Ever since the Tea Party movement has ben gathering greater momentum in the face of further disregard of American Public opinion by the President and his Congressional Leaders and allies, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi with the passing of the so-called Healthcare legislation, we have seen a serious attack on these peaceful demonstrators by Obama himself, Nancy Pelosi, who last year called them “Astroturf”, Harry Reid, and the Obama Media (mostly the major networks, as well as MSNBC, CNN, the NY Times, Washington Post, LA Times, etc). Now they have been joined in this demonization process by none other than Former President Clinton
Former President Clinton on an interview on ABC’s “This Week”, on April 18, 2010, as a follow up to his incendiary comments made the previous Friday, in which he warned that Tea Party members were feeding violence frenzy, and which, supposedly, reminded him of demonstrations leading to the Oklahoma City bombing of the Federal Building on April 19, 1995. That bombing killed 165 people.
The Friday meeting was to commemorate the 15th anniversary of that terrorist attack by Timothy McVeigh.
Clinton went on to say:
"I realized that there were a lot of parallels between the early '90s and now, both in the feeling of economic dislocation, the level of uncertainty people felt, the rise of kind of identity politics, the rise of the militia movements and right-wing talk radio, with a lot of what's going on in the blogosphere now, and in the right-wing media,"
"A lot of the things that have been said, they create a climate in which people who are vulnerable to violence because they're disoriented, like Timothy McVeigh was, are more likely to act,"
The truth is that Timothy McVeigh bombed the Federal building in Oklahoma City, angered over the ill conceived and poorly executed Waco attack on April 19, 1993, ordered by Janet Reno (Secretary of Justice at the time) and approved by President Clinton. In the attack 76 people die, including 24 children. The McVeigh attack occurred exactly 2 years to the day of the Waco attack, further proof that he was obsessed and obfuscated with that incident and not driven by any so-called “right-wing” conspiracy.
This follows the pattern undertaken by President Obama himself in demonizing Fox News since they are the only Cable News Network, and for that matter the only broadcast media outlet who has not followed the “Obama” party line.
Obama has denigrated and attacked CEO’s, political opponents and the American people as well. He has mocked demonstrators who oppose his policies. He tries to make then pariahs.
It is amazing, when plain citizens complain about government policies, and in this case policies of a Democrat President and a Democrat Congress, who they do not agree with by a margin of better than 60%, they are quickly portrayed as potential dangers to our nation and that their protests could spark violence.
While the Democrats has tried to portray Tea party members as right-wing white males, the fact is, that polls taken by Democrat pollster Gallup, show that 41 % of Tea Party people are either Independent or Democrats and the distribution of the cross-section of Americans pretty much follows the demographics of the American population.
The demonization of Obama opponents gets even worse.
We all know about the many speeches Martin Luther King gave and about the peaceful nature of his marches. However, what most people are not aware of is that the media portrayed the movement as dangerous and violent, very similar to what they are now saying about the Tea Party and other conservative groups and leaders.
More recently, Time magazine columnist Joe Klein’s stated that Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin are coming close to being “seditious” in their attacks on President Barack Obama.
Appearing on NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show” on Sunday, Klein said: “I did a little bit of research just before the show, it’s on this little napkin here. I looked up the definition of sedition, which is ‘conduct or language inciting rebellion against the authority of the state.’ And a lot of these statements, especially the ones coming from people like Glenn Beck, and to a certain extent Sarah Palin, rub right up close to being seditious.”
Klein defended his remarks on a Time magazine blog the following Monday: “Let me be clear: dissent isn’t sedition. Questioning an administration’s policies isn’t sedition. But questioning an administration’s legitimacy in a manner intended to undermine or overthrow it certainly is.”
Can you believe this, Mr. Klein saying that Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck may try to overthrow the US government?
On the other hand, there was not big outcry of concern over violence against our institutions when Rep. Pete Stark said that our troops had gone “to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president’s amusement.” (referring to President Bush), or with Democrat Sen. Richard Durbin’s characterization of American military personnel as synonymous with Nazis, Stalinists, or Pol Pot’s murderers; or the late Sen. Edward Kennedy’s comparison of American troops to Saddam’s lethal jailers; or Sen. John Kerry’s smear of our soldiers as acting in terrorist fashion. Also, how about when Sen. John Glenn, Sen. Robert Byrd, and former vice president Al Gore s compared their president’s governance ( Bush) to that of the Third Reich., or when Al Gore when he said of President Bush, “He lied to us,” “He betrayed this country,” “He played on our fears” — or when he dismissed Bush’s Internet supporters with the slur of “digital Brownshirts.”
