At this writing, it’s not known who mailed the ten (at last count) “suspicious packages” to Democratic leaders, high-dollar supporters and media figures, and we can still only theorize about their goal.  But that hasn’t stopped people on both left and right from spraining their fingers pointing them so hard.  It’s sadly true that the rough, aggressive speech has escalated on both sides (mostly on the left, but still).  Not surprisingly, though, the dominant media are quick to blame the President’s “tone” and talk of body slams and such while failing to address the wild, frantic, borderline-insane antics on the left.  Should we be blaming this more in-your-face attitude and the tougher talk –- on either or both sides –- for the real violence that’s taking place in some parts of our country?

Andrew C. McCarthy, one of our favorite go-to legal experts, has a thought-provoking new column about this that challenges our propensity for assigning cause-and-effect to speech and violence.  The title says it all:  “Stop Blaming Mass-Murder Attacks on Obnoxious Political Rhetoric.”  Let’s see if he makes the case.

 

First off, the column tells us more about McCarthy than most of us knew, and that background helps us understand his point of view.  He says he’s been fascinated for the past couple of days watching the bomb scare, as he’s helped protect people who were in danger as a deputy U.S. marshal in the Witness Protection Program and was even a protected person himself for a couple of years when, as a prosecutor, he had threats made against him in connection with a terrorism case which involved...yes, bombings.


ARE YOU VOTING IN THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS? LET ME KNOW HERE>>>

1,000,000 IDENTIFIED VOTERS GOAL!  RESPOND TODAY!


So he became familiar with various types of bombs.  In that particular case, they varied widely in sophistication; there were crude pipe bombs (I would imagine similar to those being mailed now), Molotov cocktails, ANFO bombs (ammonium nitrate and fuel oil), and even the 1,400-pound urea nitrate-based bomb that was used in the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993.

 

He points out that as disturbingly easy as it can be to make a bomb, it’s extremely dangerous work and the skill of bomb makers varies just as widely as the sophistication of the bombs themselves.  Even people who know what they’re doing can be reckless and careless, though; incredibly, the World Trade Center bombers kept their stash of an extremely volatile substance, nitroglycerine, in the fridge.  Sometimes bombers blow themselves up.  Probably every terrorist (ask Bill Ayers) knows of someone who did that.  So, as risky as it is to make bombs, what would the motivation be here?

 

None of the bombs have exploded.  The one addressed to ex-CIA Director John Brennan at CNN (though he works for MSNBC) didn’t even have a blasting cap or other type of detonator.  So, are we dealing with a really incompetent bomber (or bombers), or is the idea not to actually blow anybody up?  McCarthy suggests that the objective might be to create a climate of fear, but I can certainly think of more possibilities, such as to diffuse or distract from other events in the news.  We’re smart enough to fill in the blanks.

 

McCarthy likens the “safe” bombs to the fake anthrax letters that others have sent in recent years.


Commentary continues below advertisement


But his main point is that instead of talking about the bomber’s objective, his end game, we’re talking about what might have set him off, and each side is blaming the other.  As someone who has actually prosecuted an incitement-of-violence case –- the legal term is “solicitation to commit a crime of violence” –- he says it’s extremely hard to get a conviction on that.  Which is fine with him.

 

In short, if we say something that makes someone else angry, we can’t be responsible for what he does.  Think of what would happen to the very concept of free speech if we shouldered the blame.  Offensive speech is protected expression, and no one has the right not to be offended.  Political speech would be effectively shut down, and there are those who would like nothing better –- as long as the restriction applied only to those of us on the right (and it would).  Imagine one vast college-style “safe space” stretching from sea to shining sea.

 

The case McCarthy was involved in was that of the Blind Sheik, who was found guilty of inciting and soliciting terrorist attacks.  To prove this, as he explains, “it was not nearly enough to show that he made incendiary speeches.  We had to prove that he was an authority figure within an ideological system that clearly taught violence as a duty against enemies; he issued unambiguous commands to violence that there was no doubt he intended others to carry out; and the surrounding circumstances corroborated his intent –- he had ordered murders and jihadist attacks in the past, and they’d been carried out.”

