Monday, January 10, 2011

The Political Rhetoric of Violence

In City Journal, Andrew Klavan has given us a fine retort to the leftist narrative that the Giffords assassination attempt by a mentally insane reader of Marx and Hitler was made possible by conservative and republican complaining about the size of government ("The Hateful Left").

But while little useful can be said about the murders themselves, the rush to narrative of our dishonest and increasingly desperate leftist media does have to be addressed. The Left—which has been unable to discover any common feature uniting acts of Islamist violence worldwide—nonetheless instantly noticed a bridge between the Tucson shooting and its own political opponents. The Chicago Sun-Times ran a slavering editorial blaming “the right.” MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and the Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson suggested that the killings were inspired by right-wing rhetoric. Politico’s Roger Simon did the same.

Where is all this assassination rhetoric on the right? Share your stories.

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