Rep. Tierney: Myopia or Hypocrisy?

This is a slightly expanded copy of the letter to the editor I submitted to the Newburyport Daily News after reading Tierney try to spin the tragedy in Tucson for political gain.

Never let a tragedy go to waste seems to be the Democrats’ new mantra. With lightning and sickening speed Democratic politicians and their message machine have tried to pin Saturday’s assassination attempt of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) on the tea party and Sarah Palin. If politicians like Rep. Tierney and their media allies are to be believed, our country is in the midst of an age of vituperation and hatred like no other in our history. Our good congressman took to the pages of this paper (1/10) to state : “Part of that blame goes to talk radio, shock radio and television talk shows that spew “venom” into the political debate,”. Now, it’s possible that Mr. Tierney is just forgetful instead of following the playbook of the  “veteran Democratic operative”  who told Politico that that he/she believes that President Obama should “deftly pin [the Arizona shooting] on the tea partiers.”.If that’s the case, I would like to remind him of a time when passions were every bit as heated as todays.

During the Bush(43) administration Democratic activists and politicians used rhetoric and imagery that would put to shame anything the tea party has been accused of employing. Here’s a small sampling of signs that were proudly displayed at anti-war rallies in New York, Chicago and San Francisco: “Save Mother Earth, Kill Bush”, “Hang Bush For War Crimes”, “Bush is the Disease, Death is the Cure”, “I’m here to Kill Bush (Shoot Me)”. Or how about the guillotine that some Obamabot created for some Halloween fun and dubbed the “Bush Whacker” and brought to a campaign rally in Denver(10/26/08) so others could enjoy in the merriment of seeing our president’s severed head? Sadly, this bloodlust for a president wasn’t confined to the nutroots. Senator John Kerry, the Democratic nominee for president in 2004 fantasized of assassinating President Bush on the Bill Maher show (10/06). The transcript:

Maher: You could have went to NH and killed two birds with one stone.

Kerry: Or, I could have gone to 1600 Pennsylvania and killed the real bird with one stone.

I can’t recall Rep. Tierney accusing his fellow delegation member of using hateful or dangerous language that could wind up with Kerry having the president’s blood on his hands.

Perhaps Mr. Tierney also forgot that his own Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) put bullseyes on the districts of “targeted” Republicans when he blamed Sarah Palin for inciting violence by using similar imagery?

By Rep. Tierney’s logic President Obama was responsible for nightstick wielding thugs from the New Black Panther party intimidating voters in Philadelphia because he said “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun. Because from what I understand, folks in Philly like a good brawl” at a campaign event. And I suppose Obama’s Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina was equally responsible for the savage beating of Kenneth Gladney at a town hall event by SEIU goons because he promised “If you get hit, we will punch back twice as hard”? In fact, if the left were held to the same absurd standard they are trying to impose on the right then our president would be complicit in every violent act committed by a hispanic because he implored them to go out and “punish their enemies”.

The left telegraphed their strategy when veteran democratic pollster Mark Penn opined “what President Obama needed to reconnect with the American people was another Oklahoma City bombing” and journalist Mark Halperin of Time postulated “No one wants the country to suffer another catastrophe. But when a struggling Bill Clinton was faced with the Oklahoma City bombing and a floundering George W. Bush was confronted by 9/11, they found their voices and a route to political revival.”.By trying to gain political advantage from tragedy Rep. Tierney is reaching into the depths of depravity. The would-be assassin has been described by former friends as a “left-wing pothead” who enjoyed reading the Communist Manifesto. That sounds more like the profile of someone who submerged himself into the bile of the Democratic Underground or the Dailykos where none other than Markos Moulitsas “targeted” Giffords, on his descent into madness . Democrats like Rep. Tierney should remember the old adage about how those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.