By now you may have heard of the effort underway by at least one House Democrat to pass a law banning certain types of political speech and "symbols" that might inspire an attacker like the Arizona shooter. The effort is unworkable and unconstitutional but when has that ever stopped the left?
Along those same lines and continuing with the theme that conservatives are somehow to blame for a "climate of hate" which led to the Arizona shooting, ex Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-Pa) who lost his seat in November's mid term election wrote an op-ed in the New York Times Tuesday in which he said:
"It is incumbent on all Americans to create an atmosphere of civility and respect in which political discourse can flow freely, without fear of violent confrontation."Who can argue with that right? Except Mark Hemingway at the Washington Examiner points out:
According to the Scranton Times, Kanjorski said this about Florida's new Republican Governor Rick Scott on October 23:Take that "damn crook" out and "shoot him." If Rush Limbaugh or Sarah Palin had said that there would be hell to pay. Do you suppose that the new law Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) to put a chill on so called dangerous rhetoric will include those of his former colleague?
"That Scott down there that's running for governor of Florida," Mr. Kanjorski said. "Instead of running for governor of Florida, they ought to have him and shoot him. Put him against the wall and shoot him. He stole billions of dollars from the United States government and he's running for governor of Florida. He's a millionaire and a billionaire. He's no hero. He's a damn crook. It's just we don't prosecute big crooks."
And while we are at it, remember all the violent, hateful things the left said about President Bush? You suppose that will be considered dangerous under any new law or given the usual wink and a nod?
No new law or call for civility will address the fundamental underlying reason that Jared Loughner changed from a mild and caring boy into a monster that massacred so many in Tucson last Saturday. As I make clear in the post below, wouldn't it be better if we focused our energies on helping to treat those who need help before they become psychopathic killers? Or should be just continue with the blame game, talk about one sided civility and propose new laws to score cheap political points?