I Guess I’m A Right Wing Hate Machine

Steve McConnell photo

Steve McConnell photo

I love liberal journalists.  I really do, honestly. 

Paul Krugman, a columnist for the New York Times, wrote a column on the Op-Ed page on June 11 called The Big Hate.  Sounds provocative, huh.  All I can say is at least this type of opinion was on the Op-Ed page and not on Page one where it usually ends up.  You are more than welcome to read the whole ugly article, but I’ll pick out the most interesting points, to me, and offer up my opinion.

Now, for the most part, the likes of Fox News and the R.N.C. haven’t directly incited violence, despite Bill O’Reilly’s declarations that “some” called Dr. Tiller “Tiller the Baby Killer,” that he had “blood on his hands,” and that he was a “guy operating a death mill.” But they have gone out of their way to provide a platform for conspiracy theories and apocalyptic rhetoric, just as they did the last time a Democrat held the White House. 

First off, George Tiller was a baby killer.  There really is no other way to express that fact.  He did have blood on his hands.  The guy that killed Dr. Tiller was a nut job.  Nothing that Bill O’Reilly said on his program was news to this guy or any other right thinking person.   Strike 1.

Exhibit A for the mainstreaming of right-wing extremism is Fox News’s new star, Glenn Beck. Here we have a network where, like it or not, millions of Americans get their news — and it gives daily airtime to a commentator who, among other things, warned viewers that the Federal Emergency Management Agency might be building concentration camps as part of the Obama administration’s “totalitarian” agenda (although he eventually conceded that nothing of the kind was happening).

 From what I have read and heard, this incident (FEMA) did not happen.  Shine on you crazy diamond.  Nuff said.  Strike 2.

And then there’s Rush Limbaugh. His rants today aren’t very different from his rants in 1993. But he occupies a different position in the scheme of things. Remember, during the Bush years Mr. Limbaugh became very much a political insider. Indeed, according to a recent Gallup survey, 10 percent of Republicans now consider him the “main person who speaks for the Republican Party today,” putting him in a three-way tie with Dick Cheney and Newt Gingrich. So when Mr. Limbaugh peddles conspiracy theories — suggesting, for example, that fears over swine flu were being hyped “to get people to respond to government orders” — that’s a case of the conservative media establishment joining hands with the lunatic fringe.

The Swine Flu, sorry, Mexican Flu was hyped.  According to the CDC, 36,000 people DIE each year from the influenza related complications – you know, the type you are suppose to get a vaccine for each year.  As of the writing of this post approximately 45 people have died from the Mexican Flu.  Now, any fatalities are horrible, but how about a little perspective on the matter.  I’m just sayin’…..  Strike 3.

Yes, the worst terrorist attack in our history was perpetrated by a foreign conspiracy. But the second worst, the Oklahoma City bombing, was perpetrated by an all-American lunatic. Politicians and media organizations wind up such people at their, and our, peril.

That’s his big finish.  Kind of a fizzle, really.  These people don’t care what some commentator on the TV or radio says.  If McVeigh was really a lunatic then that kind of stuff wouldn’t matter anyway, but maybe I’m just blowing smoke up your backside.

At least Mr. Krugman is honest and upfront about his feelings.  It would be nice if more journalists were that transparent.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

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So Long George Tiller

georgetillerEvidently someone took out their rage on infamous abortion doctor George Tiller and shot and killed him Sunday morning at his church.  (Dr. Tiller went to church? Really?)

Now, I’m a Pro-Life from conception kind of guy.  We can argue back and forth whether life begins at conception, but in my book, the Partial-Birth Abortion procedure is extremely heinous.  This procedure consists of delivering the baby, all but the head, jamming a sharp object into the skull of the infant and sucking out the brains.  Pretty gruesome in my book and very unnecessary.  Take out the “health of the mother” cases, which I have my doubts there are many of those that require this procedure, but I’m sure someone will “enlighten” me on the subject.

From the news accounts I have read there were only two doctors that performed this type of procedure in the United States.  I guess that is somewhat comforting.  NPR actually presented a pretty good overview of this procedure.

The gentleman that has been picked up for this crime sounds a little unstable.  Anyone that promotes the killing of an abortion doctor has to be a little unstable.  The Pro-Life position would be inconsistent if it promoted such behavior.  Every major Pro-Life group has denounced this action as the always do when this type of thing occurs, but there are always a couple of kooks out there that get the ear of the news media.  Funny though, I don’t see the same interest in the babies that Mr. Tiller has killed over the years, but what do I know? 

Attention: this video depicts drawings of the Partial Birth Abortion procedure.

We live in a society that puts very little on the price of a human life but we’ll go to the ends of the earth to prosecute anyone that hurts an animal.  I’m not condoning cruelty to animals, but how much coverage did Michael Vick get for beating and killing dogs?  More than the case deserved in my book. 

I’m sure Dr. Tiller is now finding out if God agrees with his life’s work.  How will God react?  I’m not a prophet so I have no idea, but I can’t wait to ask the Almighty One someday.  Maybe it went something like this:

Dr. Tiller:   Hello St. Peter, I’m Dr. George Tiller.  Can I enter the Pearly Gates?

St. Peter:  Well Dr. Tiller, as Dr. Evil would say, “How about Nooo”.

Of course, that is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant