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Sheer Crazy From Media Matters

I always thought the race card was the last one in the Liberal Left deck but Eric Boehlert at Media Matters reminds everyone that the lunatics over there always have more crazy than can be estimated:

A President was killed the last time right-wing hatred ran wild like this

September 18, 2009 9:10 am ET by Eric Boehlert

That being John F. Kennedy, who was gunned down in Dallas, of course.
I've been thinking a lot of Kennedy and Dallas as I've watched the increasingly violent rhetorical attacks on Obama be unfurled. As Americans yank their kids of class in order to save them from being exposed to the President of the United States who only wanted to urge them to excel in the classroom. And as unvarnished hate and name-calling passed for health care 'debate' this summer.

The radical right, aided by a GOP Noise Machine that positively dwarfs what existed in 1963, has turned demonizing Obama--making him into a vile object of disgust--into a crusade. It's a demented national jihad, the likes of which this country has not seen in modern times.
But I've been thinking about Dallas in 1963 because I've been recalling the history and how that city stood as an outpost for the radical right, which never tried to hide its contempt for the New England Democrat.

Notwithstanding the fact that Oswald was a Communist, Boehlert also regurgitates the revisionist myth of a demented, right wing Dallas. Perhaps now that leftwing crazies have seen that the race card is not creating the effect they desired it is reverting to sheer paranoia. The Left's polemic has become clinically insane. Where's the lithium?

Note: This post at The Corner should be read also. Boehlert's craziness is not an isolated incident but, rather, evidence of an epidemic.


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Comments (34)

We will continue to see the... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

We will continue to see these type of irrational responses from the left. They know Barry is a potential disaster but to admit it would deal a severe blow to the high opinion the faux intelligent elite have of themselves their icon and, hence, their judgement. So, they must demonize those that didn't buy the Obama sham in the first place. By the way Hugh, do you know what year Boehlert was born. I am just checking but I am tired of these clowns that are "reminded" of historical events but weren't even born when they occurred. In this case the JFK assassination. And I would like to correct Boehlert in that the crowds in Dallas that day were reported to be quite friendly to the President.

I found this line particula... (Below threshold)
retired military:

I found this line particulary amusing

"
Today, conservatives are expressing outrage that Rep. Nancy Pelosi had the nerve to raise concerns about the onrush of violent political rhetoric"

Gee after 8 years of everything antiBush? Ya think.

I said this yesterday in th... (Below threshold)
G.:

I said this yesterday in the comments section of Obama's health care won't cover illegals thread. He is pushing peoples buttons as hard as he can go. His ego won't let him stop.He's like a petulant child determined to get his way one way or the other while he flips his detractors /opponents off. It's possible it could happen because, this country is simmering right now. If he keeps on it's bound to boil over. I hope it doesn't because if it does this country is gonna implode/explode. A witch hunt by the left will ensue with people like Beck, O'Reilly, Fox News, and all conservative pundits, and conservatives in general as well as whites by blacks will be targeted. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see this as a possibility. Key word "possibility". NO I am not paranoid. Nor a troll, nor a liberal. The flames are being fanned on both sides.

As Hugh pointed out, Oswald... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

As Hugh pointed out, Oswald wasn't 'right wing' - he was a Communist but I trust MM to not let's facts interfere with a good argument.

The tension in the U.S. is being fueled primarily by the actions of a single person - that person would be the one pushing a government take over of healthcare under the guise of 'healthcare reform'.

Why was it then when Kenned... (Below threshold)
Stan25:

Why was it then when Kennedy was killed, there was a national unity? From what I can remember (I was 7 at the time) everyone was crying, be they Republican or Democrat. It seems to me that the Media Matters folks are just whistling past the graveyard on this one. Of course, they get their funding from George Soros, who is decidedly anti-American and a convicted felon in France

This is sick. MM should apo... (Below threshold)
Eneils Bailey:

This is sick. MM should apologize and then have this guy sent in for an oil change and a checkup.

DU is pushing this too. Si... (Below threshold)
Sue:

DU is pushing this too. Since screaming racism isn't working the only thing they have left is to try to convince moderates that conservatives are "hateful" and are going to provoke "violence". They go from one thing to the next.

.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=132x8661941

On the up side it's proof that their yelling and screaming hasn't worked so far, so it's unlikely that this will work. People now have more political awareness than the Dems would like them to have.