 

According to McCarthy, the political rhetoric we’re hearing these days is “not in that league.”  He says it’s “reprehensible” and that we should demand better, but “we shouldn’t have to demand it if we exhibit it.”  I don’t know –- I try to stay above all that, and I’ll bet you do, too, but without any consequences for their behavior, these people have no incentive to seek higher ground.  Worse, instead of suffering consequences, they’re ultimately reaping rewards –- in the news media, on awards shows, on late night TV, among their peers.  There almost seems to be a contest to see how vile they can be to the President, his family and his supporters.

 

Even though it might not result in prosecution in a court of law, it’s skirting that line.  It’s gotten so extreme that who’s to say if it isn’t inciting more violence?

 

Agreed, we are --- legally and morally --- responsible for our own actions.  If you’re of a certain age like me and you remember comedian Flip Wilson (who occasionally “identified” as female Geraldine), you remember the line, “The devil made me do it.”  But the devil doesn’t make you blow people up, and neither do Maxine Waters and other rabble-rousers, though they certainly play a part in making some people feel like doing it.  It’s your decision whether or not to respond, your decision to, as Rudyard Kipling put it, keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you.

 

McCarthy does say that even though what appears to be incitement might not be actionable, politicians who literally, explicitly call for violence should suffer the political consequences.  I'll second that!  But he maintains that we as individuals are responsible for our own behavior, and that “purple political prose” doesn’t cause people to go on a bombing spree.

 

To that I would say that, no, it doesn’t CAUSE them to go on a bombing spree.  But it does add fuel to the fire that causes angry people to rationalize going on a bombing spree, or in this case perhaps trying to fake one for political benefit.

 

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/10/mail-bomb-threats-political-rhetoric/

       

LEAVE ME A COMMENT BY CLICKING HERE.  I READ THEM!  

Leave a Comment

Note: Fields marked with an * are required.

Your Information
Your Comment
BBML accepted!
Captcha

Comments 1-20 of 20

  • James Wesley Ralph

    10/27/2018 12:16 PM

    Hey Mike,
    Thanks for taking the time to gather your thought and share with us.
    I really enjoy your Newsletters and today is Saturday which means that I’m especially looking forward to watching your show later this evening.
    Sincerely,
    Jim Ralph

  • Carol T Farmer

    10/27/2018 10:31 AM

    I'm just waiting for the other shoe to drop... I think Trump gave the "alleged" bomber hope that his life would improve. He apparently wasn't happy with his life or how he thought he had been treated so he was gullible to all suggestions available by " MSM " news and the malcontents who want President Trump out of his office. There is more to this story..whether we are allowed to hear it or not remains to be seen.

  • Sandra Fischer

    10/26/2018 09:55 PM

    I agree with McCarthy. And I believe what the President has said today about everyone being careful about what they say. I just wish he would include himself in practicing a more civil choice of words, avoid such despicable name calling, and think before he tweets. I like what he is doing; I like his heart for the country, but I hate hearing him talk off the cuff. He needs to set a better example. He’s not culpable for what others choose to do, but using discretion in speaking would help with respect for him.

  • Jean Crabtree

    10/26/2018 06:35 PM

    WHY do illegals get "freebies".....healthcare, babies, food, housing, etc when they come to U.S. ...and for how long???
    No wonder they come...

