Clinton added to the paranoia theme: "I'm sure you are now seeing the reports of some things that are regularly said over the airwaves in America today. Well, people like that who want to share our freedoms must know that their bitter words can have consequences, and that freedom has endured in this country for more than two centuries because it was coupled with an enormous sense of responsibility."
Now compare that last concept to his 2010 speech: "One of the things that the conservatives have always brought to the table in America is a reminder that no law can replace personal responsibility. And the more power you have and the more influence you have, the more responsibility you have."
Translation: the more "influence" you have in conservative circles, the guiltier you are of encouraging violence and death. Keith Olbermann was only being clearer when he said, "Rush, you have … blood on your hands." Joe Klein was being only being more craven when he charged conservatives were edging "right up close to being seditious."
Our alleged defenders of civility in the media elite can only provide their usual hosannas for Bill Clinton. But no one blinked in 2005, when we marked the 10th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing and Republicans were in the White House. Clinton granted no interviews to warn about anti-government talk. He issued no civility warnings. These attacks on "anti-government talk" are only relevant when the president is a Democrat. We live in "crazy" anti-government times only when protesting the government is seen as standing in the way of progress, not opposing the government schemes of "neocons" and "warmongers."
Within months of the 10th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, Cindy Sheehan would sit outside of President Bush's ranch in Texas proclaiming, "George and his indecent bandits traitorously had intelligence fabricated to fit their goal of invading Iraq." By the end of 2005, the media elite were excoriating Bush as "Big Brother" and a "dictator," but no one warned that this intemperate language could lead to violence.
Bill Clinton wants to surpass Jimmy Carter and be declared the greatest ex-president by the liberal media. But while George Bush and his namesake son quietly toil without any harsh smearing of the Left, Clinton and Carter shout their smears from the rooftops. All the media have to offer is a microphone and a kiss on both cheeks.