Unhinged Left Talks About Obama Assassination
A President was killed the last time right-wing hatred ran wild like thisOf course, this entirely overlooks the fact that Kennedy was killed by a left-winger: Lee Harvey Oswald.
That being John F. Kennedy, who was gunned down in Dallas, of course.
I’ve been thinking a lot of Kennedy and Dallas as I’ve watched the increasingly violent rhetorical attacks on Obama be unfurled. As Americans yank their kids of class in order to save them from being exposed to the President of the United States who only wanted to urge them to excel in the classroom. And as unvarnished hate and name-calling passed for health care “debate” this summer.
The radical right, aided by a GOP Noise Machine that positively dwarfs what existed in 1963, has turned demonizing Obama — making him into a vile object of disgust —into a crusade. It’s a demented national jihad, the likes of which this country has not seen in modern times.
But I’ve been thinking about Dallas in 1963 because I’ve been recalling the history and how that city stood as an outpost for the radical right, which never tried to hide its contempt for the New England Democrat.
Now, in this this month’s Vanity Fair, Sam Kashner offers up in rich detail the hatred that ran wild in Dallas in 1963. To me, the similarity between Dallas in 1963 and today’s unhinged Obama hate is downright chilling.
It also overlooks the way assassination chic prevailed during the Bush Administration.
It’s an expression of how demented the left really is. When they see conservative dissenters, they see assassins.
It’s one of the worst forms of bigotry: they can’t accept that anybody who is not evil can disagree with them.
It’s only one small step to shutting up conservative dissent as “hate speech.” A lot of people on the left would happily do that.
And it’s worth noting that a fair number of people on the left would probably welcome — in their hearts of hearts — the assassination of Obama by somebody on the political right. That would make him a martyr, and erase the memories of his now-floundering presidency. That’s what happened with JFK, except for one inconvenient fact: he was murdered by a leftist.
But that’s a fact other leftists are fully capable of denying or overlooking.