I live in the land of stereotypes.

What do I mean by this? Well, when we first told friends we were moving to north Idaho, some were genuinely puzzled. “Why do you want to move to where there are white supremacists?” one asked.

There are approximately a million and a half people who live in Idaho. One jerk attempted to start an Aryan Nation compound near Coeur d’Alene in the early ’80s and after many years recruited as many as 300 followers – and a huge number who opposed him (the movement eventually died off, both literally and figuratively). Now all 1,500,000 residents of the entire state are automatically branded as white supremacists simply for living in Idaho.

See the logic here? Thanks to the media’s constant panting for shocking news (and their own political agenda), one bad apple has spoiled the entire barrel.

Now we have a mentally ill man gunning down late-term abortionist George Tiller in cold blood. Thanks to the media’s constant panting for shocking news (and their own political agenda), now all conservatives who oppose abortion are locked, loaded and ready to open fire. Terrific.

The right-hand segment of this country believes we are heading in a profoundly leftist and terrible direction. But what is the best method to reverse course and revert to the ideals of our Founding Fathers? Is it to gun down abortion doctors? Is it to blow up federal buildings in the Midwest?

Of course not. No sane person believes these tactics to be effective. Only the unstable think this kind of violence is the best means to achieve an end.

This type of carnage – gunning down abortionists – is deeply counterproductive because it labels us. Consider the remarks of NOW president Kim Gandy: “Bringing the killers to justice is not enough – the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security must root out and prosecute as domestic terrorists and violent racketeers the criminal enterprise that has organized and funded criminal acts for decades. … We call on the new attorney general, Eric Holder, and head of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to treat these murders in the same way they would treat politically motivated domestic terrorism of any other kind and put the full resources of their two departments behind that effort.” [Emphasis added.]

You see, any excuse – any excuse at all – will tip the liberal government over the edge into active persecution of those who hold conservative beliefs – even if those individuals have never promoted or condoned violence. We are all labeled identically. We are all bad apples in the eyes of the left.

Conservatives are surrounded by what we see as overwhelming evil. Can anyone claim that abortionist George Tiller’s job was good and pure and enlightened and noble? No normal person can. David Kupelian wrote, “The people you’re opposing are not the enemy – they are fellow Americans. But they’re not ‘connected up’ to the same conscience, the same common sense, the same normal sensibilities that you are. Whatever strange influences have shaped their lives and twisted their thinking, at this moment they: 1) think wrong is right and right is wrong, 2) are intent on imposing their destructive agenda on America, and 3) regard you as potentially dangerous.” [Emphasis added.]

He further writes, “Understand that the government is serious about ‘right-wingers’ being a threat.” The left-controlled government wants us to go nuts because “it would justify their crackdown on conservative groups across the board – Christian, patriotic, gun-rights, pro-life, sovereignty and so on.”

It’s not that one bad apple spoils the whole barrel. It’s that one bad apple gives the government the excuse to brand every apple on every tree and in every grocery store and in everyone’s kitchen fruit bowl as a bad apple. In other words, in the government’s eyes one bad apple means it can claim every apple is bad.

Follow me? One mentally ill anti-abortion extremist guns down a doctor and suddenly ALL people who oppose abortions are getting ready to open fire. One white supremacist settles in north Idaho and attempts to recruit followers and suddenly everyone who lives in Idaho is a white supremacist.

Um, it doesn’t work that way … except that stereotypes are so handy when it comes to passing laws.

Conservatives are walking a fine line. We need to maintain our gun rights, our justified anger, our vigilance. But we can’t lose it, folks. We can’t abandon legal and legitimate avenues of change in favor of gunning down abortion doctors or blowing up government buildings. That does nothing but make people furious – with good reason.

And therein lies the danger. To quote Kupelian still further: “If you think Obama has moved quickly since Inauguration Day to implement his European-socialist agenda for America, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. If angry, would-be ‘patriots’ engage in violence against the U.S. government such as occurred in Oklahoma City, the changes will make your head spin, as government suppresses freedom of speech, of the press, of the right to keep and bear arms, of the right to assemble, and more, all ‘for the protection of the people and the state.'”

Just like in Hitler’s Germany.

What all this means (pay attention now) is the left is looking for an excuse – any excuse at all – to paint us all with the same broad and unjust brush as a handy means to get rid of us. By “rid,” I don’t mean they’ll round us up in concentration camps and gas us (at least, I hope not). By “rid,” I mean they will curtail American freedoms and limit our liberties to the point where we become Stepford citizens, drones for the state.

I am no more a white supremacist for living in north Idaho than you are a rapist for being male. Scott Roeder’s tactics don’t represent those who oppose abortion any more than the Earth Liberation Front’s violence represents the average Obama supporter.

Bad apples are just that: Bad. But apples in general are delicious, healthy and nutritious.

Keep that in mind.

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