Gabrielle Giffords, Larry McDonald, Sarah Palin—And The Profound Instability Of American Politics

The
Main Stream Media feeding frenzy around the



shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords
,
so



extreme

that
it even attracted the



ridicule

of Slate`s
liberal press critic
Jack Shaferwho had also earlier been commendably



sensible

about calls to suppress (conservative) rhetoric—seems
now to be dying down. 

This
means


VDARE.com

finally be able to post



Steve Sailer
`s
latest on the



Sailer Strategy

this Sunday. (I wasn`t going to throw it away). But it
also means that, incredibly, this whole news cycle has
gone by without any substantive attention to the
obviously parallel case of Congressman



 Larry McDonald
.


Who now remembers McDonald? Not
Washington Post smart alec


Ezra
Klein
,
who



blogged

on Jan 9: “The
last congressman killed while doing his job was Rep. Leo
Ryan, who was slain in


Jonestown

in
1978″
. 

A
reader commented



timorously
:
“Not that I was
his biggest fan, but perhaps we should include Larry
McDonald”
. Klein, however, did not feel obliged to
correct his mistake, and Google reveals no other recent
discussion of the Georgia Democrat who died when a
Soviet interceptor shot down



Korean Air Lines Flight 007

in
1983.

The
plain and shocking truth:



Larry McDonald

has gone down the



memory hole
.
The reason, as Klein`s reader intuited, is all too
clear. McDonald
(“the most principled man in Congress”
—Rep.


Ron
Paul
,
quoted on Wikipedia, 1-13-10) was a very conservative
Democrat, the president of the


John
Birch Society
,
a fierce anti-Communist and such a rising star on the
Right that, ore than twenty years later, conservative
movement icon Reed Irvine of
Accuracy In Media was still



demanding

answers to



rumors

that McDonald had been the target of the attack, had
survived and was imprisoned in the



Lubyanka.


McDonald`s fate was by any measure a more sensational
story than that of Giffords (who also, of course, has
mercifully survived).

But
it simply did not fit in with the



liberal agenda

in 1983, when the Cold War was in its final convulsions
and the



Soviets had launched a desperate nuclear disarmament
offensive
,
mysteriously abetted (in a way that I believe still
deserves the attention of historians) by MSM artifacts
like the



novel
Warday

and
the



defeatist


television movie The Day After,
which the

ABC network


crassly broadcast only weeks after McDonald`s death.

The McDonald story faded, or was
faded, much faster than the Giffords story. (I was
there—I remember). And, manifestly, it has left no trace
in popular culture or whatever it is that informs the
worldview of the Ezra Kleins.


In contrast, the Giffords story did fit right into the



liberal agenda

of 2011. At the center of that agenda:



repression
.
That is why, as I



predicted

after the last Presidential election, one of the first
things the Obama Administration did was to


ram
through

the
Hate
Crime

bill, even though Attorney General Eric Holder
unguardedly



admitted

it unequally (and arguably



unconstitutionally
)
did not protect whites, or Christians, and even though
it was obvious that the legislation would be



interpreted as restricting speech
.


Why repression? The reason is equally plain: American
politics now is  profoundly
unstable. In effect, the Obama Administration is (to put
it brutally) a



Minority Occupation Government
.
At all costs, the Left must keep the historic American
nation from



uniting
—which
it nevertheless began to do (no thanks to the GOP
leadership
) in the


2010
election
.
This comes naturally, because the Politically Incorrect
fact is that neither the Left`s



black
,



Hispanic

or



Jewish

components have any real
tradition of free speech. The
question is whether they can cow the historic American
nation into accepting its subjugation.

And
this is the true significance of



Sarah Palin
.
Here at VDARE.COM, we have been



mildly skeptical

of Palin because she shows essentially no



awareness of

the immigration issue. But she does have courage. With
her “blood libel”



posting
,
she threw the political class back on the defensive,
and chose a phrase that was exquisitely calculated to focus
attention on her text. (Our frenemy



Larry Auster

has



posted

the definitive defense of her language, citing examples
of its use in




Commentary

magazine
.)



“We
love him for the enemies he has made”
,

said
Grover Cleveland`s nominator at the Democratic
convention in 1884.

Sarah Palin is making the right
enemies.


Peter Brimelow
(email him) is editor of


VDARE.COM
and author of the much-denounced
 Alien Nation: Common Sense About America`s Immigration Disaster,

(Random House –
1995) and


The Worm in the Apple
(HarperCollins – 2003)