Jennifer Rubin Had the Right Idea Yesterday: Stay Away From Cable
“I choose not to be outraged”
“In the aftermath of tragedy, when outrage begets outrage begets outrage about being outraged, one’s sanity improves by steering clear of Twitter, partisan cable TV news and other sources of cringe-worthy opportunists. One hardly needs to look very far to find a despicable accusation or a pathetic attempt to claim greater entitlement to victimhood, nor does one have to be terribly creative to predict the dreary debates that immediately will unfold. (Yes, we should talk about guns! Stop politicizing guns!)”
I’m with her on cable-though, I can’t stay away from Twitter! And I have all my Democratic buddies there. I just ignored the MSM with all the nonstop coverage of the shooting.
Last night I only watched a little of Maddow even-the part where she talked about the Special Counsel officially investigating Trump for obstruction. Then I signed off for the night.
Which is not to say that what happened is not a terrible tragedy. I oppose all forms of political violence whatever the politics that motivate it. Just that I can’t stand the way the media covered this
There is certainly a rush on the Right to connect the dots on what motivated James Hodgkinson. And the media is playing up the idea that he did this because he hates Trump and the Republicans-as if all of us in #TheResistance have to go to the back of the bus.
Next we’ll be hearing that saying the GOP is the party of the rich is ‘hate speech.’
The truth is that whatever Hodgskin’s political motivations, he has also shown a longterm propensity to violence and criminality.
“A police report in Illinois also details an incident in 2006 with Hodgkinson’s daughter and her friends — one that involved a gun. When Hodgkinson’s daughter was at a female friend’s home, he and his wife alegedly tried to take her away from there.”
“The report says Hodgkinson resorted to dragging his daughter out of her friend’s car, slashing her seatbelt, and punching his daughter’s friend in the face.”
“The young woman’s boyfriend later confronted Hodgkinson, and Hodgkinson pulled out his shotgun, hit the younger man in the face with the wooden stock of the gun, then fired a single shot that missed, according to police. Hodgkinson was charged with two counts of battery, aggravated discharge of a firearm, criminal damage to a motor vehicle and two counts of domestic battery. None of the three victims showed up in court, so the case was dismissed later that year.”
Another, more recent incident, occurred three months ago. Deputies with the St. Clair Sheriff’s Office were called when locals heard “shots fired” in a residential neighborhood, according to police records. Deputies found Hodgkinson shooting a hunting rifle. But because he had properly registered himself as a firearms owner with the state of Illinois, deputies merely advised him to shoot safely.”
Of course, you could argue that if gun laws weren’t so lax, maybe this could have been prevented. But the Republicans won’t consider that. No, we must simply stop criticizing Herr Trump. That’s the problem.
David Frum has a good diagnosis of political violence and its threat:
“Reinforcing the Boundaries of Political Decency.”
“Assassins attempt veto by murder—making them the enemies of both those who share their politics and those who reject them.”
The truth is such assassins hurt those who they allegedly share politics with and not those they oppose. If this Hodgkinson thought he was somehow serving the righteous cause of the #Resistance, he was tragically delusional-as is clearly the case.
“America is more vulnerable to assassins than most other democracies, for many reasons. The United States is a less-surveilled society than Britain or France. American police forces are more decentralized than those of most European countries. Above all, the U.S. is vulnerable to this crime because targeted killing typically requires access to a gun—and guns are easier to acquire here than in any comparably developed society. We’ll learn more about when the Alexandria murderer decided on his crime, and whether his weapon was legally acquired. The commonwealth of Virginia certainly did its utmost to ease his way, however, by conferring the legal right to move about with an openly brandished rifle. (The City of Alexandria, though, where the shooting took place, bars the open carry of assault weapons.)”
Indeed. But none of Frum’s former GOP buddies are going to draw the obvious conclusion from this. We saw how he was shooting in the street and they let him go-after al he had the right paperwork!
