Thursday, August 04, 2011

Why I Don't Mind Being Called A 'Terrorist'

In the wake of the debt ceiling debate, the Angry Left has gone overboard on a common theme, reproduced on many of the usual outlets.

The New Tone is that the Tea Party and the Republicans are racists, terrorists, hostage takers. and baby killers who are attempting to destroy the country.No less a White House flack than The New York Times Tom Friedman compared the Tea Party to Hezbollah and referred to them as suicide bombers, and Frank Rich's replacement at Pravda-on-the-Hudson Joe Nocera went even farther, referring to Republicans as jihadists and terrorists 'who can put away their suicide vests now', unintentionally comical in a paper that won't even use those terms about actual Islamist terrorists. And of course the Soros outlets and the members of JournoList scattered in various media gigs mostly went berserk as well.

The former Speaker of the House and present Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi accused Republicans of 'trying to end life on this planet as we know it' and the vice president at the very least voiced agreement when angry Democrats used the terrorist meme behind closed doors.

Even though the White House ultimately called the language 'inappropriate', it was after the avalanche had already been unleashed. And don't think it wasn't coordinated in advance via the White House. It almost always is.

Jonah Goldberg had a decent rant on the subject, pointing out the hypocrisy of this version of the Two Minute Hate being unleashed on the day of shooting victim Rep.Gabby Giffords’ return to the House:

The Giffords shooting sent the media elite in this country into a bout of St. Vitus’s dance that would have warranted an army of exorcists in previous ages. Sarah Palin’s Facebook map was an evil totem that forced some guy to go on a shooting spree. The New York Times, the Washington Post, all three broadcast networks — particularly NBC whose senior foreign-affairs correspondent, Andrea Mitchell, devotes, by my rough reckoning, ten times as much air time to whining about Sarah Palin as she does about anything having to do with foreign affairs — flooded the zone with “Have you no shame” finger wagging. A memo went forth demanding that everyone at MSNBC get their dresses over their heads about the evil “tone” from the right. Media Matters went into overdrive working the interns 24/7 to “prove” that Republicans deliberately foment violence with their evil targets on their evil congressional maps.

Everyone “knew” the shooter was a tea partier. Except he wasn’t. He wasn’t even a conservative. He was a sick, demented, nutball. And it still didn’t matter! More bleating and caterwauling about the “tone” followed. More chin stroking and tut-tutting from Meet the Press roundtables and “very special segments” on the Today Show. More pizzas were ordered for the Media Matters galley slaves.

While I appreciate the sentiment, unlike Jonah Goldberg and others, I'm not the least upset about this. For one thing, it's not like the Left cared a whit about Rep.Gabby Giffords except as a club to beat Sarah Palin and others of their political targets with. Just a few days before she was shot, Rep. Giffords caught hell from some of these same people for being one of a handful of Democrats who participated with Republicans in the reading of the Constitution that took place on the House floor.

And as Sarah Palin presciently remarked, if the Tea Party actually were terrorists, President Obama and his minions would undoubtedly want to pal around with them. A bit over the top, but not untrue in its essence. All anyone needs to do to confirm that is to look at the president's relationship with people like Bill Ayres and others like him and do a little research on Attorney General Eric Holder's shilling for the FALN terrorists. The same thing applies to racists, when you look at people like Jeremiah Wright, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Rashid Khalidi, Khalid al-Mansour, the NAACP and statements by some of the members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

It is what it is, and there's no reason to be surprised about it. And the more the Angry Left rants, the more they reveal how utterly indecent they truly are, and that to them, this is not about political discourse or even the good of the country, but about a take-no-prisoners war.

It serves notice that they are not to be considered seriously, trusted, appealed to or conciliated in any way, but merely defeated.

And I see that kind of clarity as helpful.

please helps me write more gooder!

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