The Left has been engaged in a concerted effort to demonize the Right through the aggressive use of the Blame Game: blaming all acts of violence or terrorism on right-wing extremism, despite the politics of the individuals involved, or even if the actions weren’t politically motivated. This fits in with a well established pattern of blaming the Right for all acts of violence while ignoring all acts of violence perpetrated by the Left.
The fact remains that violence is largely a political tool of the Left. As I commented in my earlier post:
Right-wing extremists tend to be separatists, and Left-wing extremists tend to be revolutionaries. The Tea Party movement, which is depicted by the media as violent and dangerous, more typically understands its objectives as a “restoration” to constitutional ideals, rather than a “revolution.” Yet the phrase “Stop bitching, start a revolution” appear on t-shirts and bumper stickers popular with the Left. Tea Party protests are always orderly and non-violent, whereas Left-wing protests often dissolve into riots. Can any Tea Party compare to the violence that routinely accompanies the G-4 or G-8 conferences, or even the Democratic National Convention?
It seems that I am not alone in this line of thought. Erik Erickson at Red State points out that historically, at east since the 19th century, violence and murder have been used extensively by the Left, which then blames their actions on the Right.
At least since the 19th century, it has been the left employing murder and death as a political weapon. From Hitler to Mao to Lenin to Stalin to Chavez to Castro to Guevera to Arafat to Pol Pot to Mugabe to [insert your favorite American union] to Margaret Sanger the left and its heroes have used death, violence, and murder to advance their agenda.
For every Pinochet or Netanyahu (unfairly) the left grasps for, the list is three times as long on the left.
It is inconvenient. The left will try to laugh it off or attack the person pointing out, but the truth remains.
It is not conservatives burning down homes in Washington State with the ELF. It is not conservatives throwing blood on women wearing fur. It is not conservatives burning down the Texas Governor’s Mansion during riots. It is not conservatives rioting during G-8 summits.
If we’re going back to the 19th century, let’s not forget the Ku Klux Klan as a means for Democratic opprerssion in the South.