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Threats and Theater

Threats have no place in any political discourse in the U.S. — but conservatives can't afford to let over-dramatized threats either paralyze them or goad them into stupidity. (Watch the latest Hicks File, and comment here.)

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Joe Hicks

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March 31, 2010 - 12:00 am
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This is simply leftist silliness. Had the writer simply read Palin’s Facebook posting she’d have noticed that, upfront, Palin argues: “Don’t get demoralized! Get organized! Take back the 20!”  It takes a real fool to somehow construe this as inciting violence.

NBC’s Ann Curry picked up on this theme on the Today show, badgering Senator John McCain to comment on what she claimed was Palin “encouraging the violence.

Kudos to McCain for coolly responding to the nearly hyperventilating Curry and refraining from treating her like what she was — an idiotic jerk.

It’s clear that other compliant members of the mainstream liberal media all received the same memo. Over at NBC Nightly News, anchor Brian Williams chimed in with his report on the events, saying: “It’s getting ugly as anger over health care reform erupts into some over-the-top rhetoric, including now threats against House members of Congress.” Hardly the unbiased observer, Williams argued: “It can now be said that the debate over health care reform has gone too far.”

MSNBC’s always-over-the-top Chris Matthews actually argued that Republicans should be held criminally libel for the acts of extremists. This is what he asked Representative Chris Van Hollen: “Would you say that this incitement, from the Republican leadership is criminal?”

Calm down Chris, your meds are on the way.

What of course is missing here is some sense of balance, some semblance of fairness.

For example, Bart Stupak, the current target of a few pro-life nuts, was the target of pro-abortion crazies just prior to his flip-flop on the health care vote. Stupak said his life had become a living hell. He’d received obscene calls and death threats, not from the right, but from leftist pro-choice advocates — all because he’d indicated he was a “no” vote on ObamaCare.

Or how about the death threats that Newt Gingrich received following the 1994 “Republican Revolution” that swept many Democrats from the House and Senate that year? The same thing happened to Republican Henry Hyde for his active role in the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1998.

But one doesn’t have to go that far back. Recall that Republican Senator Jim Bunning received death threats because of his filibuster of the bill to extend unemployment benefits. This was only last month. Did Ann Curry become breathless because of these death threats? Did Brian Williams wag an accusatory finger at liberals and leftists when Bunning’s security folks were on high alert? If they did, I must have missed it.

The hypocrisy of Democrats and their willing and compliant allies in the mainstream media is clear. The midterm elections loom on the near horizon and Democrats are frantic about what the outcome will be.

What liberals do when challenged is to — with no sense of shame — play either the race card or the victim card, often both at the same time.

Whatever the truth is about the recent threats, vandalism, and violence following the health care vote, something I hope should be obvious to all who claim to be conservatives or Republicans is that we can’t imitate the tactics of the left, who have always used intimidation and thug methods against their opponents.

Majority Leader Boehner said it best: “We need to take that anger and channel it into positive things … [M]ake your voice heard — but let’s do things the right way.”

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Joe R. Hicks is a political commentator and the vice president of Community Advocates.
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