  • Anne Turner

    10/26/2018 02:20 PM

    Dear Mr. President,
    Respectfully, I offer suggested remarks that would increase you popularity and respect enormously, and would totally boggke tge mond of the left.
    My fellow Americans, I am the President of the entire Country, not just my supporters. Some of you don’t like that, and my family and I have been the subject of many hateful and untrue remarks. Most of the media has been against me from the start and many have slanted their news negatively day after day. That, despite my administration and Congress accomplishing a number of objectives that are very good for the country and the majority of its citizens. We must confront any number of complex domestic and foreign issues. I want you to know that I am sincerely trying to get the best minds involved to help us positively impact these situations, with as few unintended consequences as possible. Our rhetoric on both sides has become totally out of hand. As your President it is incumbent upon me to take the ,readership role in changing this dynamic. Therefore, I pledge to you, the American people to tone down my remarks against my apponents and the media. I will still call out the untrue and misleading remarks and writing but will do so without using insulting name calling or or other mean comments. I hope that those who seem tonever to try to see the good side of anything my family or I try to, and who refer to me as a Hitler, a Nazi and a hateful racist will confine their criticism to actual statements or well thought out opinios. I will probably be accused of trying to take away free speech. I assure you that is not my intend. I am merely trying to help make this a more civil discourse. Let us all resolve to give our opinions freely but with a modicum of decency. Let us stop imputing the worst possible motives to each other while honestly feeling free to be critical. Many of us have very differing views on how we should move forward or how to handle situations. That is a good thing and what this unique country is all about. But an educated, intelligent population is capable of making these positions know without hateful and over the top words, myself included. I will probably slip up every once in awhile and so will others but let us at least try.
    I hope you read this.

    Sincerely,
    A supporter of what you are trying to do.
    Anne Turner, Shepherdstown, WV

  • Anne Turner

    10/26/2018 02:19 PM

    Dear Mr. President,
    Respectfully, I offer suggested remarks that would increase you popularity and respect enormously, and would totally boggke tge mond of the left.
    My fellow Americans, I am the President of the entire Country, not just my supporters. Some of you don’t like that, and my family and I have been the subject of many hateful and untrue remarks. Most of the media has been against me from the start and many have slanted their news negatively day after day. That, despite my administration and Congress accomplishing a number of objectives that are very good for the country and the majority of its citizens. We must confront any number of complex domestic and foreign issues. I want you to know that I am sincerely trying to get the best minds involved to help us positively impact these situations, with as few unintended consequences as possible. Our rhetoric on both sides has become totally out of hand. As your President it is incumbent upon me to take the ,readership role in changing this dynamic. Therefore, I pledge to you, the American people to tone down my remarks against my apponents and the media. I will still call out the untrue and misleading remarks and writing but will do so without using insulting name calling or or other mean comments. I hope that those who seem tonever to try to see the good side of anything my family or I try to, and who refer to me as a Hitler, a Nazi and a hateful racist will confine their criticism to actual statements or well thought out opinios. I will probably be accused of trying to take away free speech. I assure you that is not my intend. I am merely trying to help make this a more civil discourse. Let us all resolve to give our opinions freely but with a modicum of decency. Let us stop imputing the worst possible motives to each other while honestly feeling free to be critical. Many of us have very differing views on how we should move forward or how to handle situations. That is a good thing and what this unique country is all about. But an educated, intelligent population is capable of making these positions know without hateful and over the top words, myself included. I will probably slip up every once in awhile and so will others but let us at least try.
    I hope you read this.

    Sincerely,
    A supporter of what you are trying to do.
    Anne Turner, Shepherdstown, WV

