Thursday, March 25, 2010

Democrats Accused Of Exploiting Violence By Conservatives

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor criticized Democratic members of Congress Thursday for releasing details of violent acts directed towards the congressmen after the passage of the health care bill on Sunday.

"I want to stress this, and it's very important: Legitimate threats should be treated as security issues," Cantor said. "And they should be dealt with by the appropriate law enforcement officials. It is reckless to use these incidents as media vehicles for political gain. That is why I have deep concerns that some -- DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen and DNC Chairman Tim Kaine in particular -- are dangerously fanning the flames by suggesting that these incidents be used as a political weapon. Security threats against members of Congress is not a partisan issue, and they should not be treated that way. To use such threats as political weapons is reprehensible."

Similar comments were made by Andrew Breitbart on MSNBC's The Dylan Ratigan Show, regarding racist slurs hurled towards the legislators, stating that members of the Congressional Black Caucus were "searching for racism" by walking through Tea Party crowds with cameras, trying to find what the right has been calling "isolated incidents," which coincidentally have been occurring all across the nation at directed at Democratic offices or legislators.

Apparently, the violence and racism is inherent in these crowds, and the Democrats are the ones who are encouraging this behavior in their opponents.

Fox News' America Live, Karl Rove warned that Democrats that discussing such threats will "fan the flames" and may possibly encourage copycats, but in my opinion, the rhetoric coming from the right has done enough to fan those flames, and with the passage of the bill and the fulfillment of the conservative prophecies of Armageddon, the right-wing fringe is turning to violence.

"By ratcheting up the rhetoric, some will only inflame these situations to dangerous levels," said House Republican Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia. "Enough is enough. It has to stop."

Out of curiosity, how exactly have the Democrats been "ratcheting up the rhetoric?"

Just consider what has been heard coming from Glenn Beck in the past year, like his insistence that the left has been using ACORN and SEIU as hired "thugs," and then encourages his listeners to be peaceful unless threatened. Do the math. Beck is filled with mixed messages.

Then, like rapists blaming their victims, the conservatives blame Democrats for essentially asking for violence, as seen here, here, here, and here.

As Karl Rove essentially put it, Democrats need to shut up and take it. So... how exactly does the media have a liberal bias when the conservatives are constantly trying to frame the news in their favor?

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