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A Dangerous Turn

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By Bill Wilson

It has all taken such a sad and predictable course.  A mentally deranged individual commits an act of unspeakable violence.  Within minutes the professional Left starts efforts to place blame on conservatives and Republicans, piously demanding some solution that — surprise — gives them tactical advantage in future policy fights.

Let's call it for what it is: a shameless, callous attempt to use the tragedy of others for gain, political or otherwise.  This renders these people as contemptible as the shooter.  But it makes these self-appointed moralists something else; it makes them extremely dangerous.

Example One is no less than the number two (or three, depending on how you count) Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Representative James Clyburn had no compunction whatsoever of putting out in stark detail what he wanted to see coming from the violence in Arizona.  Mr. Clyburn wants to silence all opposition, he wants to use the incident to install the Third World bullying and censorship he so clearly desires.

Clyburn is quoted as calling for America to "rethink parameters of free speech."  He wants "standards" put in place to ensure "balanced media coverage."  Of course who decides those "standards"?  The government, naturally.  Mr. Clyburn wants to decide.  And, given the fact that his daughter sits on the powerful Federal Communications Commission — the same bureaucracy that is currently ignoring a federal court order to take control of the internet — he has the ability to make his authoritarian rant reality.

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