Despite the call of “civility” from President Obama in the wake of the Arizona shootings, there has been no civility to be found. President Obama’s call for civility was political and, since, then no member of the mainstream media has stepped forward to retract the rash, false, and hateful statements made against the Tea Party Movement in wake of the shootings.
Tea Partiers are still waiting for the apology. Given the poor “civility” track record of Obama & Co., they will be waiting a long, long time. Hell would have to freeze over and then heat up and then freeze over again.
Obama’s new centrist mask, soon to make an appearance at the State of the Union on Tuesday night as part of his reformulated Clintonian presidential strategy for 2012 (minus Lewinsky), won’t change that.
Progressives in the United States have an abysmal record on civility. This week, columnist Charles Krauthammer correctly called out the liberal appeal for civility as “bogus” and referenced as proof the era of left-wing civility during the presidency of George Bush. The same George Bush who was routinely vilified by the left as Hitler. The same George Bush who was the subject of New Republic editor Jonathan Chalt’s article, “Why I Hate George Bush.”
During his term, President Bush was routinely burned and hung in effigy by left-wing fanatics. The film, “Death of a President” (and Toronto Film Fest winner) imagines his assassination. Imagine what would happen today if a similar film had been made about President Obama. Would the left also call it hate?
Krauthammer also references the remarks of Howard Dean, the former head of the Democrat National Committee, who once said, “I hate Republicans and everything they stand for.”
Yes, the left are definitely experts in hate speech rhetoric. But civility experts? That, they are not.
This legacy of hate should not come as any surprise. The foundation of modern progressivism is built on violent, anti-American 1960s radicalism e.g. Abbie Hoffman and the Chicago 7, Bill Ayers and Weathermen terrorism, Hanoi Jane-style traitors, and Black Panthers calling for its members to “Off the Pigs.”
That same proud legacy continued this week when Rep. Steven Cohen compared Republican opponents of Obamacare to Joseph Goebbels and the Nazis:
They say it’s a government takeover of health care, a big lie just like Goebbels. You say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, and eventually, people believe it. Like blood libel. That’s the same kind of thing…The Germans said enough about the Jews and people believed it — believed it and you have the Holocaust. We heard on this floor, government takeover of health care.
Nazis again, eh? Perhaps the constant liberal references to Nazis are symptoms of a troubled state of mind. In psychological terms, “projection” is a defense mechanism that involves taking your own unacceptable qualities and ascribing them to other people. When the political left makes these hate-filled comparisons, perhaps they are just “projecting.”
But Rep. Cohen wasn’t alone in his hateful rhetoric. Few in the mainstream media have linked Sen. Dick Durbin’s anti-tea party, anti-Palin rhetoric to the violent acts of liberal activist James Eric Fuller, who was arrested for making a death threat against Tucson Tea Party leader, Trent Humphries last week. Fuller told the Post about his wish to make an “ear necklace” from the cut-off ears of Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman, and Dick Cheney. Death threats against former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin have also escalated. Unless I’m mistaken, that doesn’t sound like civility. But maybe that is the liberal brand.
Or maybe it is just a failure to communicate. Perhaps we just need to listen to each other and speak each other’s language. Maybe when liberals talk about civility, perhaps what they really mean is hate
Conservative satirist and commentator William J. Kelly and Laura Kelly edit and manage the Tea Party Reports for the Washington Times Communities. Kelly also pens Bill Kelly’s Truth Squad and is a contributor to Breitbart.com. He is a native from Chicago’s Southside. Email questions to him at email@example.com.
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