Or what about the Move0n.org (big left wing organization run by George Soros and big supporter of Obama) who placed a disgraceful add in the NY Times calling General Petraeus, General Betray US. The NY Times gave MoveOn a discount of $102,000 (they charged only $65,000 for what typically they charge $167,000). This was a disgraceful rhetoric but no Democrat, including Senator Obama at the time complained that this kind of rhetoric could bring violence against our troops and undermine our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan/
Should we blame Al Gore global warming crusade for what some extreme environmental people have done, destroying dealerships who sell SUV’s or new housing developments?
Regardless of how anyone may feel about former President Bush policies, during his Presidency, many Democrat members of Congress, the Elite Media and left-wing organizations called Bush Hitler, liar, etc., and denigrated our troops. If the elite Media, then Senator Obama, Senators, Kerry, Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, and former President Clinton and many others, did not raise the fear of violence against the President, our Government institutions and our Armed Forces because of this hateful rhetoric at the time, why are they now complaining about peaceful, average American expressing their First Amendment right to dissent?
These demonstrators have never resorted to violence, . The only violence seen at any of these events was caused by SEIU (Service Employees International Union) members who last year were captured on TV attacking a Black Tea Party Demonstrator in St Louis, MO.
In July 2009, Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez proposed a new round of attack on media outlets not yet under government control. Under the proposed new rules, any media outlets that criticize Chavez or his policies could be subject to criminal prosecution in addition to their loss of broadcast licenses. This proposal was later implemented. Just this past March 2010, Hugo Chavez tightened control over the Venezuelan media with the arrest of Guillermo Zuloaga, the owner of Globovision, the only remaining anti-Chavez channel operating since RCTV was booted from Venezuelan airwaves in 2007. The crime of Zuloaga? He made remarks “offensive to the President” when he said that Chavez was suppressing free speech at an inter-Caribbean press meeting.
Chavez also had opposition politician Leaders Wilmer Azuaje and Oswaldo Alvarez Paz arrested, Azuaje for an unspecified crime and Alvarez Paz for “conspiracy” and “spreading false information” after he remarked that Venezuela has become a haven for drug traffickers on a Globovision interview.
I can provide similar examples about the Castro regime in Cuba, and Iran’s President Ahmadinejad. In Cuba, the latest tactic has been to demonize and harass “The Ladies in White”. These are a group of women, who have been peacefully demonstrating for the lack of humane treatment of Political Prisoners in Cuba. They have been demonized and accused of “counter-revolutionary” behavior and acts.
Likewise , we all saw last year how Iran’s President Ahmadinejad murdered protestors during the rigged elections. Ahmadinejad demonizes and pursues his opponents to increase and retain his power.
No, I am not saying that the US, or the Obama Administration, are doing what Hugo Chavez, Castro, and President Ahmadinejad are doing in their countries, but it is a very slippery slope when the Country’s leaders demonize the opposition and even some of the media partake on that demonization.
I for one saw this happen in Cuba. As Castro gained power, the media went along. He was viewed as the Messiah, as a matter of fact, he was portrayed in Cuba’s most popular magazine at the time ( Revista Bohemia in1959), and the equivalent of a Time Magazine in the US ,as the “New Christ”. Then the media started to self censor and not to say anything bad about the Castro dictatorship. Only one Newspaper dared not follow the rule and was shortly, just like Chaves has done in Venezuela with Globovision, quickly taken over. By the way, the head of Bohemia, eventually left Cuba and depressed over what he had done, committed suicide.
The bottom line is that we all need to remain vigilant. We all need to make sure that the media is called to task when they no longer report the truth and when they trade their duty to give us the facts to curry favor with the Obama Administration. We need to be vigilant with our elected officials and if they do not listen to us, to boot them out of office.
Unless we remain vigilant, the sad truth is that, as I mentioned above, demonization of the opposition is slippery slope and that if we do not object to that, by the time we realize it, most, if not all our freedom and human rights, would be subservient to that of the Government. We owe this to not only ourselves, to our children and grandchildren, but also to our Armed Forces and all of those brave men and women who for over 200 years have made our country the shining light of freedom in the world.