized to politicize this tragedy and gain whatever advantage they can from it.

  • SemperCivis

    We've had enough of Obamacare and Obama.

    This video documents the reasons for and destruction of Marc Rubin’s masterful portrait of Barack Obama in 2009 after the NEA was hijacked by Obama and his progressive operatives. Its called "Catharsis"

    http://www.marcrubin.com/obama.ivnu

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  • WilliamJamesWard

    Dupnik poopnik………this idiot is sitting back thinking if he makes enough
    noise, lefty noise that is, he may be in line for Rep. Gifford's job, just a
    hunch but he is just to out there, he seems dubious, yeah, dubious Dupnik
    the poopnik…….Shoot em low Sheriff they're riding Shetlands………………..William