Krugman needs to get out more
I’ve seen Paul Krugman write some pretty dumb things over the intervening years. Jon Henke used to take particular delight in pointing them out in the earlier days of QandO. But I have to admit I’ve never seen anything quite as clueless as this statement by the man:
All of this goes far beyond politics as usual. Democrats had a lot of harsh things to say about former President George W. Bush — but you’ll search in vain for anything comparably menacing, anything that even hinted at an appeal to violence, from members of Congress, let alone senior party officials.
“I have a very hard time with this word ‘non-violence’, because I don’t believe that I am non-violent,” said Ms Williams, 64.
“Right now, I would love to kill George Bush.” Her young audience at the Brisbane City Hall clapped and cheered.
Most excellent, right Paul? Nothing at all menacing about that and it certainly doesn’t at all appeal to violence (well unless you think the act of “killing” is somehow a non-violent act).
And, as Greg Polowitz suggests, google “kill George Bush” and be properly chastized.
Not that I actually expect Krugman to do so – it would take an effort and, of course, it would puncture his narrative like nothing before. But just for grins, why not make a short pictoral trip down memory lane that clueless Krugman could have made had he at all cared about the accuracy of his claims.
For instance, here’s a favorite of mine:
Straight, to the point, and with an option I’m sure some would have hoped law enforcement might have availed themselves. Of course the crowds last weekend were just littered with signs like that, weren’t they?
No? Well how about this one?
A bit rambling and long. You have to go all the way to the third line to find the “Kill Bush” sentiment. At least he refrained from spelling out the “F bomb”. I suppose that’s more Joe Biden’s territory anyway. So again, were these the type of things to be seen in the crowd on Sunday?
No again? This then?
A little more subtle than the others. That “nuance” liberals love I guess. So is this more like what has Krugman saw or heard about?
Or did it have more to do with urban legends that he and the left have chosen to believe (even while the vast majority of the supposed incidents seem to have no foundation in fact or require true super human feats of strength – such a chucking a rock through a window 30 stories above the street)?
Oh, I know why Krugman doesn’t remember any of this – you see, this was when dissent was the highest form of patriotism.
Apparently, that’s not the case anymore.