Monday, June 1
" You're Either With Us, Or With The Terrorists." --George W. Bush, former-Something-or-Other
Dr. George R. Tiller
August 8, 1941 – May 31, 2009
I DON'T fucking want to hear Operation Rescue denounce the murder, or the killer, or assert its devotion to peaceable public expression. It's a big-money concern with a big PR problem; it should pay to distance itself from its own rhetoric, not wait for the phone call from the Timesman. (And what, exactly, do we expect them to say? I do not know this man of whom you speak!) Nobody's accused them of anything. At most some have noted nothing more than the public record, that a man they publicly hounded as a murderer for decades because he provided Constitutionally-protected medical services winds up shot to death inside his own church in an apparently politically-motivated act. Two entirely separate things.
I don't fucking want to hear the Wichita PD saying "it looks like the act of an isolated individual" while the victim's on a slab at the morgue and his body temp's still 94.5º. Even if it proves to be true, I want to hear that there is, at long last, some awareness that the federal government turned a blind eye to an interstate terror campaign in the 1980s, and some determination that it not happen again. Else let's just sever the remaining threads the Global War on Terror still swings from, and admit the whole thing was just for kicks. And votes.
And don't get me wrong; I'm not saying that extremist rhetoric=complicity in whatever violence is done in its name, or its vicinity. Quite the contrary. That was the Bush administration, as approved by large numbers of our fellow citizens. What I am saying is that if your rhetoric softens at the first real application of heat and light, then maybe it's not exactly made of stone to begin with.
And let's say this again, and say it like it's the first time: the best thing we can do for the Right, and its Multiple Identity Crises, and for the religious one-issue agitators who can't seem to grasp, let alone engage, the legal issues involved, is to begin demanding they answer the hard questions about their own positions, and stop giving them space to throw the same old shit at everyone else. You know what the man said about the Borgias, the Swiss, the Renaissance, and the cuckoo clock.