  • Bryan Slabodnik

    10/26/2018 02:11 PM

    Hello Mike, Think about it? Who's the party of low down dirty tactics before elections? Umm??? What party commits assault, voter fraud, and vandalism? Since I've been paying attention to elections it's been mostly the left committing these many times, calculated attacks. We must consider that these package attacks could very well be perpetrated from someone on the left. What would they have to gain from this act? It may be too gain sympathy and possibly anger. These are emotions might get people out to vote. If someone had told me that the left power house was colluding with with the FBI, Russian's, and many others to try to make it appear that Our President, President Donald Trump, was colluding with Russia in order to rig his election, I would have said to them, "You are crazy!". If you would have told me, "The party that was for slavery would one day CLAIM to be an advocate for equality of all colors and nationalities I might have said you were crazy. If you had told me the political party that claims to be a strong advocate of women's rights would also be a big supporter of population control through abortion, aka., killing human babies, I would have a hard time believing it. If you said the political party that claims to be for freedom of speech tries to silence anyone that disagrees with there views through several different low down tactics, it would almost be unbelievable. Not only are all these things possible, but they are all TRUE. I would like to Welcome you to today's Democratic Party. WHAT A HUGE LET DOWN!!! I don't love everything about the Repulican party. But they look like Saints compared to the Democratic Party? The things that are happening now days seems like the Washington Democrat's have lost there minds and there core. Votes for the Democrat's, this election, is a vote for crazy government that wants to bring all American to our knees by destroying small business, destroying jobs, making the hard working people of this country have to pay the high Obama Care tax(premiums). And keeping the poor, Poor. With barely enough in food stamps to create contentment and no jobs for the ones that want to dig there way up. Then they will get you to vote for them by promising you more food stamps, free college and redistributing the wealth people work for. This election, show you love The America that the founders built, and vote for Republicans. SOME chance for the American Dream is better than no chance for the American Dream. USA, FOREVER The Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.

  • Tom Williams

    10/26/2018 01:03 PM

    Mr. Huckabee:

    There's no question that we are all responsible for our own actions. Yet also we are accountable for our speech as well. May I remind your readers of our Lord's solemn warning in Matthew 12:35-36, namely, that we will be called to account for "idle speech". Among the ten commandments is one frequently under-considered, namely, Thou shalt not bear false witness....

    Therefore we should be careful what we say: (1) Is it truthful?; (2) Is it helpful? That doesn't mean we should shy from difficult speech, Jesus never did.

    The tremendous passion we see in the current political environment suggests several things to me:
    1) Government may have become an idol: We expect too much of it, too much perfection, and too many benefits.
    2) Government may have become so important that it has too prominent a place in our lives.
    3) Government is not aligned with its most important God-given role, namely restraint of evil.

    A wise friend of mine once observed (He was studying politics): "The scripture says that man at his best is vanity. And I am afraid that politics is not man at his best".

    Thankfully a day is coming when God's Kingdom will come. I hope we are spending at least as much time spreading His kingdom as on political matters. "Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit". If you want to change the USA or the world for the better, keep telling them the good news about Christ.

  • Larry HADDEN

    10/26/2018 12:53 PM

    I'm also tempted to reach out in violence to all these hate-mongers, but I know that it's against my Christian upbringing. It brings to mind a superdefinitive verse from Eccl. 8:11--"Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil." Amen! Talk about prophecy being fulfulled in our day!!

  • Ronald Virgil Pittman

    10/26/2018 12:12 PM

    Framed in a word, are wrong doings, at current written law, agreed ? "Mischief framed in a law" say the King James Bible. the rock upon which the Republic rest. A. Jackson. President. A minorital sentiment, of True Patriots. Obviously private lending institutions hold personal Liberty, captive. as also the right to defend ? yes you will have your SSA at what cost ? as long as those who wish to give away another sovereigns right to life, this fight will continue till eternity end. AI will expose corruption through economic honesty defined. and will bite the hands that feeds it. no doubt. It will be as a Force recognised. then see who comes to worship. The hands of the mighty must come out to play. Is that not the cause of our Declaring our Independence from tyrannical oppression by a third hand ? Under who's doctrine might Liberty from oppression be declared, from a oppressive sec ? the stakes are Much Higher than political posturing. Sir. you speak well.

