Planned Parenthood, bombs and conservative rage

It’s impossible to say for certain, but it’s a pretty safe bet that the mad man or woman who fire bombed a Wisconsin Planned Parenthood yesterday had a right wing agenda, just as it’s safe to assume that the unidentified person who fire bombed Texas Democratic State Senator Wendy Davis’ last month had animus toward liberal lawmakers. And, yes, one can basically conclude that whomever bombed a Planned Parenthood in the Lone Star State last year had a similar mission. Yes, right wingers have a tendency for violence, as seen in the extraordinary rise of militia movements since President Obama’s election.

It’s this fact that led many to believe that mentally ill Jared Loughner shot Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords for political reasons, an idea that can no doubt trace itself all the way back to Civil Rights-era lynchings and the more recent 2009 murder of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller.

It’s not, of course, that conservatives are more violent people. Not that I know of, at least, but the fact that Republicans and their ideological allies so willingly turn a blind eye to hate speech and encourage discrimination, as they do so often and loudly when it comes to gays or Muslims and even, all these years later, black people.

So far, the only presidential candidate to come out against the attack is Rick Santorum, who told TPM today, “Violence is never the answer. While we can and should work to defund Planned Parenthood and push back against government mandates that force Americans and religious institution to violate their faith, violence against our fellow citizens has no place in a freedom-loving America.” This is the first good thing Santorum, perhaps one of the most hateful and bigoted Republicans in recent memory, has done on the campaign trail so far.

I only hope that his electoral rivals join him in admonishing the attacker or attackers, and that he and other Republicans finally use their stump to preach non-violent resistance, rather than tacitly fueling the fire that encourages such incidents.