A couple of weeks ago, I made this post where I pose the question: is there a double-standard? Do liberals allow things done on their side to pass while criticizing those on the opposite side for the same thing? I gave two examples:
I now have another, much better example: The Des Moines Register has published a column that calls for deadly violence against the NRA and others who disagree with the author on gun control. Arg, the goofy paper has the article behind a pay-wall. I’m assuming the Fox News piece has the quotes correct.
Here are two quotes:
“I would tie Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, our esteemed Republican leaders, to the back of a Chevy pickup truck and drag them around a parking lot until they saw the light on gun control,” he wrote. … “And if that didn’t work, I’d adopt radical measures,” he continued.
Declare the NRA a terrorist organization and make membership illegal. Hey! We did it to the Communist Party, and the NRA has led to the deaths of more of us than American Commies ever did. (I would also raze the organization’s headquarters, clear the rubble and salt the earth, but that’s optional.) Make ownership of unlicensed assault rifles a felony. If some people refused to give up their guns, that “prying the guns from their cold, dead hands” thing works for me.”
If dragging them behind a truck isn’t enough, then he would adopt “radical measures?” He would pry guns from people’s cold dead hands? Wow. This makes my point perfectly: will Nancy Pelosi, Billary Clinton, or Barak O. condem this man for his tone? I doubt it. But if Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Sean Hannity, and others are condemned for much less (heck, those who listen to Rush are already called mind-numbed robots).
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying this man can’t say what he did. I don’t care what this man thinks or says. I’ll defend his right to have his opinion to the end (even though he, obviously, does not think the same about me). My problem is with a group of people condemning others for something they themselves do. My problem is with the double-standard. if something is wrong, it is wrong….if it isn’t then it isn’t.
Oh, one last thing before I post this: I’m sure the Republicans do this same thing. I think it is just as bad then. But pay attention to this next sentence: Republican != Conservative. I think that conservatives are much more even and intellectually honest than liberals.
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