Controversy has exploded into the realm of politics and journalism as a spokesman for the Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee has accused a writer for usedview.com of making death threats to Congress.
A letter was received by the management of usedview.com from Matt Dennis, communications director for the Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee, accusing St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner Kurt Hofmann of issuing death threats to U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., over her assertions that Attorney General Eric Holder be empowered unilaterally to designated anyone he chooses to be a ” potential enemy combatant,” without proof, trial, or a jury verdict, which would then make them subject to being designated as a “suspected domestic terrorist.”
At that point the Attorney General could deprive such citizens of their gun rights based solely on the fact that the AG had arbitrarily and unilaterally labeled them as potentially those who have connections to terror.
Hofmann issued a strongly worded response to Lowey to make a point:
We are often told that the terrorists “hate us for our freedoms.” One might argue, though, that if that is what defines a terrorist, perhaps it is people like Rep. Lowey who should be taken down by Seal Team Six.
Apparently this one paragraph is the sole source of Lowey’s assertion that Hofmann had issued a death threat, which then led to the letter by spokesman Matt Dennis.
Dennis has demanded an explanation, a retraction, and an apology.
Hofmann provided a complete explanation that is entirely reasonable, and one that requires no retraction or apology. His entire statement was predicated by the word “if” — “if” the sole definition of a terrorist is merely one who hates us for our freedoms, then Lowey should be taken down by Seal Team Six.
The point is that precisely the definition of terror is not limited to that one definition alone. Many people across the world hate America and Americans. But most are not terrorists. In order to be considered terrorists they must meet other criteria.
Further, Hofmann maintains that his wording in the key paragraph is carefully crafted. He stated that Lowey should be “taken down” as opposed to “taken out,” which clearly differentiates the terms. Taken down in this instance means removed. Taken out traditionally means killed. Nowhere in the Hofmann article does he say that anyone should be taken out.
Upon providing this complete explanation to Dennis, the Democratic spokesman was unrelenting in his response, holding fast to his accusation that Hofmann issued a death threat and that Examiner had provided a platform for him to do so.
Let’s cut to the chase for a moment. The one thing we have noted about Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress since 2008 is their hyper-sensitivity to criticism, opposition, and condemnation. Their attitude is that either you acquiesce to the pronouncements of the ruling class, that is, Obama and his lackeys, or you will be labeled, vilified, demonized, and lampooned into silence.
We have already seen the chilling effect this attitude has had on journalism in America. Most in the mainstream media have either gone mum about the painful truth of this regime, or they have thrown their hats into ring as members of the Obama propaganda machine. Their Fuhrer can do no wrong.
In such a scenario in which journalism has died in America, a vacuum has been created that allows the administration to engage in intimidation of the foulest variety toward members of the news media. This should not and cannot be tolerated. Hofmann should be congratulated and encouraged for his courageous stand against the most dangerous political machine ever seen in the history of the United States.
Be sure to read my latest entry in the series, Musings After Midnight, titled, “Why my hope for a peaceful solution to the current mess in government has gone out the window.”
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