Wednesday, January 12, 2011

False equivalency

Shame on you James Taranto. Somehow the false equivalency and deliberately obtuse defense of the toxic rhetoric that's created the conditions encouraging violent acting out by crazy people seems worse when it's in the Wall St. Journal. You can read that tripe for yourself if you want to. I don't recommend wasting the time but since I already did, let me offer a couple of quick rebuttals.

Yes, this most certainly was a political assassination. While the reasons may never be clear, the shooter didn't just randomly wander into a shopping center to commit his pre-mediated murder. He targeted a sitting Congressperson, whom he had been apparently obsessed with for a great many years. That's the very definition of a political assassination and Taranto should be able to grasp that.

As for the "lefties do it too" meme being frantically pushed by every trash talking wingnut in the universe in their desperate attempts to pretend "this has nothing to do with them," it's telling that they have to dig back to 2004 to find some isolated, paltry instances on the left. Whereas, using their criteria, to truly chronicle all the examples of far right eliminationist rhetoric and evocations of gun imagery would take more bandwidth than an entire encyclopedia.

More tellingly, I haven't seen a single one of these irresponsible apologists come up with a related list of violent incidents that can easily and rather directly be linked to their incendiary, and all too often completely false, rhetoric.

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

It's not just lefties that perform political assassinations, it's lefties like me!

Or so saith the toad. And we all know how the guy who hates to fish because he hates to see things die must be a secret killer cause he has great grandpa's Griswold pistol from the Civil War and usta be on an ROTC rifle team 45 years ago. What more proof can a reasonable person require in these ordinary times?

Hey, trashing a president for documented crimes is equivalent to trashing another president for invented crimes by the principle of false equivalence and that's where this thing started and that's where it's going. That's how and why Darrel Issa can call Obama "the most corrupt president" because the Republicans have set ever more gruesome precedents for presidents.

That's why he had to promise a season of subpoenas because they're still hopping mad about what happened to Nixon and how they couldn't quite get away with unseating Clinton for soliciting sex from someone paid to accuse him. Sure that's just as bad as torture and massacres of the innocent and dealing arms to an enemy and all the rest. Same damned thing.

12:16:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

SOP for these people Fogg. Accuse the other side of your own crimes. Silly me, I've been laying low the last couple of days hoping I'd see some introspection from these cretins. Some glimmer of recognition that fomenting rage has consequences. Stupid me.

12:32:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

The more preposterous, the more they cling to it - did you know that Rush is all about morality and decency -- and we're not?

Yep, I just read that.

2:02:00 PM  

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