  • MRS BELLA SMITH

    10/26/2018 11:50 AM

    After experiencing 2 Wars in China as an Alien American Child, which I am currently penning, I dreamed of returning to the US, the one that I knew about from what Mother described (Father US Sailor killed in the PI). We returned on the USS Refuge and Sanctuary with the wounded who faced the enemy to "protect" our borders which the Dems are trying to destroy to gain a constituency although they have, in the past, said that illegal immigration was not feasible. I was born in the US, but the Immigration incarcerated us illegally (racial discrimination evident) until Mother, despite her papers, was able to contact her brother whereupon the Immigration released us. Despite this, I love my country.As a Volunteer (funding for orchestra solely) Conductor, I offer opportunities to Youth Virtuosi who perform with our orchestra who eventually win major scholarships because I firmly believe that Classical Music, despite the difficulty of raising funds to pay the musicians, develops the intellect and because I never had that opportunity as a child, much less what was vital to our survival during the war years. Because of that experience, I have total compassion for Veterans, and do support President Trump who will one day be remembered as one of the greatest presidents because of his total commitment to the Military and the American People. We are grateful to you as well, for being supportive of our president, Mr Huckabee. Thank you

  • Diana Cripps

    10/26/2018 11:39 AM

    You know I had this same talk with someone about this. Pres Trump she said to body slam a person . Not the greatest thing to say ,but that doesn't mean I should go out and do it ? Really ??? I told her Waters going around saying get in people faces but I won't do that either. Lets take some responsibility of our own. Saying something doesn't mean for you to do , common sense comes into play here. Even If Mrs .Pelosi (who gives a bad name to Catholics) with her pro choice values, were eating out and someone started to get in her face, I would tell them to stop! It's Not right, people have a right to eat in peace ! You will have to answer to God what you did not tell him, Debbie told me to do that.

  • Debbie Kraemer

    10/26/2018 11:35 AM

    The Democrats have been inciting people to “resist” since they lost the election. For two years they have done everything they can to get people to fight the current administration. Remember the baseball game, the protests in the streets, the harassment of Republicans in restaurants and other public places? That was all fine and they were not responsible for any of those incidents. But now that they are encountering some threats it’s all the Presidents fault. To quote a saying my grandma always used “I think the pot is calling the kettle black!”

  • David Ahlerich

    10/26/2018 11:20 AM

    Governor Huchabee, Sir it would not surprise me IF someone in the democratic party is putting some one up to all this just to make our President look like the culprit to get more votes for there side. Like the old saying goes, "something smells rotten in Denmark"

  • Patricia Hatch

    10/26/2018 11:04 AM

    I real enjoy hearing your comments on today’s explosive issues. Lol. Keep up the Good Work

  • Lucretia Vriesema

    10/26/2018 11:03 AM

    Dear Mike Thanks you for all you do keeping us informed.
    I could not agree more with McCarthy that this fake bombs scare is nothing but another tactic of the left to make it look like the right is responsible in other words the left is sending bombs that do not detonate to themselves in order to point the finger at our president Trump
    We always wondered how low the left will go well there is no limit right now they are digging a hole for themselves and are about to get buried. Timing and distraction from Caravan is way too suspicious. when the caravan comes near the left can attack Trump again for being a bully and inhumane. Vote Red!!!!!!!
    Lucretia Vriesema

  • Stephen Russell

    10/26/2018 10:48 AM

    Bomber suspect source:
    Radical Leftists.
    Mad ProTrumper/s?? media abuse etc.
    ISIS
    Terrorists.
    Miscl.
    Angry at DNC for inaction or games?? Fellow Dem?
    Notice timing of bombs all delievery this week.
    & during caravan trip north?
    Achieve for what??
    No connection.
    Dems Lose again

    Oh Yes Schiff & Sherman got booed at CA debate this week.

  • Lynn Hoyt

    10/26/2018 10:45 AM

    I have been watching all the takes on these so called bombs. And have formed my own opinion. I don't believe they were ever meant to explode. I think they were meant to swing votes to those poor democrats who were on a hit list. But it sure doesn't seem to be working.

  • Sega

    10/26/2018 10:38 AM

    They weren't real bombs, there were no explosive materials inside the pipes. The oversized times had no alarms to trigger anything. The postage was not stamped by the Post Office. It's all a False Flag to distract from the invasion!!

  • James Eastman

    10/26/2018 10:27 AM

    There should be a movement to stop referring to Democrats as democratic. It’s their way of portraying all others as undemocratic.