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Never Let a Serious Shooting Go to Waste

From Philip Klein over at American Spectator:

It’s really sickening to see how liberals can hear that a security guard got shot to death in an attack on an insititution dedicated to memorializing the systematic murder of millions of innocent people, and instantly think of how they can exploit the event to score cheap political points. But I don’t think conservatives are innocent here either, and I don’t think the way to respond to the absurd claims on the left is to try to turn the tables in an attempt to tie liberals to this atrocious act of violence. At some point, we have to say, enough is enough. This has got to stop. I disagree with liberals ideologically, and I’m passionate enough about my own beliefs that I made a career out of defending them. But however passionately I may disagree with liberals, I do not think — other than the fringiest of the fringe — that they want to see a U.S. soldier killed at a recruiting station. …  Why can’t we just be grownups about it and just honor the memory of the dead in these circumstances, rather than turn it into another bitter political battle?

I appreciate what he’s saying and also wish that we could avoid this sort of thing. But the Left won’t comply. It’s end-justifies-the-means lack of political inhibition is what has poisoned our politics in the first place, by using the courts (and the public’s respect for and deference to the courts) as a way of forcing social and political changes without democratic consent and then using character assassination to defend their undemocratic gains. And Klein’s generous allowance than only the fringiest of lefties actually welcome killing is correct, but it’s not correct to project that sentiment onto them — I think there are lots and lots of non-fringy lefties who really do think that mainstream conservatives want to see abortionists killed.

On another note, we can at least be thankful that the media isn’t telling us that “authentic” National Socialism is really an Ideology of Peace which has been twisted by a tiny minority of extremists. Though even these clowns are developing their own CAIR-inspired talking points; from the Washington Post:

De Nugent [a fellow white supremacist] called von Brunn a genius but described the shooting as the act of “a loner and a hothead.”

“The responsible white separatist community condemns this,” he said. “It makes us look bad.”


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