October 25, 2005

Al Franken Is Becoming More Deranged

Brian Maloney of the Radio Equalizer has a transcript of Al Franken's segment on the David Letterman Show. On the show, Al Franken jokes about executing President Bush for treason. (See the Political Teen for video). I didn't find the jokes to be very funny, although, I admittedly am a supporter of the President. It is somewhat disturbing that Al Franken and the Democrats think the execution of the President would be funny.
Michelle Malkin discusses Al Franken's latest promotional video for his new book. In the video, Al Franken "kicks a man potraying a conservative reader in the groin, smashes a stool over his back, and grins as another man playing one of Franken's fans cracks a bottle over the conservative's head." Michelle further comments: "The real joke is that Franken's staged assault inadvertently exposes and underscores the truth about the Bush-deranged Left. Over the past few years, we've seen frightfully Franken-esque intolerance, violence, and hatred spread from the moonbat fringes to the liberal mainstream to the top echelons of the Democrat party."

My question is this: when exactly did it become acceptable to villify your political opponents to such an extent that you are actively joking about their imminent execution? I know that political discourse in the U.S. has become increasingly hostile and passionate lately. However, this just seems to be a bit too extreme.

There are many individuals in the Democratic Party that I do not like - for example, Howard Dean, Ted Kennedy, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Nancy Pelosi, etc. However, I have never - nor will I ever - advocate or joke about the necessity of their execution.

The following is a round-up of some other commentary on Al Franken's latest antics from my fellow Republican bloggers:

Moonbat Monitor remarks: "In the video, Franken "jokingly" kicks a conservative, smashes a chair on his back, and then the man is "jokingly" struck in the back of the head with a bottle, while "jokingly" attempting to whore his new book. All this anger and violence coming from the guy that "jokingly" stated that Libby and Rove will be executed. Folks, this guy has completely lost it. Stuart Smalley needs to find a shrink. Does anyone think for a second that if Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly or Ann Coulter pulled a stunt like either of these that the MSM would cut them any slack at all?"

A Little More To the Right comments: "All this type of behavior does is (a) feed the group of fringe left-wing lunatics who already think this way, and (b) ensure a victory for a Republican President in 2008."

From News Busters: Hmmm ... Violence against those with whom you disagree?Question: Would a Sean Hannity or Bill O'Reilly ever get away with a publicity video like this without an "outrage" in the liberal media? (Not that they would ever produce anything similar to this, but to pose the question ...)News about this violent skit comes on the heels of this Newsbusters post by Brent Baker which reported that Franken joked on the Late Show With David Letterman about the execution for treason of Rove, Libby, and President Bush.Is a theme of violence emerging in Franken's work?

From Don Surber: "Oh that Franken. I remember when he was funny. But then again, I am an old man. A very old man."
From Jewpublican: I am not sure there is any other explanation. The compassionate member of the left is calling for the execution of people that have not even been charged with a crime? Sure there is something to it if Karl and Scooter are guilty, but saying that the President should be executed for Treason is asinine. He tried to parse his words so carefully that he could be be accused of threatening the president but he did manage to come off no more sane than Cindy Sheehan? What little credibility he had has flown out the window.

From Political Teen: "Look, I don’t think Al Franken was being totally serious, however I don’t think he was joking. From what has spewed out from his mouth in the last few years, none of it disproves what he said on Letterman last Thursday. There is something that disgusts me more than Franken’s comments and that is the hypocrisy from the left. Do they not remember the fit they threw when Bill Bennett made the “aborting the black fetus’” comment? It wasn’t even his opinion, but a quotation from the book, Freakanomics. At least Bennett has a record that shows he is not a racist, but the complete opposite."
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