As noted in the latest published book written by Bill Bennett, "A Century Turns", then President Bill Clinton said after the Oklahoma City bombing tragedy:
"We hear so many loud and angry voices in America today whose sole goal seems to be to try to keep some people as paranoid as possible and the rest of us torn up and upset wit each other...They spread hate. They leave the impression that, by their very words, that violence is acceptable...I'm sure you are now seeing the reports of some things that are regularly said over the airwaves in America today. Well, people like that who want to share our freedoms must know that their bitter words can have consequences, and that freedom has endured in this country fro more than two centuries because it was coupled with an enormous sense of responsibility."
Clinton, of course, conveniently omitted that one of the reasons given by the men responsible for this act of domestic terror was the handling of recent events by his own administration - the burning of the compound at Waco and the Ruby Ridge incident. Yes, the men were angry over actions taken by the government, but they were a group of less than a handful of men. This hardly indites the conservative population who strive for smaller government control of the lives of ordinary Americans.
Where was all of this righteous lecturing about the 'tone' and potential for violent reactions when the left carried out anti-war marches and protests against George W. Bush? Where was the calling for civility and calm during the last administration when a movie was made that directly shows Bush being assassinated? What about the concern over signs at protests and marches showing Bush as Hitler, as a war criminal, as a torturer and murderer? What about his death threats and violent acts towards those in support of him? What about when a group of protesters purchased a piece of property next to the president's Crawford ranch? Silence from the likes of Bill Clinton, now so concerned about protesters.
It is also interesting to read this bit of history and find the word "bitter" within the remarks. You will remember candidate Barack Obama used that term as he described potential voters in western Pennsylvania who were not shown by polls to be likely voters of his in his bid for the presidency.
So, it is quite ironic that during a speech commemorating the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing at the Center for American Progress - a liberal think tank created by John Podesta, former Clinton chief of staff with the help of Hillary Clinton and the money of George Soros - that Bill Clinton continues with the story line that it is conservatives promoting violent action and racist acts in this country. No such thing has been found to be true from the Tea Party events but that is the re-writing of history that Clinton promotes.
As a matter of fact, recent studies and polls have concluded that not only is the Tea Party movement growing - some show up to 24% of those polled consider themselves members - and t the stereotype fed by the traditional media and liberal cable networks is simply wrong. Tea Party participants are shown to be older, wealthier, more educated and politically engaged than the typical American. This is unnerving for the current administration.
And, these conclusions are exactly why the president chooses to mock and bully the opposition with the help of a former president married to a member of the current administration leadership. These Tea Party members vote. Their voices will be heard in November.