Friday, January 21, 2011

Rhetoric redux

Look, we all know that the political liberals' call for civil discourse in light of the Tucson, AZ shootings is little more than...well....empty rhetoric.

But since the Obama administration set the standard of never wasting a good crisis, why not use the assassination attempt on a Democrat politician as a cudgel to silence your political opposition? Never mind there is ZERO evidence that anything Tea Party politicians and their supporters said actually incited the gunman. As long as the left has willing accomplices in the mainstream media, the Goebbels-esque method of telling a lie enough times to where others actually believe it may indeed serve the purpose of invalidating a political philosophy they hate.

Yes, I'm well aware that the reference to Nazi Joseph Goebbels is probably over the top, especially when we're supposed to embrace this new era of civility.

But as Charles Krauthammer notes, this supposed plea for a new tone is an argument littered with double standards.

It's a continuation, what we heard from Cohen and Jackson Lee is a continuation of the liberal hypocrisy on this.

The worst in uncivil discourse that we have had in the last decade occurred in the Bush years when the President was vilified, attacked, he was demonized, compared to Nazis. He was called Hitler. There was an article in the New Republic, a leading liberal magazine, which began, it was by an editor, "I hate George Bush. There I've said it" closed quote.

Lest we forget, about four years ago there was an actual film depicting the assassination of a President. But not just any President, mind you. Rather a kook fringe liberal fantasy fictitious account of killing the sitting Commander in Chief, George W. Bush.

And shortly after the Iraq war began in early 2003, anti war protesters on a regular basis marched down streets all across this country displaying some of the most vile caricatures of those associated with the Bush administration.

Naturally one would have an inclination to write off those aforementioned examples as extremism and thus not indicative of Democrat party leadership. Except I don't recall any outrage from those who are now pleading for civility when 4-5 years ago some incendiary statements were made by a certain high profile Democrat.

Such as....

I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for...

Or how about flippantly accusing political opponents of racism? Has that ever been considered proper discourse?

"You think the Republican National Committee could get this many people of color in a single room? Only if they had hotel staff in here."

Yes, those statement were made by one Howard Dean, who was Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Again, I don't recall any Democrats or mainstream media members distancing themselves from such talk. As such, they shouldn't be taken aback when their current cries for civility are brushed aside.


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