In case you missed it Rush Limbaugh had a column in last Friday’s Wall Street Journal that is now available at Opinion Journal. In Liberals Play the Violence Card Rush takes on Bill Clinton’s “celebration” of the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing of the Murrah Building by Timothy McVeigh. Ordinary people will commemorate but not celebrate the mass murder of 168 innocent human lives. But for Clinton it is not remembrance and respect for the dead that animates him as much as it is an opportunity to use the atrocity for purely political purposes and to create an enemy and a villain.
I’ve made reference to Eric Hoffer’s 1951 book The True Believers several times but that is because Hoffer is so correct when he says,
- Mass movements can rise and spread without belief in God, but never without belief in a devil. Usually the strength of a mass movement is proportionate to the vividness and tangibility of its devil.
The Left is one mass movement after another seeking always to take over some aspect of American life (healthcare, energy, immigration, the weather, our bathroom fixtures, our light bulbs, or the whole private sector if possible), shape it and dominate to political ends. The rise of the Tea Party movement is the greatest threat to left-wing hegemony since the rise of the conservative movement that was spurred into existence by William F. Buckley fifty years ago. Rigorously following Eric Hoffer predictions, the left always finds a devil to use as a card to play like a crooked gambler with an ace in his sleeve. The race card has been a trusty standby and it is being played against the Tea Party at every turn. With new lines of communication such as the internet blogs, and the explosion of home-made videos the left is finding it difficult to keep up the game. That angers them to no end, hence the need to dust off the violence card that Clinton, with the help of Dick Morris, played so well against the Republicans in 1995.
Except it’s not working anymore. The cards are counted and the extra ace is found. It is plain that someone is trying to win by cheating.
Rush says this,
- Like the millions of citizens who’ve peacefully risen up and attended thousands of rallies in protest, I seek nothing more than the preservation of the social contract that undergirds our society. I do not hate the government, as the left does when it is not running it. I love this country. And because I do, I insist that the temporary inhabitants of high political office comply with the Constitution, honor our God-given unalienable rights, and respect our hard-earned private property. For this I am called seditious, among other things, by some of the very people who’ve condemned this society?
I reject the notion that America is in a well-deserved decline, that she and her citizens are unexceptional. I do not believe America is the problem in the world. I believe America is the solution to the world’s problems. I reject a foreign policy that treats our allies like our enemies and our enemies like our allies. I condemn the president traveling the world apologizing for America’s great contributions to mankind. And I condemn his soft-pedaling the dangers we face from terrorism. For this I am inciting violence?
Clinton’s recent attempt to paint Rush Limbaugh as inciting violence with his radio show is in sharp contrast to what Rush was actually doing last Friday while Clinton was demagoguing away at the Center for American “Progress” in Washington D.C.,
- Few presidents have sunk so low as Mr. Clinton did with his accusations about Oklahoma City. Last week—on the very day I was contributing to and raising more than $3 million to fight leukemia and lymphoma on my radio program—Mr. Clinton used the 15th anniversary of that horrific day to regurgitate his claims about talk radio.
Read Rush’s column here. The Opinion Journal version contains a video from Fox News that features an exchange between Bob Beckel and Andrea ________ [said so fast I couldn’t catch her last name]. I like this video [I could not post it — embed code blocked] because for once the bulldog-face old guy is the liberal and the attractive babe is the conservative. As is usual on our side, the female is also smart, unlike the typical airhead the left trots out to speak in mindless slogans.
For real violence by protestors we need look no further than the pro-illegal immigration protests in Arizona in the last fews days by so-called “progressives.” This video shows protesters being arrested after throwing rocks and bottles at police:
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And this one shows a photographer being threaten with violence for trying to make a video:
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