There has been a lot of false equivalence going around today. This idea that both sides of the political spectrum are engaged in speech that is designed to inflame and that there can’t possibly be any kind of correlation drawn between the eliminationist rhetoric on the Right and the actions of Jared Loughner.
I’ve already covered what I think is the good evidence for this in a previous post, so I won’t rehash that but let me take on the idea that both sides do it. Michelle Malkin has up at her site some pretty nasty things about Sarah Palin that some from the left has posted or said. Some of it is flatly disgusting. Go take a look yourself.
Let’s get the thing that needs to be said out of the way right away. The depictions of violence against Sarah Palin on not acceptable. The folks who have fire bombed animal researchers houses are criminals that deserve nothing by prison time and they discredit their movement. There is no excuse for violence ever in politics.
But here is the thing, some of the folks that Ms. Malkin has pictures of up on her site where arrested for disorderly conduct at anti-war rallies, not for acts of wanton violence with weapons or the attempt to do so. Does that excuse the fellow who threw tomatoes at Sarah Palin, nope, not a bit, but being arrested for disorderly conduct is not at all the same as heading up to the Freeway with the intent of shooting up the Tides Foundation. They are without doubt in two separate categories. . . . Read the rest of this entry →