Chronological Lie

by John J. Miller

Joe Garofoli of the San Francisco Chronicle says that today’s anti-Obamacare tea partiers are just as murderous as those right-wing nutjobs who were responsible for the assassination of JFK in 1963:

Now, extreme speech like the kind heard in Dallas 50 years ago has become mainstream — particularly on the right, amplified by social media and encouraged by gridlocked political leaders looking to win the political minute.

It’s not just about First Amendment rights: Some worry about how well the nation can function when the extremes become the mainstream. Exhibit A: The recent federal government shutdown, which was pushed by the Tea Party Republicans.

“People tell me everywhere that 50 years later, it feels like nothing’s changed,” said Bill Minutaglio, co-author with Steven L. Davis of the new book “Dallas 1963.” Minutaglio said one man he met on a book tour stop in Michigan “told me you could call your book ‘America 2013.’ ” . . .

What used to be considered “extreme speech” is now coming from all quarters, including the political establishment.

Members of Congress — like Tea Party-friendly Reps. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, and Steve King, R-Iowa — rail against Obamacare as a form of socialism, for example.

I had no idea that Lee Harvey Oswald was a tea-party Republican.