SCOTTSDALE, Az., October 11, 2013 — The fight over the Affordable Care Act ― Obamacare ― has descended into ugliness. The rhetoric being used by President Obama and many of his supporters to defend the law has grown increasingly violent and inflammatory.
The law is unpopular with a majority of voters for a variety of reasons. Many liberals favor Obamacare. Many conservatives are against it, preferring market-based solutions to a top-down government approach. That policy disagreement merits serious discussion.
Unfortunately, the left decided to make this fight personal. Gutter rhetoric replaced reasonable conversation.
Conservatives and Tea Party supporters opposing the law have been called racists and bigots, attacks meant to intimidate conservatives and silence their right to free speech.
Now Obama is calling Republicans “hostage takers” who have placed a “gun to his head.” Other analogies include a “knife to his throat” by Republican “suicide bombers,” “Jihadists,” “terrorists” and other language normally reserved for people who fly planes into towers.
This rhetoric is poisonous. When conservatives point out the destructive corrosive effects of such verbiage, the typical liberal response is to accuse conservatives of whining. The issue is not that conservatives cannot handle such attacks. It is that nobody in a decent civilized society should have to.
The myth is that “both sides do it.” Despite right-wing statistical aberrations, most American violence, physical and verbal, emanates from the left. The very leftists calling for civility are the ones spreading the most hate.
You could comb days of Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly speeches, and never find a call to violence or expresson of personal hatred. Finding leftist hatred takes seconds. Look up Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, Ed Schultz, Joan Walsh, E.J. Dionne and Paul Krugman.
Private citizens on both sides have been known to let the hyperbole train careen off the track. Internet message boards are filled with anonymous commenters hiding behind fake screen names hurling invective. Real harm comes when members of our government resort to verbal bomb-throwing. Leaders set the example for society, and in America the hostile dialogue is coming only from liberals. Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz use violent rhetoric; Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and Eric Cantor do not.
Liberals claim moral equivalence to stifle truthful analysis. It promotes laziness. Verbally and physically violent conflict is owned by the left, rendering conservatives virtually blameless.
The left wants, needs, loves, and exacerbates violent conflict. The question is, why?
Because it works for them.
Conservatives generally want policy discussions because we disagree with liberals. Liberals need gutter politics because they despise conservatives personally.
Conservatives want impersonal politics for a calculating reason. Conservatives lose at personalized politics. Always.
This is a center-right country. Conservatives do fine discussing policy. Most Americans want lower taxes, more freedom and liberty, and limited regulation. The welfare state is unpopular. Hand-ups are preferred to handouts. Criminals and terrorists are the bad guys while law enforcement are the good guys.
The left angrily declares Obamacare “settled law,” but ramming through unpopular legislation using questionable parliamentary tactics against what a majority of voters want is exactly why the issue remains unsettled.
The left loses most policy debates, leading them to engage in the politics of personal destruction. Many liberals do not see conservatives as human, so demonizing them as “stupid” or “evil” is inbounds. Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” teaches leftists to “polarize” and “personalize.”
How can people possibly improve society using such behavioral guidelines? Liberals cannot credibly say everyone should tone it down when their electoral survival depends on ripping conservatives to shreds.
Policy is impersonal. Personal polarization divides people, the antithesis of unity. The left does this because it often works. Like any bully, they then get more emboldened.
Why debate policy when you can call somebody a racist, sexist, Nazi, Fascist, homophobic pig wanting dead seniors and starving children? Why discuss fiscal reform when one can just call somebody a hostage taker or suicide bomber with a gun to the head of somebody with more Secret Service protection than any of us?
Conservatives will not engage in unilateral disarmament, and good liberals will not stand up and criticize the bad ones.
If leftists would stop hating, conservatives would love policy discussions. Liberals can prove this theory wrong through leading by example. Stop calling conservatives the various “ists” over policy disagreements.
The challenge to liberals is multi-fold.
Do not attack a single conservative ever again on a personal level. Stick to policy.
Stop whitewashing abominable behavior. Unless defending human life, renounce violence as wrong without excuses or equivocations.
Stop being aggressor bullies. Liberals have beaten wheelchair bound conservatives and conservative minorities at tea parties. There is no conservative equivalent.
Declaring violence “unhelpful” does not suffice. Unhelpful means of violence will be lessened when counterproductive, but used whenever effective.
This is why conservatives have their cars keyed, lawn signs stolen, and occasionally run over by liberals with their cars. Statistical aberrations aside, calculating all these crimes would reveal the leftist tilt.
Conservatives see opposition. Liberals see enemies. When liberals give up all verbal and physical violence, they will be surprised how peaceful conservatives are. Yet, this potential lovefest will never happen.
The left needs warfare to win. The ends justify their destructive means. The only solution for conservatives is full throttled self-defense.
This leftist war will end when liberals surrender and conclude they cannot win using warfare. Only then will they come to the table and dialogue. As long as violence, bullying, and abusive behavior physical and verbal works for them, they will keep burning the entire village while wondering why there is ruin all around them.
Conservatives strongly disagree with a healthcare law and have legally and peacefully participated in attempts to undo that law. Liberals responded with vitriol rather than calmly and respectfully defend an unpopular law in a manner worthy of what it means to be an American.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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