Scott Walker had the audacity to indicate that dealing with a major crisis in which a mob occupied the Wisconsin state capitol building and attempted to shut down the state government helped prepare him to deal with the terrorists of ISIS. And the Left, along with their media allies, are not going to let that analogy stand!
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said something he shouldn't have on Thursday night during his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference. Talking about the threat posed to the United States -- and the broader global community -- by the terrorist group that calls itself the Islamic State and is also known as ISIS, Walker volunteered: “If I can take on 100,000 protesters. I can do the same across the world.”
He's referring to the massive protests in 2011 at the Wisconsin State Capitol that followed hard on Walker's decision to push legislation that effectively ended collective bargaining for public-sector unions. And, you get what he's going for: I know about tough fights. I know about persisting in the face of adversity.
The problem for Walker is that Americans protesting at a state capitol over labor issues, while serious, is just not on the same level as the threat posed by a militant group that uses beheadings, burnings and other savagery to spread terror in the world. It might seem the same to Walker because the personal vitriol aimed at him was so massive during the protests and the recall effort that followed. (Walker beat the recall and won reelection.) But, it's just not -- and most people not in Walker's immediate orbit get that.
The mistake Walker made is the same one that politicians make when they compare something happening in, say, a domestic policy fight to what happened in Nazi Germany. As soon as you are comparing something that doesn't involve mass deaths and unspeakable atrocities to something that does, you've lost the argument. No fight over education policy or immigration is "like what the Nazis did" and/or "like what Hitler did." Ditto comparing a fight -- albeit a pitched one -- over collective bargaining to a group bent on terrorizing the world with its willingness to murder people.
No, the two things are not exact equivalents. But nobody with a lick of sense would believe that Walker meant them to be, His point was that, having dealt with the closest thing to an attempt to overthrow a state government since the rebellions lead by Daniel Shays in Massachusetts and Thomas Dorr in Rhode Island, he was prepared to deal with a crisis. He certainly did not intend to imply that union thugs are the same as jihadi practitioners of the religion that must not be named.
But more outrageous about this reaction is that the Left and their presstitute allies have never applied this sort of standard to drawing equivalency between Americans and terrorists -- provided that those being accused of being like terrorists are conservatives and those making the accusation are on the Left or part of the media.
Consider, after all, the rhetoric of those protesters in Wisconsin about Scott Walker himself. Heck, this is a protester in Wisconsin on Wednesday, February 25, opposing Walker's right to work legislation while it was being debated by the Wisconsin legislature.
That sign is not an isolated incident. Consider this from the 2011 recall campaign against him.
Or if you want to go bigger, you might want to consider the attacks by both Democrat politicians and various media figures likening conservatives and Republicans to terrorists.
Consider this attack on Rep. Paul Ryan by Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter David Cay Johnston back in 2011. Apparently liking -- or even reading -- the works of political philosopher Ayn Rand makes one a terrorist, or at least a terrorist sympathizer.
I don't think their plan will pass, but it's important to understand what they're proposing, and Congressman Ryan requires his staff to read Ayn Rand, whose fictional hero, Howard Roark, is a man who blew up a building because it wasn't built exactly to his specifications as the architect.
I mean, that's the kind of society we want, where our leaders say not only are we gonna take from the sick and poor, but we’re going to hold out as a model people who commit felonies like blowing up buildings? We really need to dig into understanding the kind of people who would put forth these ideas."
Got that -- reading a dystopian novel designed to point out the flaws of big government and the benefits of liberty makes one an advocate of terrorism. Oddly enough, the media was silent -- perhaps because this came from one of their own.
For that matter, MSNBC has repeatedly hosted guests who have been permitted to accuse Republicans of terrorism without rebuke. Take this example from 2011.
"Frankly, the Republicans here, not all the Republicans, but the extreme right of the Republican party are acting like ideological terrorists. They're literally willing to blow up our economy and the future of our nation to score a few political points. And I think this is the point where the President has to say 'look, we don't negotiate with ideological terrorist,'" MSNBC guest Sally Kohn said on the "Last Word."
Again, no outrage -- just the norm from a mainstream media outlet.
For that matter, we've seen members of the Obama Administration accuse Republicans of being terrorists. Not low-level staffers -- among others, Vice President Joe Biden.
Vice President Joe Biden joined House Democrats in lashing tea party Republicans Monday, accusing them of having “acted like terrorists” in the fight over raising the nation’s debt limit, according to several sources in the room.
Biden was agreeing with a line of argument made by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) at a two-hour, closed-door Democratic Caucus meeting.
“We have negotiated with terrorists,” an angry Doyle said, according to sources in the room. “This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.”
Biden, driven by his Democratic allies’ misgivings about the debt-limit deal, responded: “They have acted like terrorists.”
Media outrage and condemnation? None at all. You see, it is OK to accuse Republicans of being terrorists if you don't like their efforts to rein in big government.
Senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer on Thursday compared Republican lawmakers to suicide bombers as the showdown over a possible government shutdown intensified.
“We are for cutting spending, we are for reforming our tax code, we are for reforming entitlements,” Mr. Pfeiffer told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “But what we are not for is negotiating with people who have a bomb strapped to their chest.”
Cuz, you know, folks who dare to disagree with the Left really are just like suicide bombers. Why would the press object to what they view as nothing more than a statement of fundamental truth?
Which is probably why President Obama was able to get by with making this accusation on Wednesday of this week -- and posting it on the official White House website.
And in the meantime, what we said to Republicans is, instead of trying to hold hostage funding for the Department of Homeland Security, which is so important for our national security, fund that, and let’s get on with actually passing comprehensive immigration reform.
You see, Republicans trying to stop the Lawbreaker-in-Chief from usurping the powers the Constitution delegates to the Legislative Branch is a tactic for terrorists -- and the media will stand by and nod their heads in affirmation as Obama makes that explicit charge.
But God forbid that Scott Walker dare to suggest that dealing with a domestic crisis toughened him up for dealing with national security crises if he is elected as our nation's chief executive. That's just beyond the pale.