“In the wake of this crime, as after the Gabby Giffords attack in 2011, we’ll soon be talking about whether and when political rhetoric goes too far. It’s an important conversation to have, and the fact that the president of the United States is himself the country’s noisiest inciter of political violence does not give license to anyone else to do the same. Precisely because the president has put himself so outside the boundary of political decency, it is vitally important to define and defend that border. President Trump’s delight in violence against his opponents is something to isolate and condemn, not something to condone or emulate.”
Remember it was Trump who called for ‘2nd Amendment solutions.’
“The good news for American society is that this isolation and condemnation will happen. Across the political spectrum, there is only revulsion. The danger in acts of political violence like this is that some unscrupulous people will use this crime to write a narrative of victimhood to justify their own preparations for political violence in what they will wrongly regard as self-defense.”
Already you see the Right trying to manipulate this tragedy for political gain. They are acting as if Trump is the victim here. In truth they see this as a political opportunity to exploit:
“Beware of GOP Calls to “Tamp Down” Criticism of Trump in Wake of Shooting”
“there was a vocal, immediate, and familiar outcry about political rhetoric. Specifically, there were sometimes vague assertions from conservatives that overheated political language—and media coverage—was to blame for James T. Hodgkinson’s assault that sent Rep. Steve Scalise, one congressional staffer, and multiple others to the hospital with injuries. These calls mirrored complaints from liberals at the time of the Giffords assault that overheated political rhetoric might be to blame for Jared Lee Loughner’s attack.”
“Some of the discussion from conservative circles on Wednesday was a complete 180-degree turn from their impassioned defenses of political speech following the Giffords shooting. There were, in fact, already hints that the episode would be used to try to attack speech critical of President Donald Trump.”
“Former Speaker of the House and Trump ally Newt Gingrich said that the attack was part of a “pattern” of hostility toward the president on the left, comparing the shooting to Kathy Griffin’s dumb severed Trump head stunt, the controversial production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar that depicts a Trumpian version of Caesar, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand swearing.”
“Whether it’s a so-called comedian holding up the president’s head in blood, or it’s right here, in New York City, a play that shows the president being assassinated,” he said. “Or it’s Democratic leading national politicians who are so angry they have to use vulgarity because they can’t find any common language.”
“Politico pointed to other right-wing commentators who were explicitly comparing challenges of Trump—from those on the left and in the media—to this attempted murder:
Conservative radio host Michael Savage tweeted “I warned America the Dems constant drumbeat of hatred would lead to violence!”
“Perhaps most disturbing was Rush Limbaugh’s description of Hodgkinson as the “personification” of the “deranged base” of the Democratic Party and his suggestion that the media, federal investigations, and Congressional investigations of Trump and his administration were somehow to blame for this violence.”
Limbaugh-as usual-showed no caution in connecting dots in the most broad and sweeping fashion.
“Hodgkinson’s Facebook Page Reads Like a CNN Panel on Russia.”
Well there you go. I guess we can’t ever talk about Russia’s interference in our election again because a deranged individual used this as an excuse to act out his own violent impulses.
The great thing with the Right wing is nobody every uses intemperate language.
— Raw Story (@RawStory) June 14, 2017
Finally, maybe it was the emotion of the moment-I’m not criticizing her for it, but I don’t agree with Nancy Pelosi here:
“I pray for Donald Trump, that his presidency will be successful and that his family will be safe,” Pelosi said of President Donald Trump.”
I certainly agree that no one should engage in any violence against Trump and his family. I oppose political violence even against those I abhor. But do I wish him political success? Not in the least.
He wants to take away the Medicaid of 14 million Americans and deport Hispanics and ban Muslims. Do I want him to be successful in this? No way.
I pray for his impeachment.
P.S. As noted in previous post, the Gravis poll is out and it shows me, your buddy and humble blogger, Mike Sax, up 51 percent to 41% for Peter King in NY 2. I know-knock me over with a feather too. But that’s what the numbers say.
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