I know people are shocked, SHOCKED that the New York Times is blaming libertarians at least in part for the shooting in Arizona yesterday. Yes, the paper has editorialized that anyone who might not have the same view that government is The Holy Mother Of Our Existence is at fault for the shooting.
According to the Grey Lady:
…it is legitimate to hold Republicans and particularly their most virulent supporters in the media responsible for the gale of anger that has produced the vast majority of these threats, setting the nation on edge. Many on the right have exploited the arguments of division, reaping political power by demonizing immigrants, or welfare recipients, or bureaucrats. They seem to have persuaded many Americans that the government is not just misguided, but the enemy of the people. (Emphasis mine)
While I think it is a joke to think that Republicans actually believe government is the problem, nonetheless the editorialists actually were targeting those of us who believe that government that is not accountable for the violence it imposes on everyone else is a bad thing. Will Grigg has noted that time and again that government agents wound and kill innocent people yet neither are prosecuted nor disciplined for what is outright murder.
The man who committed these horrendous crimes will be in prison for the rest of his life. However, the people who have massacred hundreds of innocent people (but wore the proper government costume while doing it) will not spend even a second being inconvenienced. Those of us who point out this fact, according to the NYT, are the true “enemies of the people.”
If you doubt what I am saying, read the entire editorial. It is clear that the editors are targeting anyone who has the temerity to disagree with the agenda of the NYT and its friends. If you disagree with them, you are a murderer or at best someone who is sympathetic to murderers.8:19 pm on January 9, 2011 Email Bill Anderson