Ben Shapiro

Except that in 1993, white male Bill Clinton was president; Tom Foley, a white male, was speaker of the House; Clinton had just appointed a white female, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to the Supreme Court; and a straight man, Henry Gonzalez, was chairman of the House Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs Committee. The American people rebelled against Clinton's health care system, and the Clinton administration talked routinely about the threat of violent right-wingers.

Is it just possible that this isn't Kristallnacht, but another attempt by another Democratic president to avoid culpability for his political positions by playing the victim?

Or -- and this is just as probable in a time when an unpopular administration has forced its will on an unwilling American populace -- this isn't Kristallnacht, but a quasi-Reichstag fire scenario in which all dissenters are silenced by an onslaught of media pressure and personal violence? The facts show that it is the left, not the tea partiers, who have engaged in substantial personal violence since President Obama's election: an Obamacare supporter who bit off the finger of an Obamacare opponent in California; the beating of Kenneth Gladney, a black man who opposed the Obama agenda, by Service Employees International Union thugs; the death threats received on a regular basis by conservative opinion leaders. All of that is driven by the Obama administration, which personally attacks people like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, and tells its followers to "punch back twice as hard."

The hysteria over the "violent" right wing is just that -- hysteria. The true danger here comes not from the grassroots right, but from the Astroturfed left, which is being orchestrated and trained by the Obama administration and its media minions to attack Americans who still believe in America's founding principles.


Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro is an attorney, a writer and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center. He is editor-at-large of Breitbart and author of the best-selling book "Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV."
 
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