If you were watching TV, listening to the radio, or reading the news today, you couldn’t have helped but hear about the recent remarks of the always tactful tele-evangelist Pat Robertson regarding Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. He opined in essence that the only good Hugh Chavez is a dead Hugo Chavez. Hugo, of-course, is no fan of his northern neighbor, the United States. Here from USA Today is just a little of what he’s been getting up to:
In Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez, flush with record oil revenue, is sending subsidized oil shipments to Cuba’s Fidel Castro and increasing military spending. Earlier this month, Venezuela announced a purchase of long-range surveillance radars from China. The U.S. has accused Chavez of funneling arms to leftist rebels in neighboring Colombia, which he denies.
You might, if you were being generous, equate Pat Robertson’s remarks with that old parlor game conundrum: If you could go back in time, and assassinate Adolf Hitler before he started WWII, would you do it? And would it be right?
No one, however, is being generous with Pat. As the always tactful New York Times reports: Robertson Is Pilloried for Assassination Call. CNN has given the “call” and the reaction to it ’round-the-clock coverage, including covering the response of the Venezuelan ambassador to the U.S. live.
So … just asking. Have you heard about Kill Bush .net?
Do you remember when the UK’s Guardian newspaper pleaded for President Bush’s assassination?
Do you recall Checkpoint: A Novel, released during last year’s election campaign, in which two characters discuss various means of killing George W. Bush?
Maybe you remember the play (performed in New York city while the Republican National Convention was in town) called “I’m Going To Kill The President.” Salon called it “one of the most amusing plays currently running in New York.”
One thing I can tell you: If you remember all these things, it is because you read about them in what is known as the “conservative blogosphere.” You sure didn’t hear about them on the “Today” show, and you didn’t get blow-by-blow and breathless accounts on CNN.
And that’s to be expected. Here were examples, merely, of people discussing and/or advocating the killing of U.S. President George W. Bush. Nothing to get excited about. Not like someone contemplating the killing of the psycho neo-commie Hugo Chavez.
(Hey, I just coined that: “neo-commie.” Think it might catch on? Things sound so much nastier when you put “neo” in front of them.)