Others like Rush Limbaugh, Newsbusters, and Fox have picked up on a prime example of the biased MSM and Democrat coverage of violence over the healthcare battle: Bart Stupak.
Stupak may have complained of threats by pro-aborts before he turned coat, but he only publicized the threats received by portended pro-lifers after. And this is only when MSM and libs picked up on them.
I like how Bernie Goldberg framed what’s going on: Portraying pro-lifers and conservatives as violent and racist fits the other side’s narrative.
That said, there is something more afoot.
Erick Erickson at RedState.com wrote yesterday…
First of all, I would point out that it was the Democrats who just took over 1/6th of the American economy despite upwards of 56% of the American public being opposed. And they expect people to… what… clap?
As I said earlier today, violence is unacceptable, but none of us should be surprised – especially the left, which feeds off riots, protest, and molotov cocktail parties every time they strongly oppose something. The Weather Underground was not a Republican insurgency at the Weather Channel….
To quote Billy Joel, “We didn’t start the fire.” The Democrats are crying foul now trying to change the subject away from what they just did. And to do it, they are falling back on old Democrat standby narratives the media readily consumes – racists and angry white men.
I can’t say enough – we should beat them at the ballot box. Violence is inexcusable. But did they really think the public would just roll over when they willfully imposed the largest tax increase in America history, betrayed major Obama campaign promises, and mocked, taunted, and ridiculed the people who believe the Constitution actually has meaning and value?
The Democrats need to get independent voters back on their side to avoid decimation at the ballot box in November. By playing up these stories, many of which are pretty lame… they hope to spook independents into jumping back to their side. That’s what this is all about. I’ve got news for them: it isn’t going to work because the independents are clearly spooked by what happened Sunday.
Sucks for the Dems.
Erickson wrote in another piece:
I’ve said for weeks I was a bit fearful of what would happen as a result. I sincerely pray we are not on the cusp of some group of angry and now unhinged mob lashing out at congressmen for a vote in the Congress.
But something seems to be brewing and I frankly don’t think the Democrats should at all be surprised. They were and they knew they were playing with fire to advance legislation many Americans see as the undoing of the American Experiment. Some of those Americans will now conclude that, like with the founders, if King George will not listen, King George must be fought.
Acts of violence against congressmen for behaving as congressmen are wholly inexcusable. We should be vigilant to police our own side because as we’re already seeing through a series of breathless and inaccurate reports, the press and Democrats are going to be quick to run most any story and the retraction will never be as significant as the initial report.
But let’s not act surprised. The only people surprised by the rage are the ones who refused to venture outside Washington to understand first hand what the voters were actually thinking before congressmen voted.
This entire situation reminds me of a line from one of my favorite movies, The Big Chill, the funeral scene, when the preacher says about Alex’s suicide, “It makes me angry. And I don’t know what to do with my anger” (at 9:27 on video).
Pro-lifers have been amazingly proficient for decades at channeling their anger and protest against the legalized slaughter of preborn children into productively trying to stop it.
But generally speaking, there is going to come a point when either 1) the politicians start listening to the American people; 2) the American people give up; or 3) we have another civil war.
And as far as pro-lifers are concerned, the forced abortion tax in the healthcare plan and coming denial by the Obama administration of conscience protections for healthcare entities will be impossible to tolerate.
As we all know, of all issues in the healthcare plan, abortion was the most critical.Washington Times columnist Tony Blankley described where we are at on March 24, in a column pro-lifers will identify very, very closely with:
We are beginning to enter the Kansas-Nebraska Act stage of the socialist crisis of the republic. At our constitutional founding, the evil of slavery had been crudely evaded. In 1820, the Missouri Compromise was enacted, prohibiting the abomination north of latitude 36 degrees, 30 minutes (about the middle of MO.)
But with the western push of the frontier, a new compromise was needed. So the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 decreed that the “popular sovereignty” of each territory should decide whether it would be a slave or free state. But then, adherents of both the abomination and freedom migrated to KS to struggle – with their bodily presence – for their respective causes. 1st there was politics. Then the political rhetoric turned violent. Then real violence ensued. KS became known as “Bleeding KS.” John Brown, most famously, applied unjustified, murderous violence for his righteous cause of ending slavery and was hanged, but the Civil War ensued because, as Abraham Lincoln sagely explained:
“A House divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free.
“I do not expect the Union to be dissolved – I do not expect the house to fall – but I do expect it will cease to be divided.
“It will become all one thing or all the other.
“Either the opponents of slavery, will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become alike lawful in all the States, old as well as new – North as well as South.”
Now we enter our history’s second stage in the struggle against the abomination of socialism….
But now, just as the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 broke through the slave-state limitation to the South, the Democratic Party’s 2010 health care law has broken socialism’s boundary of being so limited….
And just as the free states could not tolerate the spread of slavery into their midst, so too, free, middle-class America – if it still has its historic character – will not tolerate the yoke of socialism put upon our necks.
1st, the unambiguous will of the majority was defied by the vote of Congress on Sunday.
Come November, we will see whether the system can still turn the popular will into the constitutionally permissible legislative will of the majority. If it can, all will be well and the crisis will end….
But come November, if the majority still opposes the socialization of health care delivery and the other central-government intrusions and yet the corrupt bargains and constitutional distortions of Washington deny the majority’s will its just expression, then, for the 2nd time in our history, we will enter that dangerous period in which America’s house resolves its temporary division. Let us devoutly pray – and commit ourselves to the proposition – that this time, freedom shall be reacquired – peaceably.
[GMA/Stupak screenshot via Newsbusters; photo of anti-socialized healthcare protesters via the Associated Press; Abraham Lincoln graphic via the Washington Times]