The supposed assassination of a U.S. president is no laughing matter. All Americans of all political persuasions hold sacred the safety of our elected leaders. When baby boomers remember where they were on November 22, 1963, they don’t associate that remorse with a particular Kennedy policy, they merely know the despair and emptiness they felt. This is why it is so ghastly when a figurehead of any political movement advocates for the assassination of a U.S. President and even more revealing when the media excuses it. Liberal icon Gore Vidal, while on the CNN Headline News show, “The Joy Behar Show” on October 22 said of President Bush: “But I couldn’t jump into the screen fast enough to kill him off. That’s one murder that I missed not committing.” Did host Joy Behar ask him to clarify why he wished he had murdered a U.S. president, or tell him how deplorable that statement was? No. She laughed and said: “Well, it’s too late anyway.” Wow.
For background, Gore Vidal is a 9/11 truther who believes America attacked herself on September 11, 2001. He ran for Congress in New York as a Democrat and lost. He ran for Senate in California as a member of the People’s Party, and lost. He was verbally and intellectually outmatched by conservative icon William F. Buckley, Jr. for decades and waited until after Buckley’s death to cowardly wish him an eternity in hell.
What gives liberals like Gore Vidal and Joy Behar the ability to say and excuse such distasteful rhetoric without even a whiff of remorse? It is simply their world view. Earlier in the same clip from CNN Headline News, Gore Vidal states: “We have the worst educated population of any first world country. And I hope you’re listening, and I hope you know that your lack of education is the joke of the world. And it’s not a very nice joke.” Behar responds: “You’re talking to the Americans now?” Vidal says: “Americans, yes.” Behar further explores if Europeans make fun of Americans, and finishes off this exchange by saying: “I think you have a point, he’s [Obama] a little too smart for the country, in a certain way.” See, the problem isn’t that Vidal or Behar are contemptable, but merely that America is stupid.
This theme among elite East Coast liberals like Joy Behar and Gore Vidal, that America is simply dumb, is what feeds their ideology. It is what drives them to think that Washington should control your health care, your use of energy, your education and your paycheck. Nevermind that George W. Bush was a graduate of Yale with an MBA from Harvard. That certificate means nothing to them when you are from of all places, Texas. Those certificates only matter when they distinguish your urban liberal credentials in Chicago, Boston, Washington or New York.
Here we have a video of two liberals simply chatting about “murdering” an ex-President of the United States, and it is high-comedy. President Bush was also the target of a liberal film called “Death of a President” depicting his assasination while he was still in office shortly after Air America radio host Randi Rhodes said he should be killed off like Fredo in “Godfather Part II.” Cindy Sheehan regularly called him a terrorist.
But it is now, when Americans want to genuinely read a health care bill that could transform America as we know it, when they want Washington to at least acknowledge that debts and deficits matter, when they want to keep their taxes low and their jobs safe in a struggling economy; it is now that the rhetoric of the “right” is examined and analyzed as hateful, racist or ignorant.
Gore Vidal wishes he had killed President Bush. Many Americans wish William F. Buckley had socked Vidal in the face when he had the chance.