The Democrat political and media non-reactions to the attempted assassination of Justice Kavanaugh make it more likely targeted political violence will return.
At least two amazing things resulted from the attempted assassination of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh by a man angered at a leaked draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, and potential ruling protecting 2nd Amendment rights. An attempt in which the would-be assassin arrived at Kavanaugh’s home, but was deterred by the presence of two U.S. Deputy Marshals. The assassin and assassination got “that” close.
Amazing thing number 1 – The media buried the story. Yes, it was reported in major publications, but nowhere near what it would have received had it been a “right winger” arriving at the home of a liberal Justice with intent to kill. The President of the United States, whose office has nodded, winked, and encouraged protests at Justices’ homes, has only issued a single cryptic statement about the incident, and then only after weeks passed. There has not been a “national conversation” about this profound threat. The media moved on quickly because that would-be assassin shared their views on abortion and gun control. It’s almost like it never happened. But I’m so old, I remember it.
Amazing thing number 2 – I agree with a key point in this June 8, 2022, column by Jeremy Shulman in leftwing Mother Jones about the assassination. I bookmarked it, and have been waiting to write about it, The Assassination Plot Against Brett Kavanaugh Is a National Emergency. Here’s the key point (with gratuitous and obligatory side swipes at Trump omitted):
But I do know this: We apparently just came unacceptably, terrifyingly close to catastrophe. The assassination of a Supreme Court justice would be a personal and national tragedy. But it would be more than that. It would be a threat to American democracy…. It’s simply impossible to imagine how a high court torn apart by violence could function in a way that Americans accept.
Political assassinations are a thing I remember growing up in the 1960s. The Democrat political and media non-reactions to the attempted assassination of Justice Kavanaugh make it more likely targeted political violence will return, and I’m talking about more than the now-common riots and looting. I don’t think people realize how “terrifying close to catastrophe” we are every single day.
I have this feeling we’re on the brink. It’s in the air. It feels like ’68.
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