The Blame Game

Posted: December 21, 2014 by watsonthethird in Conservative Hypocrisy, Current Events
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In the immediate wake of the horrific assassination of two New York City police officers yesterday, conservatives have been quick to lay the blame at the feet of everyone from NYC mayor Bill De Blassio to Al Sharpton to President Obama. Pretty much anyone and everyone except for the killer himself.

Kevin Drum, writing in Mother Jones this morning:

Fair enough. But I assume this means we can blame Bill O’Reilly for his 28 episodes of invective against “Tiller the Baby Killer” that eventually ended in the murder of Wichita abortion provider George Tiller by anti-abortion activist Scott Roeder. We can blame conservative talk radio for stoking the anti-government paranoia that led Timothy McVeigh to bomb a federal building in Oklahoma City. We can blame the relentless xenophobia of Fox News for the bombing of an Islamic Center in Joplin or the massacre of Sikh worshippers by a white supremacist in Wisconsin. We can blame the NRA for the mass shootings in Newtown and Aurora. We can blame Republicans for stoking the anti-IRS paranoia that prompted Andrew Joseph Stack to crash a private plane into an IRS building in Austin, killing two people. We can blame the Christian Right for the anti-gay paranoia that led the Westboro Baptist Church to picket the funeral of Matthew Snyder, a US Marine killed in Iraq, with signs that carried their signature “God Hates Fags” slogan. We can blame Sean Hannity for his repeated support of Cliven Bundy’s “range war” against the BLM, which eventually motivated Jerad and Amanda Miller to kill five people in Las Vegas after participating in the Bundy standoff and declaring, “If they’re going to come bring violence to us, well, if that’s the language they want to speak, we’ll learn it.” And, of course, we can blame Rudy Giuliani and the entire conservative movement for their virtually unanimous indifference to the state-sanctioned police killings of black suspects over minor offenses in Ferguson and Staten Island, which apparently motivated the murder of the New York police officers on Saturday.

Or wait. Maybe we can’t do any of those things. Maybe lots of people support lots of things, and we can’t twist that generalized support into blame for maniacs who decide to take up arms for their own demented reasons. Maybe that’s a better idea after all.

The louder the conservative, the more partisan and hypocritical. Remember how much they resented any insinuation that Sarah Palin’s rhetoric incited and informed Jared Lee Loughner, who attempted to assassinate Rep. Gabby Giffords, killing six others in the process? I understand. It was wrong then. It’s wrong now.

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  1. meursault1942 says:

    John Cole has the appropriate response to this latest bit of conservative bullshit: Put up (your evidence) or shut up. There is, of course, a surfeit of quotes from conservatives–teabaggers, Retired Spook’s Oath Keepers buddies, etc.–about killing police officers, among other law enforcement/government employees. From liberals? Well, conservatives are having a hard time with that, but they’re sure liberals have said those things!

    The “put up or shut up” challenge is the precise reason why wingnuts have walled themselves off from the real world: They can never put up, and they don’t want to shut up. So they hide on their little blogs, quivering in fear at the thought of actually being challenged. They create their own alternate-universe media that protects them from the basic challenge of providing evidence. They have an entire support system for their truthiness: “Sure, we can’t find any factual basis for our claims, but our claims feel true, don’t they? So let’s just agree that they’re true and nobody bring up the lack of evidence, OK?” It’s all part and parcel of conservatives’ acrimonious divorce from reality and their inability to put forth an argument that doesn’t rest on lies.

  2. meursault1942 says:

    LIBRUL MEDIA BIAS!!1!! News station caught doctoring audio to make it sound like protester were chanting “kill the cops” when, in fact, they weren’t.

    A thousand bucks says wingnuts have already adopted this as a talking point, thereby doing that thing they always do wherein a blatant lie becomes, to them, unassailable fact. Another thousand bucks says those same wingnuts enthusiastically cheered noted racist and pitiful deadbeat Cliven Bundy and his buddies, who did, in fact, repeatedly threaten to murder law enforcement officers. But hey, betting that wingnuts will be lying hypocrites is like betting that water will be wet.

    • 02casper says:

      Not surprised FOX is doctoring audio. Meanwhile cluster has spent enough time around Ama that he is startig to sound like her. His latest post is pure projection.

