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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.

Hey Paul, they made a whole movie about assassinating Bush.  They even wrote about it in the New York Times.  We even had a Nobel peace laureate, Betty Williams, weigh in on the “love”:

“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.

~McQ

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20 Responses to Krugman needs to get out more

  • Well, to be fair to Krugman, he said “from members of Congress, let alone senior party officials.”
     
    Not “from anyone, especially punk-rock demonstrators”.
     
    That said, I also want him to point me to these “senior party officials” and “members of Congress” he wants me to believe are calling for violence. Though I suppose “hinting” is broad enough that he can call anything a “hint”.

    • It’s nonsense, Sigi – and he knows it. He’s painting with his broad brush and trying to present a picture that the entire atmosphere is more menacing than it ever was. That requires one to forget Democratic leaders calling Bush a loser, a liar, incompetent and many other choice phrases. They want to blame the present poisonious atmosphere on the right when it was brewed up quite potently during the last 8 years by the left, aided and abetted by the likes of Krugman who found nothing in the pictures above, the statements of Noble peace prize winners or the movies about assasination to condemn.

      Now, suddenly, it’s serious.

    • Here is a hint at an appeal to violence from a  “senior party official” and “member of Congress” for Mr. Krugman
      Bill Maher Tees Up Sen. John Kerry’s Virulent Anti-Republican Campaign Speech

      Maher: You could have went to New Hampshire and killed two birds with one stone.
      Kerry: Or, I could have gone to 1600 Pennsylvania and killed the real bird with one stone.

    • John F’n Kerry: I could have gone to 1600 Pennsylvania and killed the real bird with one stone.

  • Yeah, I saw just the tag line for his column. I guess it was O.K. for candidate Obama and Senate majority leader Harry Reid to effectively invite terrorists to keep killing our troops so that victory would seem unachievable in Iraq (even as it was transpiring), but don’t raise your voice in protest against this garbage health care bill. That’s dangerous!

  • Take him on honestly.  None of the examples you cite have a single blessed thing to do with Krugman’s point about statements made by lawmakers and party leaders.
    And Sigivald, you should read Krugman’s actual column, because he names the folks he is talking about and states what they’ve done.  At that point, you can fairly take issue with him, but I’m guessing you haven’t actually read the column, right?

  • “…from members of Congress, let alone senior party officials.”

    Did you really miss this part?
    C’mon, you can do better than this.

    • I challenge him to prove it.

      Tell you what, I change my mind.

      I now will not condemn violence against the Dems. I’ll stop short of endorsing it at this point.

      If they want to make things up to cry about, I can’t blame anyone who really gives them a reason to cry.

      Play with populist fire, get burned.

  • Q, Did one single instance of violent rhetoric you posted come from someone that was actually IN AMERICA?

    Assasination movie – UK
    Betty Williams – Ireland
    Kill George Bush site – Germany

    And the pictures, through I can’t track the source, look pretty Eurotrashy to me.

    So not only were these not American party leaders, they were not even Americans in America.

    C’mon.

    Show me picture of anti-war demonstrations where people showed up armed.

    Better yet, and I know there are loons on the left, but show me something comparable to this from the left…

    Harris poll:

    67 percent of Republicans (and 40 percent of Americans overall) believe that Obama is a socialist.
    57 percent of Republicans (32 percent overall) believe that Obama is a Muslim
    45 percent of Republicans (25 percent overall) agree with the Birthers in their belief that Obama was “not born in the United States and so is not eligible to be president”
    38 percent of Republicans (20 percent overall) say that Obama is “doing many of the things that Hitler did”
    Scariest of all, 24 percent of Republicans (14 percent overall) say that Obama “may be the Antichrist.”

    • Harris poll:
      67 percent of Republicans (and 40 percent of Americans overall) believe that Obama is a socialist.

      >>>> Reasonable given his beliefs and actions

      57 percent of Republicans (32 percent overall) believe that Obama is a Muslim

      >>>> Also reasonable given his name, lineage and hatred of Israel
      45 percent of Republicans (25 percent overall) agree with the Birthers in their belief that Obama was “not born in the United States and so is not eligible to be president”

      >>>>> Tinfoil hat dummies to be sure……….but no worsse than the significant segment of the left that believes Bush orhestrated 9/11

      38 percent of Republicans (20 percent overall) say that Obama is “doing many of the things that Hitler did”

      >>>>> Stupid to say……but probably accurate (national SOCIALISTS)

      Scariest of all, 24 percent of Republicans (14 percent overall) say that Obama “may be the Antichrist.”

      >>>> LOL now I seriously doubt the veracity of this poll

    • Q, Did one single instance of violent rhetoric you posted come from someone that was actually IN AMERICA?
      <a href=”http://www.zombietime.com/zomblog/?p=621″>Here you go.</a>

  • Wait a second – you want liberals and the Left to not be hypocritical? On anything? Do you think that such a thing is possible? The Left breathes hypocrisy; they have it for breakfast.

    Meanwhile, whatever happened to Mr. James O’Keefe and the dimutwits at MSDNC? They seemed to have played it up at the time of his arrest as “the next Watergate.” Yet today, when he is about to plead guilty merely to being in a federal building under false pretenses, the Left is silent.

    I wish they would stay silent, and remain so.

    • “being in a federal building under false pretenses”

      I bet you could indict most of Washington for that particular crime.

  • Powerline shows Krugman’s own book with Bush as a dead body zombie (dead…dead) and Cheny with some sort of vile mustache….like Hitler.

    • Yes, John Hinderaker takes Krugman down in rather short order, and offers this conclusion:

      “Many people believe that Krugman doesn’t actually write the columns that appear under his name in the Times, because they are so stupid. I don’t know. For that to be a credible theory, he must have once written something intelligent. If he ever has, I missed it.”

      The Times’ op-ed page is the place where modest talent is transformed into extremely modest talent.

  • The nazis did the same sort of thing in the Sudentenland in ’38: incite violence, blame the other side for it, and use it as an excuse for the use of force.