Nothing like getting to the opinion section of the Baltimore Sun and reading something completely asinine by Thomas Schaller.
I won't get into all of the details of Schaller's assertions, but here are the meat and potatoes:
But when it comes to veiled and not-so-veiled calls for violence, there is a glaring and undeniable asymmetry: It is almost always conservatives who incite, condone and even engage in violence as a "legitimate" means of political expression.Of course, he's full of crap. And not by a little. And not just because 57% of the American people don't buy the argument being put forth by the professional left. Not just because some of the favorite books of the psychopath who murdered six innocent people was both Mein Kampf and the Communist Manifesto. But a lot of it has to do with the fact that the "progressive" left is full of acts of violence, sometimes simulated but also sometimes real, when it comes to their participation in the body politics.
Just for kicks, let's start with internet darling Markos Moulitsas: other than trying to milk this tragedy of the Giffords shooting for everything it's worth (something I....uh....tactfully questioned him on), he and those of his ilk used violent imagery to discuss.....Gabrielle Giffords. Something that Kos even tried to scrub from his website once he got caught.
Democratic Congressman Peter Kanjorski (D-PA) wrote a piece in today's New York Times calling for more political civility. Never mind the fact that he suggested Governor Rick Scott (a Republican) should be put against a wall and shot.
Ed Driscoll helpfully compiles a number of liberal hate-screeds against conservatives, including:
- The Hollywood motion picture The Assassination of George W. Bush, which was praised by Roger Ebert.
- Alec Baldwin suggesting stoning former Rep. Henry Hyde and his children.
- Baltimore's own Montel Williams urging Michele Bachmann to commit suicide.
And maybe Schaller has heard of Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, and the Weather Underground. I know the President has, and it isn't exactly like these terrorists were rolling with Birchers back in their time.
And that says nothing of the fact that Independent Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders is trying to make a buck off of this tragedy.
Perhaps here I can put it in language that Schaller and others can understand:
Of course, you don't have to go very far to find liberals acting like buffoons and threatening conservatives with violent acts or language. Remember when Martin O'Malley challenged Chip Franklin and Rob Douglas to come outside so he could kick their ass after appearing on WBAL? Or when Mike Miller said Democrats "We're going to bury the Republicans six feet deep, faces up, so they won't come out for 20 years." Or do you remember this horrific scene from a few months back, when the same union thugs who fund the Democratic Party in this state harassed and threatened a 14-year old boy? Here's a reminder just in case you missed that:
The point of all of this is that Tom Schaller's assertion that Conservative Rhetoric is more violent is nothing but a giant lie. An exercise in intellectual dishonesty that Schaller had to have know the second he wrote it. Not that Schaller being wrong is anything new in the we here at Red Maryland have time, and time, and time, and time again have demonstrated Schaller's true nature. But while it is acceptable to have an opinion that I disagree with, it is not acceptable to be subjected to such dishonest, outlandish, and damn near slanderous allegations from somebody who is responsible for educating the next generation. Because don't forget that in addition to being a leftist moonbat, Schaller also is an Associate Professor of Political Science at UMBC. My taxpayer dollars are paying for this garbage, and god only knows what kind of intellectually dishonest habits he is passing on to these students while working on the state's dime.
Schaller is entitled to his own opinion about violent rhetoric in the political discourse. I think that all reasonable people understand that all sides employ rhetoric that sometimes just goes too far. But Schaller's argument in this and pinning the entire blame on the conservative movement while conveniently ignoring the garbage going on in his own backyard. It's intellectually dishonest, and it's wrong. The Sun shouldn't have published this drivel. And it really makes me wonder, in all seriousness, if Schaller employs the level of research and selective fact inclusion in his academic work.