  3. Ya gotta love this from Cluster: “Fast forward to the unfortunate death of Eric Garner. While in my opinion the police did overreact a bit in this instance, race was never a part of this story.”

    See? Killing an unarmed individual using a chokehold, which is against the NYPD’s own policy, and then standing around and letting him die without bothering to determine if he was breathing or not, is merely an “overreaction.” There are many troubling aspects of this case, but included among them are:

    1. NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, who killed Eric Garner violated, his own departments rules for dealing with suspects and the public. No big deal according to Cluster.

    2. The other officers present just stood around and watched while their fellow officer violated their own procedures, and watched as he choked Garner to death. What does this tell us about NYPD officers?

    3. After Panteleo released Garner, all of the officers just stood around as though nothing occurred. They just left him laying on the sidewalk waiting for EMT to arrive.

    4. They couldn’t even be bothered to check if Garner was breathing or not, and neither the officers or the EMT performed CPR on Garner because they believed he was breathing.

    But it’s all just a serious of minor overreactions. Nothing to see here. Oh, and don’t forget. According to conservatives, all lives matter. Except when they don’t.

  4. Oh, and by the way, Cluster, as we end 2014, my employer still hasn’t canceled my health insurance or that of my fellow employees. I know you were once concerned for my welfare and warned me that, in fact, they would ditch my health care coverage because of Obamacare, so I thought you would want to know. Not only that, my cost didn’t go up, and I’m still receiving the same excellent health care benefits as I was as a full-time employee even though I voluntarily chose to semi-retire and work 20 hours a week.

    And lastly, according to a recently released survey, there has been no decline whatsoever in employer-provided health care since Obamacare took effect. According to the study:

    “Critics frequently characterize the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as a threat to the survival of employer-sponsored insurance. The Medicaid expansion and Marketplace subsidies could adversely affect employers’ incentives to offer health insurance and workers’ incentives to take up such offers. This article takes advantage of timely data from the Health Reform Monitoring Survey for June 2013 through September 2014 to examine, from the perspective of workers, early changes in offer, take-up, and coverage rates for employer-sponsored insurance under the ACA. We found no evidence that any of these rates have declined under the ACA. They have, in fact, remained constant: around 82 percent, 86 percent, and 71 percent, respectively, for all workers and around 63 percent,
    71 percent, and 45 percent, respectively, for low-income workers. To date, the ACA has had no effect on employer coverage. Economic incentives for workers to obtain coverage from employers remain strong.”

    • meursault1942 says:

      And more bad news for conservatives/good news for America (funny how those things are synonymous, isn’t it?): US GDP just had its best quarterly number in 11 years. All the stuff wingnuts swore would work during the Bush administration failed miserably, and the stuff wingnuts are saying will fail during the Obama administration is succeeding. No wonder wingnuts have withdrawn so angrily from reality: Reality is really, really mean to them, what with refusing to follow their script and all.

    • Cluster says:

      Try and pay a little closer attention to what’s going on.

      http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2013/07/02/white-house-to-delay-obamacares-employer-mandate-until-2015-far-reaching-implications-for-the-private-health-insurance-market/

      Another provision of the mandate, once and if it goes into effect is that your employer paid portion of your healthcare benefit will now be deemed as income, so you will be taxed on it. Have fun with that.

      So the quote you posted that read – “To date, the ACA has had no effect on employer coverage”.
      That is 99% correct, but it’s only because your benevolent leader has delayed the provision. It has however had some negative effect of employers not hiring “full time” employees in anticipation of the mandate.

      And this is why none of you here are worth the time of day. All of you are completely incapable of connecting the dots on any issue. Merry Christmas y’all. (can I say that here?)

      • No Cluster, not 99%. “To date, the ACA has had no effect on employer coverage. Economic incentives for workers to obtain coverage from employers remain strong.”

        You’re just full of one excuse after another, aren’t you? So I guess 2015 is the year my employer will cancel my insurance. Good to know.

      • 02casper says:

        Cluster,
        Merry Christmas to you too.

      • rustybrown2012 says:

        Merry Christmas Cluster, and go fuck yourself!

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