Actually, I'm LMAOROTF!... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Actually, I'm LMAOROTF!

Liberal (progressive) playbook: "When all else fails, get a Kennedy up front. Everyone loves a Kennedy."

Hey, the books doesn't say they have to be alive. Look how they flogged Splash's body for their "Health Care Reform Sockapalooza Wednesday Night Dynamite Joint Session of Congress Game Changer Speech". Barry even managed to squeeze out a tear or two as he muttered the immortal words "Let's Do It For Ted". That didn't work out to well. You pull Joe II out and put him up front, people will first ask "How's Hugo doing?". Can't have that. New Yorkers didn't fall all over themselves for Senator Carolyn Kennedy, so you can scratch that. "Patches" Kennedy would only get you a snort and "Hey, how's rehab?".
Only Kennedy left is JFK and he's a "martyr" for Civil Rights. Yeah, the civil rights of Cuba. But that's easily glossed over. As pointed out, most people this stuff is directed at weren't even born when Camelot was center-stage.

So bring it on "progressives"! I'm laughing my ass off! The only thing the JFK assassination has with the right is the fact THAT A LEFT-WINGER USED A GUN!

You ass-hat progressives ARE NOT TRYING. Saul Alinsky is rolling over in his grave.

If its to be done may it be... (Below threshold)
G.:

If its to be done may it be a leftie that does it.

Things don't go their way a... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Things don't go their way and they lose it. How dare anyone challenge the imperious ones?

Pretty soon they'll be sitting in a corner playing with their eyeballs which they will have pulled out of their sockets like a druggie on a bad LSD trip - which I'm sure is not foreign to many of them.

When Obama thought things w... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

When Obama thought things were going his way, he thought it was funny. Obama to bankers: "My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks." Yuk Yuk Yuk.

They really live in another... (Below threshold)

They really live in another world, don't they? Ultimately, though, only one conclusion can be drawn about this Eric person: he's a jackass.

Boehlert cites to the Kashn... (Below threshold)
iwogisdead:

Boehlert cites to the Kashner article. To show that Dallas was right-wing crazy in 1963, Kashner refers to a "retired major general [who] ran the American flag upside down." That retired major general was Edwin Walker.

Someone tried, and failed, to kill right-wing crazy Edwin Walker in 1963, of course, by shooting into his home. The shooter was Lee Harvey Oswald.

So, Dallas was right-wing crazy because of Walker, but Oswald tried to kill Walker, and a few months later killed Kennedy.

History is fun!! Liberals are stupid!!

iwogisdeadExcellen... (Below threshold)
hslatery:

iwogisdead

Excellent point. The historical memory of the Left was lobotomized a long time ago, circa 1968.

The defense of their position has been reduced to the W C Fields defense: "I would rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy."

If I read the article and t... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

If I read the article and the posts correctly,

1. Extreme right wing rhetoric has preceded every act of political violence in recent history. Violence is apparently inevitable, and it will be the fault of the leaders of the Republican party, if I read Boehlert's article right.

2. The leaders of the Republican party, the extremist pastors of the religious right, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, hate-filled right wingers, wild-eyed racists (like all of us), Lee Harvey Oswald (apparently some rightwing extremist), the city of Dallas Texas, and talk radio support the idea that the president of the United States should be assassinated. This is condensed from a number of comments to the Media Matters article, but I think that's the tenor of their remarks.

3. I was very upset to read that the five largest media outlets in America are controlled by a handful of rightwing extremists. True enough, the specifics were absent, but we should carefully consider this poster's remarks, out of fairness if nothing else.

4. I was also upset to read that we want our own president and our own Congress to fail out of racial hatred.

It seems to me that we should pass this information on to the FBI and the Secret Service, if these learned folks have their facts straight. Legislation, investigations, and arrests are clearly called for at the earliest possible moment.

There's not a second, Touluse.

20 minutes there was enough to start me drawing circles around my ear.

Funniest shit I've ever seen.

I tried to leave a comment ... (Below threshold)
shiloh:

I tried to leave a comment but, Menial and doesn't Matter put me in moderation and won't post my reply...I guess he didn't like being called out on his lies.

Oh and let's not forget abo... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

Oh and let's not forget about the reporter than ran with the story that kindergartners in Dallas cheered upon hearing that Kennedy had been shot as evidence that Dallas was rife with 'right-wing hate' (of course the story was bullshit - and the reporter was a young man named Dan Rather).

