Terrorism must be stopped regardless of what ideology commits it. It is a sad day for liberty when the Department of Homeland Security polarizes terrorism into right- and left-wing, then falsely portrays the attacks as having been conducted by their political opponents.
While researching for an article, I learned that the Holocaust Museum shooter from back in June was actually a left-winger, not the right-winger the media portrayed. And how many folks bought that lie? Jonah Goldberg writes:
A few months ago, an anti-Semitic old nut named James von Brunn allegedly took a gun to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to get payback against “the Jews” and killed a black security guard in the process.
In response to this horrific crime, the leading lights of American liberalism knew who was to blame: Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and the GOP. One writer for the Huffington Post put it succinctly: “Thank you very much Karl Rove and your minions.”
The fact that Von Brunn was a 9/11 “truther” who railed against capitalism, neocons, and the Bush administration didn’t matter. Nor did the glaring lack of evidence that Rove et al. ever showed antipathy for the museum. It was simply obvious that Von Brunn was the offspring of the “right-wing extremism (that) is being systematically fed by the conservative media and political establishment,” wrote columnist Paul Krugman.
What puts me at a loss for words is the fact that although the infamous DHS report warned of right-wing extremists – and these attacks couldn’t be further from conservatives – the state-run media are suggesting that these attacks have made Janet Napolitano into some sort of visionary.
The Nazis had the Jews; Islamic supremacists have the U.S. and Israel; the Soviet Union had the U.S. and the capitalist West – each tyranny has to have a villain on which to focus the hate of their followers.
In the age of Obama, we have Conservatives.