Having issued a series of posts trying to establish some sense of proportion and perspective about the Tiller murder, the question has been raised as to why the emphasis.
I have my reasons.
We can go back to a post that I made not too long ago that suggested that a ‘right-wing extremist’ attack was not merely inevitable, but something that the current administration actually wants to happen.
Here is a little quote:
Here is what I think. I think that the recently admitted NSA over-collection of American domestic communications revealed that people- even decent people- are really, really, really, really, really, POed about the way things are and the way they are going. I think that material helped drive the DHS report, but I think the DHS was just looking for an excuse.
This report is likely to produce the very thing it is warning about. With this report, every conservative American became subject to the Thought Police and a target of scrutiny by the Federal government. I believe it will put some people over the edge. I believe the intent was to put them over the edge. I think they want a ‘right wing extremist’ to engage in some sort of attack so that the Obama administration can then use the sensibilities of all those law-abiding citizens to turn public opinion against anyone with strongly held views about abortion and government and ‘hate.’ They will use any kind of incident as a justification for the imposition of the gun laws we know that the Obama administration would like to pass, and then, when people react, they can point to that reaction as justifying the need for the gun laws. It will also be used to justify increased monitoring of the ‘extremist groups,’ as well as any number of measures which if they were proposed today would make even the tea party participants blow their top, but if passed after an ‘incident’ would compel them to re-consider. Because they are decent people.
And decent people are the easiest to manipulate by authorities.
I’m not sure that the murder of a single abortionist after a decade of no similar attacks is enough to persuade most Americans to go along with draconian measures, but it is clear that the wheels are already in motion that direction. Certainly, the National Organization for Women are ready to capitalize on this incident in exactly the way I expressed concern about.
For reference sake, here is what NOW (National Organization for Women) said:
Bringing the killers to justice is not enough – the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security must root out and prosecute as domestic terrorists and violent racketeers the criminal enterprise that has organized and funded criminal acts for decades. We call on the new attorney general Eric Holder and head of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to treat these murders in the same way they would treat politically-motivated domestic terrorism of any other kind and put the full resources of their two departments behind that effort.
Having read extensively both before and after this incident, I know that by ‘politically-motivated domestic terrorism’ liberals and leftists are happy to include anyone who believes that taking the life of the unborn is murder. This is ‘hate speech.’ The general principle at work in these minds was distilled nicely by late term abortionist Warren Hern, who said:
“Dr. Tiller is dead by an anti-abortion assassin, and this is the absolutely inevitable consequence of 35 years of anti-abortion fanatic rhetoric and intimidation and assassination violence and exploitation by the Republican Party of this movement”
And ‘anti-abortion fanatic rhetoric’ simply means the belief that deliberately ending the life of the unborn is murder. Far from being extreme, of course, that belief is really part and parcel of the definition of being ‘pro-life.’ The Left believes this ‘fanatic rhetoric’ is prima facie evidence of right wing extremism. That it resulted in the murder of Tiller is not extraordinary in their minds. They already believe it is wrong and immoral and fanatical to consider abortion as murder at all.
Here is their general view: you can be against abortion if you want, but you can’t impose your views on other people, and if you happen to be against abortion because you think there is a little person involved, you can believe that, but to take the next obvious step and attach the same label to ending the life of that little person that we give when any other person’s life is taken, that is ‘hate speech.’ That is ‘anti-abortion fanatic rhetoric.’ That is ‘politically motivated domestic terrorism.’
Thus, all pro-lifers are culpable for the actions of one because all pro-lifers believe that abortion is murder.
Pro-life groups are ‘criminal enterprises’ because even though they don’t call for violence, and in fact repudiate it, they refuse to abstain from associating moral values with the abortion issue. For liberals, abortion is just a ‘social issue’ like smoking. Good people can disagree about it and implying that those on the other side condone murder is inflammatory and improper in a tolerant society. You see?
That’s why it is important to maintain perspective and proportion here. I am not speaking to the ultra liberals but to the mass of decent but often not very well informed Americans in the middle who find it easy to form their opinions based on headlines and reporting that makes it sound like we’ve got an epidemic here. There isn’t. There isn’t a group out there that exhibits better restraint and self-control than the pro-life community. You need to know that.
I would be happy to provide examples of the conduct of other activist groups out there but I’m sure if you are as reasonable as you think you are you’ll already know what I’m talking about or will after a fair investigation.
I found my thoughts reflected well in this Worldnetdaily article:
Think of it: As government excesses and corruption become ever more brazen, with “hate crimes” laws effectively criminalizing the Bible and kindergartners brainwashed with radical “gay rights” propaganda, with America’s currency being continually devalued and entire industries taken over by the federal government, pretty soon some group may decide it can’t take it anymore. Its members might become so enraged that they conclude it’s time to start the next armed revolution. Seeing their nation being raped and envisioning no solution other than violence, they delude themselves that they’re the modern counterparts of America’s revolutionary founders. Making explosives and conspiring in secret – all the while quoting Jefferson to each other about “watering the tree of liberty” from time to time with “the blood of patriots and tyrants” – they murder some federal judges or blow up a government office building in an attempt to fight back. In reality, all they succeed in doing is murdering and maiming a bunch of their fellow Americans (or, as McVeigh did in Oklahoma City, massacring a room full of toddlers in daycare – which he later coldly termed “collateral damage”).
And what would follow? A massive official crackdown on “domestic terrorists” and a severe assault on freedom in America.
A single act of violence has the potential of undermining the legitimacy of millions of Americans in the eyes of millions of other Americans. This is to those other Americans: keep it in perspective. For every ‘right wing extremist’ who might actually do something there are a dozen Islamicists who actually are doing something. For every ‘right wing extremist’ out there who might do something, there are thousands of murders going on all the time, run of the mill stuff, if you will. It is hugely unlikely that you, or almost anyone for that matter, is going to be a victim of a ‘right wing extremist.’ There is a greater chance that you will die in a car accident. Or get mugged on the street. Or have your house robbed. Or even have your coffee shop blown to smithereens by an Islamic terrorist. At the far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far end of the scale are the risks and dangers posed by ‘right wing extremists.’
Because they are decent people and of all people the most likely to follow the law.
But you wouldn’t know that from watching the news or reading reports from the DHS.