The latest "JournoList" ( a secret cabel of MSM members working to shape the news - no, seriously) transcripts released by the Daily Caller are all over the 'net, with this juicy tidbit being used as absolute proof that the media intentionally whitewashed out Barack Obama's past in order to get him elected - as written by Spencer Ackerman, regarding what to do about Obama's butt-buddy Jeremiah Wright:
It’s not necessary to jump to Wright-qua-Wright’s defense. What is necessary is to raise the cost on the right of going after the left. In other words, find a rightwinger’s [sic] and smash it through a plate-glass window. Take a snapshot of the bleeding mess and send it out in a Christmas card to let the right know that it needs to live in a state of constant fear. Obviously I mean this rhetorically.
If the right forces us all to either defend Wright or tear him down, no matter what we choose, we lose the game they’ve put upon us. Instead, take one of them — Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists. Ask: why do they have such a deep-seated problem with a black politician who unites the country? What lurks behind those problems? This makes *them* sputter with rage, which in turn leads to overreaction and self-destruction.
C'mon, anyone with half a brain knows that the cry of "racist!" is the last refuge of a scoundrel with no further intellectual ammunition in his mental toolbox. But what bothers me - and what bothers Jim Geraghty - is the absolute blood lust on display here by what we are told is a cultured professional journalist:
Considering Weigel’s talk of setting Matt Drudge on fire, Ezra Klein’s off-color recommendation for Tim Russert, and now Ackerman fantasizing about putting conservatives through plate-glass windows, there is a bizarre addiction to lurid, violent, threatening language — not just among the commenters of liberal blogs, but among the folks who we are told represent their best and brightest. It’s disturbing, and the fact that it doesn’t bother more people is disturbing.
To use one of the Left's favorite "intellectual" exercises, let's ask ourselves "Why do they hate us?"
Does the Right oppress the Left? No, we want them to have even more freedom and liberties than they currently enjoy.
Does the Right mock the Left? Well, gently, perhaps, but conservative journalists don't go online and threaten to disfigure, say, Keith Olberman
Does the Right take things that the Left feels are legitimately theirs? Well, political power, up until the past 18 months. Otherwise, the Right prevents the Left from taking what is not legitimately theirs, ie: people's incomes, their right to their own medical plan, their handguns...
Ah. The crux of the problem. The Left hates the Right because conservatives have thwarted for years the liberal lust for power and control - over the nation, but as a means to control the lives of every one of their citizens. In the liberal utopia, every citizen will be forced to live as they do (in city apartments), travel as they do (in mass transit or tiny cars), eat as they do (organics only!), and otherwise live in a state of complete nonthreatening equality - high taxes/low income for all, mediocre medical treatment for the masses, equally minimal advancement opportunities. So not as to upset the perks and privileges of your ruling class. Of course, the only thoughts that will be considered "acceptable" are those that are in agreement with liberal dogma. Otherwise, you will be tagged as a racist (or guilty of a "hate crime"), and boy, are there penalties for that....!
So how does the Left handle their frustration at having their attempts at power grabs turned back time and time again? With threats (yes, Spencer, that's a threat) of vicious acts of violence, coupled with a campaign of fear, terror, and blackmail.
And, as Geraghty points out, this is the attitude from the Left's "best and brightest". Is it any wonder that conservative activists are constantly under the threat of physical assault from union goons and other liberals with just a shred less self-control?
Why doesn't it bother more people? The American Left is aware that violence is the last physical tool in their belt, and that they won't hesitate to use it, now that their brief reign of democratic rule is about to end. But, like the story of Jeremiah Wright, this is apparently a situation that the mainstream media feels that we need to know as little as possible about...
So let's call Rand Paul a racist instead. Let's make fun of Sarah Palin. But whatever we do, let's turn the people's heads away from what our true intentions really are...