Lyons: Conservatives guilty of “delusional rants” about Obama

New Series Part 2    Is Rightwing Rhetoric encouraging Violence?

Sarah Palin speaks out about tragedy.

Gene Lyons in his article “Run-of-the-mill violence,” (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Jan 13, 2011) asserts:

Which brings us back to Sarah Palin. No, it’s not her fault in any legal or moral sense, although if somebody shot Palin herself after, say, Michael Moore put Alaska in the cross hairs, there’d be hell to pay.
It’s not the fault of those yoyos swaggering around tea-party meetings carrying assault weapons, displaying “liberal hunting licenses” or listening to Glenn Beck’s delusional rants about President Obama’s imaginary concentration camps. It’s all just hijinks, satire, harmless joking. It’s also not Rush Limbaugh’s fault. Nor is it Newt Gingrich’s for writing that a Democratic president’s “secularsocialist machine represents as great a threat to America as Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union once did.”
But you know how we’re constantly being told that the Democrats are the party of no consequences, no personal responsibility and crippling moral relativism?
It turns out they’re not the only ones.

Is Lyons implying that the “delusional rants” about Obama have consequences and the tragedy in Arizona is one  of them? This reminds of how sad I felt when I read the article “Homegrown Hate Crimes Against Our Troops,” (National Review, Dec 10, 2010) by Michelle Malkin. Malkin noted:

Indeed, when Little Rock jihadist Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad was arrested in June 2009 for the murder of Army private William A. Long, 23, and the shooting of Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula, 18, it took three days for the White House to issue a limp, politically correct statement expressing “sadness” over the attacks, which President Obama opaquely described as a “senseless act of violence” (instead of the intentional systematic act of Islamic terrorism that it was). In the same week, the Obama administration issued an immediate condemnation and statement of “outrage” over the shooting death of late-term abortionist George Tiller.

Don’t get me wrong. I strongly condemn the violence against George Tiller, but also I am saddened that the majority of Muslim Imams have not come out and quickly condemned the violence by Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad in Little Rock against U.S. Army recruiters (which my son Hunter is one). Likewise, I just wish that Gene Lyons, Max Brantley, Pat Lynch, Ernest Dumas, John Brummett and every other liberal would come out and condemn the liberals who have accused the conservatives of rhetoric that has encouraged the tragedy in Arizona. There is no connection at all between Jared Loughner and the conservatives. In fact, his favorite books include “The Communist Manifesto.” Then how could have the conservatives been guilty of encouraging this act of violence by Loughner?

Sarah Palin correctly noted that Ronald Reagan was right when he said, “We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.”


Today I am profiling State lawmaker Bill Sample

Bill Sample photo 

Last updated: March 9, 2010
Bill’s Topic of the week: 

As a public officer, I am working for you. You have ideas and I want to hear them. The best way to represent you is to hear your thoughts and ideas, and work to get things done. Please see my Contact page so you can e-mail or write to me.
A little about Bill: 

  • Bill is an Arkansan. He was born and raised in Arkansas.
  • Bill is a husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, and just a good down home, hard working everyday man.
  • Bill and his wife Betty Ann are the owners of Pestco, Inc.
Did you know? 

We elected Bill to the House of Representatives in 2004, representing District 30. Bill is now serving his third and last term.

To see Bill’s State Representing history, go to the Arkansas Legislature web site.

Bill’s State Representative Work includes: 

  • Advocate for Veteran’s health care.
  • Introduced comprehensive immigration legislation.
  • Passed legislation regarding driver’s license and identification cards issued to aliens.
  • Passed legislation that will help school boards save students that are involved in a suspension or expulsion hearing.
You can see Bill’s State Representative work by going to the Arkansas Legislature web site.
Did you know there is more to it than passing legislature? 

Mtn. Pine Head Start, the stop light for NPCC, and the Lake Hamilton Schools sign are just a few examples of other things Bill has accomplished for us.

Bill sourced the funding for Mountain Pine to build Head Start.Mtn. Pine Head Start

Stop Light for NPCC

Bill worked hard to get this stop light installed, allowing students from NPCC to enter and exit safely.

Lake Hamilton directional sign
They moved the road, but did not install new signs. Bill saw to it that a new sign was installed so people from out of town could find the Lake Hamilton schools.

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  • Sherwood Haisty, Jr.  On January 14, 2011 at 12:07 am

    While I would be the first to say that we are accountable for what we say and that we are each responsible to “watch our words”, I think the many in the left are simply using this as an oportunity to make political points against conservatives like Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck not to mention others. While I do not personaly support Palin as my candidate, I think she has taken on a whole lot of unfair attacks from the left and she doesnt’ deserve to be tied to violence because of her website and the “cross-hairs” icons.

  • Everette Hatcher III  On January 14, 2011 at 3:03 am

    Thank you both for commenting. I do wonder if these liberals in Arkansas really do care if the national liberals are acting stupid. It seems to me that they would like to criticize their own when they need to be set straight. That would give them the mantle of being truth-tellers that will not back down just because of political labels.

  • Jason Poole  On January 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    There are problems on several levels about what Lyons had to say:

    1. The leftists are changing the FABRIC of society with their ACTIONS, not their words alone. They have used judicial activism, legislative trickery, and plain outright tyrannical power to force their agenda upon America.

    2. Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and other like-minded conservatives and libertarians are voicing opposition to what is clearly anti-Constitutional activity upon the part of the Left. They are sounding the clarion call, and we best heed their warning.

    3. As noted above, Loughner is not from the right wing. Rather, he is clearly an ATHEISTIC lunatic with an incoherent political philosophy guided by whatever demons are haunting him. Try as they might, the Left cannot force Loughner into this particular mold. In fact, his actions are a logical extension of what happens when TRUTH is denied and moral relativism is accepted; this particular philosophy is in the Left’s DNA.

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