I find it annoying, scary, ... (Below threshold)
JustRuss:

I find it annoying, scary, disheartening and amusing that the first ones to call attention to the possibility of Assassination are the lefties. I try in ever conversation and every post that leans that direction to NOT mention the "A" word. I am scared to death that some idiot is going to take a shot at the President of our country. I do not agree with his politics or morals at all but I do NOT want to see him or his family harmed.

On a related side note, it does indeed smack of one-upping the "Race" card by tossing the "Assassination" card. Talk about the politics of fear.

To put a point on it, Barry... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

To put a point on it, Barry had better start worrying about his "buddies" on the EXTREME left, like Bill Ayers and George Soros. Barry could become more of an asset as a "martyr" rather than just as an incompetent boob. Look at how they beat Splash Kennedy's body "Let's pass it for Ted!"

#19Exactly. He's ... (Below threshold)
epador:

#19

Exactly. He's been set up from the start. The question is whether Biden or someone else is being positioned to take the lead.

I suppose Sirhan Sirhan was... (Below threshold)
Patty:

I suppose Sirhan Sirhan was a radical right-wing extremist too?

There is probably more left... (Below threshold)
Dennis D:

There is probably more left wing affection for Castro now then back during the JFK Presidency. Back then most Democrats were rabidly Anti Communist. Today we have left wingers praising Hugo Chavez and his kind. Obama is the 1st President to my knowledge to knowingly and willingly hire an admitted commie in Van Jones.

Oswald subsequently made me... (Below threshold)
Dennis D:

Oswald subsequently made membership inquiries to such organizations as the Socialist Workers Party, the Socialist Labor Party, The Gus Hall-Benjamin Davis Defense Committee, the Daily Worker, The Fair Play for Cuba Committee and the Communist Party, USA-- correspondence that brought him under surveillance by the FBI,

Interesting that the use of... (Below threshold)
OLDPUPPYMAX:

Interesting that the use of "crusade" and "jihad" is scrupulously restricted...to attacking the right. Apply these terms to Muslims and you are impaled on the point of PC. Apply them to actual Americans and it is perfectly acceptable.

A President was killed t... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

A President was killed the last time right-wing hatred ran wild like this.

I suggest, if commenters on Wizbang are genuinely interested in who really killed JFK, they follow not so much Oswald, the self-admitted "patsy", but the serious and powerful Kennedy haters, the close associates of Jack Ruby.

Crickmore, we ALL suggest y... (Below threshold)
Marc:

Crickmore, we ALL suggest you take your nutcase conspiracy crapola and take a long walk off a short pear.

Nutcase conspiracy crao... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Nutcase conspiracy craopola. In that case, I have alot of company. 75% of Americans believe Oswald was not "the lone assassin".

"75% of Americans believe O... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"75% of Americans believe Oswald was not "the lone assassin"."

Cite please.

"Exactly. He's been set ... (Below threshold)
John S:

"Exactly. He's been set up from the start. The question is whether Biden or someone else is being positioned to take the lead."

Sure. Biden is an easily controlled idiot who could rule by waving Obama's bloody shirt. My guess is an Obama assassination would be the excuse to declare martial law and suspend elections. Homeland Security is still advertising to hire more concentration camp guards.

GrandFan - "Cite please... (Below threshold)
Marc:

GrandFan - "Cite please."

It was a poll conducted between his right brain, left brain, frontal lobe and his A-Hole.

Right brain was the odd "man" out.

GarandFan. I have to run b... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

GarandFan. I have to run but is hard to quantify the number and I may have mistated the figure slightly, but a 2001 Gallup poll says that "81% of Americans believe there was a conspiracy."

Yeah, you better run.... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Yeah, you better run.

CITE please. And don't use anything Turner has written. The guys a one-man cottage industry on the JFK assassination. You might say he's made A LIVING FROM IT.

CITE your polls - you know, PLURAL.

Otherwise, as usual Stevie, YOU'RE FULL OF BULL SHIT!

The main theory in the cons... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

The main theory in the conspiracy is papa Joe Kennedy used some of his mobster connections to assure his son a victory in Illinois. Then Bobby went after Hoffe and the mob and it was payback time. I don't think anyone can cross the mob. Either that or the lefty communist killed him. ww

"I have to run"</... (Below threshold)
914:

"I have to run"

Hahahahahahahahahaha




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