Curtis Dahlgren
A tale of four massacres; comparing apples and agent orange, etc.
By Curtis Dahlgren
January 11, 2011

"In those countries where a man cannot call his tongue his own, he can scarcely call anything else his own. Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation, must begin by subduing the freeness of speech." — Benjamin Franklin

"The greatest historian should also be a great moralist. It is no proof of impartiality to treat wickedness and goodness on the same level." — President Theodore Roosevelt

WHO IS BULLYING WHOM AND WHY? Define "uncivil discourse." I know demagoguery when I see it, but how does the radical Left define it? Do they really think the rest of us are going to put our tails between our legs and just go away, silently into the night?

I don't think so! The days of the double-standard ONE-WAY DEAD-END street are over — gone — done!

On the day of the Ft. Hood shooting in which a radical Islamist killed 13 unarmed soldiers and wounded over 30 others, the U.S. President did not observe a moment of silence, or call it "an unspeakable tragedy"; he seemed to be in a pretty good mood in fact. The press didn't go ga-ga over links to the religion of the shooter. We were earnestly lectured not to "jump to conclusions." And he turned out to be "just mentally ill" — perhaps suffering from vicarious Post-Traumatic Stress.

I remember the day President Reagan was shot, and I don't recall conservatives railing about the "uncivil anti-Reagan environment." No one was calling for government control of Hollywood, even though the shooter was admittedly inspired by Jody Foster. Shucks, in 1963 I don't think any Democrats blamed Republicans or conservatives for the assassination of President Kennedy either.

And I don't speak flippantly about this subject. I lost eight close friends in a church shooting — including my minister and his 14 year old son. His wife took a bullet clear through her upper body and survived (so we of course pray for Representative Gifford).

As for the mainstream news media, they need our prayers for a entirely different reason. My minister's body wasn't even cold before the media began to speculate as to whether we were a "cult." On the other hand, the MSM calls the Arizona shooter an "anti-government extremist" (hint, hint), while refusing to say a word about his backyard altar to the gods of the real occult, or much about his love of marijuana and other drugs. Mr. Loughner is pro-atheism and anti-religion, but they secretly wish that he had been a Pentecostal or a Mormon.

That reminds me, but when the Liberals won the 1992 Presidential election, it took until February for them to burn a congregation alive in Waco, but in 2008 Sarah Palin's church was fire-bombed within about a month. And that wasn't even a "big deal" either!

WELL, the attempt by some in Congress, and most of the media, to blame the Tucson shooting on the Tea party is flopping like a beached killer whale. A CBS poll says that 60 percent of the American people are not "buying" the notion that Loughner was inspired by "political rhetoric," and only 31 percent believe that to be so. To the questionable degree that politics even entered his thinking, he was affected more by Karl Marx and Hitler than by our Founding Fathers. I highly doubt that they'll find many books by Michael Savage in his library. Mark Levin says that if the lefties keep this up — attacking Sarah Palin — they may be getting her nominated. Tell that to the Sheriff down there, eh?

As Brent Bozell of the Media Research Council writes, "Implicating a conservative tie to this heinous act of violence or to Jared Lee Loughner, who is no conservative, is nothing short of a naked campaign to criminalize conservative thought.

"Sadly, those who point their finger are at the nexus of hypocrisy. Take the unidentified 'veteran Democratic strategist' who told Politico that, 'they need to deftly pin this on the tea partiers ... Just like the Clinton White House deftly pinned the Oklahoma City bombing on the militia and anti-government people.'

"All manner of conservatives are being indicted with this evil act, none of whom have any connection to it. Whether it's Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, Rush Limbaugh or anyone else — they have zero connection to the shooter or his brutality. Period. Shame on the reporters and media outlets that entertained these outrageous accusations and who are now responsible for spreading the lies."

Newt says that the closest parallel shooting to the Arizona one was the Virginia Tech shooting, since psychiatrists said the shooter was a bit "off," but the school didn't dare kick him out because of racial consideration (in the case of the Ft. Hood shooter, it was religious considerations). If either one of those guys had been an "angry" white male, he would have been profiled and put in a strait jacket. Sadly, Loughner is a useful idiot for the Left and they're going to milk this incident long after the bodies have been buried. The Wellstone Brigade will try one more time, even though their radical extremism keeps backfiring and biting them in the butt.


My previous two columns were on tolerance, and the paradoxes of "Freedom" (some of the synonyms for "FREE" include "uncommitted," fancy-free, loose, wild, free-wheeling, and uninhibited). Those were not high on the list of goals for the Pilgrims, Puritans, or the Founders of the American Revolution (such goals didn't even dominate the 1960s or 70s; that was a fictitious Media creation). The protesters of the so-called Youth Revolution were only a small minority of the whole. And even right now, the young are more pro-life and otherwise conservative than their parents. They are coming to appreciate their grandparents!

Former DNC chairman Howie Dean says that the Tea Party is "the last gasp of the over-55 crowd." See why you often hear the term "ELITIST" these days? Nancy Pelosi says that it's "so smart to do what the American people need" [not what they WANT you to do]. No wonder approval percentages for the 111th Congress approached single digits — with or without any "angry rhetoric"!


"Tolerate" and "tolerance" ought to be insults to minority groups and to very minorities such as homosexuals, but they're probably just not AWARE:

According to Webster's New Twentieth Century Dictionary (World Publishing, 1958), the noun "tolerance" [Latin, from tolerare, "to bear"] means:

1) freedom from bigotry;
2) the amount of variation allowed from a standard, as in -
a) the amount that coins are legally allowed to vary from a standard weight, etc, and
b) maximum and minimum sizes of some mechanical part; **
3) the ability to endure;
4) the natural or acquired ability to endure or resist the harmful effects of the continued or increasing use of a drug.

"TOLERABLE," adjective:
1) fairly good, passable
2) in health, condition "fair"

"TOLERATE," verb, transitive: "to put up with" (as "he tolerates his brother-in-law").

I think that the "gay" community — or at least the strident minority-of-a-minority — is really hungering for "love" or "glorious approval." As an old-timer, I am convinced that the homosexual "community" had a lot more "love" and "approval" and "tolerance" from the rest of society when they weren't trying to wage a cultural war on society in general. Comparing "straights" to the Taliban is like comparing apples and Agent Orange.

As for the mechanical analogy, you could say that people are human beings, not auto engines. But it's not only an acceptable metaphor, but the perfect analogy! In pornography there's even a magazine called "Variations." When a machinist "hits the mark" his product is ideal. From "ideal" it may degenerate to "passable," but beyond a certain point it is simply pitched out!

As people used to say, "God isn't done with me yet, but God don't make no junk either." Yes, we are all "works in progress," but God is not dead (least of all, the God of Judgment). And God is not stupid.

If "tolerance" is a good thing and one definition is "the ability to endure," perhaps the Left wingers need more of it themselves — in order to be more able to "endure" a little perceived prejudice and/or constructive criticism from Talk Radio, eh?

PPPS: To all for whom the Arizona shooting is an intimate concern, here's an excerpt from "God's Minute" — January 11th:

"When thou dost call us home, be it in the morning, in the noon-day, or beneath the rays of the setting sun of old age, may Thy hand sustain us and comfort us and lead us through the valley of the shadow until we awaken in the splendor of Thine own everlasting MORNING beyond the grave [through Christ], amen."

© Curtis Dahlgren


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Curtis Dahlgren is semi-retired in southern Wisconsin, and is the author of "Massey-Harris 101." His career has had some rough similarities to one of his favorite writers, Ferrar Fenton... (more)


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