Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer scans his morning Washington Post. Ah, nothing again from Grimaldi on the Gunwalker scandal. Good, very good. And I must add Mr. Markon to my caviar list for following the meme.
"This just in, the Washington Post is still dead" to the Project Gunwalker scandal. The corpse, however, just expelled some trapped flatus consistent with the party-line meme.
The first fart to escape the decay is this story by Jerry Markon entitled "Deaths of 3 federal agents highlight changing dangers" which of course fails to mention anything of the real circumstances of Border Patrol Agent Terry's death, according him only this bare paragraph:
Drug-related violence along the Mexican border also may have played a role in the death of Border Patrol agent Brian A. Terry. He was gunned down Dec. 15 while tracking narcotics traffickers and searching for illegal immigrants near Rio Rico, Ariz.
Our second bit of corpsical collectivist flatulence was expelled by Grimaldi's occasional partner in anti-firearm religious meme observance, Sari Horwitz writing in yesterday's Pravda: "National Institute for Civil Discourse to open at University of Arizona."
Former presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush will serve as honorary chairmen of a new center at the University of Arizona that will focus on civility in political debate, university officials will announce Monday.
The National Institute for Civil Discourse - a nonpartisan center for debate, research, education and policy about civility in public discourse - will open Monday in Tucson. It was created in the aftermath of the Jan. 8 shootings in the city where six people were killed and 13 injured, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).
Former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor and former Senate majority leader Thomas A. Daschle (D-S.D.) will serve as honorary co-chairmen. Board members will include former secretary of state Madeleine K. Albright; Kenneth M. Duberstein, chief of staff to President Ronald Reagan; Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren; Trey Grayson, director of Harvard University's Institute of Politics; and former representative Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.).
"This institute is the right people in the right place at the right time," said Fred DuVal, vice chairman of the Arizona Board of Regents and former co-chairman of Giffords's finance committee.
The center will be funded with private donations, and $1 million has already been raised, said DuVal, who will head the working board of the institute, which is his brainchild. The institute plans to organize workshops and conferences in Tucson, Washington and elsewhere nationwide, and will bring together leaders from across the political spectrum to develop programs to promote civil discourse.
"Our country needs a setting for political debate that is both frank and civil," Bush said in a statement.
Clinton said in a statement that the new institute "can elevate the tone of dialogue in our country."
Ah, well, if Bill Clinton is going to "elevate the tone of dialogue in our country," then I suppose we must all follow along. Of course, there seem to be a number of Bill's former voters who haven't got the message. Writing from the collectivist side of the spectrum, Lou Kusay exults "We Have Our Invitation to The Class War in Wisconsin."
Perhaps these are some examples of the "polite discourse"?
Oh, I suppose that when put on the spot, Clinton might softly cluck his tongue at such "incivility." But the fact of the matter is that such people insist on "civility" only when they are losing the argument. This is certainly a case, as it always is with collectivists of any stripe, of "Civil discourse' for me but not for thee." In a crowd that believes that "peace" is when all your enemies are either silent, in prison or the graveyard, how could it be any different?
Indeed, why a "National Institute for Civil Discourse" and why now?
One of the institute's first events will be a conference with members of the media, foundations, academic institutions, government and corporations to discuss advancing the national conversation about civil discourse, said Meredith Hay, provost of the University of Arizona.
Although the Tucson shootings were not linked to public discourse, she said, they "created a space for us to think about civil discourse."
Huh? One thing not having anything to do with the other thing, but we "let no crisis go to waste," is that it?
Look, when the Democrats were about to pass the flagrantly unconstitutional "health care" law, I called for modern day Sons of Liberty to break the windows of local Democrat Party headquarters as a warning to make folks understand where such tyrannical conduct was headed -- civil war. For this, I was denounced, along with the Three Percenters, by Bill Clinton on 19 April last year. I received death threats against me and my family. And that's okay. It comes with the territory. I can say that because I realize the nature of the conflict I and every other liberty-loving person in this country is in: it is an ideological struggle to the death, and the threat of violence comes first and foremost from the enemies of the Founders' Republic.
Take the "health care" monstrosity. Who first made threats of violence? It was Nancy Pelosi who plopped the federal pistol down on the table. Do this or we will we compel your ass with all the power and might of the federal government. Isn't that the threat behind every federal statute? The law provided for fines for non-compliance and more, thousands more, IRS agents to enforce them. And the penalty for refusal to pay the fine is? Well, arrest, of course. And the penalty for resisting a federal raid party at your doorstep is? Ask the Davidians, if you can find any left alive.
So, they order us about, they tell us we will by the whim of the demi-god of government -- or ELSE -- and now they want us to be "civil"?!? They expect us to soften our tone and protest only mildly, verbally, when they are using the gun of government to steal yet more of our liberty and property?
Wisconsin shows how much their side values "civility" and "reasoned discourse." Anyone on our side who buys into unilateral disarmament in the struggle between liberty and tyranny is denying reality.
And anyone who tells you different is selling something.
If something is the truth, I will shout it if necessary. I will not be silent, I will not even be polite, if by doing so that makes me an accomplice to tyranny.