Lots of folks have compiled examples of the media blaming initial acts of terror, crime, outrage, or basic incivility on right wing extremists, a term itself ginned up by the Department of Homeland Security on the persistently underwhelming Secretary Napolitano. By right wing extremists, they mean conservative, mostly white Republicanswho also include Roman Catholics and Mormons in a now-retracted-and-apologized-for Department of Defense presentation.
Much pixelation has been spilled wondering why, ranging from an intentional conspiracy by Marxists all the way to some never-declared Saul Alinsky bullet point. The actual rationale is not that hard to understand. This is basic human psychology.
Conservatives are to blame for all travesties because of three reasons:
- Reflex. Liberals cannot conceive that anything evil comes from them. In the liberal mindset, only good things are associated with liberalism; anything outside of liberalism is stupid, evil, or racist (a perfect balance of the two). Confronted with heinous acts, the liberal looks away in disgust and attributes these actions to Others. For example, note how the Left insists that Nazis were a Right-Wing Extremist group, when they were a perfect embodiment of Leftist principles across the board. Nazis, we all agree, were terrible; therefore, they could not come from the Left. When the public becomes aware that the violence originated on the Left, this group will try to explan that these guys were basically good guys but corrupted in some way, or that they were misunderstood, or that there is something Right Wing about them we cant quite put our finger on yet.
- Association. Liberalism is failing; on every meaningful level, on every good fight, on every dollar and cent, liberalism is proving to be bankrupt and indefensible. So when a terrible action occurs, liberalisms waning credibility suffers another blow. But this does not mean conservatism is winning: if you can demonstrate that the Right leads to horrible violence then maybe liberalism doesnt look so bad. We might be losing the spending and government control argument, they reason, But at least were not like those guys on the Right. The liberals who fall into this group will be most likely to downplay or change the subject completely. We cant speculate on motive, they say, and go on with other aspects of the event.
- Inculcation. The smallest group by far; this group is the most worrisome. This group intends to politicize the event to score points. As James Taranto tweeted:
What the hope-they’re-white crowd really wishes for is a reason to treat their domestic political adversaries as enemies of the state.
— James Taranto (@jamestaranto) April 19, 2013
In other words, gather your political opponents into a bunch of undesirable categories and keep repeating that they are dangerous. Justify your aggressive monitoring and political attacks on them until everyone just assumes you are telling the truth. The good news is that this group has the hardest argument to make and has the smallest membership. The bad news is that this group permeates our government right now more than our media. For example, see the DHS PowerPoint that lists veterans as potential terrorists, or the estranged DoD PowerPoint that listed Catholics and Mormons as violence-prone hate groups. When the truth is revealed that the next group of terrorists are Obama-voting Democrats from liberal schools, this group will fall silent for a couple monthsand then blatantly decleare them as Right-Wing Extremists in the very next PowerPoint leaked to conservatives.
So when you see a particular media reaction, you now know which group they belong: the denial group, the ignore group, and the liar group.
Божію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь Московскiй. The Czar was born in the steppes of Russia in 1267, and was cheated out of total control of all Russia upon the death of Boris Mikhailovich, who replaced Alexander Yaroslav Nevsky in 1263. However, in 1283, our Czar was passed over due to a clerical error and the rule of all Russia went to his second cousin Daniil (Даниил Александрович), whom Czar still resents. As a half-hearted apology, the Czar was awarded control over Muscovy, inconveniently located 5,000 miles away just outside Chicago. He now spends his time seething about this and writing about other stuff that bothers him.