Before RFK Jr. blames right-wing for murder, he should apologize for his own life-endangering rhetoric 

You knew this was coming. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is a treasure trove of inanity, whether he's shilling for brutal dictators like Hugo Chavez, blaming Reagan for 9/11, or wrongly arguing childhood vaccines are responsible for autism even as whooping cough, measles, mumps and other preventable and deadly childhood afflictions come roaring back. (The scientific evidence behind RFK Jr.'s concerns about vaccination was just revealed to be a total fraud, for what that's worth.)

So here he is weighing in with a manipulative and spectactularly disingenuous Huffington Post bleating about how the right-wing is responsible for the death of JFK just like they were responsible for the shooting in Arizona over the weekend. It's pure chutzpah -- exploiting two terrible tradgedies for political gain at the same time. Anyway, here's a taste:

The Dallas, Texas, airwaves were particularly radioactive; preachers and political leaders and local businessmen spewed extremist vitriol on the city's radio and TV stations, inflaming the passions of the city's legions of unhinged fanatics. There was something about the city -- a rage or craziness, that, whether sensible or not, seemed to have set the stage for Jack's murder. The Voice of America, half an hour after the assassination, described Dallas as "the center of extreme right wing."

[SNIP]

Jack's death forced a national bout of self-examination. In 1964, Americans repudiated the forces of right-wing hatred and violence with an historic landslide in the presidential election between LBJ and Goldwater. For a while, the advocates of right-wing extremism receded from the public forum. Now they have returned with a vengeance -- to the broadcast media and to prominent positions in the political landscape.

Gabrielle Giffords lies in a hospital room fighting for her life, and a precious nine-year-old girl is dead along with five others. Let's pray for them and for our country and hope this tragedy prompts another round of examination of conscience.

So apparently we're just going to gloss over the fact that Lee Harvey Oswald was defector to the Soviet Union and had nothing even remotely to do with the supposed right-wing crazies in Dallas. Nor does RFK Jr. seem particularly aware that if Jared Lee Loughner had any discernible political ideology (and I'm not sure he does) the evidence suggests that he tilts to the left. 

In the meantime, when will RFK Jr. apologize for his vaccination rhetoric? Unlike our ridiculous debate over Sarah Palin and the DNC putting targets on an electoral map, RFK Jr.'s crusading against vaccination is a clear example of where a politicians words may have actually put lives in danger.

 

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