13 June 2009

Moral Authority Paul Krugman Sez We Should Be Ashamed of Ourselves

I understand that many folks onboard the Team Obama train would like nothing more than to see the "bitters" locked up with the Unabomber and Bernie Madoff, or at the very least silenced. And, predictably, many bottom-feeders chose to use the latest act of domestic terrorism for their own political purposes of slandering conservatives, like they have in the past. Now, they're out to justify the horrendously written and poorly researched DHS report, which sought to profile right-wing veterans as a bunch of Ramboes running around the woods with white supremacy literature. From Krugman at NYT:

Conservatives were outraged. The chairman of the Republican National Committee denounced the report as an attempt to “segment out conservatives in this country who have a different philosophy or view from this administration” and label them as terrorists.

But with the murder of Dr. George Tiller by an anti-abortion fanatic, closely followed by a shooting by a white supremacist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the analysis looks prescient.

There is, however, one important thing that the D.H.S. report didn’t say: Today, as in the early years of the Clinton administration but to an even greater extent, right-wing extremism is being systematically fed by the conservative media and political establishment.
Yes, domestic terrorism is a problem, as America has always had its share of crazies. But, the DHS report barely provided any specifics and was about as useless to law enforcement as an ACLU lawyer looking to make name for themselves. The Greyhawks point out that the criticism a few months back was because of the veteran issue, not that extremism didn't exist. So, I wish these weenies at the NY Times would quit beating around the bush and just come out and fucking say that, yes, they would like veterans with conservative-oriented political views on firearms ownership and abortion or whatever to be investigated by the police. If not, kindly piss off and go back to writing about neo-Keynesian economic theory.

At least dictators are honest about who they want rounded up for "re-education", not hiding behind their halo of progressive self-righteousness.


Lisa said...

The DHS is in the business of keeping the DHS running.

There will always be crazies, and the DHS is wrongly seeking to conflate the murderous actions of some yokel Christian hillbillies with those of international Terrorists. The hopeless muddle they create helps keep the DoD at the feed trough, too.

What we really need is some honest threat assessment, combined with rational approaches to combating criminal activity wherever it be (hint: don't use the military.)

olgreydog7 said...

I fail to see the difference Lisa. Both parties are killing an opposition to their extreme ideology. Threat assessments are more often what could happen, not what will happen. This is the reason that not everything the g'ment is up to should be divulged to the public. The public often does not know the context, nor do they know what the g'ment will do with that information. And, BTW, criminals are rarely rational, there is only one way to deal with them, and that is force. Be it from the military or from another police organization. Think of it this way, Bernie Madoff had tons of cash. What would compel that guy to steal billions more? It certainly wasn't anger caused by his low social stature. Some people are just screwy and there isn